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Star Wars Episode 7 Honest Review SPOILER ALERT

Does Episode 7 live up to the hype? Here’s an honest, unbiased review from a casual Star Wars fan.

Background: My friend Seth asked me to be a part of a new podcast he’s creating called Hi Five (the Star Wars episode is now available on that link). I was glad to be invited and after some talks, we agreed to make a first episode about the top five moments in all of the Star Wars movies. Since we were to include Episode 7, I decided to go see it in theaters. It was the first movie I saw in theaters in 2015. I typically don’t get caught up in the hype of the latest big movie and can wait for it to be available on Netflix or Redbox. The last movie I paid to see in theaters was Days of Future Past back in May 2014. I watched episodes 4, 5 and 6 as a kid for the first time when the movies were re-released to theaters in the 90s. I loved the PC game Jedi Knight as a kid and had some of the action figures.

 

My expectations were for this new movie to be pretty good. I expected that it would be probably be better quality than Episode 1-3.

 

ONE MORE WARNING. SPOILERS AHEAD.

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After just having seen the movie, I’d say it was OK. It had some good things about it, but there were some other things that took me out of the moment.

 

The good: It was awesome to see the opening credits and realize that I was seeing Episode 7. I remember watching the original trilogy in the 90s and wondering if there would ever be a chapter after those ones. I’d say that the best parts of Episode 7 were basically tributes to the old movies: Han, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2, Leia and of course Luke (who has roughly 10 seconds of screen time and says nothing). The story moved pretty well and the performances by Fin and the main female lead were fine. There were middle aged guys in the seats next to me just loving the movie and laughing hysterically at all of the jokes. The crowd had applause breaks when some of the familiar characters were first shown on screen. I can imagine that this movie was a dream come true to most kids who grew up watching Star Wars in the past. I can also imagine that modern day kids absolutely loved the movie. The music is good and John Williams is a living legend. I saw the movie with my buddy Neil and some of his family at Alamo Drafthouse. Never been there before but I liked the spot and made sure to take advantage of the ability to order a burger from my seat.

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The not so good: I feel like the whole thing was a ripoff of A New Hope in a lot of ways. You have this evil empire and you have these rebels. There’s a guy dressed in all black who wears a black helmet and has a weird voice box effect when he talks. The guy in the black helmet is hunting certain people down and looking for certain information. He takes orders from a super evil dude who sits on a throne. There’s a bunch of stormtroopers and a big ship that destroys planets. Then, there’s this small town orphan from a desert who finds himself (or herself) on the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo and Chewbacca. They eventually join forces with the rebellion to blow up a huge ship, but not before one of the old characters gets dramatically killed by the bad guy in the black helmet with a lightsaber. That plot works to describe both Episode 4 and 7.

 

Here are some other thoughts that might be controversial. I’ve seen how fiercely people have defended this movie in other reviews online. I mean no offense to the people that absolutely love the Star Wars franchise. I’m simply opening up discussion for honest thoughts. Perhaps I’m wrong with some of my assessments. I leave it up to you to continue the discussion rationally. In no way am I trying to attack Star Wars or open myself up to hateful responses. That’s not what I’m about.

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1) Wait..What?

You have this one bad guy (I don’t even remember his name, so I’ll call him Ben Solo) who has very strong powers with the Force and has even been trained by Luke Skywalker at some point. Yet, he goes toe-to-toe with Fin, a former soldier who’s literally used a lightsaber for like 2 minutes, and they have an even fight. Unless Fin winds up being some Force prodigy like Luke’s daughter, I’d say that was a stretch. When Fin picked up the lightsaber, people in the theater were actually laughing. The initial reaction from the audience was that the battle was going to be a joke.

2) Acting

Everyone just feels like they know they’re in an action movie. Leia knows that the love of her life was just killed. She appears sad for like 10 seconds on camera. Then, droids come with some good news, and she perks back up and is ready to keep fighting. I know it’s probably silly to point out what’s realistic and what’s not in a sci-fi fantasy, but the acting in the battles felt aloof. People are dying left and right and no one seems to feel like their lives are in any danger. Maybe I’ve just been watching Saving Private Ryan too much.

3) Villains

It’s hard to take Ben Solo seriously as the bad guy, but maybe that’s the point..? Regardless, the comedic part with the stormtroopers turning around when they hear Ben Solo having a temper tantrum kind of weakens the ability for me to take some of the villains seriously. That would be like seeing Darth Vader slipping on a banana peel or hearing Emperor Palpatine fart or something.

4) Teasers

The whole movie seems to just dance around any significant events happening. Ben Solo has that pilot (Poe?) in captivity, but tortures him JUST a little bit and lets him escape by leaving him unattended. Then he has Luke’s daughter (I presume) in captivity, tortures her a little, realizes she has some strong potential with the Force, then leaves her attended by one, yes ONE stormtrooper. That’s kind of like one of the jokes that the Austin Powers movies make about James Bond movies. After the two lightsaber battles at the end, people are wounded JUST a little, but luckily for episodes 8, 9, 10, 11, and 29, no new significant characters die yet. 

5) Dragonball Z Super Saiyan 4

The movie seems to try to elevate the seriousness of the plot by cheaply ramping everything up. Remember when Luke took like 2 movies and a lot of training to use a lightsaber decently in the original trilogy? Well, this time, people can use them well without any prior training at all. Remember when the Death Star blew up a planet with one shot? Well, this time, the bad guys can blow up four planets at the same time. Remember how big the Death Star was? Well, this new evil ship is going to be like ten times as big as the original Death Star. It doesn’t seem to make the story more interesting or important. And when you realize that a Death Star or other type of mother ship for the bad guys has been blown up three times by rebels in episodes 4, 6 and 7, you would think the plan would’ve changed by now. Instead, the story seems a little repetitive and needs to ramp up things (like the size of the ships) to make it seem like the stakes are higher this time.

6) Characters

Let’s talk about the characters. Obviously, the old Star Wars characters are great. The guy who plays Fin does a good job at being kind of a clumsy comedic hero– I guess he’s an upgrade from Jar Jar Binks. Luke’s daughter(?) is fine. But, the bad guys just seem like one-dimensional evil guys besides Ben Solo. Maybe I’ve been watching Game of Thrones for too long, but I like my villains to have some sort of depth. In Game of Thrones, for example, you can see some sort of bright spots even in the most sadistic characters. You can often see their reasoning for their actions whether it be family name, love etc. From what I can gather, these new evil characters (besides Ben Solo) are just typical evil bad guys in a quest for domination, etc. It’s just not as interesting to me.

7) Big Picture Storyline

I fear that the movie kind of undermines the end of the original Star Wars Trilogy. Luke Skywalker was supposed to be the one to restore balance to the Force and end the war with the dark side and all of that. Here, we see that everything Luke accomplished made no difference, because the same events of Episode 4 happen again in a nutshell. If that’s the case, then maybe it suggests that nothing significant is ever going to happen in any of the future movies- it’s just going to be an endless war between rebels and empires. I found myself kind of hoping that Ben Solo would kill his dad so that something huge would actually happen in the movie. Because other than that and the Skywalker reunion, the whole thing is just a setup for countless movies to come.

Final Remarks:

An article on Cracked.com once taught me that Terminator 2 has an alternate ending in which the future war with the robots never happened. It was a true ending to a classic movie and showed that the heroes managed to change the future. I suspect that the peaceful ending was scrapped in order to leave the option for T3 and whatever else comes after it. It makes perfect sense in a business mindset, but it weakens the story. It just set up the sequels which never live up to the classic T1 and T2, and the franchise just continues to live on and be watered down. I fear that that has already happened for Star Wars. It should have probably ended at Episode 6, but that wouldn’t make sense for business purposes. So now, we can look forward to countless Star Wars movies for the rest of our lives. None of us will live to see the last Star Wars movie. I’m sure some of them will be amazing– you would think that Disney has enough chances to strike movie gold over the next hundred years. But in the big picture and for the sake of the story, it just feels like “what’s the point?”

 

I stopped listening to the radio a couple of years ago. I’m a musician, but I stopped listening to the radio because I was tired of hearing the same 20 pop songs circulated every hour. Most of the time, I only liked maybe 5 of the TOP 40 in a given period. Over time, I heard enough to realize that it’s a lot of the same stuff being repackaged over and over again. I also realized that if a song was big enough or significant in any way, it would find me one way or another. Either I would hear it at a party and take note of it or someone would be talking about it. But most of the songs just didn’t seem to matter and did not stand the test of time. As Star Wars is now owned by Disney and plans to release new record-breaking ticket selling movies until the end of time, I’m starting to think that I’m just better off waiting for the reviews. There have been 7 Star Wars movies so far, and 2 or 3 of them are legendary… the others are mixed bags to say the least.

 

Perhaps I’m being too logical. I realize that Star Wars has an incredible amount of passionate fans. There have been times where I’ve seen an X-Men movie in theaters and absolutely loved it, mostly because I just love X-Men. Over time, I heard bad reviews and read negative things and started to look out for flaws in the movie that were pointed out by other people. Now, I can’t take some of those movies seriously when I watch them. I’m not trying to ruin a movie for any of you. If Star Wars makes you happy, then I hope you all loved the movie. For me, it was just OK and I don’t plan on seeing Episode 8, 9, etc. in theaters (and nobody cares). The new era of Star Wars will make billions of dollars for years to come.

How I Made $5000 in Passive Income by Teaching Online

In this post, I will give you a quick background as to how I started teaching online, how it’s helping me make passive money monthly, and how you can start doing the same.

 

For the past 5 years or so, I’ve tried out a lot of different ways to make money online. I’ve tried online surveys, YouTube videos, creating apps, and even investing in bitcoin (HAHA). A lot of these “experiments” were great because I enjoyed trying them out. They were also very educational because I was given more perspective on what worked for me and more importantly, what didn’t work for me.

Yup. I made a Flappy Bird knockoff. One of the thousands :)
Yup. I made a Flappy Bird knockoff. One of the thousands 🙂
I actually made a few of them.... (I did actually spend hours learning to code original apps, but none of those were ever put on the app store and were really basic).
I actually made a few of them…. (I did spend hours learning to code original apps, but none of those were ever put on the App Store and were really basic).

MY BACKGROUND:

In the “real” world, I’m a teacher. About six years ago, I started substitute teaching after I graduated from college and couldn’t find a decent job in marketing. When I finally landed my first post-college desk job, I realized that I liked teaching better and went to grad school for education. Flash forward five years from then and I’ve been a teacher’s aide, student teacher, part-time music teacher, personal tutor, camp counselor and full-time Social Studies and Music teacher. In that time, I also worked for a company that taught after-school classes and summer camp courses in subjects like Lego robotics, comic book making and video game design. The company once asked me to write the curriculum for a music class and I did. At the time, I had way more experience using Logic Pro for my home recording, but saw Garageband as a great introduction to recording and wrote the course as a “Music Production with Garageband” course.

HOW I STARTED TEACHING ONLINE: 

One day last year, I discovered a blog post about a site called Udemy. According to the post, some guy made $60000 in a month by being the first to make an online course on what was (at the time) the latest iPhone development software. I was intrigued by Udemy and took note of it, but didn’t look into it much further for a few months. Then, in November of 2014 I started working on a Garageband course using the newest version of Garageband. I made an outline and began recording the lectures with my desktop. Recording the lectures took me very little time because I knew most of the stuff off the top of my head and had been teaching people how to use Garageband for quite some time. When I did mess something up when recording, I would just re-do that one lecture once or twice at the most before I thought it was ready to be published. I also made sure to read all of the rules and suggestions that Udemy had on their blog about course creation and joined the Udemy instructor group on Facebook.

RESULTS:

Since my course has been up, I’ve made three other courses on Udemy and also uploaded some of the courses on other sites like Skillfeed (which is actually shut down now). Besides some basic maintenance every now and then, I have not been doing much work on any of the courses. Yet, my online courses are going to net me about $5000 by the end of my first year. The numbers fluctuate from month to month, but over time, the sales have added up. To some people, $5000 in mostly passive income may not seem like much, but to a lot of people like me, it is very encouraging. To me, it opened the doors to new possibilities. When I made an app for the first time, I was hoping to make $30 a month or at least cover the cost of opening up an Apple developer account (I didn’t…LOL). Now, making $300 a month in passive income is not only possible, but it’s been happening on a fairly regular basis, and that’s just on Udemy.

 HOW TO TEACH ONLINE:

I know a lot of people who are interested in teaching online or are just interested in ways to make some side cash. I would definitely recommend starting with Udemy. In order to give you a head start, here are the steps that I took.

 

1) Join Udemy and apply to be an instructor.

 2) Once approved, join the Facebook group for Udemy instructors.

 3) Research the Udemy marketplace and start thinking of courses that you may want to teach. If there are already courses on there, check the reviews and see what type of material is being covered in the course outline. Just because there are other courses about the topic doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for you. If anything, it’s a good thing if those courses are selling because it proves that there is some demand for that subject.

 4) Read the Udemy blog about making a course.

 5) I definitely recommend Alun Hill’s course on creating a Udemy course. I took it and it gave me a lot of helpful pointers. I followed all of the advice that it gave me and I’m pretty sure that it helped my course out a ton. You can try to get it while it’s on sale during Black Friday. Definitely a good investment.

 6) Make an outline for your course and start recording it.

 

That was how I started. There is certainly more to do after that, and a lot of it is covered on the Udemy blog and the Alun Hill course. But, just getting started could be half the battle. Like many of my other online “experiments”, I went in thinking it would be a valuable learning experience with the potential for something more. I’ve never had better results than with teaching online, and I think that you may feel the same way with a little hard work upfront. Then, somewhere down the line, you could be sitting back and collecting passive money, too. 

…And that’s how I made $5000 in passive income by teaching online (with minimal effort). There’s nothing quite like the feeling of traveling, checking your phone, and getting an email from time to time that says “Congratulations. You have a new student!” $5000 certainly isn’t enough to live off of for a long time, but it’s definitely nice. Speaking of traveling, here’s some of the stuff I did this year:  

Got a chance to visit Google Headquarters, but got in trouble when I tried to ride one of the bikes.
Got a chance to visit Google Headquarters, but got in trouble when I tried to ride one of the bikes.
Visited the Bahamas with my gf
Visited the Bahamas with my gf
Made some new friends at Mount Royal in Montreal. Played a bunch of songs with them.
Made some new friends at Mount Royal in Montreal. Played a bunch of songs with them.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. My Udemy courses are available here.

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Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

The Worst Blog Post Ever: How Trolls Can Ruin You (If You Let Them)

This week, I’ve been getting a lot of negativity from different places in my life and it’s been challenging. If you get enough negativity at the same time, it can wear you down. I’m going to share one example for you because there’s a crucial lesson to be learned from it.

The Worst Blog Post Ever: How Trolls Can Ruin You (If You Let Them)

Well, first of all, I worked very hard on this Udemy course on Bass Guitar back in December and January. Hours and hours were spent outlining, filming, editing and recording voiceovers. I finally released it in February and sent out a few free coupons to promote the new course. About a week or two later, I received my first review. Here’s what the review said:

“THIS IS AS BAD AS IT GETS – BE WARNED

If you’ve already been playing more than 5 minutes, you already know more than what’s in this course. Even if you’re a complete beginner i would say don’t do this course unless you want to see a bunch of stuff played badly with virtually no explanation.

You will learn a few ultra basic bass lines with no understanding of what you’re doing. And as an added bonus you will learn really bad technique as well. If you get a coupon to see this for free, do it to see how NOT to play bass. If you don’t have a coupon, do not waste one cent on this course”

Upon reading this review, my mood was changed for the rest of the day. It caught me off guard and stressed me out. My first Udemy course on Garageband had received nothing but 5-star reviews from the get-go, and now this new course was already hit with this 1-star bomb. As soon as I got home from work, I got to work on adding about 15 new lectures to improve the course, which included videos, charts and all sorts of detailed explanations. At the time of the review, my course was basically brand new, and I was hoping that the first batch of students would be able to provide me some useful feedback on how to improve the course, but instead I received this bomb of a review which made me re-think the entire course. I started to panic and even considered deleting the entire course. I didn’t want a bunch of people to have the same reaction.

So time went by and I wound up having very satisfying sales growth in March and April. I noticed that people were signing up for the Bass Guitar course and leaving 5 star reviews. The Garageband course was far and away my biggest hit in those 2 months, but my Bass Guitar course was steadily growing as well. In May, I took a look back at my reviews and decided to reach out to the one bad review guy. I sent him a message that said:

“Hi [name not disclosed],

Thank you for the feedback on my course. I took a lot of what you wrote in your review and used it as motivation to improve. Since your review, I’ve made about 15 new lectures which patch up a lot of the information that may have been missing in the early version of the course- keep in mind that the course was about 3 weeks old when you wrote your review. Anyway, I’ve put a ton of time and work into creating and improving the course and would love if you could re-evaluate my course now that it’s been updated. Student feedback is huge.

Anyway, I hope that you are enjoying the course and that you continue to stay active on Udemy. Best wishes.

Sincerely,

Matt”

That was my attempt at being polite and professional. Within a day, I noticed that my the one bad review was updated:

“THIS IS AS BAD AS IT GETS – BE WARNED

If you’ve already been playing more than 5 minutes, you already know more than what’s in this course. Even if you’re a complete beginner i would say don’t do this course unless you want to see a bunch of stuff played badly with virtually no explanation.

You will learn a few ultra basic bass lines with no understanding of what you’re doing. And as an added bonus you will learn really bad technique as well. If you get a coupon to see this for free, do it to see how NOT to play bass. If you don’t have a coupon, do not waste one cent on this course

*****UPDATE******

Since my review he has added some new lectures so i thought i’d check some of them out. In lecture 10 he says to “play F on the 3rd fret of the E string”. WRONG, and typical of the standard of this guys “teaching”. In lecture 34, “pentatonic scale explained”, he doesn’t mention even once the vital fact that it’s a MINOR pentatonic scale as opposed to a major pentatonic scale. In fact he never clearly explains what a pentatonic scale actually is at all.

Please buy this course if you want to be “taught” (confused) by a guy who has awful technique and no ability to explain or teach anything with any accuracy or clarity.”

After I received this updated review, I started to realize that maybe my course really wasn’t that bad to begin with and that I might have just been dealing with a troll.

What’s a troll? Well, according to Google, it is “a mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.”

In the modern sense of the word, it’s uglier than that. According to urbandictionary.com, a troll is “one who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.”

Trolls can strike at any time. On my YouTube channel, I’d get hit with a troll-like comment every now and again, but the positive comments from people drowned out the trolls pretty quickly. Often, I’d find that my subscribers would come to my defense on certain issues that the trolls would start. It was an amazing feeling. From my experience on YouTube, I should’ve known that the best way to silence the trolls is to simply drown them out with quality content, which will inevitably lead to real humans leaving positive feedback.

The 3 reviews that I received after this one bad review have been gushing 5-star reviews.

REVIEW 2:

“More Than Your Average Lesson

This course is great! It teaches you more than just the basic steps of how to play bass, but it also teaches you how to play scales and popular bass lines. You can tell that he pushes rehearsal and self-taught techniques because he creates background tracks for you to rehearse with that match the new concepts he wants you to learn.”

REVIEW 3:

Great Course for Beginners!

This is a great course for beginners. Easy to understand, and very down to earth, and he breaks it down clearly. I was able to play some songs on the bass after taking this course. I learned alot of the basics quickly and easily!

REVIEW 4:

“Wow, I guess I can play the bass!

I am learning the bass out of necessity to join a friend’s band. I was told that i could just pick it up and figure it out, so I bought a bass and went to my first band practice… boy was my friend wrong! After feeling overwhelmed and discouraged for a while, i found this course and gave it a try. Within minutes i was getting a grasp of concepts my friend had tried (and failed) to show me, and at the next band practice I stunned the rest of the rest of the band with my progress. The course is fast paced, but the instructor is very clear and understandable, and you can always replay any section you had trouble with. The instructor seems generally concerned with the progress and success of his students and is quick to answer any questions. Learning an instrument is hard work, but with this course it is a manageable and rewarding process. Thanks!”

So far, almost 75% of my Udemy sales for this month (May 2015) have been from people signing up for the Bass Guitar course. To this day, the Bass Guitar course is my second best seller on Udemy and NO ONE has requested a refund.

To think that I almost deleted the course because of one startling review is crazy now. At the time, it wasn’t so crazy.

I’m telling you this story because I want to help remind you that you need to have thick skin when it comes to stuff like business or music. There are always going to be people trying to shoot you down when you put yourself out there. I almost gave in, but I’m so thankful that I didn’t because I’m now reaping the rewards of my hard work and tenacity.

If you’d like to check out the course, it’s here.

Do you have a story where you stayed strong even when someone tried to shoot you down?

3 Steps to Staying Organized and Motivated Every Day

Small Victories

One thing I’ve been trying to implement into my lifestyle is to celebrate the small victories. Over the past 6 weeks or so, I’ve started a new website and a few new Udemy online courses (one on Bass Guitar, eBay sales and Social Media Strategy). Even though I’m very happy with these results, I realize that not every day will be a home run. To date, my Udemy courses have made me about 247 USD, which is either awesome or nothing, depending on who you are and how you look at it. To me, it’s awesome because I’ve just started and because I’ve created tons of highly popular YouTube videos over the years that have made me 0 USD. I’ve also experimented with making apps last year which made me like 80 or 90 dollars technically… the only problem is that those dollars are spread out among three different ad networks in my 4 iPhone apps and none of the amounts clear the minimum payment threshold- which means that I haven’t seen 1 cent from those apps. Well, I wasn’t exactly in it for the money on both of those projects (my YouTube channel or my apps). Nonetheless, it’s exciting to be making some actual money from something I created online. Not every day is a home run but little by little, I can see some growth in my courses and am pushing to further develop and promote them. Like many people, I feel that I can get caught up in trying to rush things and trying to get results as quickly as possible. In order to control this and stay motivated, I try to celebrate the small victories. Every day, I try to do something (outside of my main job and life responsibilities) that demonstrates some sort of progress I’ve made. I feel that tiny victories- such as getting my 5000th Twitter follower or getting my first positive review for my Bass Guitar course- are important.

Here are the 3 Steps to Staying Organized and Motivated Every Day:

1) I set up Evernote on my iPhone and home computer so that I can have my notes wherever I go. It’s way better than my old system of having separate notes on different devices.

2) On Evernote, I have separate notes saved for categories like “Calendar”, “To-Do” and “Journal”

3) On my journal, I keep a quick log of things I got done or other achievements, big or small

It’s that simple.

Whenever I get something done, I put a little bullet point note about it on my “Journal” note in Evernote. When I have some new idea or task that I think should be completed, I type it up in one of my other notes like “Online Courses” or “Social Media”.

How does this help me?

1) It keeps me focused on getting stuff done

2) It keeps me motivated to see the progress I’ve made every day

3) It helps keep me organized and therefore less overwhelmed

Here’s an excerpt from some of the notes I took this past week:

02.26.15

-updated the practice vids for the bass course, and added the charts 

-signed up for tumblr and pinterest

-website featured on a site called theneeds.com 

02.25.15

-updated and shared the wordpress post on fb and twitter

-GB course got featured on a site called intercer

02.24.15

-got a genius badge from udemy for 3 published courses

-got my first positive review for bass class, made edits, added 15 lectures

02.23.15

-added images to products page and renamed “resources”

-added headline banner image

-added a sign in opt in box for the homepage

-got HostGator affiliate link working and placed into pages/posts

-the favicon somehow started working again…sometimes (weird)

-put my welcome twitter dm as instagram and website links, profile as website link

-5000 twitter followers, 1400 instagram, almost 600 fb page

02.22.15

-set up a popup email opt in, mailchimp plugin, api key

-cleaned up the 3 existing posts and categorized them

-implemented the email opt in, tested it and sent out test campaign

-got the mobile version of the opt in email to work

-created a products page and got a main menu to work

 

If you are looking for ways to stay more organized or focused then I’d definitely recommend checking out Evernote as a place to get started. 

 

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Why Build a Website?

Over time, I’ve become increasingly dedicated to consuming as much intelligent media as possible. I’ve played less video games even though I love them like most people. I’ve abstained from tons of trendy TV shows that everyone on my Facebook news feed can’t stop talking about. I’ve even been listening to very little mainstream radio, which might seem odd to people since my internet persona is “Matty G the Musician”. Instead, I’ve tried to become immersed with intelligent sources of information that I hoped would teach me things and benefit me in the long run. One of those changes came in the forms of podcasts, which have seemed to pick up steam in recent years. Once I discovered that there’s a podcast app for the iPhone, and that I can download podcasts onto my phone for free, and that they can play in my car without any connection issues, I was pretty much done with radio. My two favorite podcasts right now have been The Motley Fool and Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn. I was hooked on the Motley Fool for a couple of years but have been listening to SPI a lot these days. On SPI, Pat has a bunch of interviews with successful people who have built successful businesses that allow them to generate passive income. Long story short, the podcast inspired me to get back into websites and get started on a new adventure. So I signed up again with HostGator and got to work.

 

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