I am spending about 60 days in Las Vegas to work on assorted content and audience building projects.  If you are interested in building audiences and that sort of thing I encourage you to follow my series called 60 Days in Las Vegas.  You can find Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE and Part 3 HERE and Part 4 HERE and Part 5 HERE and Part 6 HERE and Part 7 HERE.

March 1
Some Notes – I slowly dragged my butt out of bed.  I had a short chat with Brandon about the future Come to Belize Video.  And then I wrote 60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 7 My 30-Day Review in the interest of reviewing my progress in front of my computer over the last 30 days in Las Vegas.  You can read it HERE

I figured that I should take a few days off from posting to Facebook groups.  I did post some Death Valley photos to my own Facebook page along with a post that I am on Strava.  It doesn’t hurt to grow that following when it doesn’t really take any extra time.

In the evening I published Part 1 & 2 of the 60 Days in Las Vegas series and posted Part 3 into drafts.  I also started my first of 2 bison short stories called Arie 2/Bison 0.  My bison stories are pretty cool stories from my first bike ride in 2011.

While trying to fall asleep I then drafted some poetry.

March 2
Some Notes – This morning I started by posting 3 posts to Medium.  A photo essay about Hoh Rain Forest, a short story about loading my bike for the first time in Nova Scotia called Oh shit this is way too heavy and I imported one of my old poems.

I think the plan for Medium is to post more of my personal stuff.  I will slowly import my old poetry, my short stories, photo essays and import my website tree & environmental posts.  And so today I wrote my first photo essay about the Hoh Rain Forest.

I had a video update with Aidan.  Things continue to slowly move forward with a potential t-shirt and clothing line.

I am feeling lazy today.  I was able to write and finish 2 poems from my drafts of last night.  They are called Every Night and The Smallest of Things.

Andy Sward at Million Bottle Pledge did a real nice Facebook post about me today.

I organized all my poetry drafts and notes.  I didn’t realize I had so many half-started pieces.

March 3
Some Notes – Today I thought I would attempt to tackle SEO’s (search engine optimization).  I discovered that none of my blog posts are SEO compliant.  This really really sucks.  I had no idea my blogs were not SEO compliant.  This is a huge extra load of work dumped on me.

After a few hours of research I have come to the conclusion that holy crap this is hard and unbelievably overwhelming.  I ended up with an actual headache and had to take nap this afternoon.

Later in the evening I was able to get one of my recent posts about pulling a bike trailer “SEO and readability compliant.”  I can’t believe how much work it was, and I can’t believe how much work I have to do to get my other blog posts SEO compliant.

What a nightmare.

March 4
Some Notes – I started my morning posting 2 posts to Medium.  A photo essay on Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and my Are you that guy? short story.

And the spent a good hour getting a second blog post SEO compliant only to have the session expire and loose all my work?

After breakfast I was able to get my Mahogany tree blog post and my California Part 1 blog post SEO compliant.

I actually thought I was grasping this whole SEO thing.  And then I learned about Breadcrumbs.  And it became a nightmare trying to figure that out.

I was also basically able to get my stealth camping post SEO compliant.  The amount of work is mind boggling.

I also spent a little time on future bike gear blog post.

March 5
Some Notes – I started my day with further SEO research.  The one thing I will mention about this SEO research is thankfully WordPress has made it about as easy a guy like me can hope for.  When I say a guy like me, I mean someone who knows nothing about nothing when it comes to this kind of stuff.  They have an online course through Yost.  Yost is a search engine optimization plug-in for WordPress.  And in the dashboard Yost helps you through everything as well as one can hope for.  If it wasn’t for the way things are laid out, I would be 100 times more screwed than I already am.

I posted my bike trailer blog post to 11 bike groups.

I got my What you don’t see blog post, Alternate route for Saskatchewan and Alberta blog post and my How much to bring on a bike tour blog post SEO compliant.  Along with most of my planning your 50,000 km bike route post SEO compliant.

I have started my second bison short story called Pedalling cowboy style.

March 6

Some Notes – I posted 3 posts to Medium – my money saving blog post, my first bison short story and I imported a poem from my website.

I posted my stealth camping post to 7 Facebook groups and the SK & AB alternate bike route post to 4 Canadian Facebook bike groups

I have finally started researching and started creating a list of freelance journalists to reach out to.

March 7
Some Notes – I posted my bike trailer blog post to 12 Facebook bike groups.  [Between all the groups this post would end up with crazy amounts of comments and post likes.  As in 100’s of comments and many 100’s of Likes.]

I sent my first emails to potential freelance journalists through my magazine researching.  I sent an email to freelance journalist connected to Canadian Cycling magazine, from Explore magazine and Wired for Adventure magazine.

Researching potential freelance journalists is a lot of work.  I scan a magazines website looking for writers and editors.  Making notes on any potential writers I find.  I am looking for direct contact info and whether they are freelancers.  Freelance is preferred as the potential journalist may think my story is a better fit for another magazine they write for verses the one I am researching them in.

I am also Googling their names for any other online information I can find on them.  I learned to Google their names along side Muck Rack.  Most journalist are on Muck Rack and it’s a good place to find their social media profiles and other articles they have written.

Ideally, I am trying to find as many potential names (journalists/editors) per magazine.  Then I have to narrow them down to my first choice.  Then I research (scan and read) a lot of their recent articles.  Looking for some kind of connection.  Something that I can add to my pitch/intro email to personalize it.

I also started working on fist sponsorship proposal since getting to Las Vegas.

March 8
Some Notes – A lazy day with almost nothing accomplishing.  I posted 2 posts to Medium.  I imported the poem – Every Night I Whisper and the short story – Do you need a host tonight?

I researched 2 more magazines and emailed 2 more freelance journalists through Canadian Cycling and Wired for Adventure Magazines.

I went to bed early but couldn’t fall asleep.

March 9
Some Notes – From a work perspective not the most productive day.  Organized my notes and took some personal time.  I wrote a blog post on Avenue of the Giants.

60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 1

60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 2

60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 3

60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 4

60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 5

60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 6

60 Days in Las Vegas – Part 7

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