For those of you who don’t know, things really kicked off when I took part in the Your Turn Challenge – a 7 day long challenge put on by Seth Godin to inspire a group of like-minded individuals to learn the art of shipping everyday.
You can learn more here.
And, it’s been a year since I took part. It’s time to review what I have shipped in that time.
The Footsteps of Madmen Podcast
It’s been a little slow going due to the fact I produced this arse about face. You definitely can’t write a horror story faster than you can narrate and produce it. This led to major production delays.
My bad. But, the project is still alive and I learned a ton of lessons in podcast production.
More episodes will be coming as these characters are very much alive and will form a major series of writing from me.
I quickly outgrew the confines of Tumblr. It was great for me farting about, but the real work, and the real exposure came from my move to WordPress. This seems like a great platform for exposure and having the right tools to enable a blog to thrive.
The Positive Pragmatist blog continues to have engaged readers. This is a great avenue for me to help others move through life. It’s not easy and the more I can help people, the better I feel about myself in the world, and the more that I learn about myself.
Thanks to the you, my dear reader.
I started an email list, which turned more into a way to share blog articles. I didn’t like that much.
I’m now only using the list as a way to share my valuable content. My aim is to ensure that my content is free to the end user, and I’ll figure out the monetisation model as we go along (I’m thinking of sponsorship, but more on that later). So, the list is a way of tracking uptake and giving me a safe route to share my valuable content in a way that allows for fan engagement.
I Published a Book
Actually, it’s a relaunch.
I originally published my debut horror / fantasy novel through Amazon. I wasn’t too happy with the platform and too many people seemed to not have a Kindle, or know you can have the app for free.
So, I decided to follow the advice that Seth Godin said nobody does. Share your first book with at least 100 people and allow them to do what they like with it.
So, I decided to share it with over 500 people instead. Let’s see what happens.
The book is totally free to the reader, and you are more than welcome to send it to friends.
I’d love to know what you think. Subscribe above and you will receive your free, do what you like with it (ie. share it), copy in your email hole. At the time of writing, it’s not released yet. Watch this space though, because it’s coming faster than you know.
I came to understand that I live my life in a particular way. It’s not perfect, but there is a framework to it.
I call it the Positive Pragmatist approach to life. I’m putting my thoughts on this together in what will be a small book, Becoming the Positive Pragmatist
This has been important for me to understand the things I do, and why I do them. My life can cause me some frustrations, but it’s working for me. I think you could get a lot from the lessons I have learned, and the frustrations I face.
Focus On My Health
I started to work out more regularly and to eat better.
It’s not been a perfect ride, but I’m getting better. I have certainly lost weight, and put on some muscle where there wasn’t much.
The project continues. I’m first focussing on getting strong, and then fit. A recent run through the park showed me how bad my fitness has gotten to. I might also have a mild case of asthma returning. I’m wondering if I can fight that through fitness.
It’s a new year, my aim is to keep on this path, to continuing growing myself, my platform, and to bring value to the world. I’m embracing what I do in my day job with what I do outside of work. Since I started doing that in September, I have found nothing but positive outcomes.
We hold ourselves back, but we envy those who put themselves out there.
Well, in 2016, I’m putting myself out there.
I’m returning to my roots in photography, and will be taking Instagram and YouTube seriously. Expect a lot of slowmo and timelapse work, as well as awesome photography. You can find me on Instagram and my YouTube Channel as KG_Heath. It’s all about creating, and shipping.
Keep shipping, every day.
KG Heath is a healthcare technology professional, horror author, podcaster, and self-improvement blogger. You can get his debut novel free here.