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December 2016 Goals

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There are my December 2016 Goals based on my standard monthly goal planner format.

I’ll be trying a new format with the kopywritingkourse premium materials by not letting them be sold all the time, only at specific times.  This can allow for specific “klasses” to open and close.

October 2016 Goals

Here’s my monthly goals for October 2016:

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These goals are always made using a similar style to this monthly goal planner because 3 primary goals is very attainable to hit vs. a huge list of goals that makes you scatterbrained.

 

FinCon 2016

Went to San Diego recently for FinCon 2016.  It’s a financial blogger conference, of which I was one of the first financial bloggers online!

This blog originally started just to track my finances and what I made.  As the numbers got larger, more and more people would just copy everything I did which got frustrating, so I stopped.

However there is now a huge financial blogger community (FinCon this year was 1,000+ attendees) which is neat.

Here’s some of my memories from it:

Ate at El Puesto (twice)!  They even has filet mignon tacos!
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Took at ride in Pat’s Tesla X.  That thing is so fast. Even though it’s a 7-seater family SUV, it can beat any Ferrari or Lamborghini to 60mph!
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There were tons of cool yachts right outside the hotel:
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….may have (or may have not) snuck onto a few of them:
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I liked it when people organized private dinners outside the conference because it made meeting other people much easier and in a quieter and more intimate setting:
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The hotel was great and had balconies and amazing views:
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Photobombed by seagull:
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Went with Patrick, Noah, Jenn, Jordan to a cool taco spot in a hipster-ish area of San Diego and also coffee shop:
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Being a rebel in the gym. Plz don’t rat me out to the police ;)
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Another private dinner:
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Hung with Steve a bunch:
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A group of us took a trip to In-N-Out Burger with Jordan and a couple other peeps! I got a double with cheese and fries.  I got hungry just typing that :)
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Did this cool escape room thing!
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Hahaha…..Noah in his room prepping for his keynote speech.  He gave away $8,000 in cash + lottery tickets during the speech!
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Rented bikes and went for a quick bike ride + beer:
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The weather and sunsets over the San Diego Marina were ridiculously pretty:
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Expert Breakout Sessions:
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Steve’s session:
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Pre Noah’s Keynote with PT:
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Lol @ Noah sitting on the ground before waiting to go up:
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Noah gave literally the best keynote speech I’ve ever seen!  Really stepped it up on this one.  People laughing the whole time, $8,000 + lotto tickets given out to crowd, great message, lots of concrete examples, and super funny!
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Good times!

SF in August

For most of August I took a trip to San Francisco:

1.) Because it’s currently crazily hot in Austin and my brown skin can’t take it. SF weather is perfect for me.
2.) Because SF is the tech hub of the world.  Nothing even remotely compares.

So since I forget everything within a week, here’s some random pics from the trip so Future-Neville can remember it!

First stopped in San Diego:
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Then arrived in SF:sf2

Sid The Dog picked me up:
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Hung out at TheHustle offices:
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Bought a scooter for the trip to ride around Glen Park:
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Even had a little workout station at the house:
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Took a few hikes.  Saw a dude selling refreshments on top of one of them!
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Made a PitBullBurrito:
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The WeWork at Civic Center was home to several work sessions:
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Held an office hours from a little room there:
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Gus the Dog:
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….helping me write a story:
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Yummm:
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Met up with Chandler Bolt:
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This pup!
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Photobombed:
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Happy to go on a boat!
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….then realized he hates boats:
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Out on the Bay:
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Drive-by of Alcatraz:sf20

Sam docking:
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Classy boat dog:
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Boat Dog at Angel Island:
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Under the Golden Gate:
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Dinner with Jordan Harbinger, Noah Kagan & Neville:
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Dinner….we all ordered the same salmon dish!
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Boat:
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Golden Gate Entrepreneur:
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Austin friend JR:
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Lunch with some entrepreneur peeps:
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Had ice cream made with liquid nitrogen:
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….and I totally ate it all!
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Latenight WeWorking:
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Went to the Founders Fund offices to hang:
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….the lunch was awesome:
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Blanket Bull:
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Sid “guarding” my room and guitar:
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Had Soylent’s new coffee version…was actually pretty good:
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Some drunk guy bumped into our group, made awkward conversation, then left.  No biggie.  5 min later waitress brought us 25 shots…..that dude bought them for us for some reason.  Weird!
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Working out of Facebook:sf40

Facebook lobby:
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Facebooking….but the productive kind:
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Drank Facebook coffee.  I’m 98% sure it was just regular coffee :)sf43

Upstairs at FB overlooking the other campus across the highway:sf44

Hangin with Stepan at FB:
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The FB cafeteria:sf46

“What is this….a building for ants!?!”
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FB HACK:
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PitBull Bookstand:
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The Apple Store at Union Square is one of the best designed and architected retail spaces I’ve ever seen!
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Rented a drop-top for cruising around the peninsula:sf50

Top up:
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Hanging out with Steve Chou in Mountain View:sf52

Saw my buddy Ryan Holiday talk at Google:sf53

Google Nev:
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Good times!

August 2016 Goals

New month.  New Goals!

Here’s the goals for August 2016:

August 2016 Goals

I was planning on staying SanFrancisco for all of August.  So from Aug 7th – 21st(ish) I’ll be in SanFrancisco.

I may-or-may-not stay the entire month.  Currently no planned return date.

This trip serves two purposes:
1.) It’s hot AF here in Austin right now and I could use a break from the heat.
2.) SanFrancisco-ish area is the mecca for all tech stuff, and it’s always fun to hang out with other techie people.

I’ll still be doing a lot of work when here, so it’s not really a vacation.

 

July 2016 Goals

July 2016 Goals:

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June was good, with a trip to Denver to speak and a trip to Chicago that lasted through part of July.

It’ll be a busy month!

New copywriting resources page

I’m a huge fan of this classic layout of “Image, Headline, Text”. In practice it looks like this classic “Man In A Hathaway Shirt” ad:

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The image captures the readers attention.
The headline allows them to decide if it’s something they’re interested in.
The text goes through the details.

Simple, elegant, & gets the point across!

In fact one of my favorite sites (Digg.com) has tested & iterated on this classic design to come up with a very user-friendly format for their stories:
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Image.
Headline.
Text.
Repeat.

So I decided to take a cue from their playbook and layout a bunch of my articles in a similar fashion.

Check it out:

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Lol….it almost looks like a child who can’t draw very well made that page :-)

What I’m curious to find out is how it will perform compared to my old resources page that was an all-text format like:
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This all-text page performed “just okay”. It wasn’t super interesting, it wasn’t very share-able, and the stats were pretty low compared to other “main” pages. The time spent on-page was very low in comparison to the rest of the site:
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I shall collect the data for the new resources page over the next 3 months and report back!

For now, the new resources page is where I’ll update articles!

Sincerely,
Neville Medhora – Kurious Kopywriter

June 2016 Goals

Here’s my June 2016 goals:

June 2016 Goals

Last month was super busy with the addition of the coding class I’m doing.  It’s pushing the boundaries of how much quality work I can get done per month myself.  Spending large parts of my days and nights on coding prevents other work from getting done.

However I still want to do this coding class….

When I first went to college in 2001 I wanted to major in computer science.

As you may recall, 2001 was a pretty big year in the internet bubble, and at the University of Texas at Austin over 17,000 students were applying for a computer science program with only 5,000 spots.

To manage that huge influx in applicants, they implemented a year-long “weed out” program where they put everyone through certain computer science classes, and only the top 5,000 students make it into the actual program.

I was one of the weeds :(

So I ended up getting a political science degree instead….which is essentially 100% worthless.
(To clarify, I think college = awesome…..political science = meh).

THERE WAS ONE SILVER LINING to this episode.

While I sucked at programming (in comparison to my much harder working student colleagues), I was constantly exposed to different technologies, computers, and in general got better than the average population at “computers”.

This allowed me to start a bunch of small businesses on the side, primarily on the web, and set them up quickly.  This better understanding I had at technology allowed me to execute things faster, and understand things better.  I would even hire my fellow students to complete programming tasks for me (and never paid over $50 for it)!

Last month I started a coding class in Austin.
In-person, two classes per week, 3+ hours each.

With additional homework, transit time, and brain capacity going into this, it’s taking up about 1/3rd of the total brain power I have dedicated towards KopywritingKourse.com articles and other content (if you noticed a slight slow-down in output lately, you know why).

I am taking this course for a few reasons:

1.) Probably as some sort of compensation for never hitting my aspiration of getting a computer science degree.

2.) My computer skillset is getting outdated.  A refresh is welcome.

3.) “You don’t know what you don’t know.”  When you learn about things you currently don’t know about, a whole new realm is opened up.  You learn different ways of doing things, understand the world better, and can spot opportunities others can’t.

4.) Cuz I wanted to.

5.) All these cool-ass new toys like Artificial Intelligence API’s and stuff are coming out all the time, and I don’t even know how to use them :::throws tantrum:::.  I enjoy building stuff and tinkering, and more and more of the stuff you can build nowadays is software-based.