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The course course course course thingy

The latest AppSumo course I released was thought of by vote.

We ghetto-tested which possible courses I should make…and let the audience vote.  The #1 result:

A Course ABOUT Building A Course!

Lol….I still think that’s hilarious :-)

Basically I open up my brain on everything I know about video-course making.  And since I get easily distracted, I took 30 minutes to illustrate what this would look like:

Here’s the sales video thingy we filmed for it.  We made it in a studio with a REAL camera so it look really sharp!

Making all these courses was just kind of a fun extension of all the “experiments” on my blog that I’ve done for years.  So far they’ve been….umm….very….profitable.

So this basically shows how all the courses are made.

1 minute song in 10 minutes

Me and my brother are waiting to go to New Year’s parties….and I walked into his room and said, “Let’s see if we can make a song in 10 minutes.”

So with the stuff in his room we started going immediately:

1.) I first laid down the doumbek drumming track as Ashdin recorded it.

2.) My brother then free styled some guitar over the doumbek drumming.

3.) I then randomly started babbling some Arabic-sounding stuff into the microphone (so yes…the singing is me…no, I don’t speak any Arabic….and thank god for reverb effects!)

4.) My brother then laid down a bass track on the MIDI keyboard and mixed everything together.

TOTAL TIME TO MAKE: 10 minutes

You can listen to the quick song below….and HAVE A HAPPY 2012!!!!!

Ashdin & Nev – Made in 10 by Ashdin

Mont Blanc Pen Refill Trick

Randomly browsing StumbleUpon one day I saw this little video:

“Make a $200 pen for $6″

…..I thought this was soooo cool!

As a kid who used to collect mechanical pencils in middle school…..naturally I HAD to try this.

I immediately bought some Pilot G2 Pens and Mont Blanc Pen Refills from Amazon.  The pens are super cheap, the Mont Blanc refills are $6.00/piece.  I bought two 2-packs of them.

Fast forward one week for delivery time and it was time to do some pen-surgery:

Notice how the Mont Blanc refill is eeeveerrr sssooo slligghttlly longer than the G2 refill.  This is actually long enough to make them not compatible:

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This means you get out some scissors and do a small little snip-snip.  The end piece is just soft plastic, so even cheap-o scissors will be fine:

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DONE!  Now just insert the freshly-operated-on Mont Blanc pen refill into the G2 pen and it works perfectly!

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You can even see which Mont Blanc-enstein pens you’ve modified through the casing:

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I actually waited a few weeks to post this….just to make sure the pens were actually really good….
and I gotta say……..

-Neville
:-)

Book Two weeks thingy

Well the book in two weeks is pretty much done.

“But Nevilleeee it’s been more than two weeks!!”

1.) Screw off!
2.) Lemme explain….

The book is done with the exception of some minor picture editing.   I still have to upload it which is generally the easiest part of this equation.

However other projects are taking up a bit of time.  As you may (or may not) know, I’ve become a semi-famous copywriter in the last 4 1/2 months….so I’m being approached by all these cool people to do stuff for them.

Also I’m releasing this KopywritingKourse soon…and a lot of people have been getting anxious to see it (that makes me smile) :-)

Anywhoozle, it’ll be coming out on AppSumo on September 15th most likely…..so I’m busy making it the best I probably can.  I’m 100% convinced whoever watches this video course will have their lives changed in the way they communicate (it starts with their writing first, but then permeates into regular speech after a while).

They already ran a test on how well the course would sell….
….and it tested through the god damn moon!

So ::cross-fingers:: it’ll do well :-)

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Alright alright….enough about ME ME ME.  Here’s something for you:

It’s Boo The Dog!!

Friend him on Facebook!

I’m slightly obsessed.  He’s my most checked page on Facebook!

Writing a book in 2 weeks Experiment!

This is another one of those “There’s-really-no-practical-reason-of-doing-this-other-than-that-I-just-want-to-because-I-think-It’ll-be-cool” experiments.

I have no idea why, but I feel like I can write, format, publish and print a PHYSICAL book for NevBlog within 2 weeks.

Correction, it’s not going to be a full-fledged book….I think it’ll be more of a glorified pamphlet.

I want to see how fast I can make a book out of my blog and get it in-hand printed.

So today I am officially kicking off the “Write a Book In 2 Weeks Experiment”!

I already know the end goal, so here’s what I need to do in the next 14 days:

  1. Come up with concept/title ideas.
  2. Start putting Facebook ads out like 4HWW style to split test names (optional step).
  3. Find out what format to write in (PDF or Word) to get it printed correctly.
  4. Write Chapter 1
  5. Write Chapter 2
  6. Write Chapter 3
  7. Write Chapter 4
  8. Write Chapter 5
  9. Write Chapter 6
  10. Write Chapter 7
  11. Write index
  12. Formatting and editing
  13. Agree on title from Facebook ads click-through-rates
  14. Create book cover - Upload to service for printing like OffTheBookShelf.com or LuLu.com.  Apply for ISBN number.

That’s the rough plan.

Now I’ll soooorrt of be cheating, because each chapter I’m going to write has already been written.  Essentially I’ll be making each chapter out of a blog post.

For example, I might write about the Facebook fan site I made a while back and then sold for a small sum.  That whole saga was already done and documented:

http://www.nevblog.com/facebook-profile-website/

http://www.nevblog.com/why-facebook-sued-me/

http://www.nevblog.com/selling-facebookprofile-com/

…..so one chapter might consist of that story.  It’s already been done, but it’ll still require a lot of formatting and re-doing the photos for the book version.

But if I keep up the one-chapter a day pace I’ll have some extra time to do all the other miscellaneous things that might come up (I’m saving a whole day for formatting errors…..there’s ALWAYS formatting errors).

Anywhoozle, I’ll be starting this tomorrow.  First step will be to come up with the subject of the bamphlet (book / pamphelt).

Random title and subject brainstorms (based off blog posts I already have done):

  • 7 weird ways I made money through college
  • 7 ways I made money without a job
  • 7 stupid ways I’ve made money

Other suggestions are welcome!