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  • http://twitter.com/Fitarella Fitarella

    I’m in!! Happy 2011 Chris!!

  • http://twitter.com/Fitarella Fitarella

    I’m in!! Happy 2011 Chris!!

  • http://www.lynetteradio.com/ LynetteRadio

    I’m curious on how generic vs. industry specific these will be. Prompts to “write about the one challenge you are facing this week” may not be the right motivator for some.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      I’m thinking that I can give mods to them so that they can be used in your industry. It’d be a lot of effort to do per-industry out of the gate, but with the commentary I’ll add, that dimension. Make sense?

      • http://www.lynetteradio.com/ LynetteRadio

        Yes, makes sense. Thanks for the clarification. I agree it’s hard to zero in on each specific business niche, but just like with HBW is focused on small business, non-profits, etc. it might not be such a bad idea in the future. When it comes right down to it, generating that many ideas per week is outrageously beneficial – the only thing left is to write the content!

      • http://www.lynetteradio.com/ LynetteRadio

        Yes, makes sense. Thanks for the clarification. I agree it’s hard to zero in on each specific business niche, but just like with HBW is focused on small business, non-profits, etc. it might not be such a bad idea in the future. When it comes right down to it, generating that many ideas per week is outrageously beneficial – the only thing left is to write the content!

        • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

          Right. I mean, with growth, topics might have their own life and their own ecosystem. : )

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      I’m thinking that I can give mods to them so that they can be used in your industry. It’d be a lot of effort to do per-industry out of the gate, but with the commentary I’ll add, that dimension. Make sense?

  • http://matthewm.org Matt Medeiros

    score!

  • Anonymous

    Got any swine or poultry ideas? ;) great method to help remove one of the big hurdles to writing: what do I write about…

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      You know, given some time, I could fry something up. : )

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      You know, given some time, I could fry something up. : )

  • http://www.bridgetpilloud.com Bridget Pilloud

    I’m in the boat of having too much to write about in my niche (Intuition, the human condition, how to be powerful while still having heart and compassion, etc. ). Are there going to be topics that would be stuff I’d want to write about?
    Is there going to a space where we can see what other people wrote on the same blog topic (because that would be so cool to find kindred spirits who write interesting tangents on the topics that speak to us).

  • Kradr2

    How would you describe what you do to to a six year old?
    How would you describe it to an eighty year old?
    How would you describe it to a very intelligent cat?
    How many other ways can you describe it?
    How would you describe it to Satan?
    How about your worst enemy ?
    How about to a crazy person?

    • Kradr2

      xx

    • Kradr2

      xx

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Had not head of letter.ly. Interesting idea.

  • Drsphelan

    I like the idea, can you pay for this with paypal?

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      It doesn’t look like it. It’s managed by Amazon Payments, and I don’t know that they have that option. I didn’t go all the way through the payment after hitting Amazon, because it would mess up my own amazon payments account. I don’t think so, though.

  • Kradr2

    In all honesty , I believe the most poignant thing to be said or done in 2011 is to forge connection . Not the obvious connection, but the connection that has true depth…. When it all boils down, what do we really need to know and accept right know. All this packaging and spin is going to pass and be little more than litter along the freeway. What really matters and needs to be said?

  • http://www.indiebusinessblog.com Donna Maria Coles Johnson

    This is a very, extremely totally cool offering. It is inspiring me to consider creating a similar product for my members, in the beauty industry. Most of them have blogs, but they don’t use them well because of time constraints. While I cannot blog for them, I can remove some of the pain by feeding them good ideas for blog posts. Since part of serving them is keeping up with industry news anyway, it’s fairly easy for me to provide value in this way. Thank you for the idea!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      THat’s the best part, Donna. The idea itself sparks a business possibility for you. See? : )

  • http://www.margieclayman.com Marjorie Clayman

    Hmm. My thoughts are kind of torn on this concept.

    On the one hand, I can of course see the value in it, and getting a muse to sit on your shoulder once a week, not to mention a really successful real-life muse, is a pretty darned good deal.

    However, I wonder if maybe this will promote a kind of increased dependency on you, not just in terms of blog topics but in other ways as well. It seems to be akin to saying, “Here, I’ll even do some creative thinking for you.” That I find a bit worrisome, not just for the folks that do it, but also for folks like you who often note there is a really fine line between asking for assistance and asking someone to think for you. Even though you are tying this service to a financial base, I fear it might muddy the waters.

    I think Bridget has a really interesting idea in somehow networking like blog posts together. That would be a value of a different sort – a kind of Chris Brogan community blog community sort of thing. Probably hard to coordinate though.

    I don’t know. I’ve just got some alert bells ringing in my head on this. I’ll be interested to see how it goes.

    • http://www.indiebusinessblog.com Donna Maria Coles Johnson

      That’s an interesting response. I don’t see it as thinking for people so much as I see it as jump starting people’s creativity. He won’t be writing the blog posts — just sharing ideas for posts that people can take or leave depending on their niche. I am a blogger who is also a business owner, but many people (most even) are business owners with blogs. They are people with businesses, and they blog. They blog well when they get to it, but their time is limited by the day-to-day tasks associated with managing a business and keeping it profitable. If it takes an hour to write and publish a blog post, I see this service as cutting that time in half at least. Once you have a solid idea that fits well with your audience, the hard part is over. I think a lot of people would be helped by this service. I’m intrigued enough to seriously consider launching a similar one to serve my community.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      People have bought writing advice for centuries. It’s not a new model. Do you know what Harlequin sells more than books, by far? Writing courses. People sign up for writing courses all the time. This is just that in an email newsletter form.

      • http://www.margieclayman.com Marjorie Clayman

        Yeah, that makes sense. I guess I’m more concerned for your part than for the people who will buy :)

        • http://twitter.com/susangiurleo susangiurleo

          Putting on my capitalist hat on for a moment, dependency is a good business model. It works for the following industries:

          Pharmaceuticals
          Car dealerships
          banks/finance
          Apple
          Phone/text services overall
          Amazon
          Ninetendo and all game systems
          Facebook
          etc.

          I can’t speak for Chris, but I don’t think getting a few blog ideas each week puts us at risk for hard core dependency. Our blog will work without the ideas (but I can’s say as much for my iphone’s ability to be useful w/o my dependence on Apple).

  • http://www.margieclayman.com Marjorie Clayman

    Hmm. My thoughts are kind of torn on this concept.

    On the one hand, I can of course see the value in it, and getting a muse to sit on your shoulder once a week, not to mention a really successful real-life muse, is a pretty darned good deal.

    However, I wonder if maybe this will promote a kind of increased dependency on you, not just in terms of blog topics but in other ways as well. It seems to be akin to saying, “Here, I’ll even do some creative thinking for you.” That I find a bit worrisome, not just for the folks that do it, but also for folks like you who often note there is a really fine line between asking for assistance and asking someone to think for you. Even though you are tying this service to a financial base, I fear it might muddy the waters.

    I think Bridget has a really interesting idea in somehow networking like blog posts together. That would be a value of a different sort – a kind of Chris Brogan community blog community sort of thing. Probably hard to coordinate though.

    I don’t know. I’ve just got some alert bells ringing in my head on this. I’ll be interested to see how it goes.

  • http://www.margieclayman.com Marjorie Clayman

    Hmm. My thoughts are kind of torn on this concept.

    On the one hand, I can of course see the value in it, and getting a muse to sit on your shoulder once a week, not to mention a really successful real-life muse, is a pretty darned good deal.

    However, I wonder if maybe this will promote a kind of increased dependency on you, not just in terms of blog topics but in other ways as well. It seems to be akin to saying, “Here, I’ll even do some creative thinking for you.” That I find a bit worrisome, not just for the folks that do it, but also for folks like you who often note there is a really fine line between asking for assistance and asking someone to think for you. Even though you are tying this service to a financial base, I fear it might muddy the waters.

    I think Bridget has a really interesting idea in somehow networking like blog posts together. That would be a value of a different sort – a kind of Chris Brogan community blog community sort of thing. Probably hard to coordinate though.

    I don’t know. I’ve just got some alert bells ringing in my head on this. I’ll be interested to see how it goes.

  • DawnAllcot

    So, my first reaction was, “What? He’s selling ideas? Aren’t those, like, a dime a dozen?” ;) But that’s coming from a writer with decades of experience. And I do have to admit, even then, it’s a challenge coming up with 20 different posts per month for about 5 different blogs in different industries. I can see how this could really help a lot of people! Kudos to you for taking an idea that may have seemed ridiculous and turning it into something that really fills a need for business owners and bloggers!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      People have sold writing advice for years. It’s just another spin on that. And there will be 45+ topics a month plus writing advice. I’m pretty sure it’ll be helpful to folks. And if not, they’ll stop buying. : )

  • http://twitter.com/cleveg cleveg

    Hey Chris, I really like the idea of idea seeding. It would be great if you could put out a sample idea seeding letter with a great big call to action to subscribe. Although I’d sign up because I’m already convinced, it would be good for those that are not…

  • http://twitter.com/cleveg cleveg

    Hey Chris, I really like the idea of idea seeding. It would be great if you could put out a sample idea seeding letter with a great big call to action to subscribe. Although I’d sign up because I’m already convinced, it would be good for those that are not…

  • http://twitter.com/cleveg cleveg

    Hey Chris, I really like the idea of idea seeding. It would be great if you could put out a sample idea seeding letter with a great big call to action to subscribe. Although I’d sign up because I’m already convinced, it would be good for those that are not…

    • http://www.facebook.com/HollyJahangiri Holly Jahangiri

      Isn’t that what THIS post is, cleveg?

      • http://twitter.com/cleveg cleveg

        sure holly, it does. sorry, i didn’t explain myself clearly, but is was the ‘plus some other inspirations built in’ that really caught my eye because that would provide the value added context to chris’s listed blog topics.

      • http://twitter.com/cleveg cleveg

        sure holly, it does. sorry, i didn’t explain myself clearly, but is was the ‘plus some other inspirations built in’ that really caught my eye because that would provide the value added context to chris’s listed blog topics.

  • http://twitter.com/cleveg cleveg

    Hey Chris, I really like the idea of idea seeding. It would be great if you could put out a sample idea seeding letter with a great big call to action to subscribe. Although I’d sign up because I’m already convinced, it would be good for those that are not…

  • http://www.arrowlighthaulage.co.uk/arrowblog Sarah

    I like the idea, simple and effective. Many bloggers are now able to afford your support/advice and can use the tips and suggestions to grow their blogs. I have some questions (everything that has been asked already) and I am sure you will work through them.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Well thanks! I’m glad you like it. Will do my best to make value. : )

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Well thanks! I’m glad you like it. Will do my best to make value. : )

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  • http://www.sparkers.typepad.com Pepita

    My first thoughts were:
    1) if you do not know what to blog about do you have any business blogging? If it is not your strength or talent why do it?
    2) if you want to set yourself apart and present original ideas why would you want to blog on the same topics as other subscribers? (Also a good reason to get a subscription; to know what not to write about…)

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      1.) Lots of people look for inspiration for writing of all kinds.
      2.) People can make lots of spins of the same story. Movies: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. – thousands of movies.

      • http://www.typepad.sparkers.com Pepita

        Thanks for your answer Chris. What about turning the idea of different spins into a blog hop? You set a theme and a date and you turn it into a blog hop so everyone can show their different thoughts on the same subject.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      1.) Lots of people look for inspiration for writing of all kinds.
      2.) People can make lots of spins of the same story. Movies: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. – thousands of movies.

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  • http://www.expensiccino.com Carl Natale

    Congratulations on launching this. It’s a good, simple idea. I really hope it succeeds. Partly because it means we there are more business models for bloggers than selling ad space. Two questions:

    1) Is there an affiliate program? I’m sure other bloggers would like to help you sell this.

    2) Can you share data on how it works? I’m betting you will have some interesting takeaways out of this. We would appreciate learning how if the revenue is worth the time. Of course there is some financial information you need to keep proprietary.

    Thank you for launching this. You’re doing a great thing for bloggers.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      1.) There’s not yet, because Letter.ly doesn’t have that option yet, but I’m going to ask them to open 1.

      2.) It’s really basic, technology-wise. It’s an email list. I hit send and it hits the buyers. There’s a money-control that says who gets it. I think that’s about it.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      1.) There’s not yet, because Letter.ly doesn’t have that option yet, but I’m going to ask them to open 1.

      2.) It’s really basic, technology-wise. It’s an email list. I hit send and it hits the buyers. There’s a money-control that says who gets it. I think that’s about it.

  • http://bettercloser.com Bill Rice

    I think this is awesome! I enjoy the few comments that take about not blogging if you don’t know what to blog about or you shouldn’t need this if you’re an experienced writer…

    I’m a pretty experienced writer and I still have Chris’ 100 ideas (that I copy and pasted into a text file) and pull from or get inspired by regularly.

    After all, the best and riches copywriters (think Ogilvy) talk constantly about swipe/idea files.

    Great product idea (Julien)!

  • http://bettercloser.com Bill Rice

    I think this is awesome! I enjoy the few comments that take about not blogging if you don’t know what to blog about or you shouldn’t need this if you’re an experienced writer…

    I’m a pretty experienced writer and I still have Chris’ 100 ideas (that I copy and pasted into a text file) and pull from or get inspired by regularly.

    After all, the best and riches copywriters (think Ogilvy) talk constantly about swipe/idea files.

    Great product idea (Julien)!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Thanks, Bill, and I’m really glad that you’re here. : )

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Thanks, Bill, and I’m really glad that you’re here. : )

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  • http://www.60SecondMarketer.com Jamie Turner

    Great idea, Chris. Thanks for sharing. And I agree with Carl Natale — I hope it succeeds because it’s yet another business model for making money online.

    You provide so much incredible advice, it’s great to watch you monetize what you’re doing. It’s worth every penny.

    Best,
    Jamie

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      The trick, Jamie, is to give the buyers of that service value while showing YOU other ways to make value for your projects. : )

  • http://www.rajeshsetty.com/blog/ rajesh301

    This is a cool idea (twice) Chris. The idea for such a service as well as the idea itself – both are cool. Happy New Year!

  • http://www.rajeshsetty.com/blog/ rajesh301

    This is a cool idea (twice) Chris. The idea for such a service as well as the idea itself – both are cool. Happy New Year!

  • http://twitter.com/collin_k Collin Kromke

    I’m really looking forward to getting the first list. It’s like Christmas all over again! Have you established the schedule for what day of the week you’ll be releasing these, Chris?

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Sent it yesterday, so I hope you got it. : )

  • Morgan

    Hi Chris – how easy is it to opt out?

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      I honestly don’t know. I didn’t try. But if you want to get out, you let me know. I’ll make sure you’re settled.

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  • http://thesocialjoint.com/ Lucretia M Pruitt

    My problem is the opposite – too many things sitting in the buffer, not enough actual execution.
    But will you keep the subscription method open? What if I decide mid-June I need some serious topic inspiration?

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      That’s a great problem to have. : )

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  • Nancy Terhune

    Hi Chris. Neat idea. Will be interested to hear how you do with it.
    Two questions and a comment:
    1. What will you do when a subscriber comes back to you with: “I’ve already written on five out of your ten topics. So you owe me five more. Haven’t you looked at my four-year archive?”
    2. Will you be turning down blogs, e.g. The Passionate Taxidermist and The Shoe Fetishist Blog?
    3. God bless you, but I believe you’ve way underpriced. Breaks down to under 25 cents per idea…
    N

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      1.) I don’t think I’ll be that tailored. If there are some dupes to what they’ve already written, I’ll try harder next issue.
      2.) Not at all. The topics can be for anyone. Interestingly, I had a fetish person sign up almost immediately.
      3.) Of course I underpriced. The point is to overdeliver. I charge $22k for a day of my time. Most people say I’ve overpriced that. : )

  • http://twitter.com/followcb christopher bartlett

    Do you ever consider others topics as my mind created more than i will use in a lifetime…lol?

  • http://twitter.com/eyeonannapolis John Frenaye, Editor

    Chris–

    Thanks for a great idea. I received my first copy yesterday and have a few good ideas to start. I am looking forward to more to come.

    I have owned several businesses in my life and it never ceases to amaze me at how many people will refuse to pay a nominal sum for something of value i hopes that they can do it on their own.

    We all run into blocks all the time. And if a general idea you present gives me the jump start I need, it is well worth the $9.95 a month!

  • http://matthewm.org Matt Medeiros

    Are you planning on doing a “free taste” to promote this?

    Kevin Rose is doing a paid newsletter similar to this. Releasing his new video content a week before public release to those that pay. Today he gave a free taste by promoting the first video in the series, interviewing Jack Dorsey from twitter.

    I’m just curious of how this comes through to us etc.

  • http://matthewm.org Matt Medeiros

    Are you planning on doing a “free taste” to promote this?

    Kevin Rose is doing a paid newsletter similar to this. Releasing his new video content a week before public release to those that pay. Today he gave a free taste by promoting the first video in the series, interviewing Jack Dorsey from twitter.

    I’m just curious of how this comes through to us etc.

  • http://matthewm.org Matt Medeiros

    Are you planning on doing a “free taste” to promote this?

    Kevin Rose is doing a paid newsletter similar to this. Releasing his new video content a week before public release to those that pay. Today he gave a free taste by promoting the first video in the series, interviewing Jack Dorsey from twitter.

    I’m just curious of how this comes through to us etc.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Done. : )

  • http://twitter.com/kivilm Kivi Leroux Miller

    I was planning to do something similar to this, but for nonprofit communications folks and not just on blogging, but on what to write about to supporters, period, regardless of channel. Would love to hear how your version works out. I’m thinking of making mine a bonus that goes with an e-book purchase.

  • http://twitter.com/kivilm Kivi Leroux Miller

    I was planning to do something similar to this, but for nonprofit communications folks and not just on blogging, but on what to write about to supporters, period, regardless of channel. Would love to hear how your version works out. I’m thinking of making mine a bonus that goes with an e-book purchase.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      Sounds great, Kivi. Mine’s going well so far. : )

  • http://twitter.com/kivilm Kivi Leroux Miller

    I was planning to do something similar to this, but for nonprofit communications folks and not just on blogging, but on what to write about to supporters, period, regardless of channel. Would love to hear how your version works out. I’m thinking of making mine a bonus that goes with an e-book purchase.

  • http://www.epitomemedia.com.au Brigid Shute

    A brilliant idea Chris, and a great new revenue model.

    We encourage all of our clients to blog more and get the question asked “what shall I talk about”. Initiatives like these are something that we would recommend to them as a way of always keeping it fresh and as a source if inspiration.

    I was going to ask how generic or specific they were, given that if everyone is working from the same base we may have a lot of similar posts, but you’re already answered that one.

    Keep up the good work.

    Brigid

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      There you go. So it’s something to help your clients get ideas. : )

      They’re not exactly generic, but they’re not very industry specific, obviously. : )

  • http://www.epitomemedia.com.au Brigid Shute

    A brilliant idea Chris, and a great new revenue model.

    We encourage all of our clients to blog more and get the question asked “what shall I talk about”. Initiatives like these are something that we would recommend to them as a way of always keeping it fresh and as a source if inspiration.

    I was going to ask how generic or specific they were, given that if everyone is working from the same base we may have a lot of similar posts, but you’re already answered that one.

    Keep up the good work.

    Brigid

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