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The story 🎒: $619/month win
Small ideas 💡: Making small bets, building in public and a thought experiment.
Stories of the week 📚: My faves from the week and my work on the internet.
Web highlights 🌍: Pat from StarterStorys $62,666/month income and the guy that’s reversing aging.
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THE STORY 🎒: My $619/month win
In an attempt to skyrocket my newsletter growth, I went all in on Twitter.
This is that story.
For the last 89 days I’ve been obsessed with Twitter. Why? A series of success stories made my heart jump out my chest. People make how much? I wanted in.
But first, some background.
Post-October 28th 2022
Twitter and me have a bit of a dodgy past.
I tried to post consistently, I failed. I tried again, I failed. It was a bad break up story. I gave up.
I write on Medium, long-form is my spirit animal, but it’s pants when it comes to getting subscribers. After 2.5 years of writing, subscribers would trickle in. Well, I say trickle, more like a drip. We’re talking 1 subscriber a day type of vibes.
So after a serious talking to (by myself to myself) and an idea from Dickie Bush, I decided to write 30 threads in 30 days.
A thread. Every. Single. Day.
The results? Well, they were bad.
But failure is just a data point.
I’m pretty average.
For me, I try to find people much smarter than I am and learn from them. The best in this case was a chap called Easlo. Why?
Clear value proposition.
Simple growth strategy.
I delved into his strategy, understood it and experimented with it.
The main thesis? Give stuff away. Just one tiny issue with that. It feels very, very, very painful to give stuff you’ve worked hard on away for free.
The gut punch
It’s a gut punch.
In the last month, I’ve given so much free stuff it’s made me feel sick.
I’d sit there and think ‘really, should I really just give this away, it’s taken me 20 hours.’ I gave away a book that took me 5 months to write.
But detaching from external metrics, to give with no attachment to external reward, that’s the level I wanted to get to. Why? Because then I can just enjoy my writing.
The weird upside
Then something weird happened.
I’ve made $619 in the last 30 days. No joke. By giving stuff away I’ve made more money than I did on Medim for the first 18 months.
Who’d thought? Not me.
People paid me for those free things. When I changed them from free to paid, people paid me even more. What’s weirder, people got the free stuff, like for free, and then paid me anyway.
All of this reminds me of something Alex Hormozi says: “when you take the first step, the next one illuminates.”
SMALL IDEAS 💡:
Experiment often. The Twitter database was an experiment, if it went wrong… who cares? But if it went right… and my word did it go right. Daniel Vassallo talks about this all the time, he calls them small bets.
Build in public. I’ve been building my new book cover in public this week and it has been invaluable to get early feedback.
Thought experiment. When you think about it, away from the milestones and accolades, what do you really want in your day? For me, I just want to write for 3 hours a day. And I get to do that right now.
AROUND THE WEB 🌍:
The guy that is trying to reverse aging.
Pat from StarterStory makes an eye-watering $62,666 per month in 2022.
Stories of the week 📚:
My Newsletter Just Hit 4,000 Subs. Here’s What I’ve Learned.
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Exactly how I got started. Built a product for Gumroad to sell. Failed miserably. Then gave it away for free. Suddenly money coming. Eye opening.
Love it when you share personal stories, Eve! Keep it up 🙌😊