4 Things Bloggers Will Love About Triberr!

Do you ever find something special that needs to be shared? Here’s one for all the amazing under-appreciated bloggers out there.

“A rising tide raises all boats”

The other day a friendly fellow 8pm Warrior (Andrew Syiek) told me that I needed to get the 8pm Warrior community involved with Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo and their new Triberr project.  (It’s hard not to believe in Twitter when you see how it brings people/ideas together)

It’s only available by invitation (see below), but Dino was kind enough to invite me into his tribe.  Thanks to Dino, this 8pm Warrior blog now goes out to more than 2,900,000 other people who follow my fellow tribe members.  2,900,000!

How?

Triberr creates close knit groups that “automagically” retweet each other’s blogs at staggered regular intervals (not all at once).

Here’s what that does for a blogger:

  1. Increases exposure to each post. My readership is up 200% since joining Triberr earlier this week.
  2. Provides more value to your followers. Since it provides excellent content from your tribe, your followers get even more good stuff coming from you.
  3. Increases your Klout influence score. Everyone in your tribe mentions you each time you post.  This means major Klout points.  I’m also getting a lot of retweets of the automagic posts (see #2).  More engagement = higher Klout score.
  4. More feedback. Your fellow tribe members will become built-in blog buddies. My comments are up 300%.  (Thanks for all the discussion!)

Dino was nice enough to let me start a tribe for 8pm Warriors and I wanted to invite my fellow blogging warriors to join me.  If you consider yourself an 8pm Warrior and write great content, check out our new tribe and fill out the “Contact the Chief” form to get an invite.

Here are some other tribes that may be interesting to you as well:

If you’re interested in an invitation to another topic, please post below and I’ll see what I can do to help.  Let’s make it special.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert
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Web 2.0 – Why Sharing is Caring

We need each other to make this work.

Instead of the one-way communications of the “old internet”, Web 2.0 is about each of us contributing to a much more interactive and informative network that consists of blogs, tweets, wikis, facebook posts, videos, pictures, and the comments and follow-up discussions that go with them.

We are the creators of the new internet.

The tools we use for the new web are called “Social Media” (think Social Studies, not Social Hour), and they have changed the world we live in.  Instead of sitting in a virtual “lecture hall” listening to a few websites do all the talking (think 1990’s), we are now all in a digital “convention hall” discussing amongst ourselves in one great conversation.

With such a level playing field, the new challenge is not the availability of information, but rather the hunt for the “good stuff”.

  • 30,000,000,000 items are shared each month on Facebook.com (official Facebook stats)
  • 2,890,000,000 tweets are posted on Twitter each month (official Twitter stats)
  • 200,000,000+ blogs had been started by 2009, with many more added each day (Technorati)

That’s a lot of content!

I have absolutely no idea how I would find the best of it without your help.  The content I need is a needle in a haystack without your sharing, liking, bookmarking, reblogging, commenting, and linking to it. Obviously search engines are part of the solution, but they need your help too.

That’s why “Sharing is Caring.”

Share something great tonight,

Aaron@Biebert

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I’m 90% Failure

I like to be up-front with my colleagues that 9 out of 10 ideas I come up with are bad ones.

However, sometimes it seems like I’m trying to get through the first nine as fast as possible.  While many people (not my fellow 8pm Warriors) might give up after one or two failures, I’ve got plans for something special.  I’m holding out for magic #10 every time, no matter how painful it gets.

That’s means a lot of failure.

I didn’t always think of myself as a 90% failure, but after looking at my past it’s quite clear. With all the running, pushing, and leaping I’ve done over the years, there’s been a LOT of gut-wrenching, aching, painful failures to get to #10.

You probably know the feeling I’m talking about…

However, as the oldest son of a Lutheran minister with eight kids, I had no other choice if I wanted to be successful in business leadership without waiting forever.  No one was going to do it for me.

I had to pay for college, take loans for almost everything I needed to start out, and never had any seed money or venture capital from family (they were all poor or thought I was crazy).

On top of that, we were lacking strong business mentors in my family.  I was the product of 2 generations of pastors and 4 generations of farmers.  Nothing wrong with those professions, it’s just that I had another calling, another passion.  However, it meant less support and fewer cheerleaders along the way.

I’ll bet I’m not alone.

These days, many of us are having a hard time with failure.  Take heart.  If you want to be different, blaze trails, make magic, then you’re bound to fail at some point.  Sooner or later we all fail along the path to great things.  The key is not quitting.

Ignore the naysayers.  Ignore the “I told you so” folks.

Keep going!

It’s easy for the spectators in life to watch us fall down on the road of life.  It’s easy for them to privately laugh, snicker, and feel good about themselves from the comfort of their simple life.  They will call us failures, “Pie in the Sky” dreamers, and tell us to get our heads out of the clouds.

I don’t care.

We will reach the end.  We will get to #10.  It just might hurt a bit and we must accept the fact that we might be 90% failures.

This blog is about that journey, about those who walk the same path towards their destiny.

Join me.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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He’s Got Our Attention

As a response to being named this week’s “Warrior of the Week”, Jordan Zimmerman posted further commentary on his blog.  I felt his thoughts on our way of life warranted sharing (link to full article below):

Attention, Business Warriors

This blog is a sure sign that I’m not the only one out there who has figured out that one of the secrets to success is hard work and little sleep.  But I also know that this lifestyle is not for everyone.  Maybe you require more than three to four hours of sleep every night. And that’s ok.

The question you should be asking yourself is, “What is my secret to success?

Once you find the answer, own it…no matter how crazy it may seem. Do you know how many people over the years have told me I’m insane for getting so little sleep and having such large goals?  I lost count a long time ago!  But I always tell them there’s a thin line between brilliance and insanity.  You can’t be normal to be great.  Life is not about being normal – it’s about being abnormal.

So figure out what makes you tick…what drives you towards greatness. Now get out there and own it.

If you haven’t subscribed to Jordan Zimmerman’s blog “You Sleep When You Die”, you may want to do that.  He’s provides straight talk and a great commentary on the 8pm Warrior way of life.

JZ, thanks for being a great “Warrior of the Week” and we’ll definitely be paying attention (as well as sharing, and retweeting) as you post new blogs, tweets, etc.   We’ve added your blog to the 8pm Warrior discussion news feed on Linkedin and we look forward to more discussion.

Have a great day,

Aaron@Biebert

Warrior of the Week: Jordan Zimmerman

Burnout? I don’t think this “Warrior of the Week” has ever heard of burnout.

It’s a pleasure to introduce you to Jordan Zimmerman (also known as JZ).  Since starting his own advertising agency in 1984,  he has been the ultimate 8pm Warrior.  For the past 27 years he never stopped, barely slept, and kept up a work regimen that is truly rare in our 9-5 world.

All that hard work is paying off.

Today he has over 1,100 employees in 10 states, runs the 14th-largest agency in the nation doing close to $3 billion per year in billings, and is a partner in the Florida Panthers.  (if you’re curious about family, he also has a wife and four kids)

What advice did he give me to share with his fellow 8pm Warriors?

“I just don’t think we really need that much sleep. After all, there’s plenty of time to sleep after you’re dead!”

…typical Jordan Zimmerman.

Here’s a quick video with some more quotes from him:

This is what his typical “off time” looks like.

  • Try to get home for dinner
  • After the kids go to bed, he works a few more hours in his home office studying research, reprioritizing accounts, or working on his blog
  • He’ll go to bed around 11 or 12pm
  • He gets up every morning at 3:30am and is at the gym to lift weights by 4 am
  • By 5:30, he’s back home and then out on his bike.  (He rides 25 miles before breakfast)
  • He eats breakfast with the three youngest kids and takes them to school if he’s not traveling that day
  • Then off to the office

If he’s not an 8pm Warrior, then I don’t know who is.  I used to be proud of myself for keeping sleep down to only 5 or 6 hours…but he’s running on 3.5 to 4.5!

Does he sleep on weekends?

“Why would you sleep when that’s your time to live?” he says. “Sleeping isn’t living. You sleep when you die.”

Not surprisingly, “You Sleep When you Die” is also the name of his blog.

He’s got so many great thoughts on business and life so we’ll be featuring his material all week on the 8pm Warrior twitter feed and facebook forum.  In the meantime, here are some other ways to connect with him:

If you have a favorite 8pm Warrior you think should be featured, please let us know by sharing a link to their blog/website in the comment section, tweeting @8pmWarrior, or posting info on the 8pm Warrior facebook forum.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

The end of vlogs like Wine Library TV, Ask a Ninja, and Rocket Boom?

Not the end, but I have serious concerns for the rising popularity of video blogs (vlogs) after the ruling handed down today by the FCC.  It allows Internet service providers to charge customers based on the amount of bandwidth they use (raise prices for some, lower them for others).

This will change behavior, guaranteed.

Will everyone immediately cancel their subscriptions to Wine Library TV?  Nope, but you can bet that some will cut back on video (YouTube, etc.) and audio (podcasts, etc.) instead of paying higher fees.  Verizon already charges based on usage for their mi-fi, and AT&T changed their iPhone plan as well.  What happened?

People cut back on video usage.

So what does this mean if you’re an 8pm Warrior looking to start your own vlog or podcast? You’ll want to get going on it…like today.  People will stick with their favorites (they’re addicted), but may not “invest” in finding new vlogs once they have to pay for it.

On the flipside, for traditional blogs, we could see the rise in readership as broadband prices go down for those using less bandwidth, thereby making it accessible to more people.

Either way, this could be huge.

Stay tuned.

Aaron@Biebert

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Will you cut back once prices go up?  Then now’s the time to enjoy sort of a vlogging “Fat Tuesday” before prices go up.  These are some of my personal favorites from today:

Wine Library TV

http://tv.winelibrary.com/2010/12/20/loire-valley-cabernet-franc-tasting-episode-961/

Ask a Ninja

http://www.askaninja.com/video/5168813-ask-a-ninja-12-21-10

Rocket Boom

http://www.rocketboom.com/top-10-tech/