It’s true that practice makes permanent. If you write everyday, you will find your style. My minimum is one thousand words. I find that quite easy to achieve because I write my truth, the things that I hold to be true. Now, you might disagree, but you don’t have to. They are my truths, what are your truths?
The mistake we make is to try to impose our truths on other people. We don’t have to be sane. We don’t have to think the same. We are different and that is a beautiful thing. I like telling stories because they’re my stories. They are the things that I have done. So there’s no debate.
I tell stories because the brain is a story processing machine. We love stories. We are told stories from a very young age. And we love them. The cartoons that children watch are stories. Some cartoons combine the story mode with actual teaching of certain ideas and values. They’re playing the role of parenting.
If you write about what you do, you can’t run out of things to say. Even if you do nothing, you can talk about that. You can’t run out of yourself. Tell us why you do little or nothing. Sometimes it’s because you don’t have a plan of your own. In that case, you end up following the plans of other people. The mistake people make is to talk about what they’re going to do. People don’t care about your future plans. They just want to know what you have done. You can talk about your future plans in the context of what you have done so far. Like saying, what’s next for you now that you have done this.
My blog is changing. In this world, if you’re not selling something, then you’re always buying. The more you buy, the more money you’re losing. You have money because you’re selling your time to your employer. So your time is not important to you because you’d rather give it to your employer.
I have come up with a few products which you will find on my website. I have always wondered how some websites look so great until I came across the idea of a landing page. Everything I do when blogging I have taught myself. www.leadpages.net is a platform that allows me to make brilliant landing pages. I have been able to create a landing page for my courses, my books, and my shop.
The crucial thing that I have learnt is that I have to collect email addresses. If you don’t communicate your products and services through email, you will not be able to effectively sell them. If you can’t sell, you can’t make any money. Focusing on creating products and services is great, but selling them is even better.
Having a great product or service is not enough. If you do not market, people with poorer products will sell more than you. Gone are the days when it is enough to just have a great creation, you have to exploit social media and email marketing to sell.
I am developing products that will bring in some income. One of them is blogging. So how does blogging bring in money? How do you monetise a blog? Google has a tool called Adsense. It allows advertisers to place adverts within your blog. The bigger the audience that is reading your blog, the more the adverts are likely to be seen, and the more revenue you’re likely to earn.
The other product is online courses. The internet has changed. It has transformed from static web pages into audio and video. It has become the social web. Educators have been complacent about adopting the current state of the internet into teaching and learning. Now there’s a gap between the teacher and the students. The Prussian model of education is not motivating to the students. We now have to manage behaviour because the students are not happy with the current education system.
Some people have set up companies that help teachers with managing behaviour. What does it mean that we’re managing it? It means we accept it and so we have to manage it if we are to teach.
There’s a place where I do not need to worry about managing behaviour. It’s the online course. If there was a problem, it is easy to resolve.
Increasing the number of readers is the number one priority. Readers want to be entertained or to learn new skills. As a teacher, I’m a natural educator of new skills. When you train to become a teacher, you take a module on pedagogy. Pedagogy is the theory of teaching. You learn how to teach any content. So not only can I teach physics, but I can teach anything I want.
Readers decide what they find educational or entertaining or both. I find that students want an entertaining teacher. I think it’s to do with the whole concept of gaming. There’s Instant gratification and feedback from games. Games allow students to make their own stories and confront the consequences of their decisions. The classroom environment is the exact opposite.
Most people do not want to learn physics. It’s hard and irrelevant to them. Maybe they want to learn how to blog or to run a YouTube channel. That I can also. So I’m creating courses which I will host on www.teachable.com. My Academy will be a mix of all the different skills that I have taught myself and also my professional skills as a physics teacher. I think doing physics has given me the self confidence that a lot of people lack. I can ask any questions and challenge any ideas.
The Scientific Method Of Enquiry
People who are not scientists are worried that science has not answered all the questions. But if it does, there will be nothing else for scientists to look forward to. In fact, scientists don’t say we can’t answer certain questions, they say not yet. We’re working on it. Every scientist uses the scientific method of enquiry to investigate scientific questions.