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Interviews with Big Bloggers

Interview with Anne-Sophie of Fighting Anorexia

2 Comments 14 May 2012

Anne-Sophie, author of FightingAnorexia.com, is a blogger, podcaster, and entrepreneur who I first met through Jon Morrow’s GuestBlogging Apprenticeship Program. She’s popping up everywhere, including BlogWorld NY, where I’ll get to finally meet her this June!

She was kind enough to interview me about my experiences with anorexia on her site a few months ago, and I’m so excited to now be the one interviewing! In this interview, we focus on Anne-Sophie’s life as an entrepreneur, how the internet helps up heal, and what her goals are for the future.

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Interview with Social Media Expert and Serial Entrepreneur Christine McDannell

No Comments 06 May 2012


During the course of the thirty day video challenge, which I recently completed, I met some amazing people who spend a lot of their time growing their businesses online. Of these amazing people, one really amazing person really stood out to me – Christine McDannell.

Christine is a female entrepreneur and social media expert who owns the San Diego social media consulting firm Social Starfish, and from her habits (running and goal setting in the shower) to her powerful business presence, I knew she was a perfect match for the Blogging Fearlessly interview series.

Here, we talk about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how to be productive, and using social media to grow your local or global business online. Enjoy!


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10 Amazing Podcasts for Bloggers (and Everyone Else)

8 Comments 03 May 2012

Podcasts and Workaholics

One trick I’ve been using as I get busier and busier is maximizing car, travel, cooking, and cleaning time. These “passive moments” are a great opportunity to be – you got it – learning. Technology is moving quickly and there is more going on in the universe than you will ever have time to begin to understand, so if you’re leaving learning to the kids in classrooms you’re just getting left behind.

In this list, I’ve included my favorites (which are mostly related to blogging and internet marketing) as well as the favorites of some of my friends, each of whom have a wide range of interests.

Why include podcasts related to things other than blogging?

Because blogging and internet marketing is just a tool to spread ideas, products, and services – to have ideas, products, and services you have to know things.

It’s like painting – you can study painting itself (the tool) but then you have to explore the world – beautiful things, light, other people, etc. if you’re going to have anything to paint.

Now, your assignment is to get them all on iTunes, and once a week or so fill up some blank cds with new episodes. Put them in your car, kitchen, and bedroom and – voila – you never have to have downtime again! (Just kidding. Sort of.)


Copyblogger Radio - Podcasts for Bloggers

1. Copyblogger Radio 

This gets to be number one because it’s, well, my favorite. Brian Clarks’ famous Copyblogger website is just as great on air. If you care about internet marketing, blogging, content creation, or having an internet presence – for the love of God, follow Copyblogger Radio. They interview Chris Brogan about his best advice for growing a website. They talk to Sonia Simone about affiliate marketing. They talk to legendary copywriter John Carlton. I’ve listened to every episode. That’s all I’m going to say about that.



Jay Baer convince and convert - Podcasts for Bloggers

2. Jay Baer’s Social Pros Podcast

I love this podcast. They focus on Jay’s specialty, social media, and profile how different companies are using social media to grow their business. I love sitting back and absorbing the case studies, figuring out how I can apply the various lessons and strategies to enhance my own web presence. Jay is really lovable, and one of my favorite people to listen to. He has an incredibly knowledgeable, yet humble, way about him – and I’m always in a better mood after listening to him.

3. NPR Podcasts

You bring up podcasts and everyone brings up the same thing: NPR. If that isn’t social proof, I don’t know what is. But I’m not complaining – they’ve definitely earned the podcast crown. My artist mom and my web-developer, heavy metal loving boyfriend both listen to NPR podcasts all day. They really do have something for everyone. So, when you’re stuck without anything to write about, or just want to learn things and keep your brain alive, this is a great place to go.


Making it with Riki Lindhome

4. The Nerdist – Making it with Riki Lindhome

Well, isn’t this just brilliant? Riki interviews people who have “made it” – comedians, actresses, writers about what it means to make it and how they got there. It’s a beautiful thing for the starving artist in all of us, and knowing that deep down, we all just want to make it.


The Nerdist - JV Club

5. The Nerdist – JV Club

This might be the MsMorphosis in me, but this is just brilliant. In this series, Janet Varnet interviews women who have done things with their lives. One of my favorite parts has to be the nerdy versus beautiful pictures featured on each podcast. You should see my worst picture next to my best picture. They aren’t the same people. Except they are, weirdly.



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6. Six Pixels of Separation

Mitch Joel, president of award-winning Digital Marketing and Communications agency Twist Image, gives fantastic digital marketing strategies in these podcasts (of which there are many). Joel’s works frequently with big brands like Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Nestle, Procter and Gamble, and Unilever, and has shared the stage with has shared the stage with former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Malcolm Gladwell, Anthony Robbins, Tom Peters and Dr. Phil. He has a regular column, Media Hacker, on the Huffington Post, and his first book Six Pixels of Separation is a business and marketing bestseller. So, if you’re looking from someone to learn from, this could be a very good place to start.


Marketing Over Coffee - Podcasts for Bloggers

7. Marketing Over Coffee

In this podcast, hosts John Wall and Christopher Penn actually record the show in a local coffee shop and publish the show every Thursday morning. They’ve interviewed big names like David Meerman Scott, Seth Godin, and Simon Sinek. They cover topics ranging from the technological to the traditional – social media, SEO, e-mail marketing, copywriting,  and traditional (offline) marketing. Chris Brogan called it “by FAR the best podcast on marketing that I consume in a given day. Fast, to the point, and packed with information that’s useful to me, and yet delivered in a conversational tone that makes it easier to consume and less ‘newsy.’ I’ve put elements of their podcast to work for me over the last few months and have seen results right away.”



How Was Your Week? - Podcasts for Bloggers

8. How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner

I’d never heard of this one until I put out my inquiries to friends and family to tell me their favorite podcasts for the purpose of this article, and this was one that my very smart friend, poet/novelist Nick Anderson, really recommends (and I think looks just amazing). Since I don’t want to talk out of my ass about something I haven’t listened to (but am putting on cds to put in my car as we speak, so I WILL be listening to it!) here’s how Nick describes it: “How Was Your Week is a podcast in which the cynical Julie Klausner rants about pop culture over the music of Ted Leo, interviews interesting people, and discusses photos of animals that her fans send her.” Brilliant.


Shop Talk - podcasts for bloggers

9. Shop Talk Podcast

Hosted by Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert, this live web design and development podcast about front end web design, development, and UX. Chris Coyier is the founder of CSS-Tricks, a blog about front end development, and works at SurveyMonkey, which I love both because of their name and their service, and Dave Rupert is the lead developer at Paravel, a small front end web shop in Austin, Texas.  This show is undoubtedly a great resource for anyone looking to expand and sharpen their technical skills.



Tropical MBA - Podcasts for Bloggers

10. Tropical MBA

This one was recommended by this week’s interviewee, David Krug. I wasn’t surprised to hear that this is “the only podcast he listens to,” because it’s very in line with his work/life philosophy. This top-rated iTunes podcast is all about growing a start-up from your laptop while you explore the world. If the location-independent entrepreneurial path is exciting to you, this is a fantastic resource to help.


Interviews with Big Bloggers

Interview with Online Business Expert David Krug

No Comments 30 April 2012

David Paul Krug is both a friend, a peer, and an inspiration. He has helped me immensely in my own online journey, and I’m so honored that he’s offered to share his story with you guys. If you’re interested in building an online business, I encourage you to begin following his latest creation – Freedom Business. If you’re looking for SEO help, his Search Garden agency might be able to help. And, if you’re just looking to follow another amazing blogger, you can find him at davidpaulkrug.com.

1. How did you get into the business of making money online? Can you tell me a little bit about that journey and where you’re focusing your energy now?

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Interview with “Life After College” Author Jenny Blake

No Comments 23 April 2012

If there’s one person that understands the Blogging Fearlessly movement, it’s Jenny Blake. Here on Blogging Fearlessly, we want you to think for yourself about your life – where you invest your precious time, energy, and skills – and how you can creatively construct a job that you can be proud of for a life that you can be proud of. Jenny wrote the book Life After College, and has been featured on Forbes.com, US News & World Report, and CNN.com. She currently spends her time blogging, coaching, speaking, and being a yogi (she’s a girl after my own heart!).

Now, I’m so proud to present to you the beautiful Jenny Blake. If she doesn’t inspire you to get online and find your passions, then I just have no words for you.

1. How would you describe your career?

I’m excited to describe myself now as a solopreneur — a woman of many interests! My career is based around my blog, LifeAfterCollege.org, and incorporates coaching, speaking, online courses and now even teaching yoga. Continue Reading

How to Blog

5 Short Videos About How People Make Money Online

1 Comment 10 April 2012

Ever since I started blogging full-time, the most frequent question I get is “how do you make money from that?”

The answer is, it’s really, really complicated. There are lots of tactics and routes that depend on your traffic, the service you’re offering, if you have anything to sell, etc.

So, since I’m part of the 30 Day Vlog challenge and need to be making daily videos anyways, I figured this would be an ideal opportunity to give everyone the brief overview shpeal so that we’re all on the same page. Continue Reading

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Interview with Life Coach and Founder of “Alive: With Passion” Vlad Dolezal

1 Comment 09 April 2012

For today’s interview we’re going international, folks. Vlad Dolezal is a really fascinating life coach (and life explorer) who experiments with all types of self-growth (his eating, sleep schedule, etc), in order to find ways to enhance his life and wellbeing to live with passion. Vlad and I Skyped from his new home in the south of France (i.e. my dream destination) to talk about growing, building a blog, becoming a coach, and finding peace in the unknown. Off the record we also talked about his polyamorous lifestyle, which he agreed to write a guest post for me about on my blog, MsMorphosis, if you’re interested in reading that, just click here.


Jen: To start, you are living all around the world. So, how are you able to do that? Why are you doing that?

Vlad: I live around the world because I have a job that’s location independent since I work online. I work as a life coach, which involves phone calls with people or Skype calls, and I also write a blog, so I can do this from anywhere in the world that I want. Currently I’m in the south of France which has been my dream for quite awhile now.

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Interview with Photographer Tim King

6 Comments 06 March 2012

Tim King is a San Diego event photographer who makes more money than anyone else I know traveling and having more fun than anyone else I know. In a world where instagram and Pinterest have made everyone and their mother a photographer, Tim has managed to create a product so high quality that it’s unequivocally set apart from its competitors. Last week we met up over coffee while Tim was back in town (we’re old friends from high school and I still live here in Colorado) and caught up about his thriving business. Oh, and did I mention he’s built it largely through his blog and social media?

**Note: all of the images in this post were stolen from Tim’s blog. To see them in their original context and see other related photos, just click on them or visit TimKingBlog.com

Tim King Photography

Jen: The point of this blog series is to demonstrate how the internet and travel have enabled a whole new way of living on your own terms that wouldn’t have been possible 50 years ago. I want to prove that blogging isn’t just for nerds (although some of us do embrace our inner nerd), but that it can serve a much bigger purpose and enable a really amazing lifestyle. So, with that in mind, how did you get started with all of this? Continue Reading

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Interview with Corbett Barr from Think Traffic

No Comments 27 February 2012

Corbett Barr is a blogging professional and lifestyle entrepreneur expert. In this interview, he tells me how he went from a traditional corporate job to living all over the world doing meaningful work that he loves. Today he has three blogs, and he earns his living entirely online. You can find Corbett Barr at ThinkTraffic.net, Expert Enough.com, and his personal blog CorbettBarr.com. Continue Reading

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Interview with Kate Northrup

No Comments 04 February 2012

I have no words to express how stoked I’ve been over the last few weeks to post this interview.

Who is Kate?

I first discovered Kate because she happens to be the daughter of one of my lifelong idols, the renown women’s health expert and New York Times Best-Selling health and wellness author Dr. Christiane Northrup. Kate is an equally inspiring and fearless thinking woman who has made a life out of the art of growth and living well. Her eclectic resume spans from writing on Owning PinkCrazySexyLife, and her own site KateNorthrup.com, to being a yoga teacher that has studied with Rodney Yee, hosting an inspiring online talk show titled “Glimpse TV,” graduating from Brown University (as well as Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts!), and now becoming a Hay House speaker and author. Needless to say, Kate has really maximized the freedoms and opportunities available for all women (and men!) today. In the last year, Kate has made some major life overhauls, including most recently embarking on a  country-wide “Freedom Tour,” geared towards helping people find freedom emotionally, financially, and spiritually, and falling in love (whoo hoo!). Currently, she’s busy writing a book to be released by Hay House publishing in 2013 focused on money – and our relationship with our finances – as a road to emotional and spiritual wellness. Continue Reading


Jen, MsMorphosis herself, writes with a wisdom that belies her age (astoundingly only 25) and speaks from a place that seems like you’re listening to your big sister, or a dear friend that you’ve never met. For me, the connection was instant, and the material has always been almost so personally intertwined and touching that I feel like the singer-story-teller in the song, ‘Killing Me Softly.’ — Sheanna Caban