Thanks and Celebration

Today I received the physical copy of my first ever newspaper article. It was from the folks at African Bulletin who featured my press release this month and will feature a few of my articles over the coming months.

So I thought I would celebrate that with y’all, say thanks to African Bulletin and to you, tDA’s reader.

Who woulda thought I would have ended up with my own feature in a newspaper and my own show on the radio in such a short time.

If I was to derive a lesson from this then I guess it would be, whatever you want to do, put yourself out there hard because you never know what results you will achieve until you put yourself out there and take action.

Direct Marketing

I love studying direct marketers like Dan Kennedy and Jay Abraham and of course, Tim Ferriss & Yaro Starak. One of the key ideas I have gotten out of the industry is:

Test assumptions!

Whenever you want to establish whether or not something will achieve particular results, conduct a micro-test and the test will give you much more real world knowledge than hours of abtraction ever would.

Here I am 9 months later and me and my tiny little blog actually have a brand name and a reputation which can probably be translated into something else.

So now, I can honestly say to other people, the greatest use of a blog is to establish a brand, preeminence and mindshare in a particular niche.

Why? Because I have lived it.

I can actually say that putting useful information out there on a blog is a great way to get featured in the media.

Why? Because I know other bloggers who have achieved way more media than I have and I have had a bit media success too.

So in short, I will repeat a message that I have expressed over and over and will continue to express over and over because I believe in it so much:

Let’s not think about it or read about it, let’s BE about it.

Hope that helps and yet again thanks for supporting the Displaced African (tDA).

Have one of those days that will be studied in the history books,

Mwangi

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  • By Pink M, September 15, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

    As usual, the champagne toast!

    In life you need 2 kinds of people, the first are your opponents and critics, people who always make you see the other side of things, and challenge you constantly, hence pushing you forward or around :) These are the people that matter more.

    The other team (where I play) is for the people who are constantly cheering you on, and believing in the dream. So go on and achieve it! Don’t forget that it will be done when you finally get back home, and make the change.

  • By Mwangi, September 16, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

    @Pink M: As always…..merci merci merci :D

  • By Ssembonge, September 23, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    Your doing good. I do appreciate the podcasts you are doing with various entrepreneurs.

  • By Mwangi, September 23, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

    @Ssembonge: No problem, hope you caught the latest one with Benin Mwangi………

  • By Thimble, July 5, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

    Hi Mwangi! Salem ;o What are you doing in Australia? :o My goodness, thats a long way from home. I loved reading about the African musicians on your site. I liked that there were so many names and images so I can check them out. You know what, I think I met the girl from Oslo (or she was in Oslo) stp? I am not sure but I thought she was a recording artist/rapper from Kenya? I know it’s funny but Oslo has a large diverse community now. I lived in Norway from ‘97 to ‘05, and had such great opportunity to meet so many people in my Norsk Kurs (language class). Some were from Africa, Asia, England, many from Russia and Murmansk, and Poland. I am back in the usa now but I do go back a lot for family and vice versa. :D I love your site… I wonder what is the proper way to say hello nice to meet you in the language of Kenya? Have a wonderful weekend! Hilsen Jill

  • By Mwangi, July 6, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

    @Thimble: Do you mean STL? That’s cool. Funny enough because Kenyans are fond of butchering the Kiswahili language, the way most Kenyans would say pleasure to meet you is “Pleasure” or something less formal. Ways to say hi include “Sema”, “Niaje?” ( how are you doing?), “Habari yako?” ( What’s new with you?)

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