Blog Blazers Winners are…

Firstly happy Thanksgiving everyone. I’m in the UK but as most of my business is in the US I celebrate US holidays too, it also provides a good reason for my daughter and I to head out for a meal this evening.

I’ve now taken delivery of a stack of the Blog Blazers books, so it’s time to dish out the prizes from our comment contest.
Originally I was going to give 10 away but I’ve received a few more than expected, so will be sending out 18 (hmm not sure what the postage on that little lot will be). I’ll divide them equally between tweeters and commenters, which also means if you sent me a tweet ( you’ll get a book 🙂 .

So the following twitters will recieve a copy of Blog Blazers:

  • adrianacopacean
  • sciencebase
  • sumesh
  • s2999
  • mtheodoulou
  • ryanajarrett
  • justinbcook
  • jdevalk
  • jgderuvo

Thanks to everyone who left a comment, unfortunately I cannot send a copy to all but the following will all get a copy:

Something I would like to learn from reading everyones story is how to identify my own strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes I tend to focus on things I like but may not be best suited for or of any entertainment or use to my readers. I would imagine that out of 40 bloggers someone else has struggled with the same thing.
Plus I love to read how people ended up doing what they do.

I would like to learn how to make loads of money, drive a fast car and have lots of geeky looking groupies.

Matt Apple
I’d like to learn what probloggers think is the primary difference between blogs that make it and blogs that don’t.

All the bloggers in the list are authority bloggers and have achieved a status where the readers listen when they’ve got to speak!
I’d like to learn how these people kept going when there wasn’t any success to be seen and any money to keep inspirations.

John Essex
There are many things I would like to learn from the book. There are the practical ideas such as mistakes to avoid, how to write better content and how to get more visitors. Then there are the more personal things such as how to stay motivated, how to pick yourself up and recover when things go wrong, how to be inspired and how to be creative. There is also curiosity, what are these bloggers like in the real world, what makes them tick, what do they do for fun and what are their backgrounds? Then finally, I would like to learn that these great bloggers are normal people just like the rest of us and with some hard work and dedication, we too can be great bloggers.

sounds a bit al pacino (or actually was it robert de niro who harped on about ‘motivation’?) but i’d like to learn how to motivate myself to get more stuff done.
the people on that list (yourself included) have great ideas AND are ‘doers‘. i have dozens of great ideas, but I just sit on most of them – or stick a big barrier in my way by overcomplicating them.
i’d like to pick up some of that trait of getting more done.
that’s it! not much to ask!

Chris Guthrie
The single most important thing to me is the story that shows a key turning point in each blogger’s life that allowed them to do it full time.
Now I’m not entirely familiar with all of the bloggers on the list but I would have to assume that most of these bloggers do it on a full time basis.
If I can take key points away from their journey and incorporate them into my own – than I believe I stand a chance to be more successful than I have been so far. I love to read books like this so even if I don’t win one for free I may pick it up anyway

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Good morning its 4.54 I’m Matt and this is your favourite answer for the day (I hope
What I would like most to achieve from reading Blog Blazers would be valuable insight concerning online entrepernerial endevours. I’m 20 years old and after stumbling across I have become seriously interested in the domain game, kicking myself for not being clever enough to buy more when I was 11 Now ‘online realestate’ blogs and other internet businesses have me enthralled I just want to tap into all the knowledge and pick all the great minds I can . Let this book make me savvy! I want to learn of realistic success from these webcommandors. You may just help inspire the next Hansup Yoon from Zuneboards.

Adriana Copaceanu
Al, first of all, congratulations on being included. I would love a copy of Blog Blazers so I can learn how to be successful in my blogging endeavors. I only recently started to see some success in my main blog, and learning from others who’ve “been there, done that” would be a great help, and an absolute honor. Thanks.

If you are on the list please get in touch and send my your full International mailing address, please format it in such a way that the postman will understand (I can’t always recognise Zips and States in other countries).

Thanks to everybody commented, if you didn’t win you’ve still given me ideas for future posts which will hopefully provide the info you were after.

About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.


  1. Wow! You really take care of you commentors 😉

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  2. Ah, that’s really cool…I rarely win things. I’ve twitterDM my snailmail to you, thanks again

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  3. Oh bugger missed out again! Congratulations to all of the winners and well done to Al for rewarding his readers

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Al. Congratulations to all the winners, I’m sure there’s lots of valuable information in this book.

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  5. Sweet, I won! I fully expect to learn something from this – but then again I suppose I won’t be able to ask for my money back 😉

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  6. Thanks for the book Al, I can’t wait to read it.

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  7. Chris Guthrie says:

    Thanks again Al I look forward to reading it. I sent over my info.

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  8. First batch posted. It would nearly of been cheaper giving US folk an Amazon voucher than paying the postage 🙂

  9. Some nice comments, well deserved. Shame I missed the chance, I’d love to know how you keep up with life on the internet and not get divorced from your other half!!



  10. Matt Apple says:

    If its cheaper for you I would be happy to add the book to my Amazon wishlist. If you bought it that way I think you could avoid international postage.

    I really enjoy SelfMadeMinds. Its the only blog about making money online that doesn’t read like multi level marketing or a self help program.

  11. I agree and am in the US as well. If you want to I can do the same thing Matt has suggested above.

    Or perhaps you’ve already sent them?

    Chris Guthrie’s last blog post..Attack of the Pop Over Newsletters!!!

  12. Thanks for the offer but the first batch has already been sent. The postage to the US is ~$7.50 whilst the book retails at $16.95 so still cheaper to send.

  13. Congratulations to all the winners! I didn’t even know of this contest until now. Sweet Prize 😉

  14. very happy to have been included in the winners, & what a great thing to do!

    Got an email from Amazon today suggesting the book to me – almost as if they knew.

  15. Wow – I dont often win competitions so this was a nice surprise! I look forward to getting the book. Thanks to all at SMM for the generous prizes.

  16. Looks like I have to join Twitter soon, or else I will be missing out all those nice goodies!

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  17. Unfortunately I missed out this contest, but the books seems interesting, so I’ll buy a copy (in ebook format).

    Congrats to all the winners, and let’s hope we learn some new things!

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  18. Thanks Al,

    I’m about 1/4 way through the book and it is fantastic. It’s incredible how each blogger answers the same questions so differently. I’d thoroughly recommend it.


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  19. Matt Apple says:

    Just wanted to say that I got the book in the mail a couple of days ago. Thanks.

  20. Al, got my book yesterday: I can’t wait to dig in!

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