S1 E161— Secret Combinations only Life Hacking Marketeers Know

I’m under review.  It’s not like the FBI is watching or the IRS is auditing or anything like that.  But, I still feel in limbo.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: One way to look at it is that they either want what you’re dishing or they don’t.  If they don’t you gain little by having them as a customer.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 161 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 30th day of January in winter of 2020.


Yes, it’s true with one day left in the first month of what my horoscope said will be my best year yet I checked off all the Patreon boxes and submitted my page into the virtual unknown.

What would Leo da V do?  Imagine what a Patreon day-in-the-life would be.  


I’m starting with zero fans and followers.  But, it’s a chicken and egg thing I already wrote about in Knowledge ATMs.  So, it is what it is.  I have promotional tasks to initiate and maintain on a weekly and monthly basis.


Here’s my feeling about LinkedIn.  My absence has resulted in fewer followers.  Maybe under 1850 after I had tried while at UCI to top it off at 2000 which “they” say you need as a fan base to support your Lifestyle Business (LifeStyleBiz).  I conclude that those followers are more career or self-promoting themselves and won’t necessarily be interested in supporting me. All of a sudden my Flipboard followers jumped to 1010 now.  It’s not clear how to entice both “audience”  sets to visit my Patreon page.  And then move them through awareness, interest, liking, desire and buying. However, I’m not in a desperately, urgent financial situation and don’t have to depend on the income stream.  But I feel I need to meet a certain level of competence, especially for those who pay me $1, $3 and $5 dollars a month, right?


I don’t know how to Patreon.  I don’t know how to promote via other LinkedIn tools.  I don’t know how to activate a Flipboard link to Patreon. I don’t know how to Facebook.  I don’t know how to Apple Books (Amazon). I don’t know how to WooCommerce and badge up on my websites.


My strategy depended on a) enticing a % of 2000 curious acquaintances to become patrons; b) my patrons loving my first of 5-books enough to review, share and recommend them; c) writing what I wanted and picking up with vacations where I left off, but getting paid to blog; d) gaining experience of self-publishing to Apple Books in ebook form and publishing multi-touch reports, itineraries, and guides; e) activating book reviews as part of the Apple Affiliate program and adding the Patreon, my Apple Books links and descriptions and affiliate badges on my websites; f) following up with Amazon.


My self-publishing pipeline would be build and tested with each book one at a time, then bundled in different configurations in the Volume One series.  It would become more efficient to me while concurrently I’d be writing Volume Two and Volume Three series books which is what I want to do.  


I’d continue to spend my mornings flipping and cascading, so the top 30 “Fresh from the Labs” digest would be updated with each flip and reflip cascaded; I compose a weekly and then a monthly Patreon post loosely following Taylor Pearson’s email topics highlighting the best stuff I’ve come across — articles, books, papers, podcasts, etc. before I publish to the public.  The public versions have Pearson’s and Sam Harris’ ways of supporting as a Call to Action and link to my Patreon; sprinkled with Patreon-only drafts of Volumes Two and Three and ways they can help — especially tied to bonus reasons to increase $ and — the Facebook launch of “The Tau of Steves”.


But, a noun is a noun unless it’s not known then it’s what … none? I should say nouns come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but I’m only interested in tying people, places, things, ideas and trends together in new and original ways. 

I collect nouns, zip codes and other people’s horoscopes — not really stealing their birthdays just appropriating predictions and sayings I want to believe in. 

Life-hacking marketeers and insiders know zip codes reveal the secret combinations to happiness for at least five lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities across this great country of ours.  

But, they are harder to steal with a straight face.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “One person, place or thing is not inherently more important than another person, place or thing.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

This is literally music to my ears — I know cheap shot.  But, hey your Holiday Tau for even on a Thursday is actually why I let my muse loose and asked “What would Leo da V do?” in the first place.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Usually, your to-do list is a mighty fine thing to keep track of, just not today; as you might get discouraged by the mountain that it is.”  Taurus

So you’re talking about my second “Why”, yes?  I like this attitude.  It’s so swipe-able.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: One way to look at it is that they either want what you’re dishing or they don’t.  If they don’t you gain little by having them as a customer.” Gemini


“4”  Steve Howey, 42:That spinning, centrifugal ride at the fair might be fun at first, but if you stay on it too long, you’ll get sick.  It’s the same with circular thought processes.”  Cancer

Two thoughts, why and which is it?

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Some things seem like good ideas in the dark and terrible ideas in the light of day.  Artists try to look at things in lots of different lighting.” Leo

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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