One Thing that Will Completely Change Your Life

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Last week I was visiting one of my favorite blogs – Location 180 – and my friend Sean had a very powerful message on how to improve your life in just one easy step. Like an attentive 4am infomercial watcher, of course I was intrigued…

What’s the one thing you can do that will completely change your life?

Start a blog

Seriously, that’s it. And I couldn’t agree with Sean more. A blog can be the gateway to infinite possibilities for you. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few (of many) examples:

A blog gives you a creative platform

I started Life Without Pants a little under a year ago because I didn’t like where my life was going, more specifically, I felt trapped at my mundane nine to five job. Life Without Pants was and still is a creative platform for me to be me – to speak what’s on my mind – to share ideas with all of you – and to explore passions within myself that honestly, I had never realized until a year ago.

A blog can be your home away from home – an escape from a reality – a hub of innovation. Your thoughts might not always be brilliant, hell, they might not even be all that unique, but it doesn’t matter. Writing is a way of thinking and blogging is a way for all of us to put our heads together and come out on the other side with perspectives and ideas we never had before.

A blog connects you with the right people

Thinking about relocating? Want to lose 50 pounds? Looking for a new job? Starting your own business? There are people who have been there, done that, and are more than willing to help you achieve your goals. Blogging is like the ultimate support group – you put on your name tag, introduce yourself, and your audience pins their ears back, waiting to hear what you have to say, encouraging you, challenging you to think in new ways, pushing you to overcome your obstacles.

Whatever you want to do – a blog can help

There’s no other clearer way for me to say it – except that without my blog, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have had the guts to quit my job and move (at least not when I did), I wouldn’t be working in Internet marketing, I wouldn’t be a successful freelancer, I wouldn’t know any of my friends in Chicago…and that’s only the beginning, not even the tip of the iceberg.

This idea may sound completely ridiculous to you. But I’m so excited and passionate about this (and so is Sean) that I seriously doubt there is anyone out there who can prove me wrong that a blog can and will help you achieve your goals.

If you’re not already – hop on the bandwagon and find out what a blog can do for you. You don’t need a plan, you don’t even really need a purpose – step one of any plan is making the decision to do it. So go do it!

What has your blog done for you lately?


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111 Responses
  • Patrice Reply

    Hi Matt,
    This really hit home for me. I started my website a couple years ago. After learning more about the benefits of blogging, I made a few design changes so that it would become my blog. But I had a few loyal readers and supporters that found value you in my old layout, so a couple weeks ago I decided to incorporate the blog into the website.

    Even though my readership is not as high as I’d like it to be considering that it has been in existence for 2 years (which is due to my own inconsistency), I’ve met a lot of great people locally and made a lot of friends who were forward-thinking and ambitious such as myself. Not to mention that it also allowed me to be creative and self-educate myself on areas such as web design, writing, and putting my education to use on my own terms considering the lack of professional opportunities in Michigan.

    So yes, I agree with you that blogging will definitely change your life. It certainly has changed mine, and I look forward to it changing my financial life as well this year.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Nice to hear you have goals for the year ahead Patrice. At the end of the day – a blog can lead to a ton of possibilities, but what’s best about the communities we build online are the friendships and relationships we translate into our “real” lives.

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  • Patrice Reply

    Hi Matt,
    This really hit home for me. I started my website a couple years ago. After learning more about the benefits of blogging, I made a few design changes so that it would become my blog. But I had a few loyal readers and supporters that found value you in my old layout, so a couple weeks ago I decided to incorporate the blog into the website.

    Even though my readership is not as high as I’d like it to be considering that it has been in existence for 2 years (which is due to my own inconsistency), I’ve met a lot of great people locally and made a lot of friends who were forward-thinking and ambitious such as myself. Not to mention that it also allowed me to be creative and self-educate myself on areas such as web design, writing, and putting my education to use on my own terms considering the lack of professional opportunities in Michigan.

    So yes, I agree with you that blogging will definitely change your life. It certainly has changed mine, and I look forward to it changing my financial life as well this year.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Nice to hear you have goals for the year ahead Patrice. At the end of the day – a blog can lead to a ton of possibilities, but what’s best about the communities we build online are the friendships and relationships we translate into our “real” lives.

  • Megan Cassidy Reply

    Matt,

    Way to light a fire under my ass! I used to blog a lot, when I was in college and had more free time, but now that I have a job, time is more scarce. At work, I’m processing information and writing for hours on end. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but it’s draining, and then I come home and just want to crash.

    But after reading this, no more excuses. I’m doing it. It’ll develop, I’ll make time for it, and hopefully gain a following. But even if I don’t, it’ll still be useful, because it allows me to write with a purpose.

    Thanks for the motivation :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem Megan – happy to help light that fire! I have a job, pursue a million other things, and heck…even a “real” social life from time to time – but I still make time for the blog. Now, that’s not to say I’m better than you or anything crazy like that (because I’m not, at all)…All I’m saying is that you CAN make time for it…you just have to, you know, make time for it! Good luck to you – keep me in the loop!

  • Megan Cassidy Reply

    Matt,

    Way to light a fire under my ass! I used to blog a lot, when I was in college and had more free time, but now that I have a job, time is more scarce. At work, I’m processing information and writing for hours on end. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but it’s draining, and then I come home and just want to crash.

    But after reading this, no more excuses. I’m doing it. It’ll develop, I’ll make time for it, and hopefully gain a following. But even if I don’t, it’ll still be useful, because it allows me to write with a purpose.

    Thanks for the motivation :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem Megan – happy to help light that fire! I have a job, pursue a million other things, and heck…even a “real” social life from time to time – but I still make time for the blog. Now, that’s not to say I’m better than you or anything crazy like that (because I’m not, at all)…All I’m saying is that you CAN make time for it…you just have to, you know, make time for it! Good luck to you – keep me in the loop!

  • Jenny Reply

    You know, this would have made my life.. if the answer had been a streaming replay of PANTS ON DA GROUND. THAT changed my life. No seriously though, I totally agree. Starting a blog changes your life by allowing you to free yourself of the thoughts that have nowhere else to go, help others, get help from others.. learn a little about life. And meet other white people who stare when they booze dance. Love it!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha as much as I may try to fight it, I think I’m almost obligated to figure out a way to incorporate “Pants on da ground” into the mix here at Life Without Pants.

      If nothing else, this blog has introduced me to another who understands the white-person-stare-booze-dance and will engage in virtual dance-offs (which I still owe you my rebuttal).

      • Jenny Reply

        Yessss. Hurry, hurry. My next dance video will include a full call out of bloggers I personally challenge to dance offs. You, Srini and Richie are just a few…

    • Tim Jahn Reply

      Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground!

      Best song ever :)

      • Jenny Reply

        Yesssss. I’m working on a song I hope will rival it, titled “Taco taco, Yo no loco!”

  • Jenny Reply

    You know, this would have made my life.. if the answer had been a streaming replay of PANTS ON DA GROUND. THAT changed my life. No seriously though, I totally agree. Starting a blog changes your life by allowing you to free yourself of the thoughts that have nowhere else to go, help others, get help from others.. learn a little about life. And meet other white people who stare when they booze dance. Love it!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha as much as I may try to fight it, I think I’m almost obligated to figure out a way to incorporate “Pants on da ground” into the mix here at Life Without Pants.

      If nothing else, this blog has introduced me to another who understands the white-person-stare-booze-dance and will engage in virtual dance-offs (which I still owe you my rebuttal).

      • Jenny Reply

        Yessss. Hurry, hurry. My next dance video will include a full call out of bloggers I personally challenge to dance offs. You, Srini and Richie are just a few…

    • Tim Jahn Reply

      Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground!

      Best song ever :)

      • Jenny Reply

        Yesssss. I’m working on a song I hope will rival it, titled “Taco taco, Yo no loco!”

  • Andrew Swenson Reply

    Matt,

    I think the most important aspect of having a blog is the platform part—everything else, the connection, the space for creativity, the path to achieving goals, flows from what the platform allows you to do.

    The platform part used to be hard, but thanks to the internet, it’s now easy and cheap, so there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of the tools that are readily available.

    The hard part now is earning attention. You may not need a plan to start, but we both know that in order to build community (and move closer to reaching your goals), you have to have some sense of direction. You also have to work like a dog.

    So thanks for working like a dog Matt.

    I know I appreciate it.

    -Andrew

    • Tim Jahn Reply

      You bring up a great point, Andrew. Starting a blog is one thing. Getting noticed/making a difference is a whole different one.

      Many people think that they start a blog and boom – it’s done. It happened. I think starting the blog is the easy part. Building a community and making a difference is the hard part.

      It’s important to start a blog with a goal in mind. It’s ok if that goal evolves and changes over time, but have something to reach for when you start.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks man – it is work – this is a full time job – and I know you can attest to that. When I mention “you don’t even need a plan” above – this is tarted toward the people who may think they need to have it all mapped out before they even start. When in reality, you have no idea what this platform will be (I had no idea it would be what it is in less than a year). So first – get out there and do it – THEN worry about the plan.

      Cheers my friend – good things ahead for both of us.

  • Andrew Swenson Reply

    Matt,

    I think the most important aspect of having a blog is the platform part—everything else, the connection, the space for creativity, the path to achieving goals, flows from what the platform allows you to do.

    The platform part used to be hard, but thanks to the internet, it’s now easy and cheap, so there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of the tools that are readily available.

    The hard part now is earning attention. You may not need a plan to start, but we both know that in order to build community (and move closer to reaching your goals), you have to have some sense of direction. You also have to work like a dog.

    So thanks for working like a dog Matt.

    I know I appreciate it.

    -Andrew

    • Tim Jahn Reply

      You bring up a great point, Andrew. Starting a blog is one thing. Getting noticed/making a difference is a whole different one.

      Many people think that they start a blog and boom – it’s done. It happened. I think starting the blog is the easy part. Building a community and making a difference is the hard part.

      It’s important to start a blog with a goal in mind. It’s ok if that goal evolves and changes over time, but have something to reach for when you start.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks man – it is work – this is a full time job – and I know you can attest to that. When I mention “you don’t even need a plan” above – this is tarted toward the people who may think they need to have it all mapped out before they even start. When in reality, you have no idea what this platform will be (I had no idea it would be what it is in less than a year). So first – get out there and do it – THEN worry about the plan.

      Cheers my friend – good things ahead for both of us.

  • Joe Salome Reply

    I resonate the same feeling as some of the others. In college and my first job I was all about it. Now with life in full swing and the job taking up much of my free time the ideas just sit waiting in the corner.

    Time to start the multiple blogs I have maturing in my brain! More to come…

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I hear you man. I credit a lot of what I’ve done here to my transition of unemployment when I was moving to Chicago. 1) It gave me a lot to write about 2) I was desperate to network with EVERYONE here in the windy city and 3) I had nothing better to do. So I turned to blogging – I worked on building this community, and I haven’t looked back since. Good luck to you in turning those thoughts into writing!

  • Joe Salome Reply

    I resonate the same feeling as some of the others. In college and my first job I was all about it. Now with life in full swing and the job taking up much of my free time the ideas just sit waiting in the corner.

    Time to start the multiple blogs I have maturing in my brain! More to come…

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I hear you man. I credit a lot of what I’ve done here to my transition of unemployment when I was moving to Chicago. 1) It gave me a lot to write about 2) I was desperate to network with EVERYONE here in the windy city and 3) I had nothing better to do. So I turned to blogging – I worked on building this community, and I haven’t looked back since. Good luck to you in turning those thoughts into writing!

  • Muzi Mohale | Travelwires.com Reply

    I resigned from full-time employment in March 2009, that enabled me to travel South Africa more than ever before. I’ve also established friendship with a vast amount of industry contacts, all of which wasn’t going to be possible if it wasn’t for my blog. I totally agree with you Matt, blogging opens endless opportunities…

  • Muzi Mohale | Travelwires.com Reply

    I resigned from full-time employment in March 2009, that enabled me to travel South Africa more than ever before. I’ve also established friendship with a vast amount of industry contacts, all of which wasn’t going to be possible if it wasn’t for my blog. I totally agree with you Matt, blogging opens endless opportunities…

  • Tony Ruiz Reply

    I think the greatest thing about blogging is that it evolves as the years go on. The opportunities are endless.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Yep. You can set goals and benchmarks, but you never know where your blog will take you – who it will introduce you to, and so on. Limitless potential for sure! Looking forward to the launch of your new site bro!

  • Tony Ruiz Reply

    I think the greatest thing about blogging is that it evolves as the years go on. The opportunities are endless.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Yep. You can set goals and benchmarks, but you never know where your blog will take you – who it will introduce you to, and so on. Limitless potential for sure! Looking forward to the launch of your new site bro!

  • Melissa Gorzelanczyk Reply

    My blog has made me more confident than I’ve ever been, especially at work. I work for a corporation, but now when I feel like I’m special or worth something to my company – I believe it.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      That’s awesome Melissa – it really can be a huge source of confidence. By the way, just subscribed to your blog (sorry I hadn’t sooner) – looking forward to reading a lot of great stuff from you!

  • Melissa Gorzelanczyk Reply

    My blog has made me more confident than I’ve ever been, especially at work. I work for a corporation, but now when I feel like I’m special or worth something to my company – I believe it.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      That’s awesome Melissa – it really can be a huge source of confidence. By the way, just subscribed to your blog (sorry I hadn’t sooner) – looking forward to reading a lot of great stuff from you!

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    Research for my upcoming blog post…

    At what point do community members leave because they’re heard the same story too many times? Do they ask for fresh content or just leave and look elsewhere?

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    Research for my upcoming blog post…

    At what point do community members leave because they’re heard the same story too many times? Do they ask for fresh content or just leave and look elsewhere?

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    Matt,

    I love it. I think you and I both know that there is so much in all of what you have said. I’m actually going to put your video into my presentation that I’m going to be giving to the current students at my MBA alma matter. This is interesting because it seems like all of the content I’m working on seems inspired by all of this. Maybe we should do a video segment on What has Blogging done for you? Hit me up if you can think of a project that we could turn that into. As far as what it’s done for me:

    1) Got me a current job
    2) Connected me to some really interesting people
    3) Allowed me to build a marketable skill set
    4) Given me platform for making money

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Love the video :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I’d love to collaborate man – I like that idea, “What has blogging done for you” – I think every single blogger out there would have something to say – and we would no doubt get some interesting stories – AND you know I am all about video projects. Let’s make something happen.

      Our blogs have done a lot of the same for each of us – and a year ago – I would have never (ever) guessed that this “platform” would be what it is today. Thanks for stopping by brotha!

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    Matt,

    I love it. I think you and I both know that there is so much in all of what you have said. I’m actually going to put your video into my presentation that I’m going to be giving to the current students at my MBA alma matter. This is interesting because it seems like all of the content I’m working on seems inspired by all of this. Maybe we should do a video segment on What has Blogging done for you? Hit me up if you can think of a project that we could turn that into. As far as what it’s done for me:

    1) Got me a current job
    2) Connected me to some really interesting people
    3) Allowed me to build a marketable skill set
    4) Given me platform for making money

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Love the video :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I’d love to collaborate man – I like that idea, “What has blogging done for you” – I think every single blogger out there would have something to say – and we would no doubt get some interesting stories – AND you know I am all about video projects. Let’s make something happen.

      Our blogs have done a lot of the same for each of us – and a year ago – I would have never (ever) guessed that this “platform” would be what it is today. Thanks for stopping by brotha!

  • Archan Mehta Reply

    Hey there, Matt:

    Congratulations on your success as a blogger and your transitions in life.

    Glad to know this blog has enabled you to widen your social circle and make new friends.

    I look forward to reading other interesting articles, so keep on posting. Best wishes.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks! It definitely has helped to introduce me to SO so many awesome people. I literally wouldn’t know anyone (other than family) here in Chicago if it wasn’t for my blog. This is a brand new city for me full of brand new people – and through this blog and Social Media, I’ve made some amazing friendships.

  • Archan Mehta Reply

    Hey there, Matt:

    Congratulations on your success as a blogger and your transitions in life.

    Glad to know this blog has enabled you to widen your social circle and make new friends.

    I look forward to reading other interesting articles, so keep on posting. Best wishes.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks! It definitely has helped to introduce me to SO so many awesome people. I literally wouldn’t know anyone (other than family) here in Chicago if it wasn’t for my blog. This is a brand new city for me full of brand new people – and through this blog and Social Media, I’ve made some amazing friendships.

  • Jason Mollica Reply

    Matt,
    You hit the hole like Chris Johnson and took it home for a TD with this post. Since I started writing my blog, I have felt more creative and more of a critical thinker. It has opened avenues for me like never before. My blog has become a sense of pride and something I take very seriously.

    As far as Tim’s research, the message may be the same but if the person blogging it says it differently, you are more likely to stay with one blogger than another.

    Continue the Pantsless excellence!

    • Jenn Sutherland Reply

      Right on, Matt! My blog definitely changed my life. I started my food blog because so many people ask me for my recipes, or have questions about living gluten free, but it has definitely impacted my professional life too. I’ve become the defacto social media guru at the org I work for, manage our twitter presence, and met so many amazing people through blogging. I’ve found a place not only in the Chicago social media scene, but in the Chicago food and gluten-free communities too. My audience has been building steadily, and after a year, I’m feeling confident enough to use my online networks to really focus on building my audience in 2010.

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        @Jason – love the Chris Johnson analogy. That guy is ridiculous – only reason the Titans stayed in the mix this season (which was amazing that they were able to be “contenders” after an 0-6 start. To your point – a blog shouldn’t definitely be something you are proud to call your own – and as you and I both know – it can be “serious business” but at the end of the day, should be a business your thoroughly enjoy.

        @Jenn – I can’t believe we haven’t met yet – we’ll have to fix that soon! Sounds like your blog has really turned into an outstanding platform for you – looking forward to connecting more this year!

    • Tim Jahn Reply

      Jason,

      But what if the blogger keeps saying the same thing over and over, just with different words each post? Will community members get bored eventually (especially if they’ve been a member of the community for while)? How does the blogger keep the old readers engaged while providing background for the new readers?

  • Jason Mollica Reply

    Matt,
    You hit the hole like Chris Johnson and took it home for a TD with this post. Since I started writing my blog, I have felt more creative and more of a critical thinker. It has opened avenues for me like never before. My blog has become a sense of pride and something I take very seriously.

    As far as Tim’s research, the message may be the same but if the person blogging it says it differently, you are more likely to stay with one blogger than another.

    Continue the Pantsless excellence!

    • Jenn Sutherland Reply

      Right on, Matt! My blog definitely changed my life. I started my food blog because so many people ask me for my recipes, or have questions about living gluten free, but it has definitely impacted my professional life too. I’ve become the defacto social media guru at the org I work for, manage our twitter presence, and met so many amazing people through blogging. I’ve found a place not only in the Chicago social media scene, but in the Chicago food and gluten-free communities too. My audience has been building steadily, and after a year, I’m feeling confident enough to use my online networks to really focus on building my audience in 2010.

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        @Jason – love the Chris Johnson analogy. That guy is ridiculous – only reason the Titans stayed in the mix this season (which was amazing that they were able to be “contenders” after an 0-6 start. To your point – a blog shouldn’t definitely be something you are proud to call your own – and as you and I both know – it can be “serious business” but at the end of the day, should be a business your thoroughly enjoy.

        @Jenn – I can’t believe we haven’t met yet – we’ll have to fix that soon! Sounds like your blog has really turned into an outstanding platform for you – looking forward to connecting more this year!

    • Tim Jahn Reply

      Jason,

      But what if the blogger keeps saying the same thing over and over, just with different words each post? Will community members get bored eventually (especially if they’ve been a member of the community for while)? How does the blogger keep the old readers engaged while providing background for the new readers?

  • Akash Sharma Reply

    Fantastic Matt, just now I read a post through Danny’s blog on the topic “blogging is dead”, But I don’t really understand how that can happen,Because blogging has changed so many lives throughout its evolution and the kind of self confidence which you get is awesome.
    I must mention that if you work really hard towards it and if you truly love it no one can stop you from changing your life.

    Thanks again, keep up the great job….

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Akash – blogging is FAR from dead. I get so tired of hearing that – blogging is FAR from dead, and in reality, I think it’s just beginning for SO many of us. There’s a lot to look forward to amongst our communities in the days, months, and years to come! Keep in touch…

  • Akash Sharma Reply

    Fantastic Matt, just now I read a post through Danny’s blog on the topic “blogging is dead”, But I don’t really understand how that can happen,Because blogging has changed so many lives throughout its evolution and the kind of self confidence which you get is awesome.
    I must mention that if you work really hard towards it and if you truly love it no one can stop you from changing your life.

    Thanks again, keep up the great job….

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Akash – blogging is FAR from dead. I get so tired of hearing that – blogging is FAR from dead, and in reality, I think it’s just beginning for SO many of us. There’s a lot to look forward to amongst our communities in the days, months, and years to come! Keep in touch…

  • Josh Opinion Reply

    Agreed Matt,

    My blog has transformed into a creative outlet to talk and do things I normally would not be able to do within my social circle. It has given me an opportunity to express my voice and creativity and at the same time has allowed me to think in different ways about where I want to take myself.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Hey Josh – I think a blog can be great way for you to dive into new creative platforms and social circles that you normally wouldn’t have. And honestly, it can help take you anywhere you want to go. Cheers!

  • Josh Opinion Reply

    Agreed Matt,

    My blog has transformed into a creative outlet to talk and do things I normally would not be able to do within my social circle. It has given me an opportunity to express my voice and creativity and at the same time has allowed me to think in different ways about where I want to take myself.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Hey Josh – I think a blog can be great way for you to dive into new creative platforms and social circles that you normally wouldn’t have. And honestly, it can help take you anywhere you want to go. Cheers!

  • Rev. Paul T. McCain Reply

    I appreciate your comments about blogging. I’ve been blogging for about ten years or so. It’s been a great way for me pursue my interests and share them. What I enjoy the most is all the interaction is has provided for me with people, quite literally, from all over the world with whom I would have never met otherwise. It’s fun.

    And I suppose the day it stops being, at heart, fun, is the day I give it up.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      10 years eh? I think that officially makes you a “blogging veteran”. I’ve been “blogging” (in some fashion of the word – dating back to xanga/myspace) since 2003. But Life Without Pants is the “it” for me. I learned a lot from my past experiences – about what I wanted to write and what others want to read. I think that’s why I stress that it’s so important to just go for it – try, fail, whatever. Even I (yes even the almighty mattchevy, lol) throw out a dud of a post sometimes – and you know what, that’s OK. I haven’t written ONE thing here that I wasn’t personally satisfied with – and that’s what matters most. As you said, once it stops being fun – it just needs to stop. Thanks for coming by sir!

  • Rev. Paul T. McCain Reply

    I appreciate your comments about blogging. I’ve been blogging for about ten years or so. It’s been a great way for me pursue my interests and share them. What I enjoy the most is all the interaction is has provided for me with people, quite literally, from all over the world with whom I would have never met otherwise. It’s fun.

    And I suppose the day it stops being, at heart, fun, is the day I give it up.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      10 years eh? I think that officially makes you a “blogging veteran”. I’ve been “blogging” (in some fashion of the word – dating back to xanga/myspace) since 2003. But Life Without Pants is the “it” for me. I learned a lot from my past experiences – about what I wanted to write and what others want to read. I think that’s why I stress that it’s so important to just go for it – try, fail, whatever. Even I (yes even the almighty mattchevy, lol) throw out a dud of a post sometimes – and you know what, that’s OK. I haven’t written ONE thing here that I wasn’t personally satisfied with – and that’s what matters most. As you said, once it stops being fun – it just needs to stop. Thanks for coming by sir!

  • wojtek Reply

    Great job – and to think that someone in marketing industry tried to convince me that blogging in any form is a waste of time… what a… I am just starting my own blog with random meanderings, but in time I know I will find my muse. One advice is to just start! the info, the voice will come. I used to be sooo intimidated by my less than stelar english, that I would not write anything. But what the hell… let it rip.. and see what will happen. One thing for sure, you miss a 100% shots you do not take — so goes famous quote (not sure who said it first).
    Cheers

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Love that quote…whoever did say it – it’s been repeated for a reason. If you don’t try, you fail – as long as you’re willing to put yourself out there and try – you’ll never be a failure. Thanks for the comment buddy!

  • wojtek Reply

    Great job – and to think that someone in marketing industry tried to convince me that blogging in any form is a waste of time… what a… I am just starting my own blog with random meanderings, but in time I know I will find my muse. One advice is to just start! the info, the voice will come. I used to be sooo intimidated by my less than stelar english, that I would not write anything. But what the hell… let it rip.. and see what will happen. One thing for sure, you miss a 100% shots you do not take — so goes famous quote (not sure who said it first).
    Cheers

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Love that quote…whoever did say it – it’s been repeated for a reason. If you don’t try, you fail – as long as you’re willing to put yourself out there and try – you’ll never be a failure. Thanks for the comment buddy!

  • Courtney Reply

    Amen. What more can I say?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Nothing more needs saying Courtney. “Amen” speaks volumes :)

  • Courtney Reply

    Amen. What more can I say?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Nothing more needs saying Courtney. “Amen” speaks volumes :)

  • Sean Reply

    Matt, so glad that I could provide some inspiration to someone! I know that everything that I have been saying about starting a blog, and that you have said in this post is entirely 100% true, I mean you can see how much my life as changed from when Location 180 started back in may to now. I am a huge advocate of it.

    Anyways great post, really enjoyed watching the video and I would definitely love to catch up soon and see how we can really hammer this message home to our readers!

    Cheers,
    Sean

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Hey Sean – thanks for inspiring this my man. Your speaketh the truth – a blog CAN change your life. We may sound like huge nerds to everyone else out there, but, we both know it’s true.

      Let’s catch up soon for sure! Have a great weekend!

  • Sean Reply

    Matt, so glad that I could provide some inspiration to someone! I know that everything that I have been saying about starting a blog, and that you have said in this post is entirely 100% true, I mean you can see how much my life as changed from when Location 180 started back in may to now. I am a huge advocate of it.

    Anyways great post, really enjoyed watching the video and I would definitely love to catch up soon and see how we can really hammer this message home to our readers!

    Cheers,
    Sean

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Hey Sean – thanks for inspiring this my man. Your speaketh the truth – a blog CAN change your life. We may sound like huge nerds to everyone else out there, but, we both know it’s true.

      Let’s catch up soon for sure! Have a great weekend!

  • Laura Cococcia Reply

    Matt – totally agree. I started blogging on a cold Chicago Sunday night – I was bored, and may date hadn’t shown up. I would love to say it was a huge strategic plan that I devised, but it really wasn’t. I had the time to write, I always loved to write so I just showed up and did it. Kickstarting the creative process only breeds more creativity – and that’s where I had to make sure I was noticing momentum and building on it when I could. Thanks for this – as always, you’re right on!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I wish…like, I really wish I could remember the MOMENT I had the idea for this blog. The MOMENT I thought of this ridiculous title, and the MOMENT that I wrote the first words last February. I don’t honestly remember, but I know there wasn’t some long drawn out plan. I just did it. I knew I wanted to write and so, I started writing, started reading, and started talking. A year later, here I am. I’ts been a fun ride. It takes just a little bit of momentum to go a long, long way.

      PS – are you in Chicago? If so, I had no idea…

  • Laura Cococcia Reply

    Matt – totally agree. I started blogging on a cold Chicago Sunday night – I was bored, and may date hadn’t shown up. I would love to say it was a huge strategic plan that I devised, but it really wasn’t. I had the time to write, I always loved to write so I just showed up and did it. Kickstarting the creative process only breeds more creativity – and that’s where I had to make sure I was noticing momentum and building on it when I could. Thanks for this – as always, you’re right on!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I wish…like, I really wish I could remember the MOMENT I had the idea for this blog. The MOMENT I thought of this ridiculous title, and the MOMENT that I wrote the first words last February. I don’t honestly remember, but I know there wasn’t some long drawn out plan. I just did it. I knew I wanted to write and so, I started writing, started reading, and started talking. A year later, here I am. I’ts been a fun ride. It takes just a little bit of momentum to go a long, long way.

      PS – are you in Chicago? If so, I had no idea…

  • Jen Reply

    Dude. You are so right.

    Ah, sorry, I just wanted to say that! Ha ha, but you really are right. I never realized when I started blogging what I was getting myself into (in a positive sense). Right now, I’m just blogging “for the fun of it,” but when it comes time to change careers into marketing or plan my wedding or have a baby or buy our second house… I know all of the friends I’ve made out there in the blogosphere are going to be right there next to me giving me tips, encouraging me, helping me get there. It really is the best support group… without the awkward circle of folding chairs!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha, I’ve reached “dude” status now? It is like the ultimate support group – I 100% agree – a place for you to speak your mind, throw ideas around, learn, and grow – you’ve gotta love it!

  • Jen Reply

    Dude. You are so right.

    Ah, sorry, I just wanted to say that! Ha ha, but you really are right. I never realized when I started blogging what I was getting myself into (in a positive sense). Right now, I’m just blogging “for the fun of it,” but when it comes time to change careers into marketing or plan my wedding or have a baby or buy our second house… I know all of the friends I’ve made out there in the blogosphere are going to be right there next to me giving me tips, encouraging me, helping me get there. It really is the best support group… without the awkward circle of folding chairs!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha, I’ve reached “dude” status now? It is like the ultimate support group – I 100% agree – a place for you to speak your mind, throw ideas around, learn, and grow – you’ve gotta love it!

  • Adam Reply

    You’re absolutely right! I only started my blog a few months ago but the blogging community has been so supportive and helpful. Best decision of 2009!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      That’s awesome. Hope it continues to be a great source of inspiration for you Adam. Cheers!

  • Adam Reply

    You’re absolutely right! I only started my blog a few months ago but the blogging community has been so supportive and helpful. Best decision of 2009!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      That’s awesome. Hope it continues to be a great source of inspiration for you Adam. Cheers!

  • Trey Schaefer Reply

    Matt,

    I couldn’t agree more. I started my blog a few months ago and still have lots of work to do in terms of finding a direction and niche. I use it as a way to express ideas that come to me and different thoughts. Like some of the previous comments, you couldn’t do this even 3 or 5 years ago. With the way everyone is now connecting via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. it is so easy to get started and start building a community or a “Tribe” as Seth Godin refers to it. The key is interaction and listening. Keep up the great work, love reading your posts.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Interaction and listening – knowing when to engage – it sounds like you’ve got a firm grasp on what this online space is all about. Good luck to you moving forward and don’t be a stranger around here!

  • Trey Schaefer Reply

    Matt,

    I couldn’t agree more. I started my blog a few months ago and still have lots of work to do in terms of finding a direction and niche. I use it as a way to express ideas that come to me and different thoughts. Like some of the previous comments, you couldn’t do this even 3 or 5 years ago. With the way everyone is now connecting via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. it is so easy to get started and start building a community or a “Tribe” as Seth Godin refers to it. The key is interaction and listening. Keep up the great work, love reading your posts.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Interaction and listening – knowing when to engage – it sounds like you’ve got a firm grasp on what this online space is all about. Good luck to you moving forward and don’t be a stranger around here!

  • Brant Choate Reply

    I have been trying to figure out what to focus my blog on for the past 4 months. I’ve actually spent entire days just staring at the wall trying to hone in on one niche or lens to write through. I feel like I have the skills to make something worth reading, looking at, etc. I just had way too many ideas flying around in my head! Your blog actually really helped me figure out what I was passionate about. No more wall staring!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      That’s great to hear Brant – and if you ever need to bounce some ideas around, feel free to get in touch with me. Cheers!

  • Brant Choate Reply

    I have been trying to figure out what to focus my blog on for the past 4 months. I’ve actually spent entire days just staring at the wall trying to hone in on one niche or lens to write through. I feel like I have the skills to make something worth reading, looking at, etc. I just had way too many ideas flying around in my head! Your blog actually really helped me figure out what I was passionate about. No more wall staring!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      That’s great to hear Brant – and if you ever need to bounce some ideas around, feel free to get in touch with me. Cheers!

  • Shawn Tekelani Reply

    Omg. What you write about is so true! Before I started my blog I was so bored at times and wasted a lot time. Now I am so passionate about developing it. I love your site Matt. Keep spreading the message!

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Thanks Shawn. A blog is something you can really put a lot of 'passion' into – and the rewards for what you put in are limitless. Thanks for stopping by buddy!

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