RWC 2.0 – Let the Good Times Roll!

Let The Good Times Roll!

Dear RWC Worm Friends,

While may not seem like a whole lot has changed here at Red Worm Composting this year, I can assure you that there has been a great deal going on “behind the scenes”, so to speak.

All those wonderful words of encouragement and support that readers have continued to share with me have been humbling to say the least, and it’s finally led me toward something of a “tipping point” with this project. Not to put myself down here (haha), but I’ve literally never in my life worked on something that has felt like it really “mattered” to other people…until now. As such, and given the fact that I am definitely in one of my main “passion zones” with this worm composting stuff, I’ve decided (once and for all) that my work here is something that’s definitely worth pursuing more seriously.

What about your worm business, Bentley? Isn’t that what you’ve been focusing on as a ‘career’?

Good question!
🙂

There is no doubt that I LOVE entrepreneurial vermicomposting, and that I’ve had a LOT of fun with the business side of things. There is also no doubt that the revenue generated has been really helpful (crucial, in fact) in terms of allowing me to continue developing this website, and just generally helping to “keep the wolves from the door”. While I originally expected that my own “real world” vermicomposting business (up here in Canada) would grow to the point of basically becoming my primary focus, I’ve come to realize that it’s my “work” HERE (RWC) that actually gives me the greatest sense of satisfaction and enjoyment. I love having the opportunity to write about my goofy experiments and “hair-brained ideas” and having it all translate into something meaningful/interesting/educational/inspiring for all sorts of like-minded “worm heads” around the world!

So, what’s a worm composting blogger to do?

I’m certainly not going to throw myself into the worm business, only to see future development of RWC fall by the wayside! Nor am I going to stick it to my family by blindly chasing after my dreams (especially given the fact that our second child is expected to arrive in just over a month)!
My solution? To throw myself into some projects that will allow me to do what I love (to educate and inspire via my writing), while also helping to generate additional revenue for the RWC project. Of course, it’s also vitally important that my normal blogging, video creation and…uhhh…{cough}…newsletter writing, not be tossed out the window either!
🙂

OK, OK – I’ll be the first to admit that my poor “newsletter” is ALWAYS the first thing to take a hit for the (RWC) team when I get busy, and I do sincerely apologize to all those of you who have been waiting patiently for something to arrive in your inbox these past few months! In all honesty, I am still not 100% sure what direction I am going to head on that front, but I DO actually still recommend that people sign up for the email list if you are not already a member! Why? Because, in doing so you effectively attain “extra special” status in my books (ALL my readers are of course “special”!), and even though I might not write to you for periods of time, it definitely doesn’t mean you aren’t important! Membership still has its “privileges”! (nudge, nudge, wink, wink – Haha)


Moving on…

With ALL that heavy stuff out of the way, I now want to talk about some of the exciting things I have in store for RWC readers in coming weeks: 3 Interviews, 1 Contest, 1 Guide, and a “Book” (and a partridge in a pear tree?).
🙂


3 Interviews – I am very pleased to report that I have convinced three wonderful worm women (say that three times fast!) to take part in written interviews for the site. It’s been a while since I posted my last interview, so I’m really excited to bring things back to life on that front. All of these lovely ladies have inspired me with their dedication to the field, and I have little doubt that our readers will benefit from their words/experiences as well. They are all what you would consider worm composting “professionals” (this is basically their “job”), but they come from different backgrounds, and have created businesses centered on their own unique passions and talents.


1 Contest – We held our very first “official” RWC contest – the “1000 Facebook Fan Fest” back in the spring and it was definitely a whole lotta fun! I hinted at the fact that I wanted to come up with a BIGGER, BETTER version, namely the “5000 Facebook Fan Fest”, but nothing more has been said about it since then. Well, buckle your seatbelts, folks! It’s HERE (almost)! Should be a blast! While we may have “only” gained another ~400 or so new fans since the spring, I’m feeling pretty optimistic that we can still hit 5000 in a matter of months rather than years!
😉


1 Guide – you’d think with all my work on this site that I would AT LEAST have some sort of worm composting guide available! Sheesh! I know I’ve provided lots of information about worm composting on the site, in videos, and in the…uhhh…{cough}…newsletter – but it’s a little all-over-the-place, to be totally honest! Aside from that, some of this content was created literally years ago, so it might not really reflect where I’m at with my current perspective on vermicomposting. I can’t tell you how many times people excitedly report that they’ve created my “Deluxe” worm bin (featured on YouTube), assuming this is still my favorite worm composting system in the whole world (let’s just say I’ve “moved on” from my Deluxe worm bin days! haha), or who have sent me emails inquiring about some suggestion I made back in 2007! LoL
Needless to say, I really need a resource that summarizes my current overall vermicomposting philosophy (and methods), and provides me with the opportunity to educate readers about a variety of topics I don’t really write all that much about on the site (since I’m too busy writing about my goofy experiments, and hair-brained ideas)! Well, the good news is that I have been putting together a fairly substantial worm composting guide – the only problem is that it may still be some time yet before it is released. In the meantime, though, I’ve decided to put together a compact version for my wonderful, patient…uhhh…{cough}…newsletter list members!


One “Book” – Yes indeedy, I am actually getting quite close to putting the finishing touches on the first “official” RWC eBook. Let me say right off the bat, that this probably isn’t be the type of “book” that most people would be expecting (it’s not a “how to” guide), but in thinking about it a lot more, since starting to write it earlier in the summer, I’ve come to realize that it’s probably a really good place to start (he said with a facial tick, while chewing his nails nervously)! In a sense, it lays the groundwork for all this other “stuff” I’ve been working on and have planned for the site.


So yeah…that’s basically where things are sitting these days. Probably a bit MORE info than a lot of people felt like getting hit with on a random Wednesday afternoon, but hey – that’s me! Mr. Unpredictable!
You might say I’m kinda like a box of chocolates…ya never know what you’re gonna get (but I’m always sweet! Yuk yuk!)

Over and out!
8)

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Comments

    • larry duke
    • September 23, 2010

    Bentley.Look forward to your book,and any other stuff you have up your sleeve.If it wasn’t for you,i probably would be learning to widdle,or try to make myself like doing jigsaw puzzles.You got some serious knowledge.Not sure you could fit it into even a large book! But one thing is for sure.I know what a lot of us will be wanting for Christmas.Maybe you can have a reserve on them.
    Also,you got me wondering about the ladies.Does at least one have red hair? You don’t have to answer.Just nod slowly 🙂
    Can you at least draw us a crayon picture of that first pile of worms you saw when you were younger? You can just use red crayon!We love the worms.You don’t need to draw the manure!
    Congrats on the new young one on the way.Hope they make redworm bibbs.Sure hope you compost one of those.Who else would try it?

  1. Bentley, Can’t wait for your guide. This is my first full year trying this as a business and have gained much from you input. I can not thank you enough for the knowledge and interesting tid-bits you have provided me. Keep on trucking, we love to hear what you are thinking.

    • John Duffy
    • September 23, 2010

    Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your next child. Children are truly a blessing! If you think kids are great fun, just wait until you have grandkids. I would have never in my wildest dreams imagined the amount of fun I could have until I had grandkids. Enjoy your kids while they are young. One day your daughter will say…”hey dad, guess what?”
    Bentley, you have been an inspiration to countless wormheads around the world. Your “hair-brained” ideas as you’ve described are at least in my mind, un-tried scientific explorations just waiting for results…
    To have a passion for a cause or an interest is far more productive than wasting your life away wishing on a falling star. To share that passion is truly great…To ignite that passion in others for the common good is noble.
    Your passion for worms is quite evident. One cannot motivate others beyond their own level of motivation. To your credit, motivaton & enthusiasm are your forte and we appreciate these qualities more than you will ever realize.
    Best wishes!

    • Bentley
    • September 23, 2010

    LARRY – Thanks for the kind words (and the congrats). I’m definitely still learning, that’s for sure – and one of the awesome benefits of working on a site like this is that I get to learn from countless other people like yourself!
    As for the laaaaaadies – you’re just going to have to be patient! haha
    I may be able to contract out the crayon worm drawing job to my daughter. She’s always willing to work for marshmallows.
    😉
    ———————-
    CHUCK – Glad I’ve been able to help despite the slow progress. Definitely looking forward to providing you guys with a LOT more to chew on before too long!

    • Bentley
    • September 23, 2010

    JOHN – you must have been writing at the same time as me! haha
    WOW! Speaking of “forte” – you sure do have a gift for making people feel good about themselves! Thanks for all your cheering and praise all these months since we first connected – it’s meant a great deal!

    It’s amazing how often people recommend enjoying the time with my daughter, and while she is only now 3 years old – I can already totally relate to that! Even with all the time I’m able to spend with her (LOTS of time), I still can’t get over how fast she is growing up before my eyes.
    Glad to hear that you are having so much fun with your grand kids – I bet they must have a blast with you and your worms!
    🙂

    • Barb V.
    • September 23, 2010

    Congrats … thank you … good luck! That about sums it up. The combination of a scientific turn of mind with a sense of adventure/fun/curiosity will stand you in good stead. Plus the best wishes of so many who have learned so much … possibly most valuable lesson, to not take setbacks or mistakes too seriously. God Bless you and your dear family.

    • Kim from MIlwaukee
    • September 23, 2010

    Bentley, your blog is always a pleasure to read, so I’m glad to hear you’re keeping it going. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your wormy wisdom, and for posting lots of pictures. I haven’t been doing the worm composting lately, concentrating more on regular hotbin composting, but with winter coming I may start up again, with a flowthru setup this time, to avoid the heavy wetness!!

    Congrats on your new baby coming! Hope everything goes well!

    • Anna
    • September 23, 2010

    Exciting news! I may need a seat belt for all of the fun that you clearly have in store for us. I’m looking forward to it :).

    • Kator
    • September 23, 2010

    Hey Bentley .. congrats on the news of a soon to be new addition to the family. I know that you must be as excited about that second arrival as I was 🙂

    Eagerly looking forward to your 1st book. It’s evident that you have lots and lots of information to share (with inquisitive minds) that will benefit everyone. You’ve made the process adventuresome .. full of thousands of new ideas (and new questions), that prompt us to strive to better our small home operations and make them thrive and grow.

    Thanks again for introducing and guiding this guy into the world of vermicomposting.

    • Heather Rinaldi
    • September 23, 2010

    Bentley,
    You are the captain of the worm ship, and your faithful crew will love what ever destination you take us on!

    Best of luck on everything, especially the new little one.

    • Nevin
    • September 23, 2010

    Bentley,

    As a somewhat silent observer of the blog who hasn’t yet dived head first into vermicomposting (trying to read as much as I can so I don’t screw it up, and I’m a little scared…), I am thrilled to hear about an upcoming guide! Can’t wait to see the new features!

  2. First of all, congratulations to you and your wife!
    2) When did you have the time?

    • Matt
    • September 24, 2010

    Congratulations to the whole Christie household on the soon to be new arrival, such a blessed event! So much fun ahead!

    Sounds like there is a lot instore for the wormy world too, with all your plans, can’t wait. I know I signed up for the newsletter a couple of months ago, now I will keep my fingers crossed that it made it there.

    Thanks for all the information you have provided since starting this site, it has helped out many many people, probably more than you will ever know.

    • Doug G
    • September 24, 2010

    grats on the new addition to the christie tradition, just thought i would put in my two cents.
    My dad for as long as i can remember had a pit in the back yard with our daily food scraps ect, never thought much of it to tell ya the truth,
    when i bought my own place my dad gave me a can of them worms and i dont mean one of them manufactured can of worm i mean a coffee can of worms….. i took them home threw them in a hole with my daily food scraps and never gave them a thought , once a year or so i would dig it out grab a few handfulls of worms and start my “bin” over. throwing the dirt in some plant or other.

    about 6 months ago i came across this site..

    got me thinking it did, i know have 4 worm beds 2 caccoon beds raising babies, doing very well i would say do completly to bently the compost guy.

    please make your guide there is not enough resources out the for worm … enthusist i have researched high and low and there is a couple guides that are hand but not enough “trial and error” reporting. you have been a very important resource for me and i look forward to seeing the next publication from RWC

    • Bentley
    • September 24, 2010

    Whoah!! Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!
    8)

    MARK – Are you asking when I had the time to help make a baby???
    You are hilarious, I tell ya
    😆

    • Matt
    • September 24, 2010

    [quote]MARK – Are you asking when I had the time to help make a baby???
    You are hilarious, I tell ya [/quote]
    I didn’t want to say it, but now who can resist… Baby due in October minus 9 months = cold weather

    • Barb V.
    • September 24, 2010

    Hope your book will have a chapter of myths and misinformation that abound about worms and about worm keeping.

    • Bentley
    • September 25, 2010

    MATT – HaHa – yes indeedy. It certainly wasn’t gardening season yet!
    😉

    ————————-
    BARB – Good idea for a topic! Will definitely be looking at some of these in the main guide, and will likely add a bit more about the “dark” side of the industry (somewhat related topic) in the book that’s about to be released.

  3. I’m SO looking forward to the ebook Bentley! Your hard work will undoubtedly pay off. You deserve it all!

    • Tibor
    • October 17, 2010

    Yeah, Bentley! Roll on, I’m looking forward to seeing all you want to share with us! Yeaaahaa.

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