Things have been coming along quite nicely with my “RWC 2.0” roll out these past few weeks.
There have been been three interviews: Heather Rinaldi, Maria Rodriguez, Cristy Christie.
One contest: “5000 Facebook Fan Fest” (don’t forget to get your dates in by the 16th if you want 8 guesses!).
Next, of course, is the “Guide”! As mentioned, this is something I decided to put together to reward the patience of all those folks who have signed up for my email list and have been hoping for some sort of “newsletter” to arrive in their inbox (some for many months). I have been planning and working on a much larger worm composting resource (will be more than just a “guide” in all likelihood), but certainly don’t want to keep people waiting for that – aside from that, THIS guide is going to be 100% FREE (including any updates I decide to add).
In case you are thinking this is just some lame 10-page quick ‘n’ dirty overview, let me assure you that it’s not. Right now the guide sits at 60 pages! Not too shabby even if it was totally finished – which it’s definitely not! So why am I even writing about this if the guide is not finished??? I really need to shift my focus back over to the “book” (will talk about that in a minute), but definitely want people to start to benefiting from the guide content added thus far.
I am actually REALLY excited about the guide, and am very glad I decided to start putting it together. While I initially thought of it as compensation for not writing newsletters, I’m starting to realize that it’s likely going to serve as a great foundation for upcoming communication with the (email) group. Apart from letting people know about the updates, I’m sure I’ll write about various topics covered in the guide, and tackle questions people may have etc.
As far as securing a copy goes – the only requirement is that you sign up for my email list (if you have not already done so). I am HOPING to have it ready by sometime tomorrow, but we shall see. I will send out an email with instructions (and more info about all this) when the guide is ready for download.
OK, on to the “book”…
I’m sure all this “free guide”, “ebook”, “upcoming resource”, “RWC 2.0” yada yada stuff has some people confused, and I apologize for that. Again, putting together the guide (discussed above) was a bit of a spur of the moment thing and wasn’t really part of the original game plan (but again, I very glad I decided to go that route).
What I’ve been spending most of my time working on over the last few months (apart from the larger “worm composting resource”) is my very first e-Book. Contrary to what most people would expect (myself included), this first offering actually has very little to do with worm composting “how to” (although there are some sections with practical info). The book is called “My Life with Worms: Thoughts on Passion, Purpose…and Vermicomposting“, and it’s primarily focused on my own worm composting and life-in-general journey during the past ten years.
What’s funny is that I was originally going to call it “Adventures in Vermicomposting”, but the more I wrote, the more I realized that it was about a lot more than just my vermicomposting “adventure”. As you might guess, I tend to be a bit of a philosophical, lifey sorta guy, and that side of me has definitely come out quite a LOT in this book! Given the fact that this is a website about worm composting (and that’s the primary reason people read my writing), I’m not 100% sure what to expect – but nothing ventured, nothing gained! Right?
I’ve included a number of different sections, and am hopeful that there will be at least something for everyone! Here are the main sections:
Life with Worms – This focuses on my actual vermicomposting journey (and is very autobiographical), and basically how the Red Worm Composting site came into existence. It also includes a fair amount of information about my “worm business”.
Thoughts on Vermicomposting – basically some commentary on the wonderful world of vermicomposting
Thoughts on Starting a Worm Business – this is a more in-depth look at my overall worm business philosophy and various ideas I have about entrepreneurial vermicomposting.
Thoughts on Life – this is where things start accelerating away from the world of worm composting and end off in “out there” land! lol I talk about personal challenges, and share some thoughts about various components of personal development, “living a good life” – these sorts of things! Of course, I’ve been constantly fighting with myself about whether I should even include this section – but I reached the conclusion that at worst, people can simply chose not to read it!
So yeah – that basically sums it up! I will definitely be be writing a more in-depth post about the book next week, and hope to actually launch by next Friday (fingers crossed). I really don’t want to rush anything here, but with the imminent arrival of our second child things are definitely getting down to the wire here! Needless to say, I am hoping to take some “family time”, and it will be nice not to leave things hanging!
Just so you know – there will be an email list “launch” (first) and a main blog launch (probably a week or so later). The email folks will have access to a significant discount on the price, so be sure to sign up if this is something you think you might be interested in.
OK – nuff said for now!
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Excellent! Would love to get a copy when it is all done for my iPad!
Cool! Looking forward to the copy.
How do I get an autographed copy?
Looking forward to the releases!!
Man, i hope you made a model out of some spaghetti or something to simulate that first ball of worms you saw!
Remember Bentley! All red crayons! Wall scribbles look just like redworms.I went back to my younger days,and realized i had red and blue crayons as a baby myself.But they were mostly red! I promise!
I know I signed up for newsletters… Well at least I think I know I did. Since first coming here there hasn’t been a newsletter sent out, not even a test of the emergency newsletter system, I am going on faith that I will recieve something via email when more information is sent out. 🙂
This all sounds great Bently. I do look forward to seeing it. I might need to make it in large print so my seeing eye dog can read it to me and the worms. 😉
In all seriousness, I am sure it will be a great reference written in the Bently style!
Get in line Mark, I thought it was a book that Bentley was getting published. I asked to purchase a signed copy as well. 🙂 Can’t wait to read his words.
Looking forward to the “web copy” I hope it helps secure or improve hard-copy interest. I always enjoy the updates even thought we live in different Wolds (so to speak).
Thanks from SW Florida!
Wow – thanks everyone!
I’ll wait to see how it (“book”) is received before thinking about the “real world” publishing route, but we shall see!
You guys wouldn’t want my autograph though! Still looks the same as when I was in grade 6!
Really looking forward to your ebook Bentley. I was expecting a “published” ebook version (eagerly anticipated) – which goes to show just how dedicated you are to vermicomposting and all of the good things that can evolve as a result. Our very own ecological activist – keep it up, we’re gaining strength 🙂
Hi Bentley, been reading this site for quite a while. 🙂 And I can’t emphasize enough, how much I’m looking forward to reading your RWC manual.
My hopes are that there will be some growth in the vermiponics section as well.
Anyways, thanks for your incredible effort and may your name be whispered among the worm fans with even more gratitude…
I can’t wait to see the “CENTERFOLD”!!!
Absolutely amazing Bentley! Can’t wait to see it. I told a few of my friends that I’m waiting for the worm book and they just stared at me in disbelief. Oh well… what do they know…
This will be the most anticipated book in Web history:)! I’m rooting for you, Bentley.
Just recieved an newsletter email… IT WORKS!!!
Bentley, Just read through the guide, it is awesome, so crammed full of useful information in one place… EXCELLENT!!!
Not sure why when I opened the link it was at 288%… LOL, even I could read it without my glasses 😉
Thanks for such a useful resource of information, all in one easy to access file.
I am now tempted to print it out, shred it, and feed it to the worms… That way they can digest all that you have done for us… and them!
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