Ask Me Anything

I want to apologize but it seems I have had a ton of issue on my website with my contact form. I believe I have resolved these issues and we should be good going forward. I have reached out to everyone I think that I missed but if you still have questions please let me know.

I have updated this to Ask Me Anything and I hope you will all use it for exactly that. Ask me anything you want to know or questions that you might be facing. If I can’t answer them I will let you know but if It is something I can get to I would be happy to help out. Thank you and I apologize again for the inconvenience.

Ask Me Anything

August 2016 Report Card

This was a HUGE month on Udemy for me. In fact this was my best month in every category you could think of across the board. This was mainly due to Udemy changing their pricing structure again and running some huge promotions for the last week of the month. If you didn’t hear about the Udemy changes you can get my thoughts on it here.

This month was a busy month for me because I finally got accepted to Merch. This is going to be huge and I am going to have a content on the blog and YouTube channel about this in the coming months so stay tuned. My blog posts and YouTube videos were up but at always I would like to see my videos go up. I am also removing the Facebook stats from month to month because I honestly don’t try to drive traffic to my page nor do I upload videos. I am not getting rid of the page but I will bring back those stats when we decide to pay more attention to it. With summer winding down I fully expect to have more time to work on content.

I hope you’re enjoying these report cards and I hope you had an awesome August.

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Blab Shuts Down

In a surprising move out of nowhere yesterday Blab shut down. If you head over to their website you will see the following.

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There is a really great article written up on why they shut down Blab and what their next plans on. If you follow this blog you will know that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Blab but I will admit it started growing on me lately. I think I was always judging the platform for my needs and maybe not what it was intended for. I wanted a really great platform where I could hold webinars and interact with attendees. I’m not sure that was ever the intention but that is what many of us were trying to use it for.

I am excited to see what they do next and wish that whole team the best of luck. I have used Google Hangouts for webinars before and it looks like that is what I will continue to use. With that said it has some drawbacks to it and maybe I will start working on a pros & cons of Hangouts post and start to look around and see what else is out there. What are your thoughts on Blab shutting down?

July 2016 Report Card

Another disappointing month in the books. I need to keep producing content but I am having a real hard time focusing and prioritizing. I am going to blame summer for this. I will try to do better next month.

Udemy

  • 6,282 total Students +1102 Students
  • The Complete Apache Groovy Developer Course +41 Students (156) 
  • Learn Spring Boot (Paid) +208 Students (1,581)
  • Introducing Spring Boot (Free) +889 Students (4,857)

Blog

  • 9 Blog Posts in the month.
  • 876 Total Blog Posts
  • 8,985 Visitors
  • 23,313 Page Views

YouTube

  • +86 Subscribers (1035 total)
  • +4 Videos Published (76 total)
  • Watch Time +25,360 Minutes

Zero Days Documentary

Last night I had the chance to watch a really cool documentary called Zero Days. The documentary was about a very sophisticated virus that emerged in 2010 and the changing landscape of warfare in the world today. I don’t want to give away much more than that but I will say the end of the documentary left me with some real questions that I believe we as a country and as a people need to start talking about. Where will we draw the line when it comes to cyber warfare and when can start having more open discussions about it. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out I highly suggest watching it. As for my fellow nerds (which is probably most people watching this) it is a must watch!

 

 

Update: Just wanted to post a link I found which looks like the decompiled source code for the original StuxNet virus. Pretty cool stuff

https://github.com/Laurelai/decompile-dump

Udemy Live Review on The Passive Income Show

I was a guest on The Passive Income show last week and we had some great discussions around Udemy Live. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show on Blab I would recommend that you do. Phil and Dave do an awesome job putting together some great content and fun discussions every week. You can watch the replay by clicking on the link below.

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https://blab.im/dave-espino-passive-income-show-udemy-live-news-review-with-udemy-instructors

June 2016 Report Card

This was a pretty slow month on the side of content delivery for me. I just wrapped up my 2nd course last month and it was time for a much needed break from everything. I happy to announce that towards the end of June I started working on my 3rd course which is going to be a shorter course than I am used to and I should be able to get it out the door pretty quick. I also attended Udemy Live this month and that was an awesome conference.

I have a bit of writer’s block for video production going on, more on that later. With that my YouTube videos were way down this month and I need to figure out a way to get over this.

Udemy

  • 5,180 total Students +717 Students
  • The Complete Apache Groovy Developer Course +62 Students (115) 
  • Learn Spring Boot (Paid) +170 Students (1,373)
  • Introducing Spring Boot (Free) +549 Students (3,968)

Blog

  • 9 Blog Posts in the month.
  • 867 Total Blog Posts
  • 9,932 Visitors
  • 25,985 Page Views

YouTube

  • +84 Subscribers (949 total) 
  • +3 Videos Published (72 total)
  • Watch Time +25,360 Minutes

Facebook 

  • -8 Page Likes (13,045Total)

Twitter

  • Following: +165 (4,128 Total)
  • Followers: +82 (5,413 Total)
  • Tweets: +136 (20,292 Total)q
Letter A, Report Card, Test Results.

Letter A, Report Card, Test Results.

Pat Flynn interviews Ankur Nagpal from Teachable

I really enjoy Pat Flynn’s podcasts and I would say it’s been one of my most valuable resources as I venture into the world of Passive Income. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Smart Passive Income Show I highly recommend you do.

In this episode Pat interviews Ankur Nagpal who is the CEO of Teachable. Teachable is a great platform that allows you to self host your courses. Unlike other platforms like Udemy there is no marketplace for courses and gives you full control over your content and students. In this interview they discussed a number of things such as

  • How Teachable got started
  • How Teachable grew and some of the roadblocks they faced along the way
  • What makes a successful online course
  • Pricing strategies
  • What holds instructors back
  • Best way to launch a course

SPI 218: Starting an Online Course? Best Practices and Getting People to Follow Through with Ankur from Teachable.com