Ever wonder what Tim Ferriss’s first blog looked like? The Old Designs of Big Blogs
May, 19th 2012
It’s a little tricky working on your own blog, where there’s no guarantee of an audience like the one you’d get when writing for magazines and websites. And it’s next to impossible when you compare your beginnings with other robust blogger enterprises.
Pamela Slim, Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi, Marie Forleo, and Gretchen Rubin are hands-down five of my favorite bloggers, covering everything from entrepreneurship, personal finance, life hacking and happiness. How did they build their great online operations? By creating great content and getting better–not by starting out perfect.
Ramit Sethi, like Pamela Slim, is a graduate of the school of Typepad.
What I love about this screenshot of his website circa 2006 is that you can see how he’s never tempered his brash personality. Title of the book review? Rich Dad, Poor Dad (this book irks me) Sethi’s sense of humor really shines through the awful design–which, again, is still more than I have on this piece of crap.
And of course, his book I Will Teach You To Be Rich has given him license to add “New York Times bestselling author” after his name for the rest of his life.
I was a huge fan of Power Money Fame Sex, which Gretchen Rubin wrote years ago, and I started reading her blog The Happiness Project back when it launched. I was amazed at the amount of content she produced for the blog back then in 2006:
What’s even better is her amazing book, The Happiness Project which she managed to write at the same time.
So keep posting. Keep blogging. Don’t compare your beginning blog to other people’s blogs–they’ve been at it for a lot longer than you have.