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This is the story of how I accidentally became a professional blogger and started Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunities Weblog. This tale has been a long time coming, because it’s not really something I ever wanted to share. I was always afraid that if I told my startup story I’d just create more competition for myself and everyone would find out how I fell into my business without any planning or foresight. But, Iâ€™ve been at this for a nearly a decade and have pointed to and written about thousands of other entrepreneurs and their startup stories. If it was all right for me to share their startup experiences, itâ€™s now my turn to share mine. I just hope that my experiences and foibles will be helpful to others.
Ten years ago when I told people that I was a blogger, no one had any idea what I was talking about. Even me. Today, not much has really changed. Many still don’t quite understand what I do, but I do, and thatâ€™s all that matters. I still struggle with explaining my business and sometimes just say that I work on the Internet or am a writer. But thatâ€™s not really true. I actually went through a phase were I was very upset that I couldn’t explain to people what I did and just wanted to quit and become a plumber or something because at least everyone understood what that was.
In late 1997, I’d been surfing the Internet for about four years when I discovered a new method of publishing called â€œwebloggingâ€. At the time it was just a very small niche hobby, that only acquired a name in December of that year.