Glenn Stovall

Developer, Technical Consultant, Writer

Exactly How I Got My First 500 Subscribers: Announcing a New Case Study and Seminar

Learn The Exact Techniques I Used to Build An Audience From Scratch

Four months ago, I decided to start building an mailing list. I wanted to build new relationships in my field and expand my network. Overtime I built the list to over 500 subscribers. After some conversations, I saw that other people were interested in how I did it. I sat down to write down a case study. I wanted to be as exact and transparent as possible. It got a little out of hand, but at the end I believe I’ve crafted a valuable guide for anyone who wants to start growing their audience.

Why Multiple Packages in Your Proposals Instantly Increase Conversions

The 3 Tiered Approach That Closes More Sales

When a freelancer submits a proposal, they will often only include one offer. They will set the deliverable, and the price, and throw their proposal over the wall. When you do this, you give the client a binary option: Hire you or don’t.

By giving the client a few different options, you are changing the conversation into one that is more likely to end with the client hiring you.

Learning Emacs One Shortcut at a Time

How I Turned A Dredging Task Into a Learning Opportunity

Despite all of the advances in technology over the past 30 years, in my opinion the best text editor for coding was created during the 1970s. Emacs is a text editor that was developed at the MIT lab, created to aid engineers that were doing research on artificial intelligence.

Emacs is a powerful tool, one that I use everyday, but it is difficult to master. There are dozens of shortcuts and commands that you need to know in order to use if effectively. How did I learn them all? One at a time.

Lessons Learned From Thomas Edison’s Factory Fire

Edison Understood Resiliance AND Electricity

On December 10th, 1914, Thomas Edison was having dinner with his family. A man rushes to his door and tells Edison that his factory had caught fire. Edison grabs his son Charles and they rush our the door. They head to the factory to see what is going on. When they get there the see a vivid display of red, green, and blue fires, due to the various chemicals stored in his laboratory.

This could be the end of Thomas Edison. He didn’t even have insurance on the building, because it was designed to be fireproof. Edison looks at his son and says:

Go get your mother and all her friends. They’ll never see a fire like this again.

Essentialism Through the Ages

The Single Philosophy That Drives Artists, Designers, and Entrepreneurs

In design, I’ve always been a fan of minimalism. Minimalism is a philosophy about boiling things down to their essential elements. It’s about having a philosophy of “less but better”. Great thinkers from all walks of life have touted the benefits of this kind of approach:

How to Write More Personal Emails to Your List That Get Open and Convert

My Email Marketing Strategy In a Nutshell

Email marketing converts better than social media or content marketing. Nathan Barry has a great write up with the numbers. You can build a list by giving people incentives in exchange for their email address, reaching out to them directly, or offering people updates on as-yet-unreleased new product. But once you have built that list, how do you write emails that people on that list will actually want to read?

Niche Blogging

Personal vs. Professional Blogging part III

Should you write under your personal name, or under a company brand? I’ve addressed this question in other articles. At first, I planned on starting two blogs (part I). I tried that for a while and realized that I was spending a lot of time trying to build two audiences when I could just be building one. The time invested was not paying off. So, I decided to combine my two blogs, and write everything under my personal name (part II). Today I’m covering a third option: Instead of writing under your name or your company, you write about a particular subject on a niche blog.

My Freelancing Stack

10 Tools I Use to Manage and Automate My Business

In web development, the group of software, frameworks, and tools is called our “stack”. In businesses, you have a similar “stack”, which is made up of the tools and systems that you use to run your business. Today I wanted to list out my personal stack that I use.

Will You Take the 30 Day Publishing Challenge?

Come Ship More Content in September With Me

I heard about this challenge that a friend of a friend is doing: blog every weekday for 30 days. Here’s the original post. Here’s the post where I heard about it. I know writing is a valuable skill. Blogging can help you build your reach, prove your authority, and give you an way to provide value to your potential clients and customers by providing them with educational content.