Could you tell us a little about yourself – how you ended up starting an online business?
I was looking for a place on the internet that combined all my own interests in a critical and well thought out way, self-improvement, philosophy, science and psychedelics. Initially I couldn’t find any and decided to create one myself. But then I found HighExistence.com, and immediately saw it matched my vision and that it had a lot of potential. I contacted the owner with some of my ideas, hoping to get onboard. He replied positively, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What platform does your blog run on?
We run it on WordPress, and a few custom made plug ins.
We don’t expect you to spill any trade secrets (unless you want to, then by all means. . . ), but what’s the next big thing for you?
When it comes to blogging, I don’t think there is a big thing per se. It is doing a lot of small steps right, consistently. Laying one brick after another. Carving your voice, your brand, and slowly earn the respect and trust of your followers. In concrete terms this means writing even better stories, providing even more value, and keep the spirit of our amazing community alive and vibrant.
Which processes, such as social media, do you automate?
The only thing we automate is the manufacturing of our products in our store we recently launched. We do plan ahead social media, but besides that, we do everything manually for quality purposes.
How do you maintain good relations with your audience/customer base?
By respecting them and not selling them out. I never publish pseudo-bullshit or paid articles. I won’t post something I wouldn’t want to read myself. We don’t sell items in our shop I wouldn’t want in my own home.
Do you believe there’s a formula for success on the internet?
Absolutely. Provide value. Become an expert in your niche and keep learning. Be generous.
What three pieces of advice would you give people looking to follow a similar path?
Stay true to your vision by keeping integrity. Work hard. Don’t postpone the things you don’t like to do. They are vital too.
Which social media sites do you consider the most important?
In my niche this is obviously Facebook and StumbleUpon.
We like to wrap up with a bit of fun, so what was your favorite movie this year?
The winner by far was ‘Embrace of the Serpent’. You can why you should watch it on my blog: http://highexistence.com/yes-seriously-you-should-go-see-the-movie-embrace-of-the-serpent/.
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