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Buy the Cheap Bike: A Lesson in Simplicity

Aug 28, 2012 | 37 Comments

My friend Trisha is on the brink of moving to California. In the process, she’s buying a bike and asked her Facebook friends for a bike suggestion. The suggestions were predictable- buy a Trek, Specialized, Cannondale… whatever. Many recommended going to a bike shop to get fitted.

I recommended a Huffy from Walmart.

Was I serious? A bike from Walmart?!?


Here’s my rationale:

1. You save money. The bike will cost a Read More...

Becoming a Better Writer: A Worthy Goal for All of Us Shitty Hacks

Apr 23, 2012 | 12 Comments

I needed something new to fill my spare time.  I’m not much for “traditional” hobbies like sewing or cheese-making, so I decided to learn a new skill.  After searching for something interesting, I decided on… writing.

But wait… aren’t I already sort of a writer?

Well, I do a lot of writing here at BRU.  I wrote a book.  I’ve written a few magazine articles.  But I never really considered myself a “writer.”  Pretty much Read More...

The Barefoot Running Book News

Dec 21, 2011 | 8 Comments

By now, many of you have probably picked up on my references to my news regarding The Barefoot Running Book.  The book has been picked up by Plume Publishers, an imprint of the Penguin Group.

A few months ago, I was in the process of researching methods to have the book translated and exported to various non-English countries.  Up to this point, I had done all publishing and distribution myself.  It wasn’t too difficult, but did pose Read More...

The Other Books I Recommend

Nov 4, 2011 | 7 Comments

When I posted about Chris Guillebeau’s book “The Art of Non-Conformity“, Alex posted a comment requesting the other books I recommend.  Here are the books, along with a brief explanation:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.

Who should read it: Anyone and everyone.  This book will help you live a better life.
What this book did for me:  Covey’s seven principles allowed me to make major changes to my life, which ultimately led me Read More...

What Has Led to the Success of BRU and How You Can Make a Difference.

Oct 14, 2011 | 5 Comments

A few posts ago, I wrote about creating a great blog.  On the same day, The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy wrote about the same topic.  We do that a lot.  Anyway, Christian made a comment that I’ve been thinking about for the last two weeks:

“I’m going to be honest with you folks. You can do everything that all of the articles on this topic suggest and still be a lonely blogger in some dark corner of Read More...

Eleven Tips to Create a Great Blog

Oct 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

So you want to create a kick-ass blog?  Good for you.  Bloggers play an increasingly important role in our society.  We’re the journalists of a new generation.  The internet has done a wonderful job of democratizing information.  No longer do you have to jump through the traditional hoops that prevented the masses from having a voice.  There are no gatekeepers on the Interwebs.  There’s no need for a journalism degree or even training as a professional writer.


Build a Kick-Ass Blog By Creating a Kick-Ass Brand

May 26, 2011 | 12 Comments

Why a post on building a blog?  Simple- I want each and every one of my readers to start blogging.  It is one of the most efficient ways to build a HUGE database of great barefoot running stories, which helps me reach my goal of changing the running world.  Let’s face it… A LOT of you guys have some amazingly inspiring stories.  Anyway…

I’m not much of a marketer or a businessperson.  My strategy in both is Read More...

Live a F@#$ing Awesome Life

May 23, 2011 | 8 Comments

Every once in awhile you come across something the touches the very core of your existence.  It causes you to step back and take a good, hard look at your life.  It may inspire you to make a dramatic change, or it may affirm decisions already made.

About six months ago, I had one of these moments.  While Stumbling around on the Interwebs, I came across a commencement speech Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, gave at Read More...