I have a confession to make.

Last Update: August 17, 2016

So I picked a niche...

The niche I picked is "Quit smoking weed" or "Kick that Marijuana Addiction out of your life"...though it's just considered quit weed I guess. What really happened was...I am a pothead, have been one on and off, mostly on, for MANY years. When it came to choosing a subject to blog about, I decided to pick "quit weed" because...I need to quit weed.

Same day as I picked a niche, I chose which primary program I would try for myself to quit smoking weed, the program by "Seb Grant" who has videos on youtube that I watched some years ago and had been wanting to try since.

So I bought the program, LOVED it, and decided to start a page to promote it. Actually I started the page before I bought the program and was still smoking pot when I started it.

I was thinking from perspective of future money making, but also to help myself kick the habit, since blogging is something that is recommended on reddit forums and other quit weed forums.

However, thinking form the perspective of "I wanna monetize this" I framed it similarly to another page promoting the same product, which is "This is how I did it, and I am clean now" - which just isn't the truth in my case.

But I thought to myself but how can I monetize my blog form the perspective of "Hey, my name is Yuriy, and I am starting this page because I am a pothead, and have quit many times before, but this time it's for good - hence the name of the page, quit weed for good. This is what I am doing, and this is my process".

So I'm a couple of weeks into the page, a bit more perhaps, and 6 posts in, and was considering dropping the chosen niche and picking something else that I am passionate about, probably about food...but that would be dishonest to myself since I need to work on my quit weed page for my own sake, to help myself stay clean.

I realized that well in my process of quitting, there are things I'm doing, supplements I'm taking, exercise routines, sauna machine that I use to sweat out, diet, recipes, I use a Vitamix, etc... there are all these aspects of my lifestyle that go into staying clean. Why not re-frame my page from "this is how I did it" to "this is WHAT I am doing and how I am doing it. If I can monetize it through honesty, great, if not, I'll build up my page until I no longer need it to stay clean, then I'll focus on the next page which will be all about monetizing.

What do you guys think?

Please give me some pointers here, I'd really like your input, my WA people!

By the way, it is all of you as the community that have encouraged me to hold a higher vision up before my eyes and work toward a better future. One without drugs.

THANK YOU!!!

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FHagstrom Premium
I see nothing wrong with chronicling your journey actually, that would be the right approach to take and once your site is built out a bit you could slip an affiliate link into some anchor text here and there as you mention some of the products you use and even do a review of that Seb Grant program and link out to that review as often as you can from other articles.
Good luck to you
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GayleneNepia Premium
That's awesome! It's obviously a topic you know a lot about, and when you get to the point where you can say "I'm drug free" perhaps you can start mentoring others to do the same. It would be cool to hear about "your triggers" and how you deal with them. All the best.
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dismany Premium
thank you so much for the support in this. Guess I have some rewriting to do on my website. Good thing I came up with this only 6 posts in. The positive response of the community is a wonderful confirmation and emotionally overwhelming in a good way. I've only been here a bit less than a month and I already love you all very much.
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GayleneNepia Premium
Yes, it's a great community. I wish you all the best on your journey :-)
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Steve1958 Premium
I can see there's been a wonderful response back to you...that tells me we love right back atchya!
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LisaDSampson Premium
Lived experience and following a journey is a great perspective to take. Having people track your achievements along the path t quitting may also afford you some support. It's also very honest and I feel that honesty shines through. However, I do think there are risks to putting your life out there for the world to see. I would suggest you try and foresee what those risks may be (e.g. dark net dealers targeting you with deals) and put a few risk management strategies in place in advance that will help you avert potential roadblocks. Good luck with this - looking forward to seeing your journey and wishing you all the best in achieving your goal of quitting! Cheers, Lisa
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dismany Premium
Oh I'm not worried about dealers. I live in Washington...it's legal here. There's a shop a mile from me that is always ready to support me in a relapse lol but I hear what you're saying. Not too worried about all that.
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Steve1958 Premium
It's pretty much been legalised where I live as well!
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JoshyT Premium
The cannabis scene is not as "dodgy" as the media would have you believe, at least not in my experience. A lot of close friends sell weed, and a lot of them know where it has been grown. I don't hear many stories of "bad" weed dealers.

The same cannot be said for ecstasy and cocaine, which I have had some bad experiences with. I don't take hard drugs anymore, but in the past I have met some very dodgy people in that circle.
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terrberr Premium
Hi Yuriy,
I admire you for your confession. Doesn't everyone have a weakness in their daily life that they would like to purge!
I dig your "What I am doing about it" approach. I believe more readers will feel personally involved and motivated by your blog posts, and your progressive, healthy actions, day-to-day!
I feel it could motivate you to 'lead the way', and be the authority in your niche. By being honest with yourself and others, you are being believable, human...and rather endearing.
Congratulations for your vision, and BEST of luck in being consistent with it!
Always do remember that you are only human...do not be too hard on yourself Yuriy, and keep in mind to love yourself first:)
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dismany Premium
thank you very much! And thanks for the follow! Always good to know I'm growing my network on here...been goin rather slow here.
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Steve1958 Premium
If you want any tips from me on how to get your network going please let me know...I will be happy to share with you what I have been doing since I started...
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With-Kev Premium
In my opinion, your are doing exactly the right thing. put yourself out there and invite people to take the journey with you.
You will attract a following from people who want to do the same thing, help them by setting an example and they will be loyal follows who will spread the word. Cannot beat word of mouth advertising.
Stick with what you are doing and work on sourcing or building products to monetize your business down the track.
All the best with your business and quitting.
Cheers Kev
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dismany Premium
Thanks so much Kev! Yeah I woke up this morning and it hit me like a 5 ton brick - BE HONEST. Thank you for your input! Especially since it's what I was hoping to hear.
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With-Kev Premium
Stick with it and let me know how you go. Cheers Kev
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