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Dan Blank: Publishing, Innovation & the Web

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Come Visit Me at

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 19:49:30 +0000

In the past year, I have moved most of my activities over to, where I speak to writers about building their brands, and publishers on engaging their communities. Please visit me there! Thanks. -Dan

Never Stop Proving Yourself

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:24:01 +0000

In the past year, I went from having a corporate job of 10 years, to starting my own business. It’s a fascinating experience, being “out on your own,” although I have found that this isn’t really the case. My days are filled with loads of amazing people. As a business owner, one thing I feel […]

Must You Be Ruthless in Order to Succeed?

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:52:20 +0000

I watched the movie The Social Network again the other night, and found myself considering Facebook’s success. As the movie depicts it, there was a certain amount of ruthlessness involved to ensure it succeeded. At first, many considered the movie to be character assassination, targeted at Mark Zuckerberg. But then I heard feedback that many […]

Registration Now Open: Build Your Author Platform

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:10:00 +0000

Registration is now open for my 8 week online course for writers: Build Your Author Platform. If you are a writer who needs to build your brand online, and learn how to engage a community of readers, this course may be for you. Registration is open until Wednesday February 23, and the course begins March […]

Writers: Build Your Online Platform

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 06:30:25 +0000

I have been very focused on understanding the goals of writers, and working to provide steps for them to build their online platform? What does this mean? To make solid steps towards their goals of engaging an audience, and building a body of work that has an effect on the world. At my blog at […]

Remaining Relevant and Building a Legacy

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:50:41 +0000

Three posts I shared on my blog at share common themes: Written Off: The Fight to Remain Relevant Building a Legacy 2011: The Year of Writers and Creators In each I explore the value of what we create everyday, and how it affects future generations. As 2010 comes to a close, a year that […]

Why an Unconference is a Powerful Event Format

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 11:29:18 +0000

On my blog at, I take a look at an unconference, explaining what it is and giving an intimate look at one I attended recently: Book Camp NYC. I also shared some lessons I took away from it, including: “Sometimes, conferences can be so complex, they get in the way of the value they […]

The Curation Dilemma for Publishers

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 12:24:21 +0000

In my blog at, I explore the differences between curation, collection and experience from the point of view of publishers and media companies. I compare personal collections that we have as hobbies, to a publishers decision on which content to present to their audience. An excerpt: “The drive for offering ‘more’ is not always […]

The Importance of Focusing on Long-Term Value

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 21:18:30 +0000

Last Thanksgiving, I wrote a post reflecting on what we can learn from the luminaries of the 20th century. This year, I shared some thoughts on how I am working towards my goals, and building something of lasting value: Giving Thanks – For Our Ability to Shape the Future

What Can Publishers Learn From Pixar

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 21:16:49 +0000

From my blog at In the early 1980’s Disney didn’t know what to do with John Lasseter’s talent, so they let him go. A quarter century later, after co-founding Pixar, he now runs Disney’s animation efforts. Click here for some thoughts on why publishers may want to take note: Creating the Future of Publishing: […]