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Bloggers Coming Together – Inspiration And Proof

The Success Story Of Benny Hsu

Benny HsuMy last post, Bloggers Are Cross Promotion Experts was basically about bloggers helping each other. Today a new friend I met on Google+, Brankica Underwood  with How To Blog Like A Star (Highly Recommended) sent me to see a blog post with a very interesting and inspiring story. This story crosses several blog posts on several blogs so I want to bring it all together here. It’s a great example of bloggers coming together and supporting each other and it is a story that can’t be shared enough.

The story is about Benny Hsu of Get Busy Living. Benny finally got to the point where he couldn’t take what life had dished out any longer (Read the story Everyone Has A Breaking Point) and instead of giving up he wrote himself a note (get the ebook – Get A Life That Doesn’t Suck) declaring his resolve.

A True Blogging Success Story – Times Two

Benny took the success story of Pat Flynn with Smart Passive Income, another guy that didn’t sit on his hands after being laid off from his job, who developed an online income. Part of the business Pat built included making iPhone apps and that was exactly what Benny was looking for and he ran with it. Read Pat’s interview with Benny Taking Control -€“ An Incredible and Inspiring Success Story ($2,325.91 in a Day!) Read the beginning of Benny’s story My $4,739 Weekend and 11 Lessons To Help You.

Proof Bloggers Are Cross Promotion Experts

There you have it, a success story of bloggers helping bloggers. Not only did Benny get inspiration from another blogger’s story (Pats’), there is this incredible story circling several blogs, now at least four that I know of, all sharing inspiration and cross promoting each other’s blog. We have blog posts, an interview, a guest post, and many other bloggers commenting and sharing on the social networks.That’€™s what I call team work. Who knows how many people this story will help?

I’m glad to be a small part of this community and my list of friends is growing by the day.

Do you have an inspiring blogging story to share? I’d love to feature it on Hot Blog Tips. Get in touch with me and I’d love to hear your comments below.

About Brian D. Hawkins

Blogging superhero by day and internet super villain by night. Blogger, future online millionaire and an all around great guy.


  1. My pleasure Brankica, I just appreciate you leading me to the story. I needed to hear something like that and thought it might help others too. You’re right about it being an all natural process, not like some group of marketers putting together a promotional plan. I’m okay with that too but that would hardly be inspirational.

  2. Why Brian, this is amazing! It’s nice to see bloggers still are doing what many of did during the old days, connecting with people to make a difference.

    Stories like these are truly inspirational and makes me want to work that much harder!

    Networking and helping others is definitely where it’s at!

  3. Me too Barry, It makes me want to work harder. Isn’t that strange? I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  4. Thanks for sharing those links Brian. It took a little bit of luck, a bit of intuition, and the willingness to invest in the idea in the first place. I’m happy for what Benny was able to accomplish, and look, the sharing came through you and Brankica. This is really what blogging’s all about.

  5. Thanks Mitch. Like you said, Benny took that step that stops most of us in our tracks, the willingness to invest in ourselves. He deserves a lot of credit for that. It’s true though, everything came into place at the right moment for him. I’m glad he was able to see it and take action.

  6. Thanks for stopping by Benny, I really enjoyed your story and just had to share it. We’ve all been in that spot where we’re wondering if anything will ever break, some of us are still there. It’s very inspiring to see someone we can relate to begin to achieve success. I guess that’s what struck me so hard Benny, I can relate to your story.

    I also wanted to bring it together as a lesson on why we help each other. Sometimes it’s not the one we’re asking to help us that makes the biggest impact; sometimes it’s just a random gesture or compliment that makes the difference. You’re success is very much deserved and I hope it’s just the beginning of a very rewarding online presence.

  7. Oh, thank you so much for the mention and recommendation, I really appreciate it!

    The best part about all this promotion that was going on is that is was all natural and unplanned. Benny shared a screenshot of his app being the featured one. Pat found it worthy of the interview (of course!) and then we just wanted to share away success of a friend.

    It doesn’t leave that lousy taste in your mouth when you see the same group of people promoting each other for no real reason 🙂

    Thank you again and I am so glad you featured Benny’s story here!

  8. Hey Brian, great write up and thanks for mentioning me here! I always think that the blogosphere is a tiny place. Everyone is connected in less than six steps for sure! Might be even half of that.

    Just to clarify Brankica’s story, I had gotten inspired from Pat’s blog about making iPhone apps as something on the side.

    This whole six months I’ve been blogging I’ve read all of his stuff, had quick chats on Twitter, left comments on his FB, and blog. He mentioned a post I wrote about a month
    ago. So he knows who I am.

    Well in that first weekend when my app did great sales, I emailed Pat to say thanks for the inspiration. He wrote back and was happy for me and wanted to mention me in an upcoming post! Of course I said great.

    Yesterday he gave me some questions to answer by email and said he needed it by tomorrow. I said sure! He also asked how things were going. I shared with him about the huge weekend I had. He was super excited to hear that.

    So if I didn’t come across his blog last Oct-Nov 2010, I may not have created an app.

    But along the way I have met so many great people like Brankica, who are doing wonderful things online and truly helping people.

    Blogging wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable if I didn’t interact with other cool people.

    Thanks Brian!

  9. I like the links that you have provided and some stories are indeed inspiring. As even I am an aspiring blogger, I got lot of inspiration reading the blog posts. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

  10. Mark Errol says

    What a wonderful success story! You guys are an excellent inspiration. It’s an honor to know you Mr. Benny. Thank you so much for sharing an amazing post I love it.

  11. Its great to hear from you brian, you experience gives lot of courage and support to we guys , Its like a boost when we are out of energy and ideas. Keep writing and do tell us more..

  12. Hey Brian,
    Now that’s what i call the real bloggers spirit,i always love to read all those inspiring interviews and stories of successful bloggers,i admire and appreciate there firm and well fabricated achievements from my heart because it always motivate and inspire us,and now you are also on the same mission of spreading these gems,i am really thankful to you for that.And yeah thank you for providing us those precious Benny’s links in your post.I am gaining a lot from you guys and i hope that after some time i will give you a success story of mine to feature it on your blog with the God’s grace.

    Good Luck and God Bless!!

    With Regards!
    Samuel Joshua.

  13. That’s the best and some would say the only way to get ahead in blogging, Brian – to get yourself out there and give.

    Good job, Brankica.


  14. I agree Ana, it’s important. You’re right too, I want to give more. You need something I’m here for you. 😉 Thing blog is going to have a lot to do with helping others and encouraging the same.

  15. Thanks Brian, I love that, “fuel for the success engine”. Thanks for the email, you were right, I had several legitimate comments trapped in the spam box.

  16. Brian Yang says

    Benny is a great inspiration. I saw his story on SPI as well and it simply more fuel for the success engine.

    Keep on kicking ass.

  17. After reading Benny’s story, I have to say: He’s the man.A classic entry in every sense of the word, and very motivating. I look forward to hopefully learning more about his journey and growth experiences. All the best!

  18. Wow, this is a great story. I just recently discovered Pat’s Smart Passive Income blog, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s really nice to see bloggers helping each other out, and seeing what a little bit of exposure can do.

  19. Thanks Mark

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  21. I agree, Benny is the Man.

  22. Thanks Lionel, Pat really does have a great blog. Get Busy Living Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  23. Benny is really an inspiration for all of us. such personalities impressed me a lot which do hardworking as well as passionate about their profession. fantastic post.

  24. Hey Brian love what you are doing with your blog. This is an inspiring story and just goes to show how bloggers can help each other out making a win win for everyone.

  25. Hi Danny, nice to see you here. I love blogging and I’m just having fun. I appreciate the kind words.

  26. A very motivating post. You guys are a great inspiration and I appreciate you all for not being selfish. When things are shared between people be it happiness or knowledge, it tastes different. This has inspired me in lot many ways. And by the way great inspiring blog!

  27. Noel Addison says

    That was such an inspiring story. It only shows that we don’t really have to compete and kill each other in this industry.

  28. Hi Brian,

    Thanks for sharing this link. Reading true story from successful bloggers inspires me and motivates me to do my best in my business. It helps me to focus on my goals and gives me a positive energy which helps me to be more productive with my daily task. Hopefully, you will post this type of write up frequently.


  29. Even I am a new blogger and I look for aspiring stories of other blogs. I think succeeding with blogging takes time but it is worth it. Thanks for sharing this. Cheers.

  30. Saul Fleischman says

    thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have a Pat Flynn ebook on writing your first ebook, btw, forgot to tell you. Inspiring, yes, but as we discussed, rather that writing tutorials, I say guys like you, me (and Benny) need to be making things. and bootstrapping them…

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