Hello, world

This is the first blog post I have written in over a year. For anyone who is still reading my blog, hello and thanks for being a loyal NateWhitehill.com reader!

If any of you personally know me, you know that I moved down to Arizona in 2006 to begin my business/Internet moneymaking journey. That ended up going quite well when I started this blog in January 2007 and then Unique Blog Designs in August 2007.

Connecting with my blogging mentor, John Chow

I started quit my job, quit school and started my personal blog in January of 2007, a few months after first discovering how blogs can generate revenue. Within a year, my blog had 1000 daily RSS subscribers, enough for me to be making a substantial amount of income from 1-2 hours per day of work.

It was also through my personal blog, that my original blogging mentor, John Chow, discovered who I was. I first started reading John’s blog in November of 2006 when he was making about $1,000/month from his blog.

Today, nearly four year later, John is grossing over $50,000/month from his blog and is about to launch Blog Profit Camp – a 12-week course that will show you exactly how John went from 0-$50,000 per month.

Despite the income that blogging generated for me with relatively little effort, that was not the only benefit… It was also with the redesign of JohnChow.com that my business partners (Matt, Josh) and I were able to launch Unique Blog Designs in August of 2007.

Since then, UBD has worked with over 500 individual clients as well as sold products (WordPress themes) to tens of thousands of customers. We have also exhibited at numerous blogging conferences including Blog World Expo, IZEA Fest and Elite Retreat.

To put it lightly, starting and running UBD changed my life.

UBD is still in operation today, although the majority of business we do is for our two products, Squeeze Theme and Affiliate Theme.

Being back in Seattle

In April of 2009, my business partners and I moved back up to Seattle to be closer to our families (who all live in Gig Harbor) and the many business friends we have here, including John Chow and Neil Patel.

Even though I miss the warm weather of Arizona, having been back in Seattle for over a year now, I can happily say it was the best decision for us both personally and business-wise.

We also recently applied to the Seattle TechStars competition for a new, unannounced product that we are developing.

More details on the new product coming soon

Back to blogging?

It is no secret I haven’t been a very consistent blogger over the past few years. Between running UBD, serving our customers and developing new products, there is not much time in the day afterward to spend time blogging.

That being said, I am going to try to keep this blog more up to date if for nothing more than to chronicle my entrepreneurial journey for myself, as well as anyone else that cares to read.

Thank you again if you are still reading this! Your comments are appreciated, as well! 🙂

15 thoughts on “Hello, world”

  1. Hey Nate glad I got a chance to meet you recently. The TechStars program should be great for you. Will talk again soon I’m sure!

  2. Having family nearby is important. Especially if you've starting (plan on starting) a family of your own.

    Do you miss anything about Arizona?

    1. Hey David! Great to hear from you! I definitely miss the warm weather of Arizona – it was consistently in the 70's and 80's in the fall and spring time which was very nice. Here in Washington, it rains a little too much. How is everything going for you?

      Thanks again for the great UBD logo work! 🙂

      (To anyone who is not familiar, David designed the original UBD logo!)

  3. Between kicking ass and making money, it can be hard to keep up a blog.
    Mental exhaustion does not beget creativity. :p
    Good to see that you're putting an effort into updating us about your life. 🙂
    Good luck with the competition!

  4. Nate, I'm a first timer to you and your blog, but I'm sure I will be back again. I found you through Enkay.com who is redesigning my blog (the blog that I had bought a couple of years ago), and he happened to mention that he was no Nate Whitehill but thought his re-design was looking good. So I thought I would check you out, and I am glad I did. I've been nervous about changing my theme as a lot of readers are use to the prior owner's design and I told Enkay that I was afraid, the change could have negative effects on my blog. He assured me that change is good. After reading your post and seeing all of your changes that you have gone through I figured it may be a good thing. Although I'm certainly not comparing my blog/life to the likes of what you have accomplished. Thanks for your story and I will be back. jj

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