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Quote from Lucio Buffalmano on October 1, 2019, 12:11 pm

Done: Red Pill Articles

What I'm Reading

I'm done reading "Guns, Germs and Steel" (good), "The Third Chimpanzee" (very good but with some mistakes) and I almost finished "The Mating Mind" (masterpiece, if you truly want to understand evolutionary psychology, you can't go without this one).

Next up are "Evolution for Everyone" and "The Evolution of Desire", both in audiobook and hence should go quick.

Next Up: Sexual Marketplace Focus

After researching The Red Pill and its most popular authors I realized there is some misunderstanding on the dynamics of the sexual marketplace.
Including from those who write about it and present themselves as authorities.

And the above books gave me the idea (and further information) for a series of articles on sexual marketplace, sexual arms' race and optimal mating strategies.

I look forward to them.
It will take a while, but those are going to be truly important (and helpful) articles.

Where I'm Staying

As I waited on the roadside waiting for my sister in law I turned around to take in the panorama.

And I realized: this place has something magical.
It was a clear day, with one of those blue skies that you just don't see in Northern Europe -especially in September / October-.
I could turn to the left to see the sea expanding on the horizon. Then to the right to see the Gran Sasso, the highest mountain in Southern Europe.
Within a few hours here you can go from sandy beach to climbing or skying.

In between, the hilly countryside is dotted of romantic-looking Medieval villages producing some outstanding (true) organic food and wine.

It's a real treat if you're into good food.

Coming from the city it's like you're stepping into a different world. Both for the environment and the people.
It's truly an easy, comfortable life. No stress, no running around, no traffic.
And of course, the double-edged sword, both curse, and blessing, of everyone knowing and talking to everyone.

If you're a driven a man, eventually you need the city. But this can be a hell of a break for hard-working people.
If I had a thousand lives, I'd like to spend a few in a place like this.
But we have only one. So we must make everything fit :).

If you're thinking of visiting, do let me know.

My ex-girlfriend was coming here.
But she made sure to add that it wasn't her choice (that was fun, LOL).

OMG I've been there before. Wonderful place but I could never take a good picture like this!

Quote from selffriend on April 9, 2021, 11:51 pm
OMG I've been there before. Wonderful place but I could never take a good picture like this!

In Abruzzo?

Wow, that's definitely not a popular place to visit -which can often be a good thing-.

My dad was a photographer and very passionate about pictures, so all the professional equipment around helps :).

 

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It's time to retire :).
And enjoy good food.

Though I really like the anonymity of big cities.

Quote from Lucio Buffalmano on April 10, 2021, 5:45 am

My dad was a photographer and very passionate about pictures, so all the professional equipment around helps :).

The composition looks on point :).

If I had a thousand lives, I'd like to spend a few in a place like this.
But we have only one. So we must make everything fit :).

Man, I would make different choices in life if I could live longer.
It feels a bit too short.
Though accepting this constraint also brings about its own psychological freedom.

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Quick update:

I'm back to Europe now, planning to stay here a few days more.
Will take care of some things, say hi to old friends and cool people, work of course, and then haven't decided yet about the next step location-wise. But of course it will depend heavily on what's open.

WORK: Machiavellian Article

I'm working on an article on Machiavellianism.

That article will also become a lesson in PU.
The lesson of course will have more practical examples, including some of the things I'm not comfortable sharing on an open article.

The article and lesson might come out before the next website change, but before I'll get deep into "Seduction University" I'm going to:

Next Bigger Project: CHANGING COURSE PROVIDER

Partially courtesy of the time zones, I have spent the last couple of days with very little sleep and deeply researching new options for hosting courses.

I am leaning towards a major change: ditching the current course provider and either:

  1. Move to a new "learning management system"
  2. Host the course on a third-party platform (Teachable, Thinkific, Podia, etc.)

The one I've used so far is free, and it's done a great job so far.

But I think that moving to a bigger and paid platform can provide TPM with new ground for growth, while providing students with an even better experience.

Obviously I'd rather keep the course hosted here -option 1- to maintain more control.
But that's a case where "feelings" might actually get in the way of effectiveness, and to focus on the latter there are several advantages on external hosting:

  1. Potentially better course-taking experience
  2. Affiliate system already part of the package -something that several people have asked me for-
  3. Better check out which might increase conversions
  4. More check out options without integrations (including recurring payments which I've been planning for a while)
  5. Less hassle on my side fixing various bugs
  6. Offloading several plugins, making the website slimmer and simpler

If people are interested in this discussion, we can continue in the "entrepreneurship" section.

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Love this update blog of yours, it makes it so much easier to see what you're up to and keep in touch. Sad that you're not in Korea over the summer, but I completely get it. Still crossing my fingers that you'll get back here soon, Baris and I miss you greatly!

As for the course provider, I've personally had a great experience so far with Kajabi. It's a little on the pricier end of things, but the support and built-in functionality is better than any other I've seen. It makes uploading, editing, altering, etc for the course a breeze, has everything you mentioned in your checklist, and surprisingly helpful and amazing 24/7 support. I've definitely gotten my money's worth simply in support chats alone since using it! You might find it a little too noob-y, as it's made for literally anyone to be able to use quickly and easily, but especially for the ease when dealing with affiliates, recurring payments, upsells, automated emails, et al, it really is worth its price. Check it out here (affiliate disclosure) and see if you think it'll be a good fit for you. I had a couple of my friends running online courses like this who recommended it to me, and I've been grateful for it as it really is much better than what I was attempting to use before. I hope it fits what you're looking for and can help you expand and grow your business too!

In any case, hit me up to chat soon! The group chat would love to see a little more light of Lucio in our lives as well!

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Jack, my man!

Always great memories when hearing you from (and looking forward to doing some more soon!).

Thanks for putting Kajabi on the map, I hadn't considered that one so far.
I see it's an external provider, so if you're going for it I'd make sure to back up all your work and course on your computer as well -you never know what an external platform can decide-.

Looking at some videos on Kajabi now to see if they have good quizzes functionality and checkouts.

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I have a nice, unlimited google drive as well as physical backups for my videos. Don't ever want to make the mistake of losing material!

As for quizzes and checkout functionality, I've tried quite a few. I'd be happy to provide you with an admin login to my course so you could see the inner workings of the site and tour it a bit for yourself from the driver's seat, so to speak. Message me on kakao and I'll get you a login! 🙂

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Hey Jack!

It's been a while.
Yeah, love Lucio's journaling too.

Thanks for putting Kajabi on the map, I hadn't considered that one so far.

Roger Love uses Kajabi for his Speaking Pro program.
I have the mobile app on my phone.
Arguably this is a plus point too.

As Lucio has noted, Roger Love has a primarily video-based course.
So I can only say that it hosts videos really well.

Quote from Jack North on May 26, 2021, 12:02 pm

I have a nice, unlimited google drive as well as physical backups for my videos. Don't ever want to make the mistake of losing material!

As for quizzes and checkout functionality, I've tried quite a few. I'd be happy to provide you with an admin login to my course so you could see the inner workings of the site and tour it a bit for yourself from the driver's seat, so to speak. Message me on kakao and I'll get you a login! 🙂

Thank you so much, Jack!

Very kind of you and much appreciated!

I'm leaning more towards self-hosted courses, and if things don't progress well there, I'll sure check in with you.

Quote from Matthew Whitewood on May 26, 2021, 1:46 pm

Thanks for putting Kajabi on the map, I hadn't considered that one so far.

Roger Love uses Kajabi for his Speaking Pro program.
I have the mobile app on my phone.
Arguably this is a plus point too.

Great catch, Matthew!

Yeah, the app is indeed a nice plus.

Does it look good, and do you actually go through the course on the app, rather than on desktop?

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Kajabi doesn't allow screenshots on Android so I took some blurry photos of my phone screen.
The user interface is good in my opinion.
Very easy to use and smooth.

I did watch Speaking Pro on my phone a while ago.
Though I prefer using my laptop whenever I can.
Since I prefer practising vocals in my flat when I have access to my laptop.

Though there are no quizzes for Speaking Pro. (correct me if I'm wrong)
So I cannot evaluate how good the platform is for quizzes.


I realised there's Lucio's journal and this thread.
I guess the difference is that Lucio's journal is more personal.
This thread is more about lessons learned and plans for the website.

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