Maybe they seem distracted, act stand-offish or have a limp handshake or squeaky voice. Well, there's no let down when you meet Leo Babauta – he's even better in real life than he is online. In case you haven't already heard of Leo let me fill you in.
Leo Babauta has earned his place as one of the most successful and well-loved bloggers in the world for a reason. He's brilliant – a gifted writer and a genuine, down-to-earth family man who likes helping people improve their lives. He's also a modest man who'll deny all this, but it's true. With classic British reserve I don't go in for effusive gushing but sometimes you can't help it.
Leo started his blog Zen Habits in 2007 to chart his personal journey from unfit smoker to marathon runner. In a classic rags to riches story, blogging helped Leo completely turn his life around. Today Leo Babauta is no longer an underpaid employee, he runs a one-man blogging and publishing empire which includes the A-list Bloggers Boot Camp. Leo has paid off his debt and recently left Guam where he grew up, but he continues to lead a simple life with his family in San Francisco.
Leo Babauta is a leading expert on productivity and minimalism. His book The Power of Less and ebooks including Zen Habits, Zen to Done and The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life have all become international bestsellers and instant classics.
Leo Babauta's Lifestyle, Blogging Tips and Undies
What I admire most about Leo is that he walks the walk when it comes to living a simple life. He's a carless vegan who buys his clothes in Goodwill Stores – except for his undies.
I'm afraid my powers of investigative journalism failed to find out where Leo Babauta does buy his underpants, but I did discover a lot of top blogging and success tips during this inspiring interview.
How I Scored an Exclusive Interview With Leo Babauata
Me and Leo go way back – in social media years anyway. Here's a potted history:
March 2009 – I discovered Zen Habits, loved it and started commenting on most of Leo's posts.
June 2009 – Leo tweeted out Live Your Dream in a Material World a post by on my blog about how me, my husband and our three kids moved from New Zealand to Costa Rica. Leo's recognition and the hundreds of visitors his recommendation sent to my blog made me ever more determined to stick with blogging.
November 2009 – Leo kindly hosted a guest post by me on Zen Habits – Low-Stress Ways To Move House and Declutter Your Life.
March 2010 – Leo added another of my guest posts to Zen Habits – 5 Ways To Travel More With Less.
October 2010 – I asked Leo if I could interview him during BlogWorld and he kindly agreed. What I didn't tell Leo was that I'd never done an interview before, but we clicked and had a good laugh.
What's the Interview About?
We cover a lot in eight minutes from the power of story-telling to why Leo wants to be a little kernel, and why failure may be the best step you can take.
I could grill Leo for days on end but we wanted to keep the interview short and limit it to three questions:
- What's the secret of successful blogging?
- What do you spend most of your time doing during your working day?
- Where do you get your pioneering ideas like uncopyrighting and how do you find the confidence to follow through on them?
Enjoy the Video Interview with Leo Babauta
Sound Warning: sorry it sounds crackly – it's because we were sitting near a waterfall. Please adjust your mind-set, not your head set and transport yourself to the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas with Leo Babauta, me and the sound of water falling.
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A huge shout out to Sid Savara who gave up his precious BlogWorld time to help me out by videoing the interview and editing it. Sid writes a motivational personal development blog and is one of the clever, funny and handsome co-founders of BlogCastFM.
And of course many thanks to the ever-inspiring Leo Babauta for being interviewed, supporting me with my blog writing and the launch of my book Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps, sharing his tips on blogging and business success with us and for being a good sport.
P.S. I'm an affiliate for all Leo's products because he rocks and so do his products. I just signed up when I was writing this because I was going to recommend them anyway and if I make an income from my blog that helps me keep blogging, which helps you keep blogging. If you use the links here to buy Leo Babauta's books or join the A-list Blogger Boot Camp I will get paid a referral fee so you, me and Leo all end up winning.
P.P.S. Leo agrees that you don't have to be an A-list blogger with 200,000 subscribers like him to be a successful blogger. You just need to have a blog which achieves its goals and gets you the results you want. If you're looking for fast, simple blogging tips please get started with my spanking new book Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps.