Midland Railroad Hotel. It’s worth a look.

Hello there,

I try keep my praises in my Mission Repair blog to a minimum…but this one was worth the effort.

Last weekend Dandra took me to the Midland Railroad Hotel in Wilson, KS (POPULATION 466) for a birthday getaway.

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It sits along the train tracks that parallel Interstate 70 that runs across the country.  If you ever drive from East coast to West coast (of vise versa), you probably took I70 as the shortest route.   Just 2 miles south of the Interstate in Wilson sits this historic “haunted” hotel that is sure to please.

Firstly, the building is restored beautifully.  Originally built in 1899, I would expect it to be an accurate representation of what it looked like over 100 years ago.

Secondly, the food at the in-house restaurant is nothing short of homemade and gourmet.  The meatloaf, fried chicken, prime rib, french toast, eggs Benedict and the amazing desserts are all crafted in their kitchen.  I will also add that their cocktails were mighty tasty too.

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Thirdly, the room that we stayed in (room 313) was awesome.  A separate sitting room, huge bathroom and king size bed were all perfect.  Antiques and original wood accents were all in excellent condition.  The floors squeaked when you walked on them, just as you would expect!

Lastly, the staff was amazing.  We spent time with the General Manager Shelley, and the rest of her staff was extremely nice, accommodating and pleasant.  They actually made the time spent at the hotel very enjoyable and wanted us to come back.

Midland; you’ve got us.  We will do our part to help spread the word and you’ll see us back there in 2016.  Thanks for the great time!

Ryan

Best of the Mission Repair Blog.

I was going through the insights of my blog tonight as I have been patiently waiting for the 1,000,000 Unique Visitor counter to turn (we need about 200 more at this point), and found that our best blog day was:

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Yes, we had over 31,000 views on a day a few years ago (we average much lower than this per day now) and it was a special day. We had received a frame for an iPad 2…long before the iPad 2 was released…and we posted it here on our blog. Here’s the infamous picture:

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And a link to the original article here. We talked about the frame itself, how a MacBook camera fit directly into the slot where a camera would most likely be, and posted it for the world to see. Looking at the picture now makes me thing “that got all of that attention?!?” Well it did bring 31,000 views on that memorial day and crashed our wordpress site a few times so it probably would have been even more!

There’s a little known tidbit that I’ve never talked about regarding this picture. Apple called me directly about it and discussed how and why I got the part and asked if I would take the image down. We had a peaceful discussion about it, it never went any further, and the picture and article remain here posted on the Mission Repair blog today.

I’m bringing this up because since that post a while ago, we have had a steady increase in blog readers, subscriptions, followers and re-posts. Sometime in the next few hours we will reach 1,000,000 Unique Visitors, and I’m going to stay awake for that. You don’t need to; unless you’re trying to win that iPad Air that I’ve been talking about. Then you should grab a cup of coffee and keep watching. It’s going to happen very soon to make today another Mission Repair Blog moment in history.

I’ll be right here, Ryan

The millionth day is coming!

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I’ve been talking abut it all year and it’s probably true that this is more important to me that anyone else, but we are approaching 1 million unique visitors and reads on the Mission Repair Blog (that you’re reading right now!) and as of today we are getting very close:

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This month marks a very special place in our history, and our Repair Blog will reach 1 million unique visitors sometime in the next few days. At the inception of the blog several years ago, I didn’t realize the time commitment and dedication it takes to reach such an astounding number of people. These are people just like you, and I thank you for reading it. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can preview the blog here and subscribe if you’d like!

On the “Millionth Day” (as I’m calling it), we will be celebrating with some great specials, announcements, and prizes. I will be watching closely and as of today, October 7nd, 2015, we are currently at almost 998,000 reads and counting. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to write and you’ll have to check the blog for the never-before-seen specials and giveaways that will appear very shortly. See you there, it will be a cyber party and I’m going all out!

So I’m still contemplating about a giveaway. What would you be most interested in? An iPad maybe? How about a new iPhone? Recently we donated a GoPro camera to a worthy cause and that seemed to be a huge hit. No matter what it is, I’ll announce it soon so check back here often if you want to get in on the action!

Take care, Ryan

One Million Blog Reads – it’s just around the corner!

Good morning, thanks for checking out the blog today!

Actually the number ONE MILLION is becoming part of a HUGE Mission Repair Celebration that’s soon to come. When we reach ONE MILLION unique Blog Readers (just like you); we are all going to party. As of today:

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We are finalaizing preparations now for the biggest discounts that you’ve ever seen, and we will have lots of fun at each of our locations on this momentus day. I have so many stats, so much data, and have had so much fun being a professional blogger that it’s really exciting to know that soon my blog will reach the 1 Million mark and I’m just going to share my excitement and thanks to everyone.

I’ve been asked many times “do you ever get writers block?” Heck yeah I do. Also, “how did you start your blog?”

That second question is simple. Create a blog on a free blog site, name it, and start typing. In fact, I follow several blogs including past Mission Repair customers, vendors, and others that I just admire. If you’ve got a blog that you author or if I can help you get started on your own blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to be a part of your blog circle. Just reply to post in the comments section and I’m there!

So the big day is coming…the “Mission Repair Million Celebration”…we get about 10,000 new readers each month, so at this pace sometime in October we should be there as I calculated earlier in the year. It will happen when it happens, but rest assured that I’ll be right here to share in the big day.

Thanks for reading, Ryan

I’ve learned a little more about blogging lately…

Hello blog readers,

One of the main points that I learned today was this:

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Every Monday at 10:00am is our busiest “read” time. That means that 17% of my almost 1 million viewers reads the Mission Repair Blog at the very beginning of the week. I’m not sure how that stacks up to other blogs that are out there, but it’s certainly on the “to do” list for most people early.

Why do insights like this seem important and relevant to me? Of course I want to provide news, info and specials at the beginning of each week. I’ve been in the habit lately of writing blogs and scheduling them so they spread out a bit (another tidbit that can help any new blogger out) so that content isn’t just flooded when the author feels creative.

Since this blog is geared around my business, Mission Repair, it’s appropriate to give our specials and deals at the beginning of the week (which I will do) rather than at the end of the week (which we’ve been doing). For sure after so many years of writing and hearing feedback from our customers we certainly have a lot of data. It’s time to put that data to good use.

Speaking of writing, my publisher has asked me to write another book to add to the “How To” section at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. My last publication “How to Start a Home Based Computer Repair Business” was a hit (well, it did’t make the New York Best Sellers list), but there’s a point to where a book is called “successful” and we reached that goal.

The third tidbit today: I didn’t wake up one day and say “I’m going to write”. It’s come over years of work and thought, which has grown into a “professional” status. Are all of my blogs fun, interesting and relevant? Naw, but they can’t all be winners. It’s about determination and dedication and hitting the mark every once in a while 😉 I’ll be here.

Thanks again for reading, happy Tuesday morning…

Ryan

One *MILLION* is such a lonely number…

No, this is not the newest release from Roxette and not a follow up to their hit song “One is such a lonely number”…kudos to you if you know what year that song was released though. I was a junior in High School 😉

Actually the number ONE MILLION is becoming part of a HUGE Mission Repair Celebration that’s soon to come. When we reach ONE MILLION unique Blog Readers (just like you); we are all going to party. As of today:

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I will begin preparations now for the biggest discounts that you’ve ever seen, and we will have lots of fun at each of our locations on this momentus day. I have so many stats, so much data, and have had so much fun being a professional blogger that it’s really exciting to know that soon my blog will reach the 1 Million mark and I’m just going to share my excitement and thanks to everyone.

I’ve been asked many times “do you ever get writers block?” Heck yeah I do. Also, “how did you start your blog?”

That second question is simple. Create a blog on a free blog site, name it, and start typing. In fact, I follow several blogs including past Mission Repair customers, vendors, and others that I just admire. If you’ve got a blog that you author or if I can help you get started on your own blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to be a part of your blog circle. Just reply to post in the comments section and I’m there!

So the big day is coming…the “Mission Repair Million Celebration”…we get about 10,000 new readers each month, so at this pace sometime in October we should be there – whether that ends up being true or not, I’m not going to worry about it. It will happen when it happens, but rest assured that I’ll be right here to share in the big day.

Thanks for reading, Ryan

When it comes to blogging, I wonder if it’s worth it.

Hi friends,

We spend an awful lot of time around the Mission Repair headquarters deciding on what to blog about next and when. There are days that I wonder if it’s worth the work – I mean we have to stop what we are doing, come up with a topic, write about it, proofread it (I know we make mistakes), make sure the links are working and post it. There are times that I try to get a blog posted (like this morning) but other issues throughout the day take precedence and inevitably take me off of my path.

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This morning I received an email from James K., one of the Mission Repair Blog Subscribers…I’ll cut and paste the part that I found especially helpful:

“I like it when you blog, and I look forward to receiving an email with your entiries. Your personal stories interest me and I sometimes think that we have a lot in common. Your business seems like it is going very well and it’s great to hear that you’re expanding and growing. I appreciate what you have done for me, you fixed my iPhone 5 last December. Keep up the good work and I’m looking forward to your next special.

Sincerely, James K. Decatur, IL.

P.S. I need my iPad Mini fixed- can that be the special of the month for June?”

Well, just when I think “I wonder if it’s worth it”, I get an email like this from a blog fan and my question is answered. It is worth the work, it defines Mission Repair and separates us from the competition – because these kinds of emails drive me to continue and validate our efforts.

So thank you James for the awesome email. I know that I’ve already replied to you individually, but now I’m also commending you in front of all of our readers – there are over 800,000 unique readers by the way – I offer my sincere thanks for reaching out.

Take care everyone, and have a great day. I’ll be blogging about some great news so stay tuned because I feel that there might be an iPad Mini special coming soon. Just for you James…

Ryan