Steve - I thought this post was very inspirational. We have similar goals (ie. speaking, blog and writing a book) and I thought it was inspiring to see that you were able to have the tenacity to follow through with your goals. Even more importantly (I think) that you were able to have faith in yourself and persevere.
I've had a few na-sayers come to me and say that I won't be able to get a 1,000,000 people visiting my site every month. I tell these people that they must have faith and that it will happen.
The other piece that I really enjoyed was that bit about putting a business plan together for your blog. Kudoos on this.... I have been avoiding this like the plague and I will get to this today! Stephen Martile — Personal Development with NLP