Wednesday, July 20, 2016

2016 College Football Helmet Schedule Spreadsheet

The 2016 college football season is a little over a month away! I still can’t believe my Buckeyes blew it at home against Michigan State and cost themselves a shot at repeating as Big Ten and National Champions. I have no idea what to expect this season. Looking at the schedule in the Excel file, I’m really worried about that away game against Oklahoma early in the season. At least if they lose, they could have time to recover to get back in the playoff hunt.

It’s fun looking at the 2016 college football helmet schedule and try to predict which games you think your favorite team will win or lose. This spreadsheet of the college football schedules includes every team from all conferences plus independents. Every game is listed as either home, away, or neutral site (noted at the bottom of each sheet).  A college football helmet schedule spreadsheet may be available on other websites but, to my knowledge, this is the only downloadable Excel version and, unlike some of the others, is 100% FREE!

2016 College Football Helmet Schedule Spreadsheet

2016 College Football Playoff Prediction Game

A new feature this year is the edition of the 2016 College Football Playoff Predictor! Week by week, you can pick the four teams who you think will make the playoff at the end of the year. You can see how your prediction changes throughout the year and if it is correct at the end. Crazy that out of 127 teams, only four make the playoff, a measly 3.1 %.  Compare that to the NFL where 12 of 32 makes the playoffs, or 37.5%.

2016 College Football Playoff Prediction Game

Download the football schedule today using the link below:

Suggestions to Improve the College Football Schedule Spreadsheet

I was thinking about other options I could add to make this template more fun, like how much fun the Bowl Prediction Pool is every year. One idea was predicting the top 25 teams compared to the AP Poll every week. What do you think? Do you play any office or fantasy games in regards to college football?

This spreadsheet does take some time to update due to the massive amount of helmets that need to be moved around. In the future I think I plan to make the spreadsheet easier to update and more maintainable. At least maybe figure out how to make the football helmets automatically populate, possibly using drop down lists. Maybe there is also a way to import the schedules from ESPN's website. Any ideas how to make the yearly update go quicker?

Tags: 2016 NCAA Excel Helmet Schedule

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How to Write a Book Fast by Using Excel - Video Tutorial

Where most authors are writing their books in Microsoft Word, Scrivener, or Pages for Mac, I’ve actually been using Microsoft Excel to write books fast and today I’m going to show you my exact technique. You can see an example of one of my books created in Excel by checking out The 50 Most Terrifying Roller Coasters Ever Built on As you can see, it has a 4.5 star rating from 14 reviews - none of which are from people I know, all real readers and customer - and has sold more than 2,000 copies. I’ve written four books using this technique and I chose this niche because I have a real passion for roller coasters and amusement parks.

Why write a book in Excel?

List type blog posts and articles are very popular these days, so my idea was to turn one of these type of list posts into a short book. This method is probably not a good idea for every type of book. You wouldn’t want to write a novel or long work of fiction in Excel. But if you're trying to relay stats or facts or have some form of repetition then this technique could help save you a lot of time. Anytime you find yourself doing something over and over or thinking to yourself "there has to be a better way" then, guess what, there probably is a better way and macros could be the answer.

How do you write a book in Excel?

Each row in my spreadsheet template starts a different page in the book. So 50 coasters equals at least 50 pages. I’ve colored coded the spreadsheet: every column in green is my initial input. Orange columns are formulas that use information from two other columns. All columns without color contain data that was entered by a virtual assistant whom I hired specifically for this job from Upwork.

Basically, I came up with the list of 50 coasters I wanted to feature in the book, then I outsourced the data collection process using Upwork. While my virtual assistant was contacting theme parks and researching data, I wrote the code to the macro that would automatically export all the data from Excel into the format in Word that I was looking for. The macro runs through a simple For..Next loop, looping through each row of the spreadsheet and exporting the data into the Word document.

After the information is exported to Word, just add your typical front and back matter, pictures, edit, and you’re done. Uploading to CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing is a breeze. And you can outsource most of these tasks as well, if you have the budget for it. Or do it yourself. Most people don't realize that if you have something written, it could be on sale on in as little as two days. Heck, some guy got a picture of his foot to be a best seller.

Watch My Book Magically Appear

Watch the video tutorial below where I show you how to write a book fast by using Excel and see the book pages magically appear before your very eyes.

Steps to Write a Book Using Excel

Here's the basic steps I use to start writting my book with a spreadsheet:
  1. Setup Excel sheet
  2. Outsource data entry using Upwork
  3. Create macro to automatically export data to Word
  4. Run Macro
  5. Add front and back matter, pictures, etc. to book in Word document
  6. Edit and create front cover
  7. Publish on CreateSpace and KDP
  8. Market and promotion
Feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more or have questions about how the macro works to export the data from Excel into Word.