What's This Guy Doing?

Writing about things that come up.

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Keeping Busy

Chances are that if you run into me and ask how I’m doing I’ll respond with “I’m keeping busy”. This is usually accurate. Lately I’ve been setting up in cafes while I work. I have rented a new place for myself outside of town, though I do miss it sometimes. Andrew had been working remotely on design work. I think that will wind down.

Speaking of design work: I am not a designer. I just happen to own a company that historically marketed itself as a design company at some points in time. I primarily research and find solutions for a diverse number of clients involving such things as: finding someone to support a legacy UNIX application, building a cost-saving SMS marketing application, data forensics, attack mitigation, technical ghostwriting, and systems maintenance. I typically won’t say no to a job if it’s profitable and I know I can find the solution. However, I do say no a good...

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Apathy

It comes with many things. I’m not even going to put an image on this because of it. I’ll be honest though, it’s tough to keep most habits going. This includes writing regular blog posts. Part of why I do it here is so that I can build the habit for the company blog. Maybe I shouldn’t publish all of the entries. This post is company related and reflects my personal opinions and experiences with content marketing and blogging. Please don’t be offended if you find this concerns you.

Purpose

“Let’s build a thing.” Ok, why? Is it a hobby? Will it help your business or is it a business? Or maybe you built it to try to be cool. There needs to be a purpose to doing things. Even if it is just to pass the time.

I’ve worked with quite a few content properties now, as well as traditional service-oriented small businesses and very few update their sites regularly and/or effectively. I don’t...

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Departure

“It’s better to keep moving”

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I closed the company’s office HQ at the end of last month. I’ve been mobile since then and plan to continue until at least January. It’s an odd feeling, but I can’t say I haven’t been here before. I spent years as an independent contractor doing odd jobs before I fell into working at the startup that would be the predecessor to this one.

There was no party to celebrate, no blowout like the last company’s closure, and I really won’t miss the office itself but I feel it was pivotal for me and the company. You can’t fully understand the experience unless you lived through it.

It was time. Growth stalled in 2015 and while we recovered momentum in 2016, too much had changed. I take the majority of the responsibility for my lack of leadership at the time while I was out founding a second company. To make things work I had to focus on cutting overhead and...

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Reboot

Hello hello. Once again I picked a new blog software. Went with Svbtle this time for a few reasons.

Goals for me to have in a software/platform:

  • It must be simple. No distractions. Period.
  • It must use Markdown for portability and ease of writing.
  • It must format well across devices and load fast.
  • If it’s not hosted by me, it must be hosted by a company not selling my information or that of my vistors.

Previously, I wrote all my posts in Markdown using the very awesome Focuswriter software or Noted on my Blackberry Passport. This made it so I had to publish it later on using another software. Early on it was Dropplets, but it wasn’t until this year that they started to update the project again. I found it to be a great concept, in practice it was a little buggy. I selected Anchor as the replacement but found it to be too heavy for my usage.

Ultimately, I thought Medium would be a...

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