Geez, it’s almost been 4 months since I last posted something here. Shame on me.
This blog isn’t dead and neither will it be. I’ve just been busy with a lot of client projects, redesigning my company websites, fiddling with other projects as well as talking to a lot of people with interesting ideas.
How this blog will change
In January I’ll redesign this blog from scratch and completely change the focus of it.
This blog started out as a way for me to share stuff about my trip to Australia with my family and friends. Gradually it started to more and more revolve around social media, twitter and my Twitter application. One key thing I learned in the last few months is that a blog isn’t about you – it’s about your readers.
As a proof of this, the undoubtedly most popular content on this blog has revolved around Twitter and Social Media. And not directly shocking, the least popular content has been about my specific life.
The Quest for Freedom
So — in January this blog will focus on a mission, a quest, that I guess a lot of us are pursuing — the Quest for Freedom.
Freedom (and specifically the freedom of time, choice and place) has always been my primary goal. Unlike a lot of my friends and my family, I’ve never, ever, felt that an ordinary job, and in extent an ordinary life, is something that I would ever feel happy with pursuing. I’ve been self-employed my entire life and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Even though I’m self-employed, I still haven’t attained the freedom I desire. I might have achieved the freedom of time to one extent (I do my consulting from home and I choose when I want to work) but I’m still far away from having as much freedom of choice as well as freedom of place (I’m still stuck in Sweden, duh) as I’m striving for.
Next year I’m going to put a lot of effort into transforming my business as well as my life. I’m going to transform my company from a software consulting company into a company that creates highly scalable and valuable products and solutions. I’ve slowly started to implement my plan for this but the most substantial changes will probably happen next year.
As you probably can imagine, one aspect of this blog will thus be a chronicle of my personal quest for freedom. I will as transparently as possible tell you what I’ve done, the results I’ve got — and if the results are awesome — how you could go about replicating them.
To put this into a clear context, here are a few subjects that I’ll frequently write about as soon as I’ve launched the new blog:
- Social Media – Social Media has inevitably proven to be a topic my visitors love to read about.
- Entrepreneurship – Tips and golden nuggets on how you can get started on your entrepreneurial journey.
- Internet Marketing – I’m spending a lot of time testing various internet marketing methods right now and if everything goes as planned, a substantial part of my income will be generated by Internet marketing projects by the end of next year. I’ll share the methods I use and the results I get with you.
- E-commerce – I’ll probably partner up with a great company next year and set up an e-commerce operation. As I’m kinda new to e-commerce, this will be a great learning experience as well as something you can use as a resource if you’re thinking of setting up your on shop.
- Outsourcing – One goal I’ve set for me personally for the next year is to do more outsourcing and stop being so micro-managing-esque. If you’re thinking of doing the same, you’ll obviously pick up a few tips and tricks from my trial and error.
- Traveling – I’ll still keep a journal of the traveling I do (I do believe people like to read about new and exciting places) and share tips of stuff I’ve learned while traveling.
Since we’re living in the age of Social Media and User Generated Content, I’ll try as much as possible to turn this blog into a communications platform where you as readers can connect and empower each other. One quite obvious idea is to set up a forum, but I’m also thinking of other ways to enable you as a reader to participate in a discussion rather than just reading a blog post.
Another thing that I’d also like to change is the source of the content for this blog. Inevitable I’ll be responsible for the majority of the content, but I’m going to work on getting content from awesome ‘guest bloggers’ (I’ll also do some blogging on other blogs) as well as publishing some golden info nuggets from my readers. If you’re setting up a related blog and want to cooperate on some material, shoot me an e-mail and we’ll work something out.
Tweet-o-matic — What’s going on?
First of all, I’m really thankful for all the comments you’ve made about Tweet-o-matic as well as your interest.
One thing I’ve decided in the past few months is that I will not launch the application as Tweet-o-matic. First of all, the word ‘tweet’ might eventually be trademarked by Twitter and secondly, a name like that would pretty much target the platform to exclusively use Twitter. The new name for the project is Socialize and this is mainly because the platform also will feature other social media outlets (Plurk, Identica etc.) further down the road.
I wish that I could say when I’m able to release it but unfortunately I’m not in a position to do so. There’s just too much uncertainty right now regarding a few projects I might start working on.
I’ll keep you posted on the progress though!
I’ve just spent the last two hours reading Chris Guillebeau’s (@chrisguillebeau) manifesto “A Brief Guide to World Domination – How to Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World” and going through the related material.
All I can say is wow, that manifesto really makes you think about things. At its core, the manifesto (as well as Chris’s movement The Art of Non-conformity) revolves around one core principle:
You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.
Besides the core principle, the manifesto also revolves around two very important questions:
- What do you really want to get out of life?
- What can you offer the world that no one else can?
These questions are designed to help you realize how you can become or create something truly remarkable and live life on your terms, not someone else’s.
What do you really want to get out of life?
This is probably THE most important question one should ask themselves. What is your ultimate goal in life? What is your purpose?
It’s a great goal setting-exercise that revolves around the idea of visualizing an ideal day in your life and then making adjustments to make it happen.
What can you offer the world that no one else can?
This can actually be a really tricky question – it sure was (and still is) for me. Basically, it’s about realizing how you can turn your passion or your interests into a specific expertise.
You really need to devote as much time as it takes to find out what you can offer the world that no one else can – and when you’re ready – the world will be amazed by your awesomeness.
In the manifesto, Chris mentions a few obstacles that one should be vary of when they’re starting their journey of non-conformism. According to Chris, one should be ready to be challenged by:
- Gatekeepers – people whose purpose is to control or withhold the flow of information and the ability to create change, and
- Critics – expert pessimists critical towards anyone else who thinks differently than they do.
When starting out on the journey to be remarkable, Chris mentions that a few tools are necessary:
- Relentless Passion – You must have an intense passion for your cause. You have to be willing to give your all, and fail and fail again. There will a long period of time with potentially few rewards.
- A Very Specific Goal – Why are you different? How will you make a difference?
- Expert Status in Skills That Help Others – You have to add value to others, or no one will want to help you. You need skills that will radically improve the lives of others.
- A Small Army – You need to start a following or recruit an army of believers that will aid you in your cause.
- Enough Money – You need enough money to accomplish the goal – no more, no less.
- Enough Time – You have to be able to devote a lot of time to improve your skills. You’re striving to be remarkable, not just ‘good’ or ‘decent’.
- One-Way Communication – You have to be able to speak to your following/your army directly through e.g. a blog or a web site.
What you do not need
Contrary to what most people believe, Chris mentions that the following isn’t needed:
- … or other credentials that are commonly required in the “normal” world.
What you need to do
Take action. Just start doing something – fail, learn, improve.
The choice doesn’t matter – just do something.
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