A quick little update to drop some info and links to you.
1) This post from 37Signals (LOVE THEM!!11) entitled, The bar for success in our industry is too low, is the DOPEness. Go read it. Now. I think people have this e-game twisted, wanting to be the next YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, not knowing that these companies don’t (yet) turn a profit and have huge bills to pay. Get your mind right! Some of these new school wannabe web-treprenuers need to take heed and make sure they’re ready for this long haul, because turning a profit is not that easy no matter how many impressions you get everyday.
2) All that being said (lol), my company turns one year old this week. This time last year was my last week at a ‘real’ job, and my company documents were filed with the state of California. I wrote about what I’ve learned over the past year for this week’s issue of Clutch Magazine. Do I think about going back to the real world? Of course! Every one of my clients wants to hire me fulltime, and I keep declining. It’s tempting. We’ll see, I still need to do some goal setting and planning for myself. I admit I am at a bit of a crossroads, but for the time being I am having fun and to me that’s all that matters at this point in my life.
3) Did you vote for my SXSW panel, Online Gatekeeping: Who Died and Made You King? Yes? GOOD. Now please go vote for another panel I have asked to be on, Hacking the Extrovert: Real World Tips for Being Social … Offline! You only have one day left to vote!
4) I’M GOING TO COSTA RICA!!!! I’ve been secretly planning a getaway with my ace boon, Jen, and we’ve finally selected Costa Rica as our travel poison. We will also be joined by the lovely Ouxu (who, btw is my internet friend and I have never met her in person–I love the Internets!), and some other surprise guests. Hopefully I will take a lot of pictures…and publish them to the web! (read: don’t get your hopes up, I still have last year’s Brazil trip pics on my desktop).
5) Later this month I’ll be speaking at your favorite institution, MIT, for their Alumni Leadership Conference. I’ll be on a panel about social media marketing, which is interesting to me because last month I guest lectured a class on social media marketing at your other favorite institution–the Fashion Institute of Technology. Who’s next? I’m excited to see campus again, but I am NOT excited to feel old amongst all the current students. I remember as an undergrad, I would wonder who all the “old” people on campus were whenever this conference came to town. Now, I am those “old people.”
6) I should blog more often, I feel odd writing long posts these days. I am a fan of keeping it short and sweet on blogs. Thanks for reading!