My mother-in-law sent me a quote today that happens to be from one of my all-time favorite transcendental authors. It was entirely appropriate timing too, as I just started my latest venture Murphy Group Media. I have to say, I couldn’t agree more!
… if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~Henry David Thoreau
It has been a long while since I had any desire to blog. It’s almost disheartening to login to my WordPress admin area and see all the outdated plugins, all the spam comments sitting in queue, and the notifications that my core is out of date. It’s overwhelming. But I’m blogging anyway.
You see, you may or may not have known this, but I’m out of a job.
I won’t go into detail, but it was time to for me and my former employer to part ways. While I enjoyed the company of peers, it was very difficult for me to stay fully engaged in work that I wasn’t originally hired to do.
I have many opportunities for full-time positions and people inquiring about consulting and contract gigs. I’ve started creating my own company that I can umbrella all my projects and gigs under. But there’s just SO MUCH to do.
So, today I write.
One thing that is a definite constant in the industry I chose is the continual need for new content. That means either new graphics, video, audio, or written words. Since my drawing and design skills are akin to that of my 3rd grade son, and I lack the proper tools for a/v editing, I’m choosing to write.
And what a choice! All of my sites have been on hiatus, more or less, for the past 3 years. It’s a mess. Like I mentioned earlier, plugins are out of date, code is broken, DOMAINS ARE DEAD, etc. Add all that to the three years of evolving the industry has done with integrations of FB, Twitter, Google, and OpenID to all and every property on the web, and, well… I’m a little behind the eight ball.
So I choose the constant. I write.
Regardless of how many details are on my to-do list, I could spend weeks on them before I even put a single word on the web. My sites will look pretty, but they won’t have evolved much and they’ll still be getting the same few non-human visitors that they get anyway.
A few minutes, a few words, and I too can produce something new. Now carry this action to all of my sites and my garden begins to grow again. After the content, I can focus on tidying up one of the sites. Tomorrow, I write again, and then I focus on bringing a different site back to life. Then I do it the third day, the fourth, the fifth, and so on.
Soon, it will be 2005 again and I’ll have a wide network of sites and content in my toolbelt once again. Or so I hope.
But this time, it will be different. This time, it’s not a hobby. This time…it’s my job!
Dec 19, 2008 Lookatme, I'm Web 2.0!
I’m half asleep. It’s true. It took me four minutes to finish this sentence. Now six!
This has been one of those days weeks where I’ve worked myself to the bone. Busy before work, working my ass off at work, the keeping busy after work with going to the gym, parenting, taking care of the house, and other projects I throw at myself.
Ridiculous. That’s a better word. I should tell the world. If I felt like it, here’s how I’d do it:
I injured my knee while running. Can’t run for 2-3 days. Sounds like a Facebook update. Gotta tell people I attempted to work out but now have a lame excuse for why I’m not. Maybe get some sympathy lovin from all the females I’m “friends” with.
Ready for the weekend! Sounds like a twitter update. Bye peeps. Signing off because I think I might have a life this weekend.
Looking forward to finishing this project on Monday. Definitely a LinkedIn update. Workaholic whore.
OMG I’m so sore! I lifted way to much at the gym! MySpace udpate. No further explanation needed. Would be posted with photoshopped picture.
(nothing) – That’s a Yammer update. Don’t want office peeps to know you’re M-I-A.
(nothing) – That’s a pownce update, because they are M-I-A.
RELAX! OMW! – An update via txt to my wife today, who [not so] graciously asked when I was going to be home.
OFFLINE – Meebo update that I’m setting right now. g’nite!