Let the Adventure Begin!
Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with some great companies and clients, all while diversifying my skills and knowledge. It has kept me busy. Very busy. The busy nature of the jobs often left me with little time or desire to continue the conversation outside of work. Instead, I would focus on other aspects of life outside of work such as family, community, athletic goals, among other things. Don’t get me wrong: in today’s digital world, all these things blend together and the lines between them aren’t as stark as they used to be. It’s just that I would try to reinforce those lines a bit more given how much time work absorbed from my life.
About three weeks ago I was presented with an opportunity. I was given a premature send off from my job due to cost-cutting measures and now for the first time in almost eight years, I find myself with time to re-focus. I feel energized. I feel alive. While I do wonder a bit what the future holds as far as a new full-time, permanent “gig” goes and know I’ll be spending a lot time figuring that out, I also plan on taking advantage of the fact that I have greater flexibility in my schedule. One of the things I finally have more time to do is blog, and partake in the conversation around social media with greater vigor. With that, I’m launching this blog, which I hope will be an adventure in social media, both for myself and for you.
A few other things I hope to do as well include:
- more reading, commenting and sharing– My Google Reader is chock full of great posts from lots of folks. I hope to spend more time daily reading them, commenting on them, and sharing them with others.
- explore and use more new technologies– I’ve always been one to grab onto new technologies, but the one thing I haven’t done successfully is use them creatively with great frequency. Video is a good example– got my Flip Nimo camera, now just need to use it more regularly. I’m also using Twitter, but at the moment mainly for personal use. I hope to explore more of the business application of Twitter and microblogging in general. The theme of how to use personal, consumer-oriented technology for business/enterprise use is one that interests me and something I hope to explore.
- attend more events– While it’s great to partake in conversations online, nothing is better than good old-fashioned face-to-face conversations and meetings. I plan on carving out more time to be social; in fact, I’ve already attended one of Jeff Pulver’s social media breakfast’s, a New Marketing Lab tweetup (special thanks to Colin Browning, Chris Brogan and Justin Levy), as well as a Pink Slip Party put on by Pistacio. I’m looking forward to more (and hopefully meeting you there!)
Of course, I have to mention that I am also quite busy with my own adventure seeking outside of this blog, namely my coaching business and my other blog, Ascending Higher, which is dedicated to conversations around multisport. I re-launched my website for Ascend Sports Conditioning right around the new year (2009), and have a strong passion for coaching athletes and participating in multisport. While I’ll be keeping that blog seperate from this blog, you will see an intermixing of topics– it’s hard not too, when both social media and multisport are so both ingrained my personality.
With that, let the adventure begin!