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Business, Blogging, and Broken Windows

This is the follow-up to last week’s article on Product Launches. The series deals with the business side of blogging and social media – a topic that some will be interested in and others won’t. This article will look at site comments, scheduling, organizational structure, and taking control over where your paycheck comes from. My…

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Photos from Bhutan, Kathmandu Taxi Rides, and a Brief Store Update

Greetings once again from the South Asian kingdom of Bhutan. It’s been a great trip to a fairly remote place. There aren’t really any “undiscovered” places in the world anymore, but when you look at lesser-known destinations, Bhutan definitely tops the list. Today I’m getting on a plane and headed back to Kathmandu, but I’m…

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Video Update: Cost and Value in Bhutan

This three-minute video update was recorded live from my guesthouse outside of Thimphu, Bhutan. In the video I talk about frugality and the choice to spend $1,000 to come to Bhutan. Bhutan is in South Asia, between Tibet, India, and Nepal. To put it in perspective, I’ve included a map below. If you can’t view…

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Product Launch 101

This is the story of what happens in a typical product launch. Fellow entrepreneurs and people interested in the business side of what I do will be interested; others probably won’t. I’m going to outline a few of the things I’ve learned in doing product launches over the years. With AONC I’ve done six of…

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Notes on a Full Life, Live from CX 883

Hi everyone. I’m high on life and writing in from the Cathay Pacific LAX-HKG flight. I’m fading fast, but with 13 hours to go until arrival, there should be plenty of time to a) sleep and b) write this note to you. It’s been a full week in my world so far. On Sunday I…

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Authenticity: You Has It

At any given time, most of us have no shortage of challenges we’re trying to work through or overcome. Entrepreneurs must create something out of nothing — a process that is both fun and tiring. Ambitious people who work in organizations have to work with colleagues in pursuit of collective goals. Sometimes the colleagues aren’t…

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Expanding the Pie in Southeast Portland

After a month at home with no travel, I’m heading back out on the road this week. This time I’m going to Nepal and Bhutan, two countries in South Asia that have eluded me until now. Trip Logistics I used 50,000 American Airlines miles to book a one-way awards trip on Cathay Pacific to Hong…

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The Results Are In!

While on summer vacation in Utah, I set up an Unconventional Writing Contest with great prizes and the chance to publish here on the hub of World Domination. I’m happy to announce that the results are now in! It was a fierce competition, but by the end, it was also clear who the winners should…

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I’m On Facebook, Sort Of…

When 2% of the world’s population joined FaceBook a few years ago, I decided to sit it out because I am secretly a luddite. I still don’t completely understand it, but I know there are lots of people who don’t understand Twitter, so that’s OK. Might as well get on the train and see where…

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Infrastructure and Public Accountability

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we survived a heat wave that kept temperatures near 100° F for much of the week. I felt like an asthmatic Superman at times, but I completed all my running as planned. Now it’s over, and running this morning at “only” 88 degrees felt like I should bundle up in…

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