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A Business/Charity Experiment from Anchorage

Greetings, friends and readers. Today I’m in Anchorage, Alaska for the 43rd stop of the Unconventional Book Tour. I’ll be at the University of Alaska at noon, and Metro Music and Books at 7pm tonight. (We’ll be moving to a beer-and-pizza place afterwards, which I’m told is mandatory when in Alaska.) Today I have a…

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Postcard #36: Eliza in Washington, D.C.

This week’s featured postcard comes to us from Eliza in Washington, D.C. Here’s what it’s all about. See more postcards from readers here. Send your own in to this address: World Domination HQ 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #639 Portland, OR 97214 USA ###

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Happy Thanksgiving from Southeast Portland

If you don’t live in the U.S., you may wonder why the internet is so quiet today. Everyone else around the world, this is the day you get the internet to yourselves. Use it well, friends, because America will be back online and shopping tomorrow. I do have a sale going on at UnconventionalGuides.com until…

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Unconventional Guides Holiday Sale – Limited Time

Two years ago I started the business that now supports AONC in full, allowing us to operate the site without being beholden to advertisers or conducting donor drives. If you’re new here, I often use the “Weekend Update” space to talk about what’s happening in the business—but while I’ve been on the Unconventional Book Tour,…

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The Unconventional Strategy in Action

Most of the time, the obvious way around an obstacle isn’t the only way. Looking for another option is called the unconventional strategy—when you have the same goal as anyone else, but you find a different way to achieve it. It works in education, career, personal finance, social causes, politics, relationships, etc. Oh, and it…

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Postcard #35: Rosie in The UK

This week’s featured postcard comes to us from Rosie in The United Kingdom. Here’s what it’s all about. See more postcards from readers here. Send your own in to this address: World Domination HQ 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #639 Portland, OR 97214 USA ###

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Killing Time

I did a media call for a journalist on the subject of “time management” recently. When I heard the topic, I was worried: one, I don’t think I’m that great at time management… and two, I’m not even sure such a thing exists. You can’t manage time; it exists independently of any choice you make.…

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Who You Are and What They Say

If you are confident, they will say you are arrogant. If you are deliberate, they will say you are too sure of yourself. If you have a sense of purpose, they will say you are self-absorbed. If you know who you are, they will ask, “Who are you, anyway?” If you believe in kindness and…

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Unconventional Book Tour Mini-Documentary

For everyone all over the world who isn’t able to come out to the Unconventional Book Tour, this 4-minute movie gives you an idea of what it’s about. [If you can’t see it above, click here.] This mini-documentary was filmed and produced in Durham, North Carolina by Crystal Street at StorytellingTraveler.com. Crystal spent a lot…

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Postcard #34: May in Edinburgh

This week’s featured postcard comes to us from May in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here’s what it’s all about. See more postcards from readers here. Send your own in to this address: World Domination HQ 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #639 Portland, OR 97214 USA ###

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Postcard #33: Stephanie in Irkutsk

This week’s featured postcard comes to us from Stephanie in Irkutsk, Russia. Here’s what it’s all about. See more postcards from readers here. Send your own in to this address: World Domination HQ 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #639 Portland, OR 97214 USA ###

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Starting Over

The question comes up a lot: “If you were starting over with this project, what would you do differently?” In my case, I probably wouldn’t put the domain on chrisguillebeau.com. If you have chrisg.com, that works—but Chris Garrett got to that one first, and for some reason, a lot of people have a hard time…

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AONC Readers in the AONC Book

Greetings from the Atlanta airport, where I’m preparing this post before heading home after a 13-stop leg of the Unconventional Book Tour. In writing the AONC book, I wanted to highlight the stories of other people who have forged their own unconventional lives. Everyone mentioned below was included in the book, already in its fourth…

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