February 29, 2008

Site Update: February 2008

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Every month I look back at what’s happened with ChrisGuillebeau.com in the previous month. If you’ve missed some articles, you can catch up here.

This month, I’ve been busy getting the site online for my small group of beta readers before I branch out in April. I’ve pre-written the first two months’ worth of content, although when I travel I hope to provide some real-time updates as well.

Writing

LIFE – I wrote about How To Be Remarkably Average, and what I hope will be the outcome of this site over the first year.

WORK – I wrote about What Entrepreneurship Is and Isn’t, and How To Stand Out in Any Job.

TRAVEL – I wrote A Short Narration of My Travels So Far. (There are a lot of travels still to come, so stay tuned.)

Gratefulness

I’m grateful to Robert & Kelly Gash for their help with great photos, especially the one for the header which comes from the Seattle Public Library. We were almost thrown out of the building for taking photos without a permit, but thankfully we got what we needed before getting busted by the library police.

I’m grateful to my new friends in Malaysia, Jason & Reese Spykerman, who translated my ideas into the great design for this site. I talked with several designers before finding the Spykerman team, and something was missing in those conversations. When I talked with Jason & Reese, they “got” the idea right away and then did a very nice job with the design.

I’m grateful to Matt Shedden, the very first person I talked to about the site in detail, who told me what resonated with him and what didn’t. Thank you for your advice.

What’s Coming Next

On March 13, I’ll finish my year and a half at the University of Washington, receive my $32,000 diploma, and fly off to India. I’ll be there, and hopefully in Bangladesh if I can get a visa in Calcutta, until the end of March.

At the end of March I’ll head to Japan, my stopover point, and pick up my first OneWorld Round-the-World ticket. This will take me to L.A., where I’ll be for a weekend business conference at the end of the month. I’ll be back in Seattle on April 6th.

During the trip, the thrice-weekly essays will continue to be posted, and depending on internet access, I hope to write some real-time updates as well.

Audience Participation

You can participate in the development of this project in several ways:

Leave a comment at the bottom of any essay. I haven’t actively promoted the “comments” section in the posts yet, but you’re free to share your comments and include a link back to your own site if you have one.

Send other feedback. Use my contact form to tell me what you think so far. In the future, I probably won’t be able to respond to every inquiry, but right now I can.

Join my newsletter announcement list or add me to your RSS reader.

Tell your friends, or tell the world by voting for my writing at Digg, StumbleUpon, or other social networking sites.

I appreciate the time you spend here. Don’t forget to change the world the way you think it needs to be done.

-CG

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