January 31, 2010

Site Update: February 2010

portland-run

Greetings from home base in the great Portland, Oregon.

Yesterday I ran 10 miles, a fact I was happy about until I went to a dinner party and met an ultrarunner who runs 80 miles a week. She also has two young children and a full-time job.

I felt suitably shamed. Ultrarunners and any other endurance athletes out there, you have my respect… but not my company for training runs.

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

Writing

LIFE – I wrote about Clean Water for Ethiopia, What You Don’t Do Doesn’t Matter, Before and After, Being Busy, and Beware of Life.

WORK – I wrote about Art and Plumbing (the Seth Godin interview), Using Email to Build Your Community, and the Launch of the $100 Business forum.

TRAVEL – I wrote about Life in Sudan and Next Stop, South Pacific.

SITE AND STORE UPDATES – I wrote about What I learned from the $100 Business Forum Launch, AONC’s feature in Psychology Today, and The Missing Country & the Auckland Meetup.

(P.S. Thanks to everyone who has been participating in the comments section on the Monday and Thursday articles. You guys are incredibly smart.)

Travel

For the first half of the month, I went to the South Pacific and visited Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji — my first countries in the region aside from New Zealand, which I’ve been to before. On the way back I stopped off in Auckland and met with a number of fun people who read AONC from that part of the world.

You can see photos and videos of my trips here. Drop in to take a look if you’re so inclined, and add me as a contact if you’re into the Flickr thing.

Small Business

January saw the launch of our first business project of the year and first AONC community group ever. The $100 Business Forum aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs evaluate different business ideas and launch projects on a low budget. On launch morning, the 150 available spaces sold out in 90 minutes. A world record! (Or at least, some kind of record.)

The first group begins meeting tomorrow, and I’m excited to work with them. The second group starts in April and is also sold out.

What’s Coming Next

Travel

This month I’ll return to Asia and the South Pacific for a visit to Papua New Guinea. On the way back home I’ll be in Bangkok for a few working days, and I’m also trying to put together a short side trip to the Maldives.

Small Business

My main entrepreneurial project this month is a restructuring of the business resources I offer to customers on UnconventionalGuides.com. Stay tuned for a new pricing model for the popular Working for Yourself guide, and the development of my first higher-end project, Empire Building Kit.

Articles

Every month I write at least eight free articles for AONC and several other articles for blogs, newspapers, and magazines. I hope you enjoy my writing, and I always welcome your feedback.

Audience Participation

You can participate in the development of AONC in several ways:

Leave a comment at the bottom of any regular article. Feel free to add to the discussion at any time, and include a link back to your own site if you have one. (Note that the link goes in the “web site” field, not the big text box where you write your comment.)

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Follow my real-time updates on Twitter here. I regularly solicit input on the articles published on the site, as well as send out links to other people’s great content. A “Daily Ass-Kicking” is included at no additional charge. You can also become a fan of AONC on Facebook.

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

-CG

Catch up on Previous Updates Here:

November-December 2009 (Barcelona)
October 2009 (Portland)
August-September 2009 (Bali)
July 2009 (Kuala Lumpur)
June 2009 (Salt Lake City)
May 2009 (Dominican Republic)
April 2009 (Portland)
March 2009 (Portland)
January-February 2009 (Tokyo)
November-December 2008 (Seattle)
October 2008 (Seattle)
September 2008 (Seattle)
August 2008 (Seattle)
July 2008 (Karachi)
June 2008 (Amsterdam)
May 2008 (Vancouver)
April 2008 (Syria)
March 2008 (Los Angeles)
February 2008 (Seattle)

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