Site Update: April 2008

Syria PostcardLive from Syria

This month’s Site Update takes place from Damascus, Syria, where I’ve just arrived after traveling overland from Lebanon. Yes, I think that sentence is pretty cool. All is well over here, and I’ll write about the trip soon.

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


LIFE – I wrote about How To Respond to Critics, The Plan of Attack, Nothing Beside Remains, and How To Fall Down and Get Back Up Again.

WORK – I wrote about the question, Will Financial Success Follow You If Do What You Love? and then asked a few great writers to share their responses in a blogger roundup. I also wrote about The Flip Side to Entrepreneurship and Freedom and Social Networking with Twitter.

TRAVEL – I wrote about How and Why I Travel (Parts I and II), Observations from the World’s Ultimate Airport Lounge, and 35 Minutes of Homelessness in Central London.

PROFILES – The new “Profiles in Nonconformity” series debuted this month with an interview with Tony Hsieh, CEO of the unconventional retailer More profiles will be coming each month.


I went to Easter Island a couple of weeks ago and now I’m in the Middle East. My OneWorld Round-the-World trip is halfway done, and I’ve really appreciated the chance to travel so much.

I did an interview with TravelBlogs and enjoyed the thoughtful questions they asked.

It was encouraging to see so many blogging friends and mentors participate in the first roundup response. Thanks again, guys.

Lastly, many readers wrote in to say that they are enjoying the site. Your comments mean the world to me—please keep reading and writing.

What’s Coming Next

I’ll be back in Seattle on May 7th, and I’m staying for a while this time. While I’m home I’ll be finishing the writing for my upcoming manifesto, “A Brief Guide to World Domination.” If all goes as planned, we should be ready to distribute this free PDF report to a broader audience by mid-June.

When I get closer to completing the manifesto, I’ll need your help. Stay tuned for details.


The thrice-weekly essays will continue to be posted each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This month I’ll write about the following topics, among others:

• 28 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling
• Questions to Ask when the World Isn’t Going Your Way
• How To Retire the Day after Tomorrow
• Trip Reports from Costa Rica and Benin

I hope you enjoy my writing, and I always welcome your feedback.

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  • Sara says:

    Just wanted to let you know I’ve Facebooked a couple of your articles. Dunno if anyone took advantage of it, but I hope they do.

    And yes, that was a very cool sentence. Especially the word “overland.” I’ve always wanted to see Damascus…

  • Chris says:

    @Sara –

    Thanks so much for the FB link– that is appreciated. Damascus is definitely one of my favorite cities of 2008.

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