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Site Update – July 2008

Karachi, Pakistan

Live from Pakistan

Greetings from Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan. I arrived via Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong and will be here all week. Expect an on-location trip report at some point, and some other essays in the meantime.

Each 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.

Writing

LIFE – I wrote about Patriotism 2.0, Ever Feel Like Giving Up?, In Defense of Ass-Kicking, and the Biggest Travel Mistake I’ve Ever Made.

WORK – I wrote about 9 Insane Ways to Transform Your Business, Scaling Up Your Business or Your Life, an interview feature with the monks who sell laser toner, and an interview feature with Sean Aiken on How to Work 52 Jobs in One Year.

TRAVEL – I wrote about Beginnings, Getting to Moldova, 48 Hours in Northern Iraq, Running in Warsaw, and Misadventures in Mongolia.

We experienced a lot of site growth in July, thanks to many more inbound links and reviews of the manifesto. Speaking of that…

Manifesto

On Tuesday, June 24, I released a free PDF report called A Brief Guide to World Domination. The download for that report and an ongoing conversation with more than 150 comments is available here.

There are now more than 60 reviews and trackbacks to the report from all over the world. An Amazon Kindle version is now available, courtesy of a reader in Thailand. (Thanks, Colin!) Two translations are on their way as well.

Everyone else, please continue posting your feedback over here.

Travel

I went on the first half of a crazy trip around the world, visiting several new countries throughout the Baltic region and beyond. Breaking off from Vienna, I took a weekend side trip to Erbil, Kurdistan, also known as Northern Iraq.

On the way back to Seattle, I transited through Asia and used an awards ticket to go to Mongolia for another weekend side trip. In a new first for me, I was evicted from my guesthouse (!), but otherwise had a nice time seeing the Genghis Khan Brewery and other examples of modern Mongolian culture.

Yes, it was truly an action-packed travel month, perhaps my busiest ever, and I’m on the road again. After September, all of this travel will slow down for a while as I get serious about writing my book, but we’re not there yet.

What’s Coming Next

Travel – After a 10-day break in my Seattle home base, I’m back on the road again. This trip has brought me to Pakistan, where I’m staying most of the week, and then on the way home through Hong Kong, I’ll take a weekend side trip to one of the few countries in East Asia I haven’t visited yet.

FAQ – I’ll be creating a Frequently Asked Questions page to better explain more about the site and the World Domination movement. If there’s something you’d like to know, just let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

AONC RedesignReese the Amazing Designer, who works on location from Michigan and Malaysia, is working on a redesign for the site. In short, we love some things about the current design but want to change a few other things to better reflect the writing style. Stay tuned for updates and a preview where you can share your thoughts about the redesign.

Essays – 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:

  • Hidden Messages of Passport Stamps
  • How to Filter Out the Audience You Don’t Want
  • The Care and Feeding of World-Changers
  • Trip Reports from Malta and Pakistan

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

Product Launch

After I get back from Asia, I’m going to launch my first commercial product. It will be an ebook called the Unconventional Guide to Discount Airfare and will include detailed strategies and tactics to help readers interested in travel. I wrote this guide due to the many, many inquiries I get about how I am able to travel so affordably.

If enough people like it, I plan to follow it up with another one, the Unconventional Guide to Earning Money Without a Job.

The goal is to launch the Unconventional Guide to Discount Airfare on or around August 11. By next week, I should know if that date is realistic, and I’ll give you some more information about it then.

(Rest assured that all of the posts and essays on the AONC site will continue to be free; these are just supplementary materials I am making for anyone who is interested.)

Audience Participation

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

Leave a comment at the bottom of any essay. We have recently upgraded our comments engine to where it can be accessed more easily. Feel free to share your comments and include a link back to your own site if you have one.

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

Follow my real-time updates on Twitter.

Send other feedback. Use my contact form here to tell me what you think so far.

Tell your friends, or tell the world by submitting my essays to StumbleUpon, Digg, 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 changed.

-CG

Catch up on Previous Updates Here:

June 2008 (Amsterdam)
May 2008 (Vancouver)
April 2008 (Syria)
March 2008 (Los Angeles)
February 2008 (Seattle)

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    Just rediscovered your blog. You’ve been busy! I love the idea of a monthly summary of what you’ve been doing.

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    Thanks for your blog, love it. I am surprised you don’t have more people commenting your post though. Keep the good work.
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    Thanks guys! I’m in Singapore now and happy to be headed home soon.

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