Site Update: November-December 2008

Thanksgiving 2008 - courtesy of tschustoday

Friends and readers, welcome to December. The last thing I knew, it was still November 20th or so… but then, bam! December arrived early this morning. Was it like that for you too?

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

We’re going to combine two updates into one this time, because I’ll do a few extra things at the end of the year that will take the place of the next monthly update.


LIFE – I wrote about Lifestyle Design and Your Ideal World, What to Do When It’s Not Working Out, and A Short Collection of Unconventional Ideas.

WORK – I opened a limited consulting service and wrote In Defense of Multitasking.

TRAVEL – I wrote about 7 Beautiful Places in the World, Your One Place, How to Get from Here to There, and Advanced Travel Planning.


For the second month in a row, I stayed at home in Seattle. I took friends to and from the airport twice, gazing longingly at the check-in desks each time, but that was the extent of my wandering. Not to worry, though — I have my annual life-planning week set for the Western Caribbean in the middle of December, and then in January I’ll head out to Northeast Africa for the first in a series of long trips.

Where Was the Product Launch?

Last month I mentioned that I was working on a new product, called How to Become a Travel Ninja or something to that effect. It will be an intermediate-to-advanced travel guide that deals with Round-the-World travel and creative itineraries. It’s taking longer than I expected, but I don’t want to rush it. I’m now aiming for the first week of January.

What’s Coming Next

Site Redesign (really) – I know I’ve said this before, but the new site design is well underway and should be uploaded shortly. No kidding. I mean it this time. Like the product, this is the kind of thing that is better to be done right than quickly. When it’s done, of course, I’d love to know what you think of it.

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:

  • What I Learned from 250 of You in 34 Countries
  • How to Plan an Entire Year of Projects
  • How Much Money do You Really Need?
  • The Return of Ass-Kicking

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

Audience Participation

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

Leave a comment at the bottom of any essay. Feel free to add to the discussion at any time, 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.

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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 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.


Catch up on Previous Updates Here:

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)


Image from my neighborhood on Thanksgiving Day

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  • Richie says:

    What a beautiful sunset.

  • Anca says:

    Love the travel ninja title.

  • Jess says:

    REALLY looking forward to reading the “How much money do you need” article 🙂

  • Jay says:

    What a scene! The topic of how much money we really need has been a concept going around in my noodle too. I am looking forward to your take on it.

  • Jannie says:

    Yeah, December always arrives with a bang. As does July.

    Hey – another con-comformist here. Great to meet one of my kind!

  • What are you redesigning? This is one of the most attractive blogs I’ve ever seen. What are you going to do with THIS design? Seriously! One tip though. You need a search function. My favorite location for that is the first thing in the top right sidebar. See the post I’ve linked in for why.

  • Chris says:

    Nice to meet you guys… at least, those I haven’t met before.

    @Internet Strategist,

    I’m glad you like the current design. I like it too, but feel like I’ve outgrown it. It is a bit too “chill” for who I am and what I’m trying to do.

    Be sure to send your feedback on the new design when it’s up — and yes, there will be a search bar.

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