Have you ever wanted to add “Guinness World Record Holder” to your CV or Twitter bio? Now you can! Since we announced this year’s World Record Attempt, more than 600 people have signed up to meet us at 8:30am sharp next Friday morning in downtown Portland. We need all of those people to show up,…Read More
We didn’t buy it, but we did in fact rent it out. Today I was working on my quarterly taxes and smiled when I saw the charge for the Oregon Zoo from last year. Aside from my house, the zoo was the largest thing I’ve ever paid for—and the largest credit card charge by far.…Read More
I'm in Berlin. What a fun city! I'm excited to stay somewhere for three whole nights. I flew out of Doha's brand-new airport early this morning. Unbeknownst to me in advance, when I came in two days ago it was the very first day it was open—which of course was a mistake.Read More
You don’t write a book because it’s a good thing to write a book. You don’t write a book to “build your platform.” You write a book because you can’t bear not writing a book. You have something to say and you’re willing to put in the effort, day after day, to craft that message in the best possible manner.Read More
For a long time I’ve been troubled by the fact that there are many, many amazing people who are part of this community in addition to doing other awesome things—yet we don't do a good job of telling their stories. Just as we're actually making Unconventional Guides now instead of just saying that we should, I'm finally working on addressing this problem.Read More
A few years ago, I had a crazy idea to start a blog. As time went by it slowly turned into a community, a business, a series of books and events, a tour to 150 cities (so far…) and so much more. When people ask if I still recommend blogging, there’s an easy answer: YES!…Read More
There are 1,000 gift bags taking up every available space in my garage—and also in the foyer, on the stairs, and in various other nooks and crannies around the house. The photo above is approximately 5% of them, and doesn't include countless other boxes, hammock stands, furniture, piles of wood (long story), and various items that will all become needed at the same time next weekend.
“If we do this again next year,” Jolie asked me recently, “Can we get a storage unit?”Read More
Last week I went down to the Portland Art Museum again, and this time I took along the World Domination Action Team with me.
I normally do most of my project planning on my own, but for a project of this scale, I knew I needed to get some help—so this project is co-led with J.D., Tsilli, Robert, Tammy, Sean, Tyler, and Jolie. (I'll introduce them more later.)
You may recall that we're hosting a global gathering next June in Portland. Eight months away, we're well over halfway sold out, with 240 people registered from 15 countries. It's like the United Nations, but right here in Portland and so much more fun.Read More
Greetings, friends and readers. As mentioned recently, I have a modest proposal: next summer, let's take over Portland, Oregon with a small army of remarkable people. With that in mind, the World Domination Summit is now available for (very limited) registration. You can now learn more or sign up to brave the Oregon trail as one of the Pioneer attendees.
For more info, head over to the brand-new World Domination Summit site ...Read More
Jolie and I went down to the Portland Art Museum for a meeting with the Events Planner last week. We looked around at rooms that seated 350+ people. We talked about projectors and coat rooms and WiFi and catering—and everything else you could think of related to holding a major event. “Look,” I said as we walked past a wide corridor. “That looks like a nice place for the bloggers' lounge.” The corridor in question also contained a large statue of a naked man, but hey, it's an art museum.Read More