On Halifax

A recurring theme throughout the weekend was that “Halifax is a great place to visit, but not live.”

Although I’ve only spent a few days here (okay, less than that… to be honest…) I have to say it’s patently false.

I may live in what is known as the “greatest city in the world” (New York, for those keeping score at home), but…

I can only wish that my neighbourhood had a newsagent with the same broad selection of newspapers and magazines as Atlantic News.

The idea of a tea shop in my neighbourhood with knowledgable customer service and a friendly atmosphere like the World Tea House remains just a dream.

And the cozy, warm, fun atmosphere of The Foggy Goggle? There are some contenders, but certainly few who would close for a loyal customer’s private wedding party on a Saturday night.

As I travel the world, I hear from a lot of jealous folks who wish they could have the full New York experience. But for me, the opposite is true.

New York is great in so many ways, but when it comes to personality, intimacy, and personability, small cities—like my beloved Buffalo, Providence, and yes, even Halifax—take the cake.

Notes from WordCamp Providence 2014

Hi there WordCampers!

I was thrilled to be invited to Providence and had an absolute blast – I hope you did as well.

Here are my slides and notes from my talk, “Connecting The Dots”. If you have questions, be sure to share them in the comments.

My slides are available on SpeakerDeck.

Some of the resources I mentioned:

Thanks again for coming, and I’ll see you on the WordCamp trail soon!

Notes from WordCamp Buffalo 2014

10665415_584908078286248_1001668234_nThis past weekend (September 13th, to be exact) I spoke at WordCamp Buffalo again. I have a special relationship with Buffalo, and WordCamp Buffalo—I went to school at UB and helped organise the first WordCamp Buffalo—so it’s always a delight to revisit WNY and revisit my old haunts.

This year, I spoke about outsourcing your content marketing, and shared lessons from the content marketing process I’ve been building for Van Patten Media and BlastOff. I gave another version of this talk at WordCamp Maine, but this version should be considered the canonical version (the Maine version was hastily modified at the last minute to avoid replicating content that Elisa Doucette had shared in her content marketing talk, which you should also check out because it was great).

Without further ado… my slides are available on SpeakerDeck.

A few resources I mentioned:

Content Calendars

Hiring

Documenting your processes

Monitoring your processes

Analytics

On Birthdays

Looks like I’ve successfully completed another trip around the sun.

Birthdays are hardly my favourite days. They’re a yearly reminder of just how little I’ve gotten done—or at least how little I think I’ve gotten done.

I have a habit of holding myself to very high standards—impossibly high, some might say. I look at Jobs, Welles, and Zuckerbergs of the world, and see people who achieved creative and/or entrepreneurial success younger than me, and can’t help but stack up my short list of achievements next to their lengthy ones at the same time.

Earlier tonight, I attended a screening of the premiere of the new series of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi. Although he could hardly be considered unsuccessful before this point, his role as the new Doctor is easily his highest profile role so far, and has catapulted him to a new level of stardom. And, oh right, he’s 56.

It’s easy to forget that success is like a mountain. Some people might scale it faster, but no matter what, if you don’t look back and don’t turn around, you’ll make it to the top too. It might take a while—56 years, perhaps—but you’ll make it.

Instead of lamenting that I haven’t reached the top quite as quickly as I’d like, I need to stop and enjoy the journey. It’s easy to forget that the sights below the summit can be just as beautiful as the view from the top… if you pause and look.