I’ve written about Chris Guillebeau before, and he recently emailed me about his new ebook/manifesto with a textbook example of how marketing types/people with something to promote should approach bloggers (but of course he gets it, he has a blog of his own).

It is called A Brief Guide to World Domination: How to Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World *and other Modest Goals.

First of all, with a title like that, how could you not be interested?  More seriously, it is a great and inspiring read, especially if you’ve been in a rut lately.  I agree with much of his philosophy and ideas as well – I’d write more about them, but really, you owe it to yourself to go read it.  Moreover, it is beautifully designed and laid out (and only 29 pages) – perfect for a break from work or a nice literary nightcap.  So go check it out!

Color Me Surprised

June 18, 2008

I’ll admit that when I first heard about Guy Kawasaki’s Alltop*, I thought it was kind of…well, useless would probably be the most accurate word.  However, lately I’ve found it to be amazingly useful for several blogging/marketing projects – it is a great and quick way to get an overview of all the best and most relevant blogs for each topic.

*Alltop is an aggregator that collects posts from “all the top” sites on the web for a variety of topics, and they keep adding new ones.

“Part of the secret of success in life to eat what you want and let the food fight it out inside.”

                                                                                                – Mark Twain

I’m working on a recently assigned piece about bizarre things I’ve eaten.  Now, I’ve never considered myself an incredibly adventurous foodie type, however, now that I write it out, I’ve eaten some strange, strange things.  For instance, sea cucumber, huge prawns/gambas with the heads and feelers still on, and various other creatures of the deep; a variety of small birds including pigeon (Americans usually think this one is weird), goat (I found it tasty but again, most Americans find this one weird), and assorted offal like tripe, sweetbreads, and even an eyeball (in order to win a bet).  I also thoroughly enjoy morcilla and most blood sausage, which is one more thing that my fellow Americans find odd at best.

Despite the fact that I’ve definitely eaten some sketchy street food in places where doing so is probably…ill-advised, I’ve never had any ill effects.  Of course, many of the things Westerner types think of as bizarre (e.g. goat) are perfectly normal or considered treats in other parts of the world, but really, I’m starting to understand why I got this assignment.

So, what are the oddest things you’ve eaten?

A Bit of a Hiatus

June 8, 2008

It seems that when you’ve got more work (and more options for gigs) than you can possibly take on, new and former clients seem to come out out of the woodwork.  Don’t get me wrong – being busy and have tons of options for what to work on is fantastic – but something about the summer heat and such is making turning on the computer when I’m not working the very last thing I want to do. 

Of course, this the best time of the year to be living in Chicago, with all the summer events and festivals and gorgeous patios and terraces (and my building’s awesome rooftop deck with views of the city and Lake Michigan from twenty stories up).  And I have a new place (twice the size of my old one!) to decorate – I promise to post pictures when I get all my furniture set up and everything arranged the way I want it.  Last but not least, I’m working on something new and exciting that has to do with travel and cultural immersion and other good things that I can’t quite talk about yet, but it is going to be awesome.

Check out the winners of Copyblogger’s Twitter Writing Contest – their short (really short – Twitter messages have to be 140 characters or less) stories proved that sometimes creativity flourishes with tight constraints.