EDIT: 100 people have already signed up in the last few days. So I am already giving away a $100 Amazon certificate… if 100 more people sign up before December 15th, my birthday, I will add another $50 certificate give-away. Thanks!
It has been a little while since I posted last time and I wish I had a really good excuse, but mostly it has just been me moving around and not getting anything edited and written. But that being said, I do have a bit of news about some things that are upcoming on this website and my life.
First things first, I have finally gotten around to a project I wanted to get around to about six months ago. I am going to start doing a monthly newsletter.
You can sign up by scrolling over to the sidebar over there on your right. The top item is the sign-up box. Input your email address there and hit the button. You’ll get an email sent you your inbox for you to confirm you really signed up, hit the link there and… get ready for my first newsletter in about a week or so.
The newsletter is going to highlight some of the posts I think were the best on my site and some other sites in the previous month and will also have some unique content that won’t be on my website.
I hope you will enjoy the content I am going to be sending you (if you sign up) and I promise not to spam your inbox. It is my hope that you will find the content I will be delivering to you once a month or so will be well worth your effort to sign up.
So, if just my promise that the newsletter’s content alone isn’t enough to get you to sign up, let me add this.
I am going to give one of you $100 for signing up.
My birthday is on December 15th, which is also the date in 2008 that I started by round-the-world trip and basically started this life of semi-permanent travel. So, I have decided that I am going to use a random number generator to choose one person that signs up for the newsletter between now and my birthday and I will give them a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
Good content, stuff you can’t get on my website normally AND possibly getting $100 for the holiday season? Seriously, why haven’t you already signed up yet?
In other news, I think I am going to have some interesting developments coming up in the next few months. I have a few projects that are about to kick off that could help define what I am doing in 2012 and beyond. I’ve had some fun with some projects in 2011, like the Ultimate Train Challenge and I am ready for more, more, more.
One project I think you are going to get a chance to see in just a few weeks is a series of time lapse videos that I am doing with Holger of Veo el Mundo. We have a very unique spin on some videos that we are going to rollout on our websites and also a new one that we just started.
Another project I hope comes to fruition is a part-time social media consulting business with a couple other travel blogging friends. Its a bit too early to mark this one off in the “success” column yet, but I think I might be able to tell you more about it in just a few weeks, once we get a few ducks in a row.
My Big Decision for 2012
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I have finally decided that I am going to write. For those of you thinking, “but you do write – you do this website,” I thank you and totally appreciate you, but… this isn’t serious writing.
It’s time for me to finally commit to real writing.
I have been recently reading through some amazing interviews with writers over the last 60 years that have just been put online for the Paris Review. If you fancy yourself a writer, or even if you just enjoy learning more about some of your favorite authors, I highly recommend them. They are truly fascinating.
What I did learn is that 95% of them, or more, treated their writing as a full time job. Six or seven days a week. Five or six hours a day. Day after day.
I don’t. And if I want to get serious about this, I need to.
This will be somewhat complicated for me because I do have other projects out there and I do need to keep up with them, and this website, in order to keep some income coming in. So, I am going to commit to writing six days a week, for four hours a day every morning. And I am going to write long-hand, away from my computer… and the internet. That schedule will still leave me some time to work on my other stuff, but hopefully allow me to get into a good rhythm of putting words to paper and hopefully get two writing projects done in 2012 that I have wanted to do since my trip: my book about my RTW trip and a movie screenplay about an idea I had on the trip.
Lots more to talk about on that topic as the calendar turns over to 2012, but in the meantime… sign up for my newsletter, pass the word to your friends, and get ready for a big 2012. I have been a lucky guy so far in life — let’s see if I can double down on that.