The Zen of Search
the Image Freedom blog
The Zen of Search
the Image Freedom blog
Everyone has their thing, they collect butterflies, they skateboard or surf, or in my case I play video games. Well, I used to play video games until I decided to be an Entrepreneur. Stupid stupid Matthew. The whole point, I thought, was you start a business and then you have all this free time to do the things you want to do, like in my case, play video games.
Again. Stupid stupid Matthew.
I’ve been stupid busy lately. I mean, that’s the point right? I’ve been the starving artist, as they say, and I’ve been doing really well but lately I can honestly say I’ve quadrupled really well and I barely know how to keep up with it all. I’m on a high, but a lot of the Matthew activities have had to go by the wayside while the spice flows and the work gets done.
And the spice MUST flow.
I’ve got a meeting with Michelle Poteet from Reclaim Order on Wednesday. We have a lot to cover. Michelle is the professional organizer that I turned to after graduating Sanera Camp. Besides being a great friend Michelle can take my ADD self and teach me some organizational habits that really keep me from going off the deep end.
The good news keeps coming in lately, and it feels like if I announce to the world “I want to do more of X” then opportunities pertaining to the illustrious X start to appear. I don’t know if I sold my soul to the devil in my sleep or what, but I’ve been very blessed (or cursed) lately with things generally growing very steadily.
Well, the casualty is my gaming. Video games have been put away in favor of progress reports and that third mockup for X Y Z site with all the cool new stock images plugged in. I think a week or two ago I said to a friend “I am going to play Final Fantasy XIII tonight!” with much certainty. Needless to say by the time 9pm rolled around I was just too tired to spit, let alone play an intensive RPG like Final Fantasy.
I hardly recognize myself, and that is definitely a good thing, BUT there are reluctant parts of myself clinging to dear life to the liberties I had when times were easier. Oh crap, am I growing up? But… I don’t want to grow up!
The Toys’R’Us Giraffe made me a deal, I don’t have to grow up, are you saying cartoon Giraffe’s can’t be trusted?
At least I still refuse to wear a tie (or learn how to tie one).
That’s something right?
Social Media is a pain in the ass. Writing a blog, posting actually RELEVANT stuff to your Twitter page, getting fans to care about your Facebook page. These are all important things! The problem is, you wind up doing them for a while, they generate some buzz for you, your business grows and you lose the free time you had being without clients, to keep all that crap updated.
Hire a Ghost Tweeter you say? Don’t mind if I do!
Just kidding. I’ve been neglecting my blog a lot lately, and I think it comes from that perfectionist paralysis monkey on my back. Sometimes it’s hard to publish ANYTHING for fear of it not being a hit with my massive (read 34) subscriber base.
I need to get over it, need to get back on the horse, or back on the tweet, as it were. There is so much going on, we’ve been busier than we’ve ever been and I know I owe that to our social media efforts. One of the things I’m working on right now is getting approval from our clients to start sharing their success here on the blog.
That can be a tough sell at times because you don’t want to share too much of what you’re doing in your marketing plans, if that gets out to the wrong people then by essentially bragging you’re helping the competition. On the other hand, screw em! Knowing what you’re doing is only part of the equation, and without knowing how to counter it there isn’t much gained by learning what would have been obvious sooner or later anyway.
So yea, working on that as what is a blog if not the rantings of an overshare.
On the personal front, I’ve moved from my home in Alamo Ranch to a new place in Olmos Park. I love Alamo Ranch and there are a ton of great shops and resources there in town BUT it is just so far from everywhere I go on a daily basis. The Olmos Perk on McCollough for example, is a good forty minutes from Alamo Ranch. Now I’m within walking distance of the Perk and only ten minutes from downtown San Antonio.
Hardwood floors are fantastic, and as someone who spends a lot of time in his home office, it is just so important to be comfortable in that space. Big beautiful windows surround my home office and I couldn’t be happier.
Plenty of good news lately, some that I can talk about, some that unfortunately I am sworn not to mention, BUT I’m back on the horse here in the blog and returned to the focus of making SEO approachable to business owners of any experience level.
I’m a nut. I can’t lie about that, you’ll figure it out sooner or later. The strangest things excite me. Spent the evening at Sea World San Antonio Thursday night previewing their new “Azul” event that debuted today. I felt like a kid in a candy store running around taking pictures. I was very enthusiastic, very excited to have been invited to the preview, very happy to be there.
But we’re supposed to play it cool. Every time anyone has ever said they liked my enthusiasm, I’ve had that feeling that what they meant was that I was a hyper idiot. Is enthusiasm synonymous with a lack of etiquette?
I’m tired of THEM telling US that we have to be something we’re not to be successful. If I show my glee at Dolphins jumping out of the water into the sky, does that diminish my business edge?
I was at a meeting not long ago and someone referenced my enthusiasm towards a project. I frowned because I’d heard that before, it meant they were excited that I was going to be so easy to sign on. I’m not a cool cat by a long shot, I’m a man of many words and often a man with a stupid grin on his face, but I still know my value and I don’t settle.
People who underestimate me because of my enthusiasm are in for a rude awakening. I’m a geek, sure, but in the immortal words of Susan Boyle “that’s just one side of me!” I refuse to be ashamed of my enthusiasm.
Let your geek flags fly! Get excited with me! Catch the enthusiasm virus!