The 2010 20K: Day 33 – Long Posts from Long Days

Dear Designers,

Oooooooh snap. Y'all are lucky that I have a full-time job and an active social life, or y'all would be in TROUBLLLLLEEEEEE!!! I've got designs in the vault that would knock socks off all over the block! (Ooh – I know you loved that flow!)

The point of that little aside was to let you know that despite missing some deadlines, despite feeling like there's never any time to throw down creatively on the things I wanna do – I'm still at it! I'm not about to let these little inconveniences and grounds for excuses get the better of me! There's too much I wanna do and so far only one me doing it, so I'm not going to be shut down that easily!

Work today was challenging – something I'd been working on completing for a while now suddenly blew up in my face. Now, me being someone who does NOT like to mess up when I'm accountable for something was not taking this lightly. It made my day longer, forced me to tackle some issues more aggressively – in general, I was edgier than usual. A little drawing at lunch helped a bit, but some time off would probably get me back on track.

Last night also saw me up getting Apache, PHP and MySQL installed on my computer – or rather, an attempt to get it installed. I soon found myself learning about the difference between thread-safe and non-thread safe versions of PHP and why installing the wrong one on Windows 7 just won't work. Attempt 2 is tonight. Which is somewhat hilarious, since I'll have to declare all the steps all over again whenever I move over to a Mac, but it's good enough for now 🙂

But you're probably all out there watching the season premiere of Lost. Whatev – I'll catch up on it later. I'm a busy man with things to do!

Anyway, that's all you're getting for now – I'm wrapping my challenging day up with some relaxation and drawing – tomorrow will hopefully see some things wrap up, but the verdict's still up on that one 🙂

The Digits:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $108.14

Keep it cool out there!

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 32 – Numbering These Blogs Won’t Be So Easy Anymore!

It's another week, another month (not to mention that it's Black History Month!) – not too many earth-shattering changes as of yet. Still working on the blog (obviously), still carrying too much wherever I go. This week, however, might see a bit more of an opportunity to lighten my load. I hope to just take a long stretch of time to finish some art; use up some supplies that I've been carrying for FAR too long; and clear up the digital presence of mine EVEN more.

I was commenting to Sarah the other night that things are often better when you're working in a team. Everyone on a team has their own individual area of expertise, and no two people on a team will ever do things EXACTLY the same way. I think many of the ventures I'd like to pursue are very team-favourable. Sure, you can try to be good at a whole list of things, but there's only 24 hours in a day! Just throwing that one out there…

Last night I posted this message on my Facebook and Twitter:

CANADIANS. Help a brotha out! Got contests? Fast food surveys? Air Miles/Aeroplan points? SEND THEM MY WAY! email, facebook, twitter, blog!

I'm totally serious, too! Whatever you guys have and aren't using, send it my way like an Usher song! I'll fill out those surveys! I'll use those coupon codes! Mail those SASEs! I won't be stopped! In fact, I think there's a McDonald's receipt in my jacket pocket with a survey address on the back. Can anyone confirm whether or not these actually have winners? Maybe I should just contact them and see if they can give me further info? Keep you guys posted.

So it being around that time of year, the shirt design I'm working on is on the theme of Hearts, like I mentioned. Here's a preview of the style I'm working with this time:

Total-eclipse-of-the-heart

I am hoping for epicness by the time it's done! This is only a sample, but it'll be a lot simpler than the last design I was working with, so I SHOULD make cut-off.

Anyway, I'm gonna keep at it for the rest of the night, so I wish everyone the best – definitely have some moves going on this week – hopefully I can open the lid on some ideas soon – I'm dying of the anticipation!

The Math:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $108.14

Keep your lives interesting out there!

It's your boy,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 31 – Month in Review; Goodbye January!

Everybody needs help. One thing this blog is helping me realize is that in one way or another, people are looking for help with things. Friends have ideas for small businesses, some people need help getting their idea off the ground and running – maybe someone could even use a couple of hours of your time to help stuff envelopes. Everyone needs help with something to help make their lives a little easier.

I think that was one of my intents in mind when I came up with this blog in the first place. Sarah, myself and our friend Sherrie were tossing around ideas like:

  • "Help me make my dreams come true"
  • "Live vicariously through me… I'll live your dreams for you…"

You know, just the idea of empowering myself and others through doing things that need doing. I still haven't veered away from that line of thought – I think one thing that the 2010 20K can help provide is a number of situations that I hope to be mutually beneficial for myself and whatever clients I encounter along the way.

This first month has been good – I've gotten the opportunity to learn much about blogging, some do's and don't's, and ideas of how I'd like to develop further in the time that comes. I've found something to do that keeps me interested and dedicated, and all in all, I'm enjoying myself while doing it 🙂

I'm sorry to be so vague about some of the projects I'm working on figuring out at the moment – a lot of it isn't settled quite yet, and I wouldn't want to mess up anyone's plans due to me being a leaky faucet for information 🙂 Worry not – I'll mention things in due time when signatures have hit the paper and the hands have been shaken! Shook? Shaken? I think it's shaken. Let's go with that.

In other news, thank you, Mark, for another donation of $20.10 to the fund 🙂 I grant thee a boon – if you need something, let me know, and I shall do my darnedest to try and provide it! That helps the 2010 20K running total finally surpass $100! (It only took me a month :S !!!)

But yes, like I said, the heat needs to be turned up. I don't necessarily feel I've been slacking outright – I didn't come into the challenge with a firm plan, which I definitely don't advise to ANYONE, but with learning as I go, I feel that I'm building the infrastructure I need to do well as the months progress. Back to the topic at hand, though – the heat needs to rise. What I hope to crank out soon:

  • More real-life applications of the 2010 20K
  • Looking to get involved with https://payperpost.com/ to generate more opportunities – I've learned from the Google Ads experience, so now I'm going to try something that is directly tied to my performance
  • Also looking to get more exposure with doing some photography – I've scoped out places like blogto.com's Flickr group that will sometimes take photos to put in the National Post and t.o.night
  • More ACTION! More DRAMA! More… money?

And worry not – the reality blog is DEFINITELY not forgotten 🙂 I'm going to keep this blog interesting, even if all y'all have nothing to say about it – but I guess that means that no one can stop me either, eh? (insert more evil laughter here.)

The Math:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $108.14

That's all folks – enjoy your night, keep reading and thanks for the support 🙂

Everyone peace from west to east,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 30 – “Missed Opportunities…” — Hall & Oates

It's not all about the money. This is something I know and would like to stress. Money is good to have and can be quite useful, but should never be the be-all and end-all tool behind any motivation.

Donations:

I have a couple of old jackets to get rid of that're taking up space in the closet. With the tempatures getting as low as they have, I think there're many others who would benefit from them more than the seldom-used space in the house!

And it's so convenient!

http://www.diabetes.ca/get-involved/supporting-us/clothesline/ – picks up from home, also accepts PDAs, cell phones and printer cartridges
http://www.clothingbank.ca/ – picks up from home

Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to be able to get my piece for the Threadless 10K contest done to the quality I'd like by tomorrow. Trevor already pointed this out, that I need to stop leaving things to the last minute – I know it can be hard to balance all of life's commitments – maybe it's just about better time management?

Here's a look at it, anyway – the theme was to "create the next trend" – I decided to look at trends instead, and show what the next trend might be in tech – maybe with a glow in the dark effect. What I was aiming to show was all the different tech all branching into one device which is like a roll-up of them all – something like what the iPhone would be like in its next generation (not yet pictured):

Trends_tee

This won't stop me – minor bump in the road. There's another contest at http://shirt.woot.com due Wednesday – they have weekly derbies with $1,500 top prizes – this time around, the theme is "Heart", and I have an idea 🙂 Hopefully I can actually get it in on time =/ There's a good idea rolling around in my head, and I hope to bust it out in style.

So time to wrap it up, pop in a DVD and make my way to eventual sleep.

The Math:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $88.04

Keep it warm, y'all.

–case p.

The 2010 20K Day 29.5: Is You SERIOUS?!

Worry not – I’m still rather proficient in English – but damn. I’m here with my computer, trying to compile the image of the tee design I’ve been working on to show y’all, but the system is HANGING. I’ve been shutting things down one after another, trying to hasten the process, but it looks like it’s going to stay right where it is. I intend to take care of it one way or another before I sleep. Tomorrow sees a baptism and family time with Sarah’s peops – should be good. And then we start a new month!

Hopefully get this blog up soon – bear with me!

Thanks,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 29 – Rich Dad, Poor Dad, So Sad.

Hey all,

A good evening for good reading! After the crazy week I had and a good solid power nap for a couple of hours, I'm pretty much recovered. Still need to get some more rest soon, but alive and kicking.

I'm glad I made it to the weekend in one piece – I have the odd tendency to really get into accomplishing things, and might forgo things like a decent night of rest here and there in the name of getting something done. Trying to find balance is helping me curb that habit, though.

One thing I did do tonight is spend some time with Sarah watching a bit of television. One thing we watched was Shark Tank, the type of show that always interests me since I like to see other business ideas and the moves that make or break them. Especially when people are making that first foray out and trying to get people to get as interested in their ideas as they are 🙂

The OTHER thing I watched… well, I guess I did check out a bit of NUMB3RS – what can I say? I'm a big fan of crime dramas. However, the OTHER thing I watched was Marketplace on CBC. Today's episode was based on the Rich Dad, Poor Dad seminars you see ads for all over the place – I've seen a bunch on the TTC as of late while on the way in and out of work recently. The episode was really good to watch – it, again, helps one realize that there's no easy way to make money in the world, and moreso that there are plenty of people out there who'll gladly take your money to make you believe that there is. It went over the seminars being run under a licensee of Robert Kiyosaki's company, and how they're running seminars that are essentially just cash grabs that become more and more expensive as time passes. From $500 the first time to $12-$45,000 the next. YOWZA!

Now, if you read the comments on the episode, it does point to the fact that the episode seems like more of a witch hunt than an unbiased view of Robert Kiyosaki and the successes he HAS generated through the use of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. HOWEVER, from the comments I did read, it seemed that those who were successful using Kiyosaki's system never attended one of these seminars – they used their own smarts and abilities to take Kiyosaki's teachings from the books and make themselves weatlhier in the process. I know my brother's been reading Kiyosaki – may be something I need to do myself.

Anyway, enough chatter there – please check it out for yourself below:

http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2010/road_to_rich_dad/main.html

In other news, as usual I have several tabs open on my Firefox, including:

A quick glance at the clock tells me that I'm cutting it close. So, with that said, I hope you're all keeping warm on this freezing Friday night (The Weather Network says it feels like -27 C out there!), and thanks for joining me on yet another day of the 2010 20K!

The Math:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $88.04

Have a great night and join me tomorrow – I think art will be the name of the game!

Adios amigos,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 28 – Lookout Weekend… Here I Come!

Voice Post!

I’m really starting to notice that I talk pretty fast and tend to lisp it up a bit when I’m just talking off the top of my head. Yow. I might need to nip that in the bud!

Things mentioned in the post:

http://www.kickstarter.com/

It’ll be good to get a project up here – but it’ll need to be something GOOD!

http://blogs.photopreneur.com/how-to-get-paid-for-your-flickr-photos

How to Get Paid for Your Photos:

I’m going to get reading in-DEPTH on this. Maybe tomorrow I’ll discuss the methods I find, taking good shots on a small budget and how to get word out there – just gotta find the time 😀

My “t” key is starting to go on the fritz. Come on, lappy – you can do better than this.

The Math:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $88.04

Have a good night one and all 🙂

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 27.5

My peoples! Hope your day’s been well!

Today was another long one – in fact, I didn’t get out until 10 – urgent projects require sacrifices. I just have to make sure that it’s not me too often and we’ll be okay 😉 It’s quite the hard working team that I run with, so finding balance isn’t always easy. So I hope you’ll all accept a morning blog from me if that has to be the case. I’m going to try and get a money-making idea out daily for you casual readers out there, to try and make sure that I’m helping you at the same time while I’m trying to hit my goal – I want to keep you coming back for more, right 😉 ?

Anyway, I’ll see what I can get up before the start of tomorrow’s work day. Keep cool!

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 27 – Upside-Down… Work, You Turn Me… Inside Out…

I hope everyone's not expecting an inspiring, thought-provoking and introspective blog post today, because I promise you that you're not getting it. I made it out of the office around 8:30 after a VERY busy and intensive day!

I've been working on sketches for that shirt this week, and so far, I'm fairly happy with how they're turning out, despite the fact that I'm not sure that I'll find the time to assemble it all into the awesome image that I have in my head.

People have been asking about the microphone video I put up the other day – alright, let me clear up a few things:

  • I'm not selling the mics – I own them and they're not going anywhere!
  • I'm offering recording services to anyone needing them – like I said in the video, it's good for reciting lecture notes, vocals for a song or even a message you want to send to someone 🙂 The quality will more or less be that which you've heard in my voice blog posts, so pretty clear – I've had other mics here and there, but an actual meant-for-recording mic blows them all out of the water

I've noticed that my page views have been going up like craaaazy (some days are up 300 from where they were at a couple of days ago!) I wonder what's up with that? I've been checking what site stats I can get my hands on, but nothing's adding up. Thanks for checking things out regularly, though – it's highly appreciated! (Though in the back of my mind, I'm wondering how much of it is spam, but I'll get a system figured out – you just watch!)

It's been brought to my attention the idea of writing an appeal to Google and apologizing for misuse of the system – it's true that I didn't know, but then it raises the question of whether or not Google Ads would provide a stable source of passive income for me? Anyone out there who's had some experiences with it that've worked out okay for them so far?

As I ride off into the sunset, I hope you're all doing well. One potential client sent a mockup of a logo for me to look at today, so hopefully that'll develop into something more substantial. This weekend = sketches + writing the blog URL on business cards + web design wherever I can manage to fit it in. Should be good to just sit back and get things out of the way.

Thanks for keeping the blog alive with the daily reads, the comments here and there and lots of side conversation.

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $88.04

You know, this running total is going to need some WORK. I'm going to have to hustle harder in month #2!!!

Peace out one and all,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 26 – Good News and Bad News

Ugh. Just UGH.

Bad News

My Google AdSense account got disabled this morning. Before even reading the email, I had a good idea why. I need to read terms and conditions way better than I do.

Prohibited Uses. You shall not, and shall not authorize or encourage any third party to: (i) directly or indirectly generate queries, Referral Events, or impressions of or clicks on any Ad, Link, Search Result, or Referral Button

Sucks. You know, I'm not angry. It's really my own stupidity here. So that drops me a good $100 or so. sigh

Well, it's off to the races again, then. There IS no such thing as free money, eh =/

Good News

At least there's some good news. My boy Jon hooked me up with a $25 donation shortly after the 25th day of the 2010 20K – I appreciate it, man!

No video today since it's been a long day and I'm more or less working on sketches, but I plan to get the end product to you guys by the weekend … obviously, since that's when the contest ends 😀

So what can I do to make this a little more interactive? Expect polls, opportunities for you to have a stake in how I go about doing my crazy jobs – oh man, it'll be great. I hope you're excited, since there's good times coming 🙂

R.I.P. Google Ads account. It was good while it lasted.

The Math:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $88.04
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

I'm out like a light with the switch down,

–case p.