The Week That Was… October 25th – 31st, 2015.

This post’s out easily a week later than I wanted it to be, its author on the tail end of a week relentless with its to-do list. But with Halloween and my son’s second birthday party both in the past, I can put a little more time back into writing and the tale of how I finished October with a new phone in my pocket, eyes open to an entirely new world of deliciousness, and all other sorts of random in the life and times of Casey Palmer!


Before I start, this post is indirectly brought to you by Google Photos, because without a visual history of what I’ve been up to, I’d have no clue of what went down every week.

I finished October with my family game on fleek, spending most of my time either at the 9-5 getting things done or at home with my wife and son, the little joys that pop up in the days. How cute Little Man looks when he’s done his breakfast in the morning and wants to fake a nap with his parents. Or hitting up a Halloween party for the neighbourhood toddlers, watching at least a dozen 2-year olds run around as their parents sat watch at the edges of a plush, carpeted basement (Pro Tip: if you’re going to a potluck, be the one who brings the beer!) I used a SportChek credit to keep my underwear gear on point with the Saxx Underwear Company’s Platinum line; we made our preparations to celebrate the Little Man’s second birthday… even when I wasn’t living it up as part of the #BloggerLife, I feel blessed that life had plenty in store to keep me satisfied, always reminding me there’s more to life than the mischief I get into online.

But if you think the #BloggerLife took a week off, trust me — you don’t know CaseP; there was still plenty afoot in the week leading up to Halloween — let me tell you a bit about it!

DO ALL THE THINGS: The 2013 100 Wrap-Up 11-20: Birthdays, BiSC and Blogging

In the second of 10 posts, I look at The 2013 100 to show what I managed to pull off in 2013,  what I had to cancel, and some peeks at what I have planned for 2014!

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The 2013 100, Items: 11-20 — Birthdays, BiSC and Blogging

  1. Spruce up my about.me page
  2. Send personal emails to everyone who I came into contact with in 2012 about future potential opportunities to collaborate
  3. Launch the Mansformation website
  4. Update my résumé
  5. Create my creative résumé and portfolio
  6. Attend Bloggers in Sin City
  7. Do something awesome for my 30th birthday
  8. Create a collective of creatives with similar goals in mind
  9. Get new glasses
  10. Transform all the blog drafts I have lying around into real posts

11: Spruce up my about.me page

Spend enough time on the Internet and you start to learn a little something about Web presence. When it comes down to it, the only places where you should focus your efforts on standing out are:

  • Your own website
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Reddit

Frequent anywhere else all your like, but create amazing content across these sites and I promise that what you share will make its way wherever else you want it to get in due time.

So about.me, it’s been a slice, but I’ve got things to do.

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

12: Send personal emails to everyone who I came into contact with in 2012 about future potential opportunities to collaborate

So many people, so little time to talk to them all!

This is one I didn’t pursue. As years pass, you learn more and more that it’s not the number of people you know, but the strength of the relationships you make. While tweetups and networking opportunities are great, you’re rarely going to find yourself entering a lucrative, sound business opportunity with someone you barely know. Instead, I weeded through the pile of business cards I’d collected, dropped quick notes to the few I’d connected with and moved on.

Life’s too short to spoil it with poor relationships.

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

13: Launch the Mansformation website

Mansformation — A much-needed service; I’m just not sure I’m the one to deliver it.

Let me tell you a little story about an idea called Mansformation. Somewhere in 2012, I jokingly replied to a tweet with a Man Lesson about how a man should act in a situation if he wants to get anywhere with the women. Somewhere soon after that, I was tweeting daily Man Lessons, which carried over to my Facebook page, and eventually to its own Facebook page as it got more hype. If I was going to run a business, this would be it!

But I wasn’t passionate about it. Much like many things in my life, I feel into it because the opportunity was there. So I tried it out and enjoyed it for a while, but ultimately found it more effort than I wanted to invest in the project, and slowly started turning my sights elsewhere.

So in early 2013, Mansformation took a hiatus, much to the chagrin of some (including some who’d piggyback off of the success of my Man Lessons to try to make a name for themselves.) Though I’ve no immediate plans to revive the brand (not without a solid business plan, anyway), I can’t say it’ll stay gone — I’m getting a better handle on the blog and real-life stuff, so who knows? Maybe I’ll find someone else who wants to take it on and give them the kick-start they need to succeed!

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

14: Update my résumé

STATUS: SO done.

15: Create my creative résumé and portfolio

I’ve always wanted CaseyPalmer.com to be more than just a blog. At no point in my life have I been just a blogger — I’ve drawn logos, designed layouts, been in plays… a blog is cool, but it really sucks at showcasing what you can really do.

So I’ve worked at building a portfolio into the website, focusing on all the things I’ve done over the years. I had to learn some WordPress-specific PHP to do it, but it’s on my development version of the site, and I hope to roll it out in 2014!

STATUS: On to the next year!

16: Attend Bloggers in Sin City

resounding success! If you read my blog post — it was an amazing time and is helping to change the way I blog!

STATUS: SO done.

17: Do something awesome for my 30th birthday

DoomzDay 2 wasn’t quite as epic as DoomzDay in attendance (largely due to the threat of a second Stormageddon on the horizon, scaring people into staying home), but I’d argue that I had a closer group of friends around me in 2013.

Held at The Office Pub in Toronto’s Entertainment District (and now apparently one of Team Trolling‘s preferred birthday venues — shout-out to Marcel), I put a playlist together and brought a good 75 people together to celebrate the three decades I’ve lived so far.

The Dirtiest of Thirties

It was definitely a night with its ups and downs, from hugging friends I hadn’t seen in ages and partying the hardest I’d partied in months to finding out (again) that shot don’t agree with me and swearing up and down that someone’d stolen my wallet when I couldn’t find it the next day (only to have Sarah find it well-hidden under our bed five months later….)

In any event, we celebrated 30 in style, and while I don’t see going as hard in 2014 now that I’m a father, I’m happy that my friends and I got to go bananas for a night — even if it’s the last time for a while.

https://twitter.com/The_Jmoney/status/358454522739302401

https://twitter.com/mszablewski/status/358467083727675393

To sum it up best, I’ll take a line that Christine told me around the time of my birthday:

“Welcome to the best years of your life.”

STATUS: SO done.

18: Create a collective of creatives with similar goals in mind

After returning from Bloggers in Sin City, I was so filled with optimism and emotion that my post was both a thank you to the friends I’d made and an outcry for change in Toronto’s social media scene. Though far less pronounced now, there was way too much beef, backstabbing and blood in the water for a while, but eventually fizzled out as bloggers grew more professional and stopped causing so much drama.

Would I still want to work with others? Sure — I still believe that the power of man far exceeds that of one person if they’re striving for a common goal. But when I look around — and especially now that I have a son in the picture — I don’t see other bloggers trying to do what I do. Maybe I’ll find more bloggers to collab with in 2014, maybe not. In the meantime, I’ll do what I’ve done so far, working hard at constantly improving my craft.

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

19: Get new glasses

Some people are really good at being on top of their employee benefits and getting health services when they should.

If I were that organized, I’d have gotten new glasses in May 2013.

With my optometrist hounding me for my bi-annual visit, 2014’s going to see a new pair of specs (with a pair of prescription shades to deal with harsh glares while behind the wheel!)

STATUS: On to the next year?

20: Transform all the blog drafts I have lying around into real posts

220 drafts isn’t a bad thing, right? *sigh* So many unfinished thoughts. Poor unfinished thoughts.

I’m not a linear thinker. I carry a notepad with me because I’ll have random ideas I think are great, but not developed enough to share publicly. With blogging, I’ll often get a sentence or a stream of consciousness about a topic that’s great on its own, but I’m not in the business of writing sound bites — as a blogger, my responsibility is to draft these ideas into stories.

So I have 200+ drafts on my site, 10-15 of which I’m actively working on to turn into live posts. I have no way of telling whether this number will rise or fall in 2014, but I can tell you this — my blog is important to me. I put a lot of time and effort into developing it, hoping to eventually build something truly reflecting who I am. To me, having real estate represents the freedom to create your own possibilities, free from traditional society telling you how your life is going to play out.

TL;DR — I’ll still be writing next year, no doubt about it.

STATUS: On to the next year!

Another day down, 8 more to go! Come back tomorrow when we talk social media, stock markets and some of the people who keep me alive!

Until then I stay…

DoomzDay

Well, DoomzDay turned out to be doomsday… for one of us.

DoomzDay was… QUITE the party.

I’m pretty sure it was the point where I wound up ejecting the contents of my stomach all over a table where I realised — “Hey! This night did not go as I’d planned it!”

sigh, You’d think that by 29 you’d learn how to tell people to shut the heck up when they offer you shots, but noooo.

Anyway, it was a good party overall — despite what many may think, I do happen to remember much of went down last night, and for the most part what I recall is having a lot of friends around as I celebrated another birthday. Other than how it ended, I appreciate how many people came out and hope that everyone had a good time.

I need to thank:

  • Marcel and Troy for taking photos in my stead
  • Rami for being my best man, best friend and getting the phone I left behind
  • The Pilot for being gracious hosts
  • Adeline, Niya and Kaori for the delicious treats I didn’t get to try but I know were likely amazing
  • And everyone for coming out to show support!

But for now… yeah. On to the next one.

Thanks, everyone,

–case p.

#OakleyInc40Oaks

If you’ve never met Troy Oakley, you’re missing out on quite the experience. One day, having decided to pack his bags and move to the big, bad city of Toronto, I met him shortly thereafter, at my first tweetup in October 2010.  Since then, I’d easily put him up there as one of the most honest and straightforward people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting as of late.

So when he decided to hold a get-together to celebrate his 40th birthday, how could I not go?

In true Twitter fashion, the party came with strangers, hashtags and plenty of libations — many of these strangers unified by a love for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (In true Troy fashion, he’d arrived to his party after 7 HOURS spent in a tattoo artist’s chair getting a Leafs-related tattoo — the design’s pretty wild, though!)


#OakleyInc40Oaks, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:

The party would be re-dubbed #40Oaks by the end of the night, but people came out by the droves to wish our boy Troy Oakley well wishes in STYLE for his 40th birthday.

All in all, while it was a good night for me, for Troy, I could tell by the look in his eyes that he wouldn’t have celebrated this milestone any other way.

Hope you had a good birthday, buddy. You deserved it!

–case p.