Directions

September 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

the-future

 

Sometimes, figuring out direction is really hard. It would be easier for me to make ultimatums like

“I’m shutting down this blog!” 

I’ve had some time to think about this blog.

I needed some time to process.

I don’t do well when I just speak from the heart without taking anytime to process.

Here’s the deal:

…I came within a day of shutting this site down. I’m serious. I sent my web-guy (yes, I do have such a guy who I pay annually to help me manage two sites) a message asking him to take the site off-line.

But today I had an epiphany. I will be sharing about this idea soon. Fortunately for me, the web-guy didn’t have time to get back to me before I changed my mind.

I just paid $11.95 to renew this domain for a year about 10 minutes ago. The domain expiration was 9/11. I paid my web-guy for another year of hosting today.

So, now that I’m all paid up, I’m going to start talking to you. I need to have a place where I speak into life. So, I’m going to start an experiment tomorrow. It’s going to be awkward for me. It might be fun for you to watch.

Stay tuned.

JG

 

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I’ve had a bunch of people ask me recently what tools I use for creating photos like this.  I spend at least 1-2 hours daily creating content like this. It does not include writing copy, research or curation.  I do not have Photoshop as my MacBook Air 11-inch does not have the capacity. So I use mainly my iPhone and web-based applications. I’m not the authority on this topic, but I do get asked a lot by friends what apps I use. My work is posted weekly to Facebook pages, Instagram accounts, Pinterest accounts, Tumblr Accounts, etc.

Disclaimer: I’m not a designer! I started doing work like this for fun first and then got asked to do it by clients more. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it!

I hope this information will help someone else!

My Pinterest/FB/Instagram design portfolio http://pinterest.com/jimgrayonline/portfolio-work/

3 Web-Based Pinterest Tools I use

http://behappy.me/generator

http://pinstamatic.com/#quote

http://quozio.com/

7 iPhone Apps:

Fonts:

-Over

-Piction

Editing:

-Afterlight

-VSCOcam

Shooting:

-VSCOcam

Formatting

-Diptic

Watermarking:

-Marksta

Ideas and Money

July 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

This summer I have been working my way through “The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau, not because I am looking to start a bunch more stuff, but because Chris’ book has a bunch of solid wisdom stories and advice for folks starting or who own a company. I got my copy from the library so you can read it whenever I decide to give it back.

This is a book that I recommend you read with notebook. There is a lot of great tips and wisdom that I will forget without recording them somewhere.

I want to share with you something that I wish I would have latched-on to long ago:

“Tip: When thinking about different business ideas, also think about money. Get in the habit of equating “money stuff” with ideas.” 

-The $100 Startup, page 28

My initial reaction was,

“…but I need to be free from money and all that business stuff to really create great work!”

I think I went about this all wrong…I made the assumption without context. So, I sat and processed that for a bit. And when I say “processed” I wrote it in my notebook and took a few weeks to think about it. Here I am a few weeks later.

For fun, I plugged this notion of ideas and money into my logo “Dream, Build, Create”. In a talk I have given at a college and at a conference I referenced this process of managing ideas that happen:

Dream: Immerse yourself for a few hours or day and ideate, dream, etc. about what you want to do or make. Do not concern yourself at this point. Grab a whiteboard or moleskine and go bananas with brainstorming your dream.

Build: Take time later from the Dream section (it could be later in the day) to estimate, ideally this is where you make a plan of how it would happen with what you have available.

-What resources do I have to make this happen?

-How much money will it take?

-Who else needs to help me?

Create: In this stage, you make an action plan,  set a date, and start creating your dream. And NO MATTER what happens, something must be delivered on this set date. YOU MUST LAUNCH!

After reflecting on this for a few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that the ideas and money concept does fit, but it happens in the “estimate” phase of my formula.

Note to self: don’t forget to figure out the money part!

Here are 3 questions that Guillebeau suggests that your should ask for every idea:

a. How much would I get paid with this idea?

b. How much would I get paid from this idea?

c. Is there a way I could get paid more than once?

 

 

Lean Mode

June 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

Black glasses, black v-neck, I have arrived! ...not

I’m enjoying my blog in it’s new “lean mode.” I make the assumption that if you are reading this, then you are probably connected with me via email and social networks.

There are 2 things I want you to pay attention to:

1-blog posts

2-podcast episodes

or #3…I have no idea how to get things back to how there were before…

Hope your Monday is going well!

JG