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The Crossroads

September 3, 2015 — Leave a comment

I get in such a rush in my head.
It’s hard to slow down and stop.
What if I just pull-over, shut-off the car and sit there and listen?
I can hear the wind blow.
Cars and pickup trucks on Highway 9 drive by me.
I can see and hear cars going east and west on Highway 24.

I just got LTE signal after 24 hours of no service.
I don’t want to look at the notifications.
My brain seems to thrive on analog.

My Honda CRV is ready to go.
A fresh, cold water bottle is my companion.

There are no updates, tweets, posts.
I’m not even sure if such things exist, in this moment.
At the crossroads…

I’ll be coming back.

A photo posted by Jim Gray (@jimgrayonline) on

A few years ago I had a self-hosted pop culture blog that later became the inspiration for the creative marketing firm that my wife and I started. After some dreaming and reviewing my passion for blogging this type of content, I really wanted to get the old gang back together! I’m beyond excited to be partnering with Tim Engstrom again to bring this project back to life.  I’ve attached a rather recent cartoon he created for me below.

More about this in the weeks to come, but for now, checkout !

-Jim G

The Return of the Blog #threethirtypm #330pm





I bet you can image this conversation happening in your office or at a coffee house?


I can confirm that as much as someone might call you a guru or expert, the process of getting called those terms and actually getting paid to do it because they believe in you are two different things. I suggest having stories, numbers, and case-studies to back-up your work.

Scott Meyer continues to deliver quality content like this on a regular basis on his “Basic Instructions” web comic.

[photo via Me]

I am sure we all experience periods of time when we feel tired. We use terms like “feeling burned out” to describe how we feel. I am sensing the desire for some rest. Since we relocated to Colorado Springs in January life has been non-stop; new house, new job, new city, new church, new friends…the “whole shooting-match” as my father would say! Not to mention a marketing production schedule that pushed out 45 releases in the spring of this year and possibly double that in the new fiscal year!

One thing I’ve learned-when you are managing the social media for a brand and working on social media marketing campaigns for multimple marketing plans at the same time, the coolness of the connectivity, Twitter, Facebook, etc. for your personal brand dissipates. I cannot keep up the pace of my Google Reader anymore. I’m not even interested, but I keep going to it for research.

Here are some steps I am taking to “settle” my life down a bit:
1-Vacation-both physical and digital.
a. Scheduling whole days with no access to iPhone, Mac, etc. I really don’t give a crap if my Klout score goes down at this point.
b. Reading, writing, swimming, solid family time. (We’ve got a son that’s going to college next week that I haven’t seen much of this summer). FAMILY IS HUGE PRIORITY FOR ME…not social media.
a-deleting, consolidating platforms, accounts, etc. I don’t have time to manage.
b-time management review
c-If it’s not on my calendar, it’s not happening.
3-I feel like I want to disappear and be unknown. More now than ever I am desiring privacy and less need to communicate to masses on a personal level. This year I’ve had to deal with someone who has created a parody of my personal Twitter account…WHY? I’m a nobody? I’m not going to kid you, there have been days in the past two months when I have wanted to delete everything. Is that healthly? I think not. I used to desire to be some big-shot social celebrity. But know this, people, YOU who reads this, mean more to me than my status.

Some future thoughts:
-I’m headed in the direction of relationtional equity. This means I sense that I can only grow by investing my time in work, family, mentoring.
-I will be communicating more via my email newsletter. Featuring insights into what I do and how I do it, special offers, G+ hangouts and more.
-I am planning on focusing more time on writing, research, creative development than updating my social media network statuses with links you may not read.
-Developing a podcast that allows me to tell some amazing stories that I share with people all the time.

I’d love to know what is going on with you and how I can help you.