Happy Birthday to @TheJackB

May 9, 2014

 

Happy Birthday to @TheJackB

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Daft Punk, Get Lucky

 

God bless you

You may know him by another name. Or several. Some call him Jack. Others, Mr. Steiner. And yet others, Josh. I have always thought of him as Ajax – the giant from Homer’s Iliad. It’s his birthday today.

Happy Birthday, Ajax.

Wishing Ajax a happy birthday reminds me of all those whose birthdays for which I did not offer a shout out. I regret my failure. I repent of it and I wholeheartedly apologize if you who ever wondered if my silence signaled a lack of affection. I do not have a good track record for remembering birthdays but I can say boldly and earnestly that my memory does not speak for the treasury and intentions of my heart.

Although I have little to offer as a way of gift to Ajax or you, I can start by mentioning some blog posts that I’ve enjoyed. Here’s just a sample of the blogging of Jack Steiner:

What Do Father’s Fear?

What Does The Reflection In The Mirror Look Like

Time Travel and Terms Of Service

 

Do your words need healing?

In a recent post, Jack bemoans the quiet and unenthusiastic state of bloggery – lackluster traffic, dwindling comments and, ultimately, the quixotic and unrealistic expectations that lead to disappointment and, sometimes, despair. Jack is not mistaken in his perceptions of the death rattles of the blogosphere. Podcasting is where it’s act.

But Jack also once said, “just write.”

And that’s what we bloggers should and must do – write. Oh – not with a sense of a cavalier and professional schedule and punctuality. Not with undaunted, rash words! Not with the wrong words!

What shall we write? Let us not write evil or incite it by our writing. And let us not tell lies.

The Book of Proverbs offers some insight in this regard.

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Proverbs 15:4

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
Proverbs 21:23

He who guards his lips guards his soul, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.
Proverbs 13:3

 

Words without limits

Words without limits can be like unsheathed daggers as much as they can be dandelion spores carrying our wishes to the eager and benevolent ears of God. Like a flashing red strobe light on the dashboard of a missile launch station as often as they may remind us of the sweet, clovey fragrance of a field of blooming dianthus.

Therefore, we must wield our words, gently, joyfully and with care and good will – equal to the enthusiasm with which we want to speak and share. Our words must be written and spoken with love.

It’s not easy. Because our words speak our heart. And, sometimes, there is much darkness in our hearts.

Fortunately for us, our hearts can be healed by our own words. It begins when we bless each other. This is where love begins.

 

Luna Moth 3 Faryna May 2014

Stan Faryna

9 May 2014
Fairfax, Virginia


A Lightning Rod and the Monkey Mind #TheJackB

November 29, 2012

A Lightning Rod and the Monkey Mind

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Rush, Tom Sawyer

Jack Steiner is encouraging his readers to join him in writing blog posts based on a stream of consciousness (a.k.a. the monkey mind – in the not so humble opinion of the Zen masters).

The guidelines and Jack’s exercise in monkeying around is here:

http://www.thejackb.com/2012/11/25/the-write-words-for-weekend-writing

This post is my own exercise in monkeying around. I thought I’d go the extra mile for Jack.

I’m thinking about two days ago. I was drinking coffee and chatting with Mockingbird and Emma Frost about the lightning rod.

The Lightning Rod is a weapon in the Marvel Avengers Alliance browser game. It’s something you pay real cash for. It costs about $15. It’s also a limited edition item so if you didn’t buy it anytime in the last six days – you lucked out. Because the lightning rod is crap and it’s not going to advance your game – never mind the unlikely exceptions.

Sometimes, I write reviews about this kind of limited edition gear (and heroes) in The Hero School Review.

Thanks Emma.

So I was hanging out with Mockingbird and Emma like I said and the doorbell rings.

My least favorite person in the world is standing outside the door with four gorillas. I can just barely make out the faces by my security monitor. The lights in the hall are off – intentionally.

I fetch an axe and return to stand on the other side of the door. I raise the axe to the window above the door and tap it against the glass as I say loudly, Trouble never comes alone. It’s a Romanan proverb.

Sure, they heard me and they saw the head of the axe. I could feel their doubt and hesitation as their empty hearts fell out of their chests.

Yeah, it really happened just like that.

I’d like to tell you what happened next but according to Jack’s rules, this post has to come to an end. I have 30 seconds left to make my mark.

That’s ok. Because I have only two more things to say on the matter. The first repeats what Jack Steiner wrote. Because it applies here.

Don’t challenge me unless you are willing to take what comes with it.

The second is from another Rush song, Bravado.

We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost.

Stan Faryna
29 November 2012
Bucharest, Romania


Zombies, Self Defeat and Consequence. And other social media DOHs.

November 3, 2012

Zombies, Defeat and Consequence.

And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Moby, Natural Blues

Self Defeat

Something is not going where you want it to go. Not fast enough.

It’s not taking you where you expected to get.

Social Media. Blogging. Your job. Your relationships. Whatever.

You have dreams and vision, but the long road of hope smells like fingers – as Bill Dorman has said.

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Are we blogging yet? Confessions of a WordPress Creep. Part 1.

October 31, 2012

Are we blogging yet?

Confessions of just another WordPress creep.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Characters

Bill Dorman seems ready to throw in the social media towel. He seems to be asking, What’s the point? Of blogging.

Jack Steiner might suggest that there is no point, he writes because he must. Is he also saying, don’t write – if the words do not demand to be written?

John Magnet Bell labors over the hors d’oeuvres – obsessed with bite-size, tasty, ornamental metaphors that might possibly excite, titillate, and arouse you. To start your novel.

Myself – just another online… creep seeking beauty in myself, in others, and out there in the world.

More importantly, I am just another creep who uses more snark than is necessary, who stumbles and falls face-flat over the minefields of irony, happy facing, and ambiguity, and who unabashedly embarrasses himself in reiterations of a persistent and spectacularly naive (gawdy?) sincerity.

Radiohead, Creep

Plot

The four named characters have each publicly expressed a strong and compelling desire to write and publish separate novels that search for answers, coherence, and lucidity about each’s individual destiny, soul and experience. They consider that blogging and social media may serve this ambition (and other ambitions). None, however, are truly intoxicated by blogging. None blog in innocence – the kind of innocence that publishes every blog post with a bloody smile (to borrow an expression from Milan Kundera).

They have yet to apprehend the art of the blog (let alone the novel) nor do they own the blog post like a rodeo star who rides an incensed bull to the cheers of the audience. Like everyone else (A-listers included), they are caught up in the mad toss of rushing streams that come and go like flash floods. And in the absence of torrential rainfall, there is always despair, doubt and/or the fateful walking in ellipses – as apparent servants to an unfortunate Euclidian Geometry (not as masters of their own fate).

Questions

What is blogging? Is it art (the 21st century’s answer to the novel) or flimsy counterfeit (21st Century Kitsch)?

This question, above all, promises to release our characters and, perhaps, millions from the tyranny of unforgiving axes – major and minor. 

Is a blog lyrical, epic or both?

The lyrical is self-revelation. The epic is a discovery of the self in the contents contained out there in the world.

Does blogging serve Destiny?

The thing for which we are but shadows; that divine form which is ourselves, perfectly, and reminds us that, today, we are incomplete, unfinished and paltry.

If you, yourself, are a blogger, can you answer these intimate questions in a manner that speaks to Beauty and consoles (or uplifts) the human heart? If so (or not), I welcome your answers and contribution in the comments.

Stan Faryna
31 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania

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How do you write a blog post that will capture 1 Million readers today?

September 24, 2012

How to write a blog post that will capture the attention of one million readers

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

ATB, The Chosen Ones

How do you write a blog post that will capture 1 Million readers today? That’s the question that you and I have to ask ourselves – if we ever hope to be the kind of super blogger that gets opportunities to greater fame and fortune.

Even if your (or my) chances are one in twenty million. Read the rest of this entry »


They Made The NYT Best Blog List: @TheJackB, @StartYourNovel and @SmartBoyDesigns

April 19, 2012

They Made The NYT Best Blog List: @TheJackB, @StartYourNovel and @SmartBoyDesigns

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

The NYT Best Blog List is widely considered the preeminent list of blogs everywhere. Published weekly, the list is based on weekly reader reports from independent, online search and analytics. Readership measurement includes key signals in a given week: number of readers, time spent reading, mentions, reach, and other factors believed to reflect a blog’s currency. The list includes 100 categories including popular genres such as daddy bloggers, fiction and social media.

Gramatik, Dream BIG

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Et tu, Brute? You poor thing, you!

February 25, 2012

Bod Dylan, Positively 4th Street


The lyrics are below.

Jack wrote a blog post about Bob Dylan’s song, Positively 4th Street. That’s what he said on Audioboo. And I hadn’t heard that song in the longest time, so I’m glad that Jack reminded me of it. Read the rest of this entry »


Mixed Epiphanies: @TheJackB @Sandra305 @bettnet @eugenefarber @brennermichael

February 12, 2012

blog soup 02.12.2012

Mixed Epiphanies for a Monday

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, When You Believe

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Blog Soup 2011.11.18 What are you doing online? Why?

November 18, 2011

Blog Soup

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Blog Soup 2011.11.18 What are you doing online? Why?

What are you doing with your life? What are you doing online? What is your purpose? What is your function? Why?

You don’t know? Have you considered the advice of the Duchess to Alice (Alice of Wonderland)?

Be what you would seem to be — or, if you’d like it put more simply — Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.

About Blog Soup

I read a lot of blogs. Maybe, too many. I comment on a lot of blog posts. Maybe, too many. If you are a Triberrati, you do too.

A Triberrati is a blogger that stands out in the Triberr community. Triberr is a web app that connects bloggers and helps them to curate each other on Twitter. You can learn all about Triberr by reading any of the following posts about it.

1. Nicole Humphrey CookThe Idiots Guide to Triberr Tutorial

2. Yomar LopezHow Triberr Changes The Competitive Landscape

3. Neicole CrepeauFriday Fives: Tips For Using Triberr

I intend to write pithy, poignant comments that may help you truly rediscover yourself through the blog posts of friends and strangers. In terms of your journey of self discovery, the destinations are not as important as is your own personal negotiation of the questions, answers, and confusions which you may discover by following a link, reading a blog post, poring over comments, and making a comment. On the other hand, this is our community and, yes, community is all about our commitment to the community, conversations, consensus, disagreement, participation, and, yes, to each other.

I will fail often in this endeavor, but I can, as Booker T. Washington said, keep on keeping on. Will you humor me?

Gary Portnoy, Where everybody knows your name (Cheers theme song)

2011.11.18

Caterpillar:

Who are YOU?

Alice:

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.

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The blog posts that I commented on in this Blog Soup:

1. Don’t Skype your community away by Bill Dorman

2. Stop looking for success and happiness by Craig McBreen

3. Butthead Asking Dumb Questions?! Are You? by Akos Fintor

4. True Inspiration From My Most Popular YouTube Video by Adrienne Smith

5. The Only User Manual That You Will Ever Need by Marcus Baker

6. Why do I do what I do by Janet Callaway

7. Dad Bloggers Get Paid To Blog by Jack Steiner


The Crests, Trouble in Paradise

Blog Soup

My unabashed comments:

1. Don’t Skype your community away by Bill Dorman

Bill Dorman has been wondering what happened to the party. Where did everyone go? Was it the speedos? Or skype? Of course, this is Bill being tongue in cheek and charming.

My comment:

It’s not the Skype, Bill. It’s not the speedos. You’re a stand up guy. You’re likable. You’re sexy. Oops! There’s that word again. 

Everybody wants you at their party. And I’m not teasing you, Bill.

The problems are several. And I know you’ve been waiting for me to sum it up. After all, that’s what I do. I go deep and think it through because I can. [grin] Of course, I can try to dish it out with my own tongue in cheek. But I’ll never do it with your finesse, Bill.

5. High School Prejudice

Some people lack the professional culture to deal with people they don’t like. In other words, they haven’t graduated from high school. So if they see someone they don’t like hanging out at your place, they may stop coming by.

It’s their loss, Bill. I continue to contribute at several watering holes despite the frauds, fucktards, and stupid clowns that frequent the same.

4. Faking it is no fun

Most people just can’t fake it forever. They need to get off. [grin]

Being positive, encouraging, and kindly when your trudging through the bull shit can try anyone’s patience. Some do it day in and out without any hard evidence of tomorrow’s reward and they will pick up their toys and head home – sooner or later.

3. This Ain’t Easy Street

It just doesn’t work. Not you, Bill! Blogging!!! It’s not the game changer they hoped it would be. Because it ain’t easy. It takes work. Not everyone can succeed. And there’s no guarantees for success even for those that show promise. Granted, it takes the average Joe or Jane three to six months to figure that out. 

2. Boot Lickers and Suck Ups

It’s not obvious that you’re in the in crowd. Are you best buddies with 12 B-list bloggers and a minimum of three A-list bloggers?

Do they mention you, give you props, and throw you a link in their blog posts from time to time?

People need a reason to suck up and lick boot.

1. Where’s the Money?

You don’t have a weekly “how to” on how someone can easily move and improve it by an inch.

Bill, they need to pay bills. They have the need to succeed.

You keep doing what you are doing. Lift your allies with you as you level up. Give it three years and you’ll be an online authority. Perhaps, a sensation! Mark my words, Bill.

2. Stop looking for success and happiness by Craig McBreen

Writes Craig McBreen:

Self-help is for suckers.

My comment:

Amen.

Reading the statement, “I rock. I will succeed because I rock hard,” one hundred times will not make you successful. Thinking that statement one hundred times won’t do it. Writing that statement one hundred times won’t do it either. Because that’s not how magic and fairy tales work.

Life is hard.

That’s what James writes here.

Magic comes from killing dragons, demons, and all the things that own you through fear. Fairy tales are the stories of fears faced and conquered, virtues exercised in decision and action, and the triumph of the hero, heroine, or saint.

Don’t just do it. And don’t just do something. Do good, do it often, and do it well.

Awesome post, Craig!

3. Butthead Asking Dumb Questions?! Are You? by Akos Fintor

Ako’s Twitter Bio Statement:

Helping others to break limiting beliefs about success. One belief at a time.

Akos asks you if you are asking the right questions?

What can I learn from this or How can I turn this around?

My comment:

When the fuck does it get easier?

That’s what Frank Dickinson asks via a reposted guest post by @LisaMilesBrady.

It just happens that I have some thoughts to share.

I am personally acquainted with dozens of millionaires and former millionaires. A handful inherited their wealth. Most of them made their wealth by mostly illegal means. Only a handful of these acquaintances made their wealth by strictly legal, honest, good decisions, and hard work. Most of the latter have lost their wealth.

Having spent considerable time and intimate conversation with such persons, I can tell you that their successes had little to do with asking themselves questions, being positive, and doing the right thing. The most common answer, being in the right place at the right time, is a euphemism.

A euphemism is a substitution of an inoffensive term for one considered offensively explicit and scandalous.

Few are driven simply by greed, a will to power, and a want to make the world around them – their empire. Most are fueled by fear, hatred, and contempt, they do unspeakable things, they lack conscience, and they don’t get caught. They prey upon the weak, the weak-minded, and the poor of spirit (the cowardly) at every opportunity. They do not create wealth by being fair, generous, or conscientious. Nor do they keep wealth by such means.

I wish I could share an example with you of how wealth is hoarded and carved out of the souls and chests of lesser men. But anyone of them reading it would be so offended that I would rise to a top spot on their shit list. And that would be especially stupid to promote myself into the cross hairs. [grin]

So I leave it to your imagination to fill in the details.

4. True Inspiration From My Most Popular YouTube Video by Adrienne Smith

Writes Adrienne:

… no matter what little thing you do, you can still inspire and help others.

My comment:

As the troubles of this world grow, ever greater is our yearning for the things that fuel hope. Inspire, encourage, and lift others up.

Because at the end of the day (be it six months or twelve years), when you look back on what you did online, if you inspired, encouraged and lifted others up, you will know you did something that reflects the beautiful, the good, and the true.

And that may be worth more than the million dollars that never found its way into your bank account.

And then there’s Lisa Gerber who has some insights to share about  fundraising. Indeed, the Crowdwise motto is even something to consider beyond fundraising. It applies perfectly to social media.

If you didn’t give back no one will like you.

And writing that, immediately I thought of Professor Michael Schlesinger from the Atmospheric Sciences School at the University of Illinois at Urbana. He recently edited an important book on climate change and alarming estimates of the expected impacts which will devastate communities and regions, Human-Induced Climate Change.

Well done, Adrienne.

5. The Only User Manual That You Will Ever Need by Marcus Baker

Ask, Release, Believe and Receive

Explains Marcus:

These words describe in exact sequence the way to create your ideal life using the law of attraction…

My comment:

One of the problems that I often observe about those who recommend the law of attraction is the lack of true and unembarrassed commitment to the thing as truth. In other words, people talk about it but they don’t demonstrate it. And if it is a truth, it must be demonstrable. Just as demonstrable as pain or hurt.

And we all know that everybody hurts.

I propose that 12 of us make a demonstration. Each of us make a blog post, name the thing of our desires, ask for it, release it, believe it, and receive it within three months. It should be something that is out of our natural and ordinary reach, capacity, and competence. I further propose that Marcus lead us in this spiritual demonstration, guide us in the release, and finally, tabulate, announce, and analyze the results.

Count me in on this. Who else is ready to receive!

What say you, Marcus?

Awesome post, Marcus!

6. Why do I do what I do by Janet Callaway

Asks Janet:

Do you ever stop to think about why you do what you do?

Janet shares one of her favorite quotes from Katharin Graham:

To love what you do and to feel that it matters–how could anything be more fun?

What I didn’t write:

Writes @TheJackB:

One of the reasons I am a frequent visitor to your blog is because I like surrounding myself with happy people. You always have such positive energy it is hard not to smile.

Jack’s comment took me by surprise. And I’m still grinning. Or was that scratching my head?

Anyway, I often wonder if bloggers love what they are doing. For example, I hope Margie Clayman loves what she’s doing. Because I love what she’s doing. Have you seen her last blog post, Help Me Help Guatemala?

Writes Nic Wirtz about Guatemala:

In a country where half the population survive on less than $2 a day, you don’t have to go far to find poverty. Generally it’s already looking for you.

My comment:

The story of Judy and Ed is heart warming. Thank you for sharing that awesome story with us, Janet.

If only we were all so blessed with an opportunity to sell things that we believe in with the deepest personal conviction!

Myself, there are few things for which I can rave about. And not all of those few for good reason.

Anyway, here’s five:

1. Dr. Bronner’s Magical Peppermint Soap
2. The New American Bible
3. Harrod’s Earl Grey Tea No. 42 (I’m enjoying a mug of it as I type)
4. Certified Kona Coffee Beans (lightly roasted)
5. William Shakespeare’s Collected Works

My own doubts, however, can not compete with my hope that Judy and Ed will live long, happy, and love-strong lives with the least pain possible.

Considering again my doubts, I have to smile because I remember what Betsy Cross writes here:

Sometimes the facts lie.

7. Dad Bloggers Get Paid To Blog by Jack Steiner

Writes Jack:

I want to earn enough to support my family. I tell my children that they need to push to live their dreams and not dream their lives. I can do no less.

My comment:

I like what Jack is saying.

I am trying. I am pushing. I am asking for help. It is not easy for me. I don’t like doing it and I am not sure that I am asking the right questions but I am doing my best.

That’s what any of us can do, Jack. Own it. Do. Push. Ask for help. Keep moving. Just like Danny recently did. He moved on to Jugnoo, don’t you know! In fact, a good move. Corporate clients for social media seem to be drying up.

Keep on keeping on, Jack.

Feedback

If you think that this blog post sucks, let me know in your comment and don’t forget to include a link to YOUR favorite blog post.

If you think this blog post rocks, tell me why it rocks in the comment. “Awesome,””Great post,” etc. works for me. Don’t forget to include a link to YOUR most recent blog post.

Stan Faryna
18 November 2011
Bucharest, Romania

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Blog Soup 2011.11.06. Entrepreneurship, Start Ups, and Babes

November 6, 2011

Blog Soup

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Blog Soup 2011.11.06. Entrepreneurship, Start Ups, and Babes

I miss brunches. One of the many reasons that I was bummed out today because people don’t brunch in Bucharest. It’s expensive. $50 at a fine hotel. Because the restaurants don’t do brunch. It’s not a part of the culture. Sundays, generally speaking, are for hangovers.

I shouldn’t mention that any business man (or women) in Bucharest knows that $50 can buy them an hour with a beautiful young woman (or man). For chatting, petting, or whatever.

Sadly, Sunday is passing…

Yo – Triberr is on full manual. [grin] You’ll need to approve each tweet from your tribe members – if you want them to keep loving on you. I’ll be repeating this message for a few more blog soups for the obvious reasons.

I read a lot of blogs. Maybe, too many. I comment on a lot of blog posts. Maybe, too many. If you are a Triberrati, you do too.

A Triberrati is a blogger that stands out in the Triberr community. Triberr is a web app that connects bloggers and helps them to curate each other on Twitter. You can learn all about Triberr by reading any of the following posts about it.

1. James St. JohnTriberr: They Want To Change The World

2. Yomar LopezHow Triberr Changes The Competitive Landscape

3. Neicole CrepeauFriday Fives: Tips For Using Triberr

Gary Portnoy, Where everybody knows your name (Cheers theme song)

2011.11.06

Today, I was reading from the Book of Wisdom.

Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. He who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for he will find her sitting at his gates. To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and he who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.

And then from Matthew where Christ replies to the unprepared maidens knocking on his door at the last hour:

Truly, I say to you, I do not know you. Matthew 25:12

Anyway…

Making blog soup sometimes reminds me of Misery Bear preparing for his date. Do you know Misery Bear?

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Just some of the blogs that I recently commented on:

1. Debunking Rock Star Entrepreneurship by Lee Downen

2. The Blog That Never Was by Jack Steiner

3. She’s Back by Betsy Cross

4. Is Your Business Prepared for Prime Time? by Marti Barletta

5. How Brands Can Effectively Connect With Female Bloggers by Stephanie Holland

6. Top 25 Young Entrepreneur Success Stories by Nicholas Tart

7. Winter for Alaska Chick! by Amber-Lee Dibble

Dires Straits, Money For Nothing

Blog Soup

1. Debunking Rock Star Entrepreneurship by Lee Downen

Young Lee Downen wants to share what he’s learning about the meaning of entrepreneurship. Recently, Master Downen read The Illusions of Entrepreneurship by professor Shane Scott of Case Western Reserve. He also notes being inspired by Tim Ferriss.

My comment:

Personally, I like the rock star archetype of the entrepreneur, Lee. Forgive me for contradicting you. But I believe the contradiction will provide you with a balance of information which will better help you discern your our path forward.

Behind the curtain of glamor, fans, cash, and attitude, rockstars work harder than most people. They eat pain, terror, and self defeat for breakfast. Every day. And when they don’t, they turn to drugs to keep it on. Because what they do is often the impossible, the unthinkable, and the unbearable.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating self-medication. [grin] I just want to speak with you about the difficulties, risks, and free falls, that every entrepreneur must face.

My friend Adrian Klein writes how he turns trouble into awesome:

Pain makes us understand who we are and what we are doing. Pain makes the vision clearer. Pain drives the work and the art.

You can read more about what it’s like to be a rockstar via the links below.

Grandma’s Smile by Adrian Klein

The Easter Bunny Kicked My Ass by Adrian Klein

How To Become a Rockstar by Adrian Klein

I’ll add that 99.98 percent fail to do something worthwhile- not 95 percent. But that 4.98 percent disparity refers to those who lost their hearts, shirts, who starved, who cried, and/or also devastated the wealth or savings of friends, family, and investors.

That’s not saying I don’t wish you success, Lee. In fact, I wish you everything good that your heart desires!

2. The Blog That Never Was by Jack Steiner

Writes Jack:

This is the story of the blog that never was. It is the true story of how three friends in the midst of a bad economy developed a plan to take control of their destiny by creating a dad blog.

My comment:

I’m reminded of my comment to Yomar Lopez’s comment about never finding the perfect business partner. Yomar was commenting on Laurinda Shaver’s blog post about writing a business plan.

I wrote:

There is no such thing as a perfect business partner. Because the perfect business partner is the business partner that doesn’t need you. Now let’s do some amazing things. All of us. Together.

My two cents is to get more daddy bloggers into the mix – with an eye on people who are already blogging. When you buddies are free from the divorce headaches and hangover, they can join in on the fun.

Heck, if you want a failing daddy in the mix, I’d be happy to oblige. [grin] And Yomar is also a daddy and grand daddy blogger too.

Two more cents of free advice for you and Lee Downen: Entrepreneurship is all about solving problems and moving forward. It’s when you slow down, stop, and scratch your head, it’s game over. Been there. Done that. More than a few times.

3. She’s Back by Betsy Cross

Writes Betsy:

Madeleine, cutting up paper and gluing right across from me said, “I liked when we had no power (the recent 3-day storm). You didn’t do family history.” That hurt!

“Want to know my favorite part of the 3 days we were without power?” I asked Madeleine. “When we cuddled in the chair under piles of blankets.” She smiled. She just wanted to know that I loved being with her.

My comment:

Betsy also writes:

Finding and maintaining passion are two different animals.

Obviously, I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts about business, entrepreneurship, start ups, and dreams, and I have to say that Betsy has defined the problem for most aspiring entrepreneurs and dreamers that can’t make it go. Daydreams are one thing. Finding passion is another. And making it go is something else entirely. As Janet Callway’s blog post about Dr. Seuss’ last book reminded me a few days ago, there’s a place called waiting and a lot of people get stuck there and, oh, with no other place to go.

Of course, Leon Noone has something to say about this:

Profit is a consequence, not an objective.

Writes the guru’s guru of management consulting Tom Peters:

Marathoners call it “hitting the wall.” You get to a point where you can’t go on. But you do. And, miraculously, you come out the other side and finish the race.

Truth is, damn little of merit, in a profession or a hobby, is accomplished without running through a wall or two.

More here.

4. Is Your Business Prepared for Prime Time? by Marti Barletta

Businesses that want to thrive in the decades to come are going to have to adapt to meet the needs of Boomers.

That’s what Marti Barletta is saying.

My comment:

Marti Barletta knows things. She doesn’t just blog about things. She’s a recognized authority on communications, marketing, sales, and recruitment. If you don’t come away with big take aways from reading her blog posts, the problem is you. Not her! [grin]

As the online audience ages, their interests are changing. They’ll be thinking more about family, friends, holidays, and of things past. Perhaps, family history too. It seems to me, Betsy, that this is your moment to work on how to capture that very large, online market.

5. How Brands Can Effectively Connect With Female Bloggers by Stephanie Holland

Writes Stephanie Holland:

Bottom line, connecting with female bloggers is much like connecting with your female audience. You need to not only know who they are, you need to understand and respect them.

My comment:

The beginning of that understanding begins in understanding what my friend Betsy writes in her blog post about sisters:

The world wouldn’t be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still.

6. Top 25 Young Entrepreneur Success Stories by Nicholas Tart

Nick shares the stories of 25 young entrepreneurs. Here’s three:

12 year old Adora Svitak

15 year old Savannah Brit

18 year old Stanley Tang

My comment:

Out of the mouths of babes…

Check out Adora Svitak’s TED Talk: What Adults can learn from kids here.

You’ll be impressed. Then you’ll feel stupid – if you are not a kid. I did. [laughing]

If these kids can do amazing things, why can’t you? Because you are special in that unfortunate kind of way?

Don’t be RIDICULOUS! You are not special in that unfortunate kind of way.

Of course, nothing is easy. Just as my friend Amber-Lee writes in a recent blog post:

It has taken me so long to come to understand what seems like I should have always known. It has taken an incredible amount of hard work and lots of pain and drama to become who I am.

Just because nothing is easy doesn’t mean that the difficult is impossible.

7. Winter for Alaska Chick! by Amber-Lee Dibble

Writes Amber-Lee:

The weight of the snow can cause some real problems, the least of which is the crust of ice that forms on the wings and takes HOURS to remove.

My comment:

I read your words a second time:

The weight of the snow can cause some real problems, the least of which is the crust of ice that forms on the wings and takes HOURS to remove.

And two things were stuck in my head in the reading your words. How this winter will be hard on business in general and, especially, entrepreneurs. Ice on the wings. Ice on the runways. AND how this winter may be hard on bloggers. Again, ice on the wings. The image of ice on the wings came to me again as you mentioned that Twitter has cooled down on the conversations.

I hope that I’m wrong. Bill Dorman said it best in his blog post about 10000: “People need to bump around, meet some people, and well, be social.”

Entrepreneurs, bloggers, and just about anyone for that matter.


Just as you yearn for snow fall, I too yearn for snow fall in Bucharest. Snowfall brings a certain peace to a place. People slow down. Crime decreases. People become more like people – if you know what I mean.

There is need for rest and more time for the ones written in our hearts. And I yearn for snowfall to bring these blessings sooner than later. Maybe Bill Dorman will even get a few thousand more Twitter followers closer to his 10,000 target.

Note to Bill:

Your content is Grade A. Stop sweating it, buddy. Reach (aka distribution) is the challenge that you need to overcome. And everyone else too. Even our buddy, Jack Steiner, faces the same uphill battle. But once he gets his 100k subscibers, we’ll know he’s in good hands.

Amber-Lee, I know you haven’t been feeling well the last week or so, but I’ve missed you. And your comments – especially since you were gone most of August and September guiding hunters to take down big game like Moose and Dall Sheep.

I so look forward to your forthcoming reflections, inspirations, and heart-warming charms.

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Stan Faryna
06 November 2011
Bucharest, Romania

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