How To Write A Potentially Epic Blog Post

September 15, 2012

How To Write A Potentially Epic Blog Post

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Swedish House Mafia, Don’t You Worry

Help others unlock wisdom, self-understanding and the potential to live well, to be true, to love and to shine.

That is the secret to writing a potentially epic blog post. It is also the secret of friendship. Love. AND leadership – among other things.

It’s that simple. Oh – yes – it is also that difficult.

Such honesty, of course, means turning down the dial on your expectations of what will make you (or me) happy.

Because happiness is not the measure of a person or perfection. On occasion, happiness may coincide.

The pursuit of happiness without reference to the true, the good and the beautiful can and often is a self-defeating and self-destructive preoccupation – however natural, compulsive and self-evident.

Think this over, my friend.

Understanding this may save you from undue misery, desperate and regrettable decisions, and, most of all, doorways and well-worn paths to darkness – where hope is reluctant to follow.

Stan Faryna
15 September 2012
Bucharest, Romania

A Brief History of Making Lots of Money Online

April 5, 2011

A Brief History of Making Lots of Money Online

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna plays Castleville


Back in Black, AC/DC


Old School

Back in 95 (1995), there was an excitement about the internet that bubbled and foamed like an uncorked bottle of fine champagne. Online entrepreneurs (netpreneurs) were aiming for million dollar exits. Those were fast times. It was a race and no one knew anything for sure – not even Harvard MBAs and McKinseyites who tried their luck at prophesy and online savvy.

Enthusiasm, hubris and dream substituted for a complete lack of insight and caution.

Not unlike what people are doing now, we were putting our dreams and ideas out there. Some of us even had traffic. I had 100,000+ unique visitors per month with an average of 10 pages viewed per visitor. But I couldn’t monetize that traffic. Nor could others. Online advertising, as we know it now, would take five years to start thinking about how it would capture the online potential. Read the rest of this entry »

Meditations on Bucuresti: haiku, reflections and observations

March 15, 2008

When I first visited Romania in 2000, I began writing haiku to capture my reflections and observations of Romania, Romanian life and the Romanian people. I continue to do so. Below is a small, assorted sampler from my growing collection of haiku, tentatively titled Meditations on Bucuresti.

I do not know why I ultimately stayed with the haiku form for this personal project. In fact, I would have preferred the Shakespearean sonnet- it would permit me more words. Perhaps, I believed the haiku would help me develop a sense of pith. If you have read my posts, however, you’ll have the impression that I still need to work on this.

And I would share the same conclusion with you.

Honestly, I don’t believe my haiku are masterful- nothing like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud. I consider myself a shabby apprentice of the art, producing uninspiring mediocrity. However, I aspire to become a master of both haiku and haiga (where haiku and visual art come together). This takes time and practice. And, maybe, many years.

Beyond the formal sound count (not syllablic) structure of 5-7-5, good haiku is forceful. Good Haiku puts you there in the moment – and in the feeling. Perhaps, in the image. Haiku by the Japanese master, Basho, is often considered a forceful and popular example of haiku at its finest. Some of his haiku was joined with visual decoration (Bashon comes to mind) and represent some of the most beautiful haiga out there.

Hopefully, I will improve my art in time and, perhaps, you will join me in this journey, putting up with my mediocre work in progress. If, on the other hand, you can’t stand it, rate it poorly in the Buzzfuse widget and tell me to stop in the Buzzfuse comments. If I can’t take a hint, tell me in a direct and straight-forward manner and, theoretically, I shall relieve you of your suffering. [sheepish smile]

Below, a little Romanian folk Christmas Carol to cleanse the palette.





inexplicable irony, 2007


Beauty, truth, goodness

smiling on kissable lips.

Nothing in the kiss.

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