I haven't been super motivated to write here for the past two weeks. I started two posts, got sick of them, and now they're sitting as drafts. One's about having even less stuff and the other is about radical honesty. Maybe I'll finish soon.
Instead I'll just write about what's on my mind, because otherwise who knows when I'll post next.
First the main reason I haven't been excited about posting - I'm making a new product. Not a pickup product, though.
Key to having any good web site (that you're trying to make money from) is testing. You test different headlines, offers, prices, colors, fonts, graphics, etc. You'd be shocked how much of a difference these things make.
The problem is that there's no really good testing software out there. Actually there is (SiteSpect, Offermatica, Optimost), but they're super expensive. There's one called KaizenTrack that I bought, but it's terrible.
Frustrated, I decided to write my own rudimentary one. A couple weeks later and I have an alpha version that's actually running tests. Not only that, but it's BETTER than the other ones. I used SiteSpect extensively while at Smiley and despite costing $7000 PER MONTH, mine is BETTER. It's easier to use, easier to set up, and has/will have much better reporting on the results.
It's so good that I'm going to sell it. I came up with a really clever way to do some of the hard parts. I still have a lot of rough edges to smooth out and a lot of features to add, but when I'm done (within a month), it will be THE BEST multivariate testing platform and will be WAY cheaper than the big ones.
If any of you have thought about learning how to do web programming, you should really give it a shot. It is WAY easier than you expect. I've only programmed this stuff once a few months ago when I was making a quiz site (never finished it). With less than 100 hours of programming under my belt, I'm proficient with PHP, Ajax, DOM, cookies, MYSQL, mod rewrite, and a bunch of other stuff. I'm not an expert by ANY means, but I have enough knowledge that I can built pretty efficient programs. Go find some tutorials on PHP/Mysql and try it.
I helped my parents move today. Holy god do they have too much stuff. I cringed with every box I loaded. In just over a year I've been involved in 3 moves. What a disaster. I hate moving. I am so anti stuff now. It actually FEELS BETTER to have less stuff. It's like a huge burden is lifted. Although I've really been enjoying driving it, I can't wait to get rid of my car next.
I've started doing Crossfit. It's the workout program that a lot of Olympians, UFC fighters, and martial artists do. It's what they used to get people in the movie 300 trained. I've only done two classes so far, but they are INTENSE. I have never pushed myself so far and hard. During the first class I was doing pushups until I was blacking out. I first heard about it from a skinny geeky guy named David Braun. I didn't really look into it because he was skinny. Now he's probably all muscled up and I missed out.
Sometimes I write people's full names in blog entires just in case they google themselves. I always like reading blog posts where people have linked to me and it's sort of the same thing.
Anyway, if you want to do the Best Workout Plan In The Land, go to www.crossfit.com. Read all about it there because I'm too tired to write all the details. It's great.
The forums here have been going really well. There's enough posts that you can check many times a day and there's always new stuff to read. The people posting are all really cool. No one argues or talks like a typical internet forum retard.
I think Ron Paul actually has a shot at winning. He won the FOX NEWS DEBATE! If there was any debate I would have bet he'd lose, it's that.
Not to mention our government keeps screwing up WORSE and WORSE. I really believe that the US is not going to be "the place to be" for much longer. I can't WAIT to get out of here. If Ron Paul wins, I think we've got a great shot at being an awesome place to live again.
I normally hate politics but I love Ron Paul. He's not perfect, but he's great.
Last, I'm really sorry I don't post more. I know it's not a huge deal or anything but lots of you check back frequently to see if I've updated and I know it's disappointing when I don't. Right now I'm working REALLY hard because I want to have a lot of passive income by the time I leave. I've made some huge personal breakthroughs with productivity which I will share soon.
I think I have the question of "How to I STOP procrastinating and DO what I KNOW I'm capable of?" answered. At least for me, and hopefully for some of you. That post coming soon...
You're kind of like a high maintenance girl, and us readers are like needy AFCs. You've told us you'd write us a post, and now we're just waiting by the RSS feed, hoping it'll show up... Well! I for one, am going to get over this "one-itis" and go out there and find myself a new blog to read...
PS. Yo, I'm just messing with you. I guess I can wait a little for your post on radical honesty. Peace ;)
I think this is the first time I've heard anyone besides my father citing Fox News as a legitimate source of information.
@hi - do you always believe what the mainstream media tells you to? There are several reasons why traditional "scientific" polls are not accurate in relation to Ron Paul
1. They only call people with landline phones. This leaves out a huge segment of the population which only has cell phones, particularly younger voters.
2. They only call registered republicans likely to vote. Much of Ron Paul's support is coming from independent voters (not to mention democrats!) as well as many other people who have never voted before.
3. Remember how they laughed at Jesse Ventura when he was running and then people came out of the woodwork to vote for him? I think the same thing will happen with Ron Paul.
4. If you need any indication of how well Ron Paul is really doing, look at the results of Fox News' own text message poll after the last debate. And no, those results can't be fakes since you can only vote once per cell phone:
Tynan.. Sorry Ron Paul has no chance. I like him too, but let's be realistic. http://pollingreport.com/wh08rep.htm
Magnus: I found the taguchi tests to be nearly useless. I always used the PHP split test option. With mine you never need to upload files or mess with your old files. The entire test can be created on screen.
I'm going all out... it WILL become the new standard for multivariate testing.
I still live in the RV. People ask how long I'm going to stay here and honestly I don't know. I love it so much that I don't even want to leave. I DO want a solar panel, though, which gets installed thursday. That's exciting. Did I already mention that I had 5 people over to play cards? That's six people in the tiny RV including me, which is my personal record. Soon I will have a house party.
I learned (the basics of) PHP, MYSQL, and AJAX in the past week. They have such scary names I assumed that it would be really difficult to learn, but in fact it's super easy. I'm making a quiz site (like those myspace quizzes), and I already have most of it done. It's even fancy and ajaxy. If you're a lady, pretend that this last paragraph was about me saving kids from a fire, and not about nerdy stuff. Thanks.
My eyes are getting better and better from PRK. Still not totally recovered, but almost certainly 20/20. We go in for a checkup in a few days, so we'll see what the doctor says.
I recently took a voice lesson. I've been working on composition so much in my music work lately that I've let a couple of performance skills atrophy a bit. Noticing this, I signed up for voice lessons to make sure my (already limited) range and technique didn't completely wither.
I've studied music quite a bit in the past, but never with someone like this. Like myself (but not for voice), this teacher studied formally in college, learning classical and operatic technique, but has come to living the Brooklyn indie-rock musical life instead. (To anyone rolling their eyes at that, it's quite a powerful combo, the stereotypical shaggy guy in a plaid shirt who can sing a perfect Aria or identify any concerto) I've always liked this idea of learning as much as you can, then picking what's relevant to apply to your situation later. I did this in the past by spending years studying jazz saxophone with some of the best players around New York City, and later applying most of the knowledge in harmonic choices as a singer-songwriter and guitarist in an indie-rock band…not an obvious use of such skills, but it really worked well!
This voice teacher, went about things a little differently. He studied formally like I did, then after school he threw out everything he learned and tried writing/performing/recording being purposely absent-minded of what he learned. He did the opposite of every technique and every rule the conservatory world preached to him.
He then had polarizing approaches to compare to make a choice for his third act. The music he's making now is his most excellent and he supposes it's due to the fact that he's now making choices based on the best of each of the prior two situations. Pulling back some of the conservatory technique, as well as using tricks he only would've learned by purposely not following the rules.