Hey guys. Everyone once in a while I feel the need to have one of these posts two write about little things that don't really deserve their own posts.
First, my book is doing great! The most important thing is that people are really enjoying it and getting a lot out of it. The less glamorous side of it is that even though it's launched, it still requires quite a bit of work. Right now I'm writing the 10 day bootcamp (you can sign up on the front page). I've written 7 days, so only 3 to go! I'm also writing three "special reports", mini ebooks on some specific topics. With typical internet marketing, it's important to have these. I don't mind, though. I feel like there are a few things that I could have gone into more detail on, so I'm using those as topics. If you bought the book, you'll get those as free updates. Thanks a lot to everyone who has bought the book so far!
Next, I am now #1 on google! If you search for "Tynan" I am #1 and #2! One of my life goals was to make it so that I was first for my first name on google, and I've done it. The best part is that you can type in "Tynan" in google, and then click "I'm feeling lucky" and it shows my page. Obviously having a unique name like "Tynan" makes things easier, but I was still up against 1.5 million other pages. A lot of the credit is due to people who link to me and have "Tynan" be the clickable text. I can see everyone who links to me and I always go check their sites. Thank you guys very much!
Despite a bit of negligence, the blog has been doing great. For over a week I was getting a couple thousand people a day through StumbleUpon, and I have more regular readers than ever. It's really flattering that so many people read my site. To state the obvious, I made a new design which I think it's a bit livelier than the old one. The only problem is that the pink is gone (which I know some people including me really liked). Kristen, a good friend of mine who has posted a bunch of comments before, drew the cartoon of me. I did a very bad job scanning it before, but now it looks good. If you've ever seen me in real life, it looks a lot like me. The other day a guy came up to my table at a restaurant and told me he read my blog and recognized the hat. How cool!
If you miss me posting all the time, you should check out the forum where I post most days. There are also a bunch of cool readers who post interesting things too. It's one of very few sites I check all the time.
I've been looking at new countries to move to. I love where I live now and couldn't imagine a cooler place, but whenever I have to move, I might try living in another country for a year. My first choice so far is to live in Panama City, Panama. I'm going to be going there for a month this year to check it out. If anyone lives there (or any other low income tax country that rocks), let me know.
I am totally loving not being employed. Every day I get to do whatever I want (as long as whatever I want involves a lot of work on my projects), and I feel so happy all the time. I guarantee you people I'll never get a real job again. I do miss my homies at work, though! When I was reading Ben Franklin's autobiography, one of the most interesting things I noticed is that no one really had jobs back then. People would have a trade in which they would serve as someone's apprentice, and then open their own small business. Now almost no one does that. Interesting.
Hey man, I used to live in Panama City, Panama. What a coincidence. When I get back from the Balkans, let's get on the horn and I can fill you in if you're interested.
I just got back from Panama and made a couple of contacts there. Let me know if you want to talk and I can tell you more about my experience there!
I wish I could just not get a regular job, but I just don't have the resources right now for any crazy ideas that I ever come up with. I just want to get through the last years of college and find a fun job doing printing/design (which I think is completely possible).
"or any other low income tax country that rocks"
Well, I'm Brazilian and I've gotta tell you... This Plance ROCKS.
If you go and live in another country for a year, you probably won't have to pay income tax there if all your businesses are registered elsewhere.
You are better off getting a company in the Vanatu islands or somewhere like that, running all your money through there, and living wherever you want.
I like to go and live in different places for 3 months at a time. Last year Ibiza, the year before Vienna. Just look at it as a holiday, but you do lots of work online.
Hey! I got a new computer with Vista on Sunday. When I checked your site, I saw the new design and everything. The first thing I thought was that you had a super colorful site for Vista visitors and the other site design for visitors with other operating systems. Then I realized how crazy that was and figured your update coincided with my upgrade. Looks good!
I have two weeks left in Austin and ten days in Boston. When we first decided to go on the trip six months ago it seemed like it would take forever. Now every day seems to fly by before I can make any progress on my list of stuff-I-must-do-before-I-go.
Of course, the one thing I've had no problem doing is buying the gear necessary to leave. I'll post a complete list of every single thing I'm bringing with me... some of which will probably surprise people.
We still haven't found anywhere to live in Panama yet. I send e-mails to people on Craigslist in Panama, but nothing good has surfaced yet.
We're now officially halfway through Summer, and I've been keeping busy. I've started, finished, and am working on quite a few different projects.
1. APK Affiliate Program Toward the beginning of the summer, I came up with an idea to connect American Parkour more with other websites and communities. This eventually developed into the APK Affiliate Program. I've been leading the charge on this, and Im really happy with where this is going. At the time of this posting, we have four published Affiliates, two more waiting to be published, about 6 more in the works, and I'm getting more and more emails about it every day.
I think this is a great way for APK to boost the visibility of a lot of smaller, local sites and drive a lot more traffic to them. It's also a great way to get the people from those sites connected with, using, and contributing to APK and its resources, which will make APK a better community for everyone.
2. Marketing APK and Primal I've always been very vocal about my ideas for APK (and I've had plenty), but this summer I was hired on as the official Marketing Manager for APK and Primal Fitness DC and Miami. I've been putting together plans and projects to help get the word about APK out there to new people, and to help grow awareness of Primal Fitness DC and help get Primal Fitness Miami started on the right track. This is an exciting opportunity for me to work even harder to grow and guide the organizations that have helped me so much.
3. Content Manager for APK For almost a year now, I've been in charge of updating the front page of American Parkour on a daily basis. There is the occasional slow day, but for the most part there is something to post every single day. I have a couple different methods of gathering information: I use a series of Google Alerts to track breaking and developing stories. I check the forums for interesting videos, posts, articles, and information. People email me if they think they have something newsworthy.