First of all, I'm finally over 1000 readers on Feedburner. That's in addition to the 500-700 readers that just check the site every day.
The "missing area" is when I stopped using Feedburner for around a year. I didn't really have a complete grasp on how RSS worked back then. The second tiny gap was when I made some changes to the site (linking words in my bio and putting summaries on the front page). I forgot to put the Feedburner stuff back on for a few days, but notice how after that the slope increased? Pretty cool.
I used to always worry about getting more readers, but after seeing my graph and realizing that I'm on a slow and steady uptick, I don't worry about it anymore.
The one other improvement I really need to make is to fix the categories on the site. They are terrible and outdated. If you'd like to help me do that, send me an e-mail (e-mail address is under contact at the top of the site). I'll need some volunteers to take sections of posts and recategorize and tag them.
Also if anyone has a ton of time and is interested in helping me interlink posts to each other, that would be amazing too.
In order to get frozen I had to get insurance. When you get insurance they take blood and urine samples and you can request a copy of your results.
Since I'm always harping about eating healthy and all that, I thought I'd post my results publicly. I don't know much about all of these indicators, but they all seem really good except Alkalized Phosphate. A friend who is in charge of research at a hospital says not to worry about it, but if anyone knows more, I'd love to hear about it.
I use two productivity programs on my computer that I think might be useful to you.
The first is called Thinking Rock 2. It's free and is the easiest way to do GTD. What I like about it is that I can just leave it open, and can just click "collect thoughts" whenever I come up with something I need to do or look into. Then later steps refine those thoughts into todo lists. I've tried a lot of software like Thinking Rock, and it's the only one that I've stuck with.
I'd rather have a todo list on my phone, but I find that the slower typing speed is enough to keep me from being really diligent about it. I'm on my computer all the time, though, so this is almost as good.
The next program is something that I'm just now getting into. Mystery recommended it to me a year ago, but I never looked into it until recently.
It's called PersonalBrain. At first (okay, always) it looks really cheesy. The interface is unnecessarily space-futuristic. Once you get over that, it's very useful. It's a place to store your thoughts
Here's a screenshot of part of mine:
You can see that I have a parenting section. I'll have kids some day and I want to be the best parent possible, so whenever I read something about kids or parenting that I want to remember, I put it there.
Under Life Nomadic are a few subthoughts. In those I have ideas for things to do once I get to those places, including people who live in them and have offered to show me around or put me up. I would otherwise forget these things (and have in the past, unfortunately), but in the future I won't.
The hierarchy of the whole thing is really flexible, it has a great search utility, and you can also link to files (like an image or PDF or spreadsheet).
Give it a try and let me know if you find any great uses for it.
A Question for You
I was watching the The Choice, a PBS documentary on the 2008 candidates (which actually made me respect McCain a lot more than I had before), and one of McCain's advisors was talking about strategy.
One of the things he said that really struck me was (paraphrased), "We needed to figure out what John McCain represented to voters."
That summed up exactly what I need to find out about myself. I even wrote it down in my Brain. What I am isn't important,it's what I represent to other people that matters. That's what enables me to connect with people and write things that matter to them.
I'm working on a new project, and it would be immensely helpful to be able to focus a little better in it. So I ask you, in one sentence or so, what do I represent to you?
you represent a real life ayn rand character; the person who provides authentic value on their own terms.
on a more personal note, to me you represent one of the many possible examples in this highly randomized universe of how to live the life fantastic.
An inspiring reminder of the way I'd like to live my life.
I'm not far off but I need to make those last few crucial steps and it has been helpful to follow along with your life's adventures as a reminder of the "prize."
I just started reading Don Quixote, but from the way I understand it so far, it doesn't matter the way people perceive you, only how you perceive yourself. If they don't come around and see your reality they're missing out!
You represent to me a living example of how living life to its fullest and jumping at every interesting opportunity is way better than just working and going out once and awhile. and that throwing caution to the wind is a fantastic idea!
The word that comes to mind when I think about what you represent is iconoclast - a person who breaks or disdains established dogmata or conventions (from wikipedia).
Tynan, this is the first post I've read, so I don't know yet what you represent to me, however I wanted to thank you for the program tips, my work life is a scattered mess right now and I'm looking for a way to consolidate, this advice is appreciated...
Nice to see Portugal on the screenshot! Hope you grab that idea dude! I'll show you around for sure, but come around late spring/summer, otherwise you'll miss half the fun on the shore areas.
I think I'm gonna try those programs, I really need to get myself organized...and sometimes I have so much stuff going on in my head that I miss a lot of important ideas...nice post.
(not gonna say what you represent to me...I'm a face-to-face guy, until I get to meet you, you're just a cool guy writing about stuff I can relate).
I think this is the first time I've commented here, but I've read for some time now (2 years?) and feel like I should give a little something back.
You represent to me a link to like-minded people. Yours is one of three blogs I read regularly (the other two are www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog and my friend and travel partner, www.jwebb.ca/blog) because you write frankly about your successes and failures in designing the life you want. While I sometimes disagree with your ideas and advice, I do appreciate how much energy and thought you put into your Ã¢â‚¬Å“experiments in lifestyle design,Ã¢â‚¬ how you're able to draw in so many kindred spirits to share in your comment section, and your great storytelling ability.
And then there are the times when I'm faced with a crazy decision -- when I'm in hunting in the jungles of Borneo or partying in the club in Osaka -- when I can ask myself... WWTD?
What Would Tynan Do?
Your brotha from a different motha,
To me you represent your-self, 'cause no one else can do what you're doing, maybe similar things but not exactly the same. No-one really wants to be someone else but just to improve him-self.
And one thing I do hope your doing is to be honest 'cause if one day I/We'll figure out that it was not only the truth but some imagination involved, you will be like us.
Keep the tank full and enjoy driving as long as you can. At some point in life you will have to sattle down and start the daily routine so don't forget to prepare your-self to that too.
A few minutes ago I had a great idea. I'll set up a super backup system. I'll put a 16gb SD card into my laptop, and then have it automatically back up my projects and photos in the background. Then I'll also set it to backup certain things to the internet, and even more to my external hard drive.
A week ago I had another good idea. Apparently the bugs have been ironed out and MacOS can now be installed on my laptop. Perfect. I love Mac OS and I don't have any particular affinity for Windows.
A couple months ago I was in my RV and had a big thought. The square footage is so small in here that I could install marble floors for next to nothing. How fun would that be to have a tiny RV with marble floors? And while I'm at it, I should put some LED lighting in. It's way more efficient than incandescent lighting.
You can't control definitively whether you'll succeed or fail, but you do get to set the parameters. The way I live my life, I will either be an big success or a huge failure. There are a variety of potential paths ahead of me, and zero of them lead to comfortable success or minor failure. None of them lead to numb mediocrity.
How do you adjust these parameters? You set goals and accept risks. If you set goals low and don't accept many risks, you have no chance of huge success or huge failure. You'll end up somewhere in the middle. Maybe you'll end up a bit better off than you expected, or a bit down on your luck, but you'll be somewhere in the range of "fine". On the other hand, you can set extremely high goals, leave yourself no reasonable plan B, and take massive risks to get those goals. It's the only way you'll even reach them, but you may fall short and crash.
In my case, I've put all of my eggs in the SETT basket. I hope it becomes a huge success that makes me a lot of money, gives me some power to improve conversation on the internet, and all that. At this point I've invested two years of my life into it, with no plans of changing that allocation going forward. I've passed up many smaller opportunities that could have made me money. I do have some money saved up, but it's hard to count it as a backup plan when I know with certainty that if SETT failed I'd use it to start another company and go all in.
I work as smart as I can, I live frugally, and I plan for contingencies-- I'm not reckless, but when a calculated risk presents itself, I'm all over it.