Here's what's going on with Life Nomadic. The site still isn't ready, but it's getting close. I also said that it was close a month ago, so take that with a grain of salt.
The primary delay is that the site is being coded by hand from scratch. It's not built on wordpress, drupal, or anything else like that. Todd is custom coding it from the ground up. This means that it takes a lot longer to get ready, but will also be way more advanced than any other site like it.
The second delay is that we basically did zero work for two weeks while we went everywhere in Panama. Can't say I regret that at all.
Todd is no longer on Life Nomadic. He left Panama a couple days ago to return to Austin. He's been having mixed feelings about traveling since Christmas, and ultimately decided to hang out in Austin for a while. I'm sure he'll still go on some Life Nomadic trips in the future, but couldn't guess when.
The good (great) news is that he's still going to be working on the site. Even as he was wavering about traveling he was enthusiastic about the site. He'll also be in the next few videos (which he's also editing).
I love Panama to death, so I decided to stay an extra month. I rented a great apartment right next to Parque Urraca (in case you know Panama), and I eat at one of my very favorite restaurants in the world, Casa Vegetariana, every day. Paradise.
After Panama I'll be heading to the Dominican Republic and Haiti for 3 weeks, and then I'll be taking a ship across the Atlantic to St. Maarten, Spain, Portugal, and England.
That's as far as I have booked up for now. Three of my friends will be in England then, so I may stay for a little while. Then I'll either head back to Austin before the summer trip or maybe squeeze a quick trip to Peru in there.
But you never know... a random cheap fare to India or Kyrgyzstan could send me away as well.
Waiting for Life Nomadic to be live shouldn't be a big deal. I am currently posting content in three different places:
LifeNomadic.com will combine all of that (and more) eventually, but for now it's easy enough to check them all separately. Each one has an RSS feed, too.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I am writing a good amount of content that you will see later, which is why BTYB isn't getting tons of updates. Bear with me, please.
A few things you can do:
And actually, if you have any sort of awesome adventure that can be done in five hours or so, let me know. I might be in.
I don't expect to be posting very much here for the forseeable future, maybe once or twice a month. Most new and exciting things that I'm up to are related to Life Nomadic, so make sure you check for my posts (and subscribe to the RSS) there.
The good news is that I will be posting at least twice a week there, Todd is posting as well, and I upload photos and write quick updates every day. Posts that I make to BTYB will be more "personal development" related, as well as projects I'm working on (like conversion doubler).
I also check the forums every day.
A new thing I'll be doing this year will be promotional videos for shows and upcoming events. Video and video editing is something I've wanted to take on for quite a while, and so, I am making baby steps toward that end.
This past weekend I unveiled a little Promo video for my show this coming Sunday at the Exit/In in Nashville. Many folks have never actually seen me perform live even though they may already have some of my songs. So then, of course, my goal was simple: to give people a taste what they might expect when they see me perform.
I decided to play a song called "Arabesque". It's probably the most classically-influenced piece I've written. It's a challenge to play but a ton of fun.
Heavy on the arpeggios and calling on my love for Russian and Baroque-style classical music, it's a fanciful little tune about a father expressing his pride over watching his son dance ballet and ultimately fulfill a life-long dream . . .