Who am I?
My name is Brian, born in 1972, Canadian/British dual citizen, chronic overthinker, expert procrastinator and a proud nerd since the day I started taking things apart (in all fairness I put almost as many things back together as I take apart these days . . . almost).
I'm slowly transforming my life from trading hours for money to value-based productized services.
Windows user since 1991.
Android user (I do have an iPad mini for website testing) since 2011 (Xperia Pro).
WordPress user/implementor since 2010.
What am I doing now?
- clean, responsive websites for service-based businesses
- Google Business Profile (aka GMB) setup & optimization
- lead generation
- WaaS Camp w/Michael Short (the future organizer of Waas Camp Camp . . . it's going to be a thing)
- Blog Marketing Academy w/David Risley (I won't lie, the thing that sealed the deal in my mind was the plans coming up to host RV BootCamps)
- No Stress WordPress w/Dave Foy
- Turnkey Website Blueprint w/Matthew Rodela
Since 2000 I have had a small business IT company that paid the bills (mostly) and managed to absorb my day so I would never have to worry about planning what to do in my free time.
Since 2012 I have been working as IT, desktop publishing & distribution for Harness Racing Update.
Books I am reading/listening to:
- Start with Why by Simon Sinek
- The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
- The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
- Lifespan: Why We Age & Why We Don't Have To by David Sinclair (great JRE episode w/David)
Books I have recently read/re-read:
- The Complete Guide To Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung & Jimmy Moore
- The Membership Economy by Robbie Kellman Baxter
- The E Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
- Superfans by Pat Flynn
- Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau
- How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
- Company Of One by Paul Jarvis (who also lives on Vancouver Island)
My current favo(u)rite Podcasts:
- Smart Passive Income | listen on Stitcher
- The Mind Your Business Podcast | listen on Stitcher
- Smart Web Creators Podcast | listen on Stitcher
- The Tim Ferriss Show | listen on Stitcher
- Kitchen Sink WP | listen on Stitcher
My auto-generated top songs lists from Spotify:
Looking for other working-age RVers that are tech and business-minded always (feel free to contact me about questions/ideas/thoughts/gripes).
Researching RV parks in British Columbia as a potential family investment and to use as a home base to help others tinker with their own rigs. The idea of having space where I have full flexibility to invite groups of like-minded people and be able to host the group is something I have been dreaming about at most points in my life (rental properties, co-working spaces). Setting up an RV park with working-age full-timers in mind is something I envision as a way to connect with a lot of new friends along the way.
Gearing up to start having more conversations with campground owners to find out what their pain points have been with current and past websites they have had for their business.
I am trying to create a more consistent revenue stream to give myself more flexibility to travel and spend more time on the road in the RV
With an RV that is almost 30 years old, I always tweak and test ideas. Read view cameras, side view cameras, tire pressure monitoring systems, power inverters, exterior tank level sensors, fridge & freezer temperature sensors, LED lighting, waterproof flooring, auxiliary lighting, small space organization, tow vehicles, supplementary braking systems (Blue Ox Patriot) etc etc etc.
This should give you an idea of my tinkering problem:
Some highlights of the last couple of years:
- the first trip through the US in the RV (8 days - Detroit, MI to Sweetgrass, MT)
- ended a 12-year contract providing data services to Portland Meadows for horse wagering
- was on the road from June through October in the RV and put on about 10,000 km (I would say about 6,500 km or so towing the Jeep)
- attended the RV Lifestyle seminar in Kelowna (I will be going back in 2020)
- researched and built my first RV solar system
- researched and set up my towing system for the Jeep (installed a hitch, base plate, wired lights, supplementary braking system and all the accessories)
- had cancer sliced out over my left eye (basal cell carcinoma)
- WordCamp Seattle, WA
- WordCamp Calgary, AB
- WordCamp Phoenix, AZ
- got a 1992 General Coach 28' Class C RV
- got a 2005 Jeep TJ
- moved from Windsor, ON (my home for 25+ years) to Vancouver Island
- sold my property and got rid of most of the belongings I had accumulated in the first 46 years of my life
- WordCamp Phoenix, AZ
- WordCamp Detroit, MI
- WordCamp Hamilton, ON
What is a "now page"?
Credit to Derek Sivers for this btw.
Most websites have a link that says "about". It goes to a page that tells you something about the background of this person or business. For short, people just call it an "about page".
Most websites have a link that says "contact". It goes to a page that tells you how to contact this person or business. For short, people just call it a "contact page".
So a website with a link that says "now" goes to a page that tells you what this person is focused on at this point in their life. For short, we call it a "now page".
See examples by browsing nownownow.com.
Although it's normal to make the web address "/now", just like it's usually "/about" and "/contact" in those other examples, the URL could be anything.