Writing Advice

Found that on Ian Stewart’s blog today, quite interesting way to put the blank page syndrome we all come across:

“This is going to suck. Whatever I put here. I might as well start putting something down.” And I do. And it doesn’t always suck. So don’t worry about not sucking. Accept that sometimes you might suck and know that you probably won’t in the end. Just start writing.

I suck!

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Focus on your passion

This video from Gary Vaynerchuk and his book, Crush it, have been an inspiration for me and this personal random post is kind in the same spirit.

I’m bad at so much things. To make it as clear as Gary V. said in his ecstatic video, in my style :

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2010 New Year’s Resolutions

I will keep thing short, as 2009 was a good year overall with tremendous opportunities that may lead to great things in 2010 and beyond. Connecting with great Montreal entrepreneurs and people through all sort of event and of course the Web Standard organization W3Qc.

Looking back at 2009

Looking back at 2009, I’ve started a new full-time job in 2009 as a Digital Strategist at TMP Worldwide… which I ended on December 24th, to work full-time freelancing – more on that in the coming weeks of course. ;)

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I’m Still Alive And Kicking!

I was unable to maintain my blog since around may due to some private work that needed my full attention. And on top of that I took 2 weeks vacation in Europe, Provence and Barcelona. It was a blast, there’s no doubt about it.

Beside private work, it’s been pretty busy at the TMP Worldwide office, of course as the only Web guy, everything web related goes down to me. Still seems to me that meetings and process are taking way too much of my time…but heh that’s the corporate world.

Business Work projects

Some really cool things are going on for me on the business side; it should see the light and being more public in a little while…

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Interactive Strategist at TMP Worldwide

A new year started and with it came a new job position for me. As a fact I have been pretty quiet over there at my blog, without any substantial information about my move. Twitter and Facebook have been an incredible way to start rumors and give very fresh info to my friends, contacts, followers and peers. But No Twitter will not take the place of this blog, it just took away a lot of my energy from developing and writing for it. After more than 18 months on Twitter I start feeling that sometimes my thoughts, ideas and opinions could have a greater impact in the intertubes. Don’t get me wrong I’m really not aiming for fame, but you know just get heard. But as this blog traffic goes so far it doesn’t emerge as something with a decent readership…yes this default layout and erratic blog post should be the reason. So Twitter give me the interaction that I need especially with a lot of great folks in the Montreal Web scene. But I realize that a blog post push you to your limit, in a very different way than a tweet, you need to write down your ideas, to develop them. That’s something I really need to do more and it’s only with a blog that it be achieve. Ok Now you know one of my 09 resolutions.

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First real blog post (finally)

friends : Sam wheres your blog !?
me : huh ?
friends : Get a blog !

First post, I’m giving some reasons why I start blogging (beside the fact that I’ll be able to answer back to that question) and why I’m blogging in english either than french.

English for Cool aid

Why I have decided to write this website in english and not in french ? It take me months to finally make the decision to go with the english for my blog posts.

First off, english is not and won’t be ever my mother tongue, can’t deny my french Canadian roots and you may find sometimes a few post in french. Although my writing skills are way better in french (some people may say not that much better than my english skills…) with this blog I want to improve my english writing skills, thats one of the reasons why I’m blogging.

Personal branding aka Marketing

With this blog I also want to push further my personal branding, I know that sounds selfish, but its true, I can reach a much bigger crowd using the Shakespeare language.

Learning and sharing knowledge

Since a few years, I’m reading blogs, and before that was a board addict, I realized now that’s really the way I learned the most. Maybe except sharing with a few friends face to face. So I finally face it, I need to go to the next step, I’m already writing comments on others blogs about web development, seo, marketing guerrilla, etc. so why I don’t have a blog… I have been micro blogging since more than 6 months now with Twitter at twitter.com/sammyQc. Micro blogging is nice, easy and one of the greatest way to share new things and start conversations. But now I want more! And I really think I can handle it, of course I wont stop twittering anytime soon.

So this blog is here to stay and I’m thinking of a weekly update, going to see about that.

Hope you’ll enjoy.