This weekend as we unplugged and headed outside to help kick off summer I got thinking about the balancing act between loving technology and being ok to leave it behind at the same time.
It only takes one look at the above photo to see the variety of things you might find laying around my office (and house) and more and more of them are connected every day.
Last night as we sat around a campfire, I took a few photos with my phone and then put it away.
My Droid Turbo gives me all the camera controls I need to take good photographs quickly and because I have auto backup turned on to Google, I knew that when it connected to my WiFi network when I got home the photos would be waiting there for me this morning when I wanted to get to them.
Of course, Google+ has an #AutoAwesome feature where sometimes they will take photos you upload and get creative with them as they did by making this animated gif of the fire.
Recently, I’ve received several new pieces of technology that I’m looking forward to reviewing.
The great thing is that no matter what shows up in the mail, I never have to worry if I have the capabilities because I know that thanks to having Verizon FiOS in our house, it can handle whatever we throw at it.
I’m going to be checking out home security systems from Arlo and Canary. The kids and I are also excited to play with several goodies that arrived from Wacom. There is also an NX500 scheduled to arrive from Samsung today that I can’t wait to start using.
Also, if you ever want a test of your home network, have a bunch of teenagers over for a birthday party as they all ask you, “Mr. Chapman, can you please give me the WiFi password?” (btw I always type it in for them rather than giving it to them.) All that Facetiming, Snapchatting, bing watching on Netflix and my son playing League of Legends and still no body was complaining about the speed.
We had to explain to them recently what AOL was when they got bought. The concept of getting a CD in the mail that would allow you to get online was extremely confusing to them. They’ve never not known high speed Internet in our house which I’m thankful for, but also sort of wish they did understand the difference. *grin*
Related to this, we all keep seeing articles about how “the internet of things is coming” and as I think about these new gadgets and ones I already have, most of them are directly connected to our network. My camera pulls down firmware updates via WiFi, when I use my Bamboo Stylus to sketch out ideas on my iPad it backs up to Evernote without me thinking about it and I can check how much energy my solar panels are generating in real time from anywhere in the world on my phone. All of this happens because of the fast and secure internet access I have in my house.
Now if I could just find a new desk and kitchen counters with built in charging pads and I’d be all set!
Disclaimer – As someone who writes about living a digital lifesteyle, I receive items from brands for review purposes. I am also involved in influencer campaigns from both Verizon and Samsung. The words and thoughts I share are always my own, but I always want you to know my involvements as well so there is never any question. Some links above are affiliate links so that I can make a few nickels and buy more gadgets 🙂
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When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”
Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.
Official bios and headshots can be found below.
Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…
Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.
If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.
I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.
With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters, and HBO.
I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing, and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.
Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.
I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.
I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.
I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.
Helping others learn and inspiring them to achieve their goals is the most fulfilling thing I do. As a Visting Instructor of Business and Management at Wheaton College and as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Communications at Bentley University I get to do this with the next generation. I’ve also developed and taught courses for LinkedIn Learning, Lynda.com, CreativeLive, and Treehouse.
On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.
I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.
I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.
Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.
Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.
To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.
C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.
He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better. C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).
C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.
C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.
C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.
He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.
I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course, will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.
I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.
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