A weekend surrounded by friends reminded me about what is important in life and that too many people seem to only focus on being part of the collective social misery.
Nokia brought a diverse group of influencers to Las Vegas to spend quality time with their new Lumia 1520. I was lucky enough to be one of the invited.
I watch as the snow falls outside my office window as the flurry of updates fall across my HootSuite screen.
While every snow storm is different and unique, the links, lists and reviews continue to be the same old same old.
The more I thought about this, the more I realized I should fire up the microphone and record the first episode of Managing the Gray for 2014.
Listen and you’ll hear me think about and work out my thoughts around the first hours of the new year and how I hope people will choose to create in the future.
See you at NMX or CES?
C.C. Chapman shares his three words for 2014: Sharpen, Outside and Victories
In a mere few days we will flip our calendars to a new year.
2014 promises to be an interesting one, but honestly would you want to live in a world where you wouldn’t think that about the upcoming 365 days? The mere thought of how bad things would have to be for that sort of thought saddens me to my core.
These are the quiet days of the year for me and I love them.
The weather gets gray, the demands slow down and I can really spend more time just wandering and wondering.
I started my three word exercise the other night and am slowly narrowing them down. It always amazes me how as soon as I start writing them down, they keep popping up in my head until I decide.
Yesterday, we spent a beautiful Christmas together as a family. We did our presents in the morning, followed by Peking Duck at a local restaurant and ended it with going to the movies to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It was a perfect holiday together.
The house is quiet now as Emily still sleeps, Dylan is attached to the new Xbox One and Laura is at work. Myself, I’m embracing the quiet with a cup of strong coffee and watching the snow flakes fall outside my office window.
I watch as the same old same old chugs along online. The social sheep feel compelled to share their lists and fear stepping away to live rather than click.
To each their own of course, but the choices made are always interesting.
Are you taking some time to embrace the quiet days and recharge for the new year?
In 2014 I know there is going to be a lot of work. I’ve got tons of writing and photography planned. Building and growing YSN will be a daunting task, but I’m up for it. There will be roadblocks and curveballs that I won’t be ready for, but we’ll deal with them when we have to.
Too many people can’t be quiet. They can’t be bored. They don’t allow themselves to idle well and just be in the moment.
That is why I love the quiet days. I love these moments of nothing because they recharge my soul and feed my mind.
A variety of mini reviews.
On the eve of his birthday, C.C. Chapman looks back at the past ten years.
A quick sign of life so that you know I’m still out here working hard, taking photos and living life.
The organizations I’m supporting on #GivingTuesday.
Quality time with good friends inspires C.C. Chapman to record a new episode of Managing the Gray.
C.C. Chapman is now the Chief Marketing Officer of YSN.
I’m excited to announce that my new Lynda.com class Content Marketing Fundamentals is now live. Current Lynda.com subscribers can enroll and start watching immediately.
If you have never heard of Lynda.com, I’ve been a fan for years. Their all you can eat pricing model is why I’ve always liked them.
They only work with the top teachers in any given field and I’ve watched everything from photography classes to creative inspirations on their site.
This is my second course with them (first was Insights from a Content Marketer) that the photo above is from. I have two more coming out in the new year as well that we’ve already filmed.
Below you can watch a couple of videos to get a feel for the class.
Once you’ve watched those, if you want to take the course or ANY of the other great Lynda.com online training classes has I’ve got a free seven day account for anyone who wants to sign up.
Click on the banner below and you’ll get seven days to take as many courses as you want for free. Can’t beat that deal!
I hope you enjoy this course and will share it with others.
Travel journal from C.C. Chapman and the twenty four hours he spent in Istanbul.
Black and white photographs by C.C. Chapman of Istanbul, Turkey.
Today is National Family Literacy Day and I’m helping raise money for a great cause works hard to insure that families around the country discover the power of reading and get all the assistance needed to make that a reality.