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Limitations Spark Creativity

Limits such as time, location and resources effect us all. The successful among us are those that realize those limitations and use them to spark creativity.

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The Baked Beans Parable

A parable about learning and mastering something as told through the simple act of making homemade baked beans.

SXSW Small Gatherings

Yes I’m Going to SXSW, But Not to Your Party.

It is that time of year again.

The month before SXSW happens in Austin, Texas when tens of thousands of people from around the globe arrive in town. The time when it seems at least half of them will start sending out invites to a drinkup, party or other gathering that they hope you and a few hundred other people will show up at.

I only have to take one look at my inbox to confirm that it is that time of year again.

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Go Behind the Scenes To Create Engaging Content

Every day I’m asked how companies can create content that will be engaging enough that people will take the time to consume and then share it with others.

My standard answer is that there are no silver bullets, but I do think that the more types of content you know about, the more you can consider them every time you get stuck with one of those “well what do I do now?” moments.

Today I want to talk about the power of behind the scenes content and why you should consider it.

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Pinterest 101 Video

Today I was asked by Lynette Young to take part in a Google Hangout discussion about Pinterest.

It is 90 minutes of tips, reactions and a good primer on what we believe it is and isn’t.

Joining me in the discussion was Simon Salt and Jane Ellen. If after watching this you’d like to follow me on Pinterest you can. Enjoy the video.

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Superbowl Mixed Feelings

Unless you live in cave, you know that yesterday was The Superbowl and of course that means a whole bunch of commercials that companies spent millions of dollars to put their messages in front of your eyeballs.

$3.5 million was the publicized price for a thirty second spot. Add in the actual productions costs, agency costs and you’ve got a lot of money being spent.

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In Five Years, Where Do You Want to Be?

Yesterday I was hired to lead a conversation with the communications team of a large global company. It was their annual retreat and they brought me in to push and pull them to think about the answer to the question of where they wanted to be in five years.

We talked a lot about technology, but also about the culture shift that had to happen in their company to embrace and utilize the ever growing social nature of the world around them and the constant fire hose of information that everyone is trying to deal with.

It was a great discussion and I hope they got as much out of it as I did. In fact I hope I get to work with them some more in the future as they’ve got some amazing opportunities in front of them that I hope they take full advantage of.

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Entering the Teenage Years

Even with all the success I’ve had in business and my career, the thing I judge myself on most is how well my children turn out.

This weekend my son became a teenager. These are the years when a lot changes, happens and when I believe you start to become the person you will be for the rest of your life. I also think these are the years when I’ll start to know if I’ve done a good job raising him or not.

Happy birthday Dylan. I hope the road ahead isn’t too bumpy for both of us.

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Sharing the Secrets

We must remember that while the barrier of entry to create is getting lower, this shouldn’t take away from the truth that it takes true creativity to make it amazing.

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Who Knew Jury Duty Would Open My Eyes?

While everyone else was returning to their offices after the New Years break, I was reporting for duty to the Worcester court house for jury duty.

I was called last year at this time and postponed it a year since I was just starting out on the book tour for Content Rules and didn’t want to run the risk of being sat on a jury and having to cancel dates.

I’ve been called one other time in the past and got sat on a jury that go around, but at the last minute the trial was canceled. This time around I wasn’t so lucky and for the past two weeks have been serving on a civil case in Massachusettes Superior Court and the process has been eye opening on multiple levels.

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Creating With My Hands

While creating with a keyboard and technology is fun, C.C. Chapman is discovering he has the urge to do more creating with his hands. The old fashion way!

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Social Photography

Photography is getting more and more social as we beging moment sharing on a regular basis.

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The Final Week of the Year

It is the final week of 2011 and in a few short days we will flip the calendars to a whole new year. You’ll read plenty of posts predicting what the year holds and while I could do that, I have no interest.

I do want to share with you the final episode of my podcast for the year. It is an important one to me because I shared a bit of big news from my world and also recapped several different things going on with me right now. I hope you’ll give it a listen.

If there is any advice I

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Content is Everywhere

C.C. Chapman explains how content is everywhere and thus every company needs to start using it in this interview from Holland.

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Another Year Older

Today I turn 38 years old and as I usually do I snapped a quick photo for random memory sake.

I’ve just returned home from speaking in Rotterdam and playing in Amsterdam. It was a trip full of inspiration and fun, but I’m glad to be back.

Looking at this photo tells me I’m more tired than I feel right now. I’m sure the jet lag is waiting to set in at any time.

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Highlights From An Evening With C.C. Chapman

Last night I spoke to a full house in Rotterdam and had the chance to meet a lot of great people.

I owe a big thank you to the team at Coopr for bringing me over. The hospitality they have shown me while here has been amazing. They are a great group of people doing good work for their clients. I hope I see them again.

Here is a video they put together from my speech. I’m making a note not to say “right” so much in the future. *grin*

I’ve still got one more day in Amsterdam. I’m planning on making the

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December Already?

Isn’t there a rumor going around that things slow down in December? I swear I’ve heard that before, but I don’t believe it for one minute. *grin*

I just got home from having lunch with Christine Koh and Audrey McClelland. We’ve been trying to get together since summer, but we are all so busy it took until today to make it happen! If you are looking for smart, savvy and awesome women to get involved with on your next campaign or project you should call them. They are both the real deal.

LOTS going on here so I wanted to do a quick update.

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C.C. Chapman Speaks at BlogWorld

Content Rules, But Common Sense Rocks

Recently I gave a keynote speech at BlogWorld Expo in Los Angeles.

I wanted to play off my book title of Content Rules, but focus in on how with even the best content in the world if you don’t use basic common sense and good manners none of it will matter. You can now watch that speech below. I’m damn proud of how it went and I’m psyched it was captured so nicely on video.

If you’d love to see all the other great panels and presentations given at this year’s Blogworld they are available as part of the BlogWorldExpo Virtual Ticket. (affiliate

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Thankful

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I’ll have a house full of relatives. I’ll be up early putting the turkey in the oven and the rest of the day will be a flurry of activity as I prepare the meal. Once I put it on the table, I’ll raise a glass and we will go around and each say something we are thankful for.

As I got thinking about what I would say this morning (and everything I have to do before I raise that glass) it got me reflecting on how much I have to be thankful for.

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Old vs. New

Minutes ago both UPS and the Post Office stopped by to drop off packages within five minutes of each other. Inside the packages was this nice contrast of old vs. new.

What you see here is a beautifully printed photography book called Dark Score Stories promoting the new Stephen King mini series Bag of Bones and the new Kindle Fire. (affiliate link)

I can’t stop smiling because on one hand you have the old fashion book promoting a television show and on the other side you have a high tech gadget which I can read books and watch television shows on. Wonder

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Jump on the Moments

I’m still smiling this morning from a last minute visit from my good friend J.C. Hutchins last night.

I was looking through Google+ when I saw an update from him saying he was on a plane to Rhode Island. That is a lot closer to me then his usual Denver so I dropped him a note asking what was up and what his schedule was like.

A few text messages later and there in my neighbor’s driveway is Hutch (hard to see house numbers at night from the street) and soon he was in my office being introduced to the family.

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Home Movies

What happens when we stop documenting the little moments of our lives? What special moments might be missed since we’ve lost the home movie mentality?

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See You at BlogWorld?

I meant to write this post before leaving for L.A., but we all know how busy we get. Especially me lately.

But, I’m now here in the sunny state of California and excited to be taking part in another BlogWorld Expo.

I’m speaking on Saturday morning at 11 and my presentation is title Content Rules, But Common Sense Rocks! and I hope to see a lot of you there. I’m in the mood to really wake some people up and start the day off on the right foot.

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SXSW Kills the Magic?

I love SXSW. It is the one conference I’ll schedule everything else around so that I don’t ever miss it.

Every year that I go, I walk away having made new contacts that lead to friendships and business. Last year we sold out of copies of Content Rules in the bookstore and people still come up to me and talk about sessions I’ve talked in over the years.

Yesterday as they announced the first round of talks for 2012 (including mine), I noticed something that has me worried that a lot of magic of why I love SXSW might be killed as the conference has grown to the size it is today.

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Through My Lens – Making Sauce

If there was any good that came out of the whole ragu mess, it was a desire to make my own spaghetti sauce.

So last weekend I bought all the ingredients and made a big pot for dinner. Best part is since we have a new freezer I could freeze all the left overs so we’ve got many more dinners of homemade sauce in the future.

Also, since I’m taking part in the Olympus Pen Ready campaign (Disclosure: they give me a free camera and I agree to take photos with it) I thought I’d take all these photos with the Olympus E-PM1 to see how it does. Full review coming of it once I’ve shot more with it.

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Steve Jobs Remembered

We Can All Inspire

I’ve been trying to process the passing of Steve Jobs.

I was driving into Boston to host an event with Ann Handley when the news popped up on my phone. I was instantly hit with this great sadness and a rush of emotions. I didn’t expect this to happen and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about him and what he meant to my life since that moment.

Inspiration is a weird thing. You never know who may give it to you or when it is going to come.

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Conversation Isn’t Hard

Twitter is all about conversation and C.C. Chapman was happy to discover that almost half of what he does on Twitter is exactly that. Read on.

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