IdeaFestival Bound

A few months back I got an e-mail from my friend Kevin Smokler asking if I might have some free days in September to go down and check out this years IdeaFestival.

I had never heard of it, but if Kevin was involved then I was interested in hearing more about it.

Turns out that it is “a world-class event that attracts leading and highly diverse thinkers from across the nation and around the globe to explore and celebrate innovation, imagination and cutting-edge ideas” that got it’s start back in 2,000. It reminded me of TED or PopTech, both which I’m a huge fan of.

So tomorrow I’m jumping a plane and headed to Louisville, Kentucky for the rest of the week.

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The Open Road

Call of the Open Road

The open road is calling to C.C. Chapman and he hopes to hit it soon with camera and journal in hand.


Dreaming of Africa

C.C. Chapman’s trip to Africa has been cancelled. But, he’ll keep on dreaming of visiting it some day. Know a way to make that happen?


I Found a Travel Tripod

With an upcoming trip to Africa, C.C. went looking for a light weight travel tripod and here is what he decided on.


I Share What I Want. Not You.

Ok, time for a bit of truth, so please pay attention.

You choose who you follow on any social network.

You control what updates you see based on who you choose to follow, how you set up filters and what you decide to read.

Thus, you can not complain about someone tweeting, posting or sharing too much. Complaining about this is like complaining that the water is flowing too fast in the river that you’ve made a point of crossing. Don’t like it? Choose a different river.

It is impossible for someone to “over share” because they choose what they want to share with

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Two Recent Interviews

The final days of summer are upon us and the gear up for conferences, school and holidays are just around the corner.

Wanted to share two quick interviews I did that hit the web recently for those interested in checking them out. chatted with me about my life and career and how I’ve gotten to where I am now. It was a lot of fun because I got to talk about things that don’t usually come up.
In February I sat down to be part of Talking With Tom and I forgot how silly of a chat it ended up. If you’ve

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Two Bits of Inspiration

I love to be inspired.

I love when when someone creates something that touches me and makes me want to do better with everything I create.

In the course of the last 24 hours, these two videos have filled me with inspiration to do better on two projects I’m currently working on and I wanted to share them with you in the hopes that you’ll be inspired as well.

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With a love of travel and a desire for new experiences, C.C.’s wanderlust is in overdrive.


Where Do You Recharge?

I love nature and need to recharge my batteries by getting out into it as often as possible. Where do you find your power to recharge?

Why Do You Follow?

Why Do You Follow?

People are flooding into Google+ and I was curious why the thousands of people I’m seeing following me were doing so. I asked and here is what I found out.

Learn By Doing

You can read all the books. Attend the webinars and watch the videos. You can attend conferences and listen to brilliant people speak or hire consultants to help you reach your goals.

But, the ONLY way you are ever going to truly learn a skill is by putting in the time and actually doing the work. Yes, it’ll be frustrating and you’ll bang your head off a wall and scream out in dismay. It won’t always be fun and you won’t always want to continue.

Trust me though, that talking and watching only gets you so far.

Doing gets you to the goal.

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The Little Moments

Being a dad is the greatest thing in the world and it is the little moments that make it extra special.

Yesterday was one of those when Emily came on Digital Dads TV with me and based on a tweet from a good friend I asked her if she could sing something and that is when the magic happened. Watch…

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I Love Books

As long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination with books. I use to stay up late and get up early to read and even in this world of digital everything, I sure do have a lot of packages arrive every week with books in them.

That is why on the same day that I read about Borders announcing it is closing all their stores, I found this video about a secret second hand book store called Brazenhead Books and it made my day.

While, I love reading on my Kindle App, I hope, pray, and believe that the paper book

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Bold Edition

Bold Edition

Clarence Smith Jr. has launched Bold Edition to the world and I wanted to make sure YOU knew about it. Check it out!

Vacation is Going Great

A VERY quick check in to say that vacation is going great. D.C. is super hot and humid right now, but we are making the most of it.

Here is a family portrait that I took while we spent the day driving down Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. As you can see we are having a blast!

Be back next week.

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Happy 4th of July Weekend

Right now I’m off celebrating the weekend with friends and family, but I wanted to share this bit of video celebration from the folks at Good.

Enjoy and have a happy and safe 4th of July.

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Forward With Ford

Forward With Ford

Ford invited bloggers, press and influential individuals from around the globe to come to their headquarters for two days of looking at the future and where their cars will fit into it.


The Give ME Society

Benjamin Franklin famously said that time is money.

Any amount of time that you or I spend doing one thing, takes away time that could be spent doing something else.

Now, with that being said, I believe I’m a very giving person with my time and knowledge. I love helping people learn and teaching them everything I know. I attend events, create content and all around do a lot of things for other people’s benefit and don’t make a dime doing it. But, you know what? Giving it all away for free is not a way to make a living.

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Through My Lens: The Craftsman DIY Summit

On June 10, 2011 bloggers from around North America gathered at 233 West Huron Street in Chicago, Illinois to take part in a blogger summit put on by Craftsman. We were flown out, filled with Chicago deep dish pizza and worked our way through five different do-it-yourself projects that were conceived and taught by fellow bloggers. Read more about the experience.

The complete photo set is available for viewing as well as a video slideshow.

Here is what the event looked like through my eyes.

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Finding Focus

I wake up, feed Roxie, grab a mug and fill it with coffee. The television turns on to CNN American Morning and the iPad opens to flip between Twitter, my inbox and Zite to see what is going on in the world.

Dylan leaves for school and the television flips over to The Today Show. Emily and I chat, cuddle and watch until she leaves for school as well.

That is when the battle for my focus begins.

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Pampers 50th Birthday

Pampers Father’s Day Celebration

Anyone who knows me, knows how proud I am to be a dad.

Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles anyone can fill. Nothing quite like it. I started Digital Dads to meet other guys who also loved being dads and every day it feels like I meet someone new.

I’m psyched to announce that I’ve been hired by Pampers to host a BBQ in Boston to help celebrate the brand turning 50 and to celebrate the role dads play in the parenting equation.

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Craftsman DIY Video Slideshow

I’ve got a full write up coming of my time on Friday at The Craftsman Experience in Chicago, but until then you can check out all of my photos or watch this little slide show I put together of them.

Thanks to my buddy [munk] for the use of his killer track Dirty Work in this video.


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C.C. Chapman Signed Macbook

On the Road: Burlington, VT

Last week I drove up to Burlington, Vermont for a Content Rules book tour stop and I thought it would be fun to document and share it with everyone.

Of course, what I hadn’t planned for was tornados might endanger my family while I was on the road which is exactly what happened. I let the camera keep rolling and actually captured a very needed phone call from Laura while getting some b-roll driving footage.

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I Work Where I Am & When I Want

Marriott Workshifting

It is no secret that I’m a big fan of the concept of workshifting. This being the ability to work from anywhere I happen to be located at the moment. It means not being chained to a desk and lost in a cubical farm in some nondescript building in a downtown cityscape.

This shot was taken in my hotel room last week when I was getting some writing done before heading over to our Content Rules event.

What this does NOT mean is being chained to my technology either. It doesn’t mean that I work 24 hours a day and never stop to enjoy the life going on around me. I know that I’m most productive in the morning and late at night. That is when I get a large chunk of my work done. Plus, anyone who knows me knows that my mind rarely stops thinking and noodling so sometimes my best work is done while going for a walk or hike.

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The Urge to Create With My Hands

You ever get that urge to get back to basics and instead of creating something online and out of bits and bytes, make it out of wood and metal?

I’ve had that urge lately and yet I currently have minimal skills to actually do anything with that urge.

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A Great Memorial Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. I honestly don’t think I could have asked for a better few days with family and friends.

The weather was hot, the drinks were cold and the conversations were filled with laughter. That is how I love to spend a weekend.

Sad Empty Ice Cream Tubs

I joked with Emily how in the course of the weekend she personally had gone swimming, fishing with a friend, slept out in her tree fort in the woods, marched in a parade, had ice cream AND had corn on the cob with grilled steak. An all around perfect Chapman weekend we both thought.

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Camerabag.TV is Dangerously Awesome

I’ve become addicted to CameraBag.TV

I’ve watched every episode they’ve done and am craving new ones. Each photographer is beautifully shot and the stories they tell are pure inspirational gold for any photographer. I can’t pick a favorite to embed and share with you, so I’ll just encourage you to watch them all. But, be warned that they have a high probability of waking up the photography bug in you.

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The Great Klout Plunge of 2011

A few minutes ago I saw a friend tweet about his Klout score and I figured since I hadn’t looked at mine in a long time I’d swing by and see how it was doing. When I got there I saw this:

Now, I got a good laugh out of this because it was obvious to me something was borked on their site (they are having DB issues), but I’m also sure that more than one person out there who hasn’t figured out what truly matters in life had a heart attack when they did their daily check of their score.

But, this raises an important point that I’ve been trying to make to my clients and co-workers for years.

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Surviving Travel

Between my speaking, consulting and creative assignments I spend quite a bit of time on the road and away from my loving family.

I get asked all the time how I can do it. Recent posts from my friends Chris and Peter (who both travel a lot more than I do) got me thinking about this and figured I would share some of my trips.

This is certainly is not a list that will work for everyone, but these work for me so I hope at least one helps you.

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The 2005 Il Barone was one of my favorite wines at Castello Di Amorosa.

I’ll Only Ever Collect Bad Wine

The concept of collecting wine is something that I’ve never fully understood.

Laura and I love wine and enjoy a glass of it quite often, but the concept of buying and saving wine was nothing that either of us could fully comprehend. We buy what we like. We drink what we buy. Why would anyone collect it?

Of course last year when we returned from a Napa Valley Vacation we suddenly found ourselves with a collection of wine, but we’ll never be wine collectors and here is why.

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C.C. Location Scouting a Beach

Travel Writing

I love to travel. Doesn’t matter if it is just a few towns over or half way around the world.

Each new new life experience excites me. Meeting new people, tasting new food and then being able to share that with the world gives me huge satisfaction and it never gets old.

As I sit here housebound recovering from surgery it has me wondering how I can actually get paid to do more travel writing. If you know, I’d love you to share with me.

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