As more people work from their laptop than an office, many of them are developing a case of The Crazies.
With a love of travel and a desire for new experiences, C.C.’s wanderlust is in overdrive.
Apple TV’s latest software update brings Vimeo and streaming television shows to the device!
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?
Kudos to the #ONEMoms program for making me smiling and remembering dads.
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.
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.Read Full Post
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…Read Full Post
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 bookRead Full Post
Trying to figure out how you should be using Google Plus? Here is a bit of advice for you. Start small and do what works for YOU!
Washington, D.C. as seen through the lens of C.C. Chapman’s camera while on family vacation.
Clarence Smith Jr. has launched Bold Edition to the world and I wanted to make sure YOU knew about it. Check it out!
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.Read Full Post
C.C. Chapman’s first impressions on the power of Google+ and the death of MySpace.
I want to speak at every event that asks me, but they’ve got to realize what they have to bring to the table to make it work.
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.
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.Read Full Post
Another photo essay through my lens and this time I’m hosting a special Father’s Day event sponsored by Pampers.
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.
Here is what the event looked like through my eyes.Read Full Post
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.Read Full Post
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.Read Full Post
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.
Read Full Post
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.Read Full Post
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.Read Full Post
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.
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.Read Full Post
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.Read Full Post
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.Read Full Post
Between my speaking, consulting and creative assignments I spend quite a bit of time on the road and away from my loving family.
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.Read Full Post
You know I love photography and lately I’ve been getting into the fun of Instagram as a quick and fun way to share snapshots I take and check out others. I feel as if I get to follow along with people’s lives through their snapshots there.Read Full Post
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.Read Full Post
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.Read Full Post
Often I’m asked why I would bother checking in and I’ve written about the serendipity it can create, but today I was reminded of another reason why I do it.
To see where I’ve been and to remember what I was doing.Read Full Post
I do a lot of public speaking and no matter if I’m in front of real estate agents, hardware store owners, top level executives or social media devotees I often get asked how I got to where I am today in my career.
I know that they are hoping for a shortcut or secret bit of magic that I might be able to share with them so that they can achieve all of their goals, but my answer is always the same: Hard work and defining my own path.
Now, of course the headline is me being a bit cheeky, but I had a feeling it would get your attention. With all my travel, I do a lot of reading and recently have been consuming a variety of books that I hate to call “self help” and yet I don’t have a better genre for them. I’ve heard them called everything from leadership, to management, to motivational books.
I haven’t been able to come up with a better description, but when I talk to friends I usually refer to them as “dangerous books” because after reading them you are guaranteed to be hyped up and ready to take on the world. Past reads that I labeled in this way have lead me to quit a job, write a book and begin the most ambitious project of my career. You’ve been warned. So proceed with caution because I don’t know what they may do in your life.Read Full Post
Last week, Ford and Sony had myself and the Cast of Dads out to New York to cover the New York International Auto Show. While seeing some cool cars was exciting, for me the highlight was being able to see the band Train in concert again and to shoot some photographs of the concert.
Concert photography is hard, but it is exciting and fun at the same time since the energy is always so high and with the right band you never know what kind of shots you are going to get. Plus, ask any concert photographer and they’ll tell you that you shoot hundreds of photos to get just a few keepers. I always love adding new photos to my Live Music set which I don’t get to do as often as I’d like.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the show.Read Full Post
This morning finds me in full on reflective mood as I look back at the last 365 days.
A year ago, I spent the weekend with a few close friends challenging each other, setting goals and really getting to know one another better. We each had one month, end of 2010 and one year goals set and we kept nudging each other towards those. The balance of peer pressure with support is extremely powerful when done properly.
Looking back, I realize that I achieved all of my goals set that weekend and it feels good, but because of how I’m wired it now has me looking forward to what is next.Read Full Post
My accountant of all people reminded me that as someone who works for themselves, I should make sure I take time out and enjoy life more often.
So, when Friday rolled around and I had two meetings in Boston and no other pressing deadlines I decided to grab my camera and walk the streets between meetings taking photos. I decided I wasn’t going to seek anything out, but instead as I walked from location to location capture what I saw.
While I LOVE looking at street photography I rarely shoot any of it, but I’m happy with how a few turned out. You can see them all on my Flickr page including these rock star shots of Scott Stratten and Matt Ridings and here are some of my personal favorites from the afternoon.Read Full Post
I arrived with no expectations because I really didn’t know what the OTA Sessions were all about, but I knew they invited us and last year I had some close friends like Julien & Mitch both attend and that was good enough for me to go.
After a day spent in a darkened theater with a variety of speakers taking the stage, I can safely say that I left South Dakota much more inspired than when I arrived and it is all because of the magic that is The OTA Sessions.Read Full Post
This morning, I drove an hour just to sit and catch up with a friend who I haven’t spent much time with in the several years we’ve known each other.
Sure, we talked shop, caught up on how our kids are doing and shared a little off the grid humor about things that have happened and things people have done.
But, out of the whole conversation there was one little aside about an exercise to plot out our dreams that stuck in my head the whole drive home. That one little comment as an aside served as an inspiration for me the rest of today.Read Full Post
My letter to all the lazy agencies out there.
I am honored and smiling to be part of the latest project from Seth Godin’s The Domino Project.
SXSW Pokes is a free eBook that collects stories of inspiration from people attending SXSW this year. Not only is my story in there, but myself and Becky Johns found our photography being used as well.
Download the book now and get inspired!
Read Full Post
I’m writing this before I leave, because I know that once I’m on the ground there it will be a fast pace, talking to a lot of people, making a lot of new friends type of time and I wanted to get this out there now in case you might be looking for me. The above photo is one I took in 2008 that pretty much sums up the vibe of SXSW
The quick answer is that besides a few set in stone events I don’t know where I’ll be because I’ll be going with the flow.Read Full Post
Today the newest book from Guy Kawasaki called Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions (affiliate link) hits bookstore shelves around the world.
Guy sent me a copy to read a few weeks ago and it made a recent flight much more enjoyable. I’ve been trying to spend flights reading so that I can catch up on the library worth of books I have but haven’t read yet.
It is a solid read full of great stories and approaches on how each of us can live an enchanted life and run and enchanting company. You should read it.Read Full Post