RamblesCC Chapman

Random Thoughts for November 16, 2011

RamblesCC Chapman
Random Thoughts for November 16, 2011

From time to time I may not have a whole post in me, but I'll have a lot of little things on my mind and when that happens I usually put out a list of random thoughts so that they get out of my head and spark conversations with you.

This is how my mind works. It never shuts off completely and I'm always noodling on a bunch of different things and eventually they get out and get done.

These lists help me focus on what I need to get done and also remove some of the clutter from my brain. Until they are down on paper or on a screen they just keep bouncing around up there taking up space.

So, on my mind today is.

  • Bourbon and how it feels like the next bacon. I'm starting to see a lot of people talking about it all over the place. A few months back when I was in Kentucky for IdeaFestival I had rye for the first time and have learned that I really like it. I've bought a bottle of Bulleit Rye and Michter's Rye and I think I like the second one better for it's little bit of sweetness it has.
  • I'm excited for the Kindle Fire and what it means for living rooms everywhere. Since it is 100% for consuming and zero for creation it could become the device that sits on a coffee table and is used to read, watch and play when you get the urge. Mine should arrive today and I'm excited to see if it lives up to my dreams or not.
  • I've got a lot of freelance writing projects that I need to get done. I've got pieces for Workshifting, Char-Broil and Emma all to write in the coming weeks. Getting sick this week sidelined me from getting those done when I wanted to and I need to unplug and write them. All fun topics. Hoping to get more writing assignments in the coming year.
  • I need to edit the second episode of Passion Hit TV. It is going to profile a photographer and writer that I've known for years and really got to know more when we sat down and talked. She is an amazing woman and I know people will dig what she has to say since she doesn't give interviews often, but I sweet talked her into giving me one.
  • People expect free stuff from me all the time. Over and over again this week I've been asked to help with projects and when I bring up fees and budgets they get real quiet and say "oh we don't have that." Ideas, strategies and creativity cost money if you are getting them from an outside source.
  • Thanksgiving is next week and I've got a lot of cooking to do. I started laying out the menu and am contemplating a couple of twists on old recipes, but I don't want to go overboard. I'm also thinking of trying a few other meats besides the traditional turkey. Still not sure exactly how many people are coming over, but it is going to be a house full of awesome just like I love it to be.
  • Fun to see my Ragu story appearing in a book. The latest writing from David Meerman Scott is called Newsjacking: How to Inject your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage and he tells the story about how Ragu completely blew their outreach. Amazing how far one person's thoughts can travel in today's hyper-connected world.
  • I don't know yet what I want to shoot for our Christmas cards. We always end up waiting until the last minute and I don't want to do that. If I had been smart we would have shot something during the freak October snow storm we got. I took a lot of pictures but didn't think to shoot that. Doh!
  • Sending out my newsletter has to become a priority. Every time I send one out new opportunities arise and I get to reconnect with people I haven't talked to in a while. But, I've never treated it the way I need to and I'm already setting a goal of making sure I send one out a month next year.
  • Excited for all the .tv interviews from BlogWorld to go live. It was fun to see so many people stop by the booth and sit down with Mark, Melissa and myself. Plus, I'm dying to rewatch the Digital Dads TV I did there because the conversation went in a completely different direction than I had hoped for.
  • Your eyes open up when you realize that you've been on the Earth longer than you've got left on it.  None of us know exactly how long we have, but lately I've been thinking a lot about this possibility. I've still got a lot I want to accomplish before I leave this big blue marble. :)

Wow, that sure did end on a morbid note, but it wasn't mean to.

It is just that time of year when I get reflective and looking to the future and there are a lot of things I haven't been focusing on that I need and want to and 2012 is shaping up to be a year of hard work and I can't wait for it.

Anything on your mind?