The amazing Rhea Drysdale tagged me to do this…
1) I used to be a professional.
I was responsible for budgets in the tens of millions of dollars range from both the public and private sector as a logistical co-ordinater for NGO’s. NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) are places like the UNHCR, Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, etc. I worked humanitarian aid in war zones for most of my twenties. I stopped in 2001 after two years in Sierra Leone, when the person I loved died. I also worked in Sarajevo, Kosovo, Chechnya, Macedonia, and Albania.
2) I am older than most people think.
I am 37 years old, but still startlingly good looking.
3) I have held myself to a strange rule since I was ten years old.
I do not own anything I can not carry with me in a knapsack. People give me shit sometimes for carrying stuff around conferences with me wherever I go. Stop doing that. It is everything I own.
4) I have no education.
I grew up in group homes, and the highest grade I passed was the fourth grade.
5) I am in Hawaii now
I just got a place in Waikiki.
6) I am a writer.
I do poetry and short stories and can use words so goodishly swell that I can make people feel and think and stuff.
7) I didn’t own a computer until five months ago.
I have told some people this, but for those of you who do not know, I wrote feedthebot.com using public library computers. It wasn’t until later (after a very long argument with myself) that I decided to have a computer. In all seriousness, if you are frustrated and agonizing over this SEO stuff… there is hope. I had spent most of my efforts on making money for non-profits and it was not until March of this year that I started a campaign designed to make money for me.
I was broke in June and have made almost 200,000 dollars since then. This stuff works.
8- I like you
I had a very tough time over the last few years. In my old field (humanitarian aid) I was constantly amazed by the people around me. I left that field and kinda wandered the Earth for awhile, pretty much constantly alone.
I can not say how happy I am to have met the people I have met in the SEO world. I am not only amazed at how wonderful you all are. I am amazed at how nice it feels to see you guys every few months at conferences. You are familiar to me now, and I was hell bent on not letting anything or anyone become familiar to me again. It is beautiful to feel so nice when I see you and I like that.