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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Twenty One Questions 

I've been thinking lately. Here's an update.

-I just wrote--well, mostly The Lovely One wrote--a few hundred "tips" for "Divas" and "Playas." I suppose the politic thing to do would be to talk about how interesting it was (the contractor may or may not read this blog), but in truth it was a weird experience. I got to write in a different dialect, trying to think up livestyle tips for people very much unlike me. True story: I used Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" as the inspiration for some of the tips. Any port in a storm.

-I've been thinking about monetization and career goals. As in I fear that I'd better get some and soon. It's not so much about the money: sure, I'd find things to do with that (read: more bicycles), but it's also about some sort of misplaced puritanical instinct that to stay in my current station in life would be a mortal waste of talent. Yeah, I think I'm better than where I am. I'm not ashamed to admit it.

-Should I turn this blog into a paying venture? Well, for once it has paid me something: I'm one of the people benefitting from db's annoyance, or to put it another way, if all goes well I'll have a new Nokia phone to play with in the next few days. More about that when it arrives, but given a not-bad free phone, I have a few ideas about what to do with it. Back to the original topic, I think it's time to get the traffic up here so I can make this monetizeable. I'm not joking when I reference "all 20 of you," though it's a consistent 20/day no matter how lazy I am about posting. Daily posts would probably improve that considerably, but I'd like some advice on better blogging interfaces. Friction is my demon: small improvements in performance and ease of access lead to large productivity improvements when I'm part of the system.

-When did I become a phone expert? In the last few months I have personally messed with everything from a Blackberry to a Treo, with stops at consumer and high-end Motos, and can probably tell you a little something about just about every decent phone available in this market. BTW, I think the biggest bottleneck to a more interesting mobile experience right now is the exorbitant cost of data packages from mobile phone providers. They're worth it for business, not for home users. The sole exception seems to be Fido's $25 unlimited data plan, a special Danger Hiptop-only deal. That's really cheap.

Questions? Suggestions? I need some help here.

Comments:
Curious about the Divas/Playas list being one retired one. =P Got a link, or electronic form?
Will have to ask you about your Rogers/Nokia/freebie experience. I discounted myself because (1) I'm not a Rogers customer and (2) I don't get enough hits on my site.
 
Ha ha! The Diva/Playas tips are a proprietary database. I could show you, but I'd have to kill you. Also, I assure you that you are not urban enough to qualify as part of the target demographic for these tips, though you may be in the demo' inasmuch as the demo' probably looks like that for hip-hop music (majority "non-urban").

I'm sure to blog incessantly about my shiny new phone once I get it.
 
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