CamWorld Turns Eighteen

birthdayWhoah, my little blog is now old enough to vote. How did that happen? It seems just yesterday that I was sitting in my crappy little apartment in Traverse City, MI trying to figure out what to do with my life. The date was June 11, 1997 and I was completely enamored and gobsmacked by this newfangled thing called the Internet.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I have decided to come full circle and begin blogging again (after a 10-year break). Real blogging, not that Facebook and Twitter shit.

CamWorld is once again going to be a place where I aggregate all of my activity online, publish original long-form pieces, daily links, Facebook posts, Tweets, Medium posts and anything else that catches my fancy.

Apologies for the minimal Twenty Fifteen design. As far as templates go, it’s really minimal and nice. I kinda like it that way. I’m going to tweak it a bit and then be done.

Oh yeah, and I’m bootstrapping a startup. It’s really amazing stuff. Can’t quite talk about it yet. Stay tuned.

CamWorld Turns Eleven

Wow, has it been a year already?

Where have I been? What have I been doing? I assure you, there are a lot of good answers. The easiest and most obvious answer is that, yes I have been completely swamped with that thing called life. It creeps up on you and before you know it you’re too busy to do anything else let alone keep a blog up-to-date.

amelia_bagWhat I’m taking about, of course, is my beautiful baby daughter Amelia, who popped into this world last September and has provided so much happiness and joy to my little family. It’s true what they say about parenting: you’ll find yourself making sacrifices you’d never have considered in a million years before becoming a parent. One of those sacrifices is, unfortunately, this blog. But who knows, we’re past the difficult infant stage and it’s getting easier so perhaps I can squeeze out a few minutes a day to start blogging again.

What else have I been up to? The job I spoke of in my May 2007 post was a complete wash. I ended up leaving after six months of trying to help an ecommerce company that needed some serious help in the Web 2.0 and social media space but after nothing but continual resistance, I walked out. The last thing I said to them was “I can only help a company that wants to be helped.” Water under the bridge. I wish them luck.

I’m now working at a company that provides a private, invitation-only social network to a pretty select group of members. You can think of it as kind of a Facebook for the rich and well-connected. We’re porting the legacy application from PHP to Rails and redesigning the UI and functionality at the same time. It’s very challenging, but fun and rewarding and I’m happy to report that I work with a great team of people.