Jul 15, 2009 10

What’s up and what’s gone down (July 2009)


For a while now, I’ve been admiring the way other bloggers cope with the schizophrenic mess that is their digital wake, especially on those days when I’m really swirling around in mine.

Chris Guillebeau, who has rightly taken off like a rocket ship in the past few months, does a monthly look back at his output to catch up those who might have missed stuff; Merlin Mann flirted briefly with the Monthly Pimp (spicy lad!) before deciding to strip down and focus his considerable brainpower on…well, some as-yet-unnamed mystery project that hopefully will be for sale or view in the future. Because I love pretty much everything that boy has produced so far, especially this. (Note: that last was a co-production.)

Rather than turn this into a dig-me parade, I will take my cue from Chris and Merlin and offer this up in the way of curation. I make and do a lot of stuff, more than anyone in her right mind would want to keep up with. So I’ll comb through it upon occasion and serve it up here: a neat, edited compendium of what’s up, what’s coming up, and what’s gone down in the previous month. Or month-ish.

You know me, right?

Colleen of the future (places I’ll be)

  • The Monthly Los Angeles Biznik Meet-Up at Jerry’s (Tonight, Wednesday, July 16, 5:30 – 8pm) Every four weeks, some of L.A.’s finest independent biz folk gather for cocktails, conversation and oversized plates of deli food. It’s awesome, and it’s free. (Well, not the drinks or the deli food.) Just register (free!) to become a member of Biznik, then sign up (also free!). Easy-peasy, Cousin Weezy!
  • The Escape from Cubicle Nation Workshop in Chicago (Friday, July 17) My friend, Pamela Slim, is one of the smartest, funniest, most generous people I’ve met in recent years. I totally joked about horning in on her all-day extravaganza of awesomeness, and she totally called my bluff. So somewhere during her day of brilliant advice, exercises and encouragement for anyone on either side of the cusp of entrepreneurship, I’ll be doing a little song and dance on branding. Expect much merriment.
  • The Creative Freelancer Conference in San Diego (August 26 – 28) A fantastic, action/info/inspiration-packed 3 days with 200 of your peers. And just 200. Incredible. Read what I have to say about it here, then sign up immediately. $50 advance registration discount ends today!

Colleen of the Past (stuff that went down)

  • New interview! Here’s why you expand your horizons and meet new people: one of them might be the incredible Valeria Maltoni, author of my new-favorite blog on marketing, Conversation Agent. After I left a note in her “About You” page (how’s that for a great feature?), she asked if I’d consent to being interviewed. Would I!? Would I!? Yup, I would. Thanks, Valeria!
  • New interview! Speaking of interviewing, Tracy Pattin is one lady who knows her way around a microphone. A longtime voice-over talent, Tracy interviewed me in my capacity as former Shill for the Man for her popular Voice Registry Podcast.
  • New blog features! Regular readers will have noted that of late, Thursday has been devoted to poetry, and Friday to recommending cool, non-corporomegalopolic stuff. There’s also a landing page of stuff I recommend and an Amazon aStore where you can buy stuff you were gonna buy anyway that makes me a little money so I can buy more stuff to read and review (book reviews are mostly happening on Tuesday now), and on my newsletter.

Colleen of the Present (ongoing projects)

  • The Virgo Guide to Marketing I’m just over halfway through a year-long project where I work on my marketing daily and blog about it weekly. People seem to dig it, as well as the podcasts I record weekly. Go figger.
  • communicatrix | focuses My monthly newsletter devoted to the all-important subject of increasing your unique fabulosity. One article per month (with actionable tips! and minimal bullsh*t!) about becoming a better communicator, plus the best few of the many cool things I stumble across in my travels. Plus a tiny drawing by moi. Free! (archives & sign-up)
  • Act Smart! is my monthly column about marketing for actors for LA Casting, but I swear, you’ll find stuff in it that’s useful, too. Browse the poorly-updated archives, here.
  • Internet flotsam And of course, I snark it up on Twitter, chit-chat on Facebook, post the odd video or quote to Tumblr, and bookmark the good stuff I find on my travels at StumbleUpon and delicious.

Please let me know if you find this kind of curation at all useful, and/or if there’s a better way to handle it. Thanks!


Photo of Arno J. McScruff housed on Flickr, where I also occasionally stick pixels.

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

Chris Guillebeau July 15, 2009 at 4:46 am

Colleen, you’re doing fabulous! This is great; keep it up. Thank you for the mention.

Also, break a leg in Chicago this week. Do you guys really say that? I don’t really want you to break a leg, but I hope you excel.


Valeria Maltoni July 15, 2009 at 5:26 am

Keep up the great work, Colleen. It was Chris here who pointed me in your direction the first time, and I’m really glad he did. As you saw in the comments to your interview, you have many fans!

LPC July 15, 2009 at 5:38 am

I think the curation was a good thing. As in, now I am subscribed to your marketing blog. It also made think that perhaps after 5 months working at my own blog I should think about doing something similar. Work you’ve done always looks a little different than you thought it would look when you started.

Karl Staib - Work Happy Now July 15, 2009 at 6:30 am

You are going places. I like your mashup of your web highlights. It’s nice to know what you are following.

Good luck in Chicago!

Sarah Bray July 15, 2009 at 6:43 am

Neat-o! What a great idea…I’m loving feeling totally, completely updated. :)

Colleen Wainwright July 15, 2009 at 7:47 am

Chris – Me? Please. YOU. You. You’re an inspiration. And you will be there with us kinda/sorta, as I invoke you in my presentation on branding. So there!

Valeria – What is it about the name “Chris,” huh? All the kool intenet kats are named “Chris.” And I owe that boy an extra beer for hooking you & me up. Yay!

LPC – I’m glad you subbed, and I’m even gladder (?) that you like the curation. You have become my WASP Miss Manners of the Web—you pull it all off with such style. And only five months? Yikes. I’ve been a lazy slob for these past five years!

Karl & Sarah – Thank you! You know me well enough by now that you’d say if it was icky. (Or you just wouldn’t say anything, which would also say, “This is icky.”

Catherine Cantieri, Sorted July 16, 2009 at 7:11 am

Colleen, I don’t know how you do it all! That’s an amazing amount of work. :-)

Bon July 18, 2009 at 4:32 am

Useful, inspiring, and totally stealable. I love the roundup and will endeavor to add it to my to-do list. What a great way to keep folks updated! And, woman, you are a FORCE! Really cool stuff I didn’t even know what going on, here. 😀 Awesome!

Colleen Wainwright July 20, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Catherine – I hang upside-down like a bat at night, and neglect my boyfriend during the day. Not exactly recommended, but there it is.

Bon – STEAL. STEAL. We *like* to know what you’re up to!

Suzanne Silk August 26, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Enjoy your up-coming San Diego Gig…your devoted follower-cheer-leader and all-around designer friend. . .aka Suzanne Silk

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