I’ve picked up thousands of new visitors and hundreds of new subscribers over the past ten days, so I am going to take this opportunity to share with you who I am and what this website is about.
I am a 38 year old father of two boys ages 2 and 4. We live in a suburb of Minneapolis Minnesota. I have been with my wife Christine (also 38) for almost 19 years.
I work in the tech field and currently manage one of the finest Oracle e-business teams ever assembled. Am I bragging? Yep. But they are that good! Several days ago Oracle called one of our developers to solve a problem. I have a great job working with great people at a great company.
During the dot com era, Christine and I founded, operated, and sold music1search.com (no link – there is nothing there anymore) to CDconnection.com.
Some readers have asked about my educational background:
I attended a mix of public and religious schools for 12 years. My educational experience was a nightmare. Authorities threw me out of school several times and I barely earned a diploma. Every skill that has led to financial or personal gain I learned outside of the classroom. I am not a fan of traditional schooling.
Christine is an entrepreneur and runs a home-based internet bookselling business. She has recently expanded outside the book niche and into collectables and purses. She has realized 100% annual growth each year since she started the company in 2003. She sells her wares on eBay, Amazon Marketplace, Albris, ABE, and she recently set up her own website at www.soconik.com. When we started this blog, I hoped she would write frequent posts about her growing home based business, but she doesn’t have the time and passion for writing that I do, so her posts are infrequent, but I will keep you updated with any useful information about her growing company.
Christine and I have goals for our personal lives and for our family.
We plan to keep our children out of government and religious school systems.
Over the next several years, Christine plans to expand her business into a warehouse and multiple retail locations and I plan to help Christine grow her business while transitioning from corporate work to freelance content creation.
This website doesn’t serve a specific niche like some sites. This site is about life and the reality I see around me everyday. One post may be philosophical and another may be about parenting. I have strong interests in entrepreneurship, personal/financial growth, personal/political freedom, mysticism, and education. Most of my posts are anecdotes meant to provoke thought. Right now I am studying Zen Buddhism, so some of the current posts have a Zen flavor. Sometimes I make a post about something trivial but valuable to visitors, like the popular piece on automobile check engine lights. Many experts tell me to stick with a niche, but this site isn’t like that, it’s eclectic.
As passionate as I am about freedom, I am equally passionate about responsibility, so some posts are about achieving personal freedom by accepting responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Since I am working full-time and writing part-time, I only post 2-4 times per week.
Thanks for visiting, reading, and supporting this site!
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