Month: July 2011

Sunday Column (126)

A Family Man in Digital Marketing – the title of this blog couldn’t have been more reflected this weekend. I finally, after long planning, managed to get a few friends over to my family home: friends from digital marketing. One ex staff member and his highly successful academic partner, one ex colleague of mine, now coach, with his partner who runs a business in wine (so very interesting), and one close friend who I have not (yet) worked with and his partner who works for the big G. Three friends from different walks of life, all connected through the passion for digital marketing. You can imagine we talked a lot about work and the industry, but more so about passion, the way the world and life is going, and what comes next. A fantastic day, fantastic people, a really good time. And, they all met with the family: my wife and the two boys. I couldn’t have wished for a happier day. Thanks guys. The rest of the week, given it was my first week back from my holidays, went “balanced”. What I mean by that is due to Colin having trouble settling at night at the moment, I made

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Weekly Updates for Volker’s Tweets: 2011-07-29

@J__9 thanks in reply to J__9 # @citizenbay @ewebber @willsh @sparkey @andywhitlock @asi_sharabi @tobybarnes @tomoleary72 @jeremyhill @ballueder am in in reply to citizenbay # All alone…. (@ mexad LTD) http://4sq.com/qpzzv1 # @willsh Cheers, much appreciate the #ff – nice new site! in reply to willsh # Anyone out there looking for a sales position? 2-3 yrs experience in digital? (@ mexad LTD) http://4sq.com/q1mPPZ # I'm at Kent House Railway Station (KTH) (Plawsfield Rd, Beckenham) http://4sq.com/n3otiO # @peter_mount haha. #2012 will see #southeastern collapse. They might cut down on more carriages to give tourists the proper London feeling. in reply to peter_mount # 15 yrs old on #bbc speaking about "never going to drink" – is Britain changing? I remember being 14 saying I'D NEVER SMOKE…. # I'm at 5-8 Sanctuary http://4sq.com/rgk3X4 # I'm at Waitrose (Camden Town) http://4sq.com/ob0fhL # I'm at Walk-in Back Rub Charlotte Place (Charlotte Place, Goodge St, London) http://4sq.com/reMKLj # Looking for sales manager! (@ mexad LTD) http://4sq.com/ouqmRr # National #RANT day. Too many people with too many opinions this am! # @BlackPlastic Good sign, makes you stay focused πŸ˜‰ Good luck! in reply to BlackPlastic # I'm at Brixton Railway Station (BRX) (Atlantic Rd., Brixton) http://4sq.com/puPMuZ

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Sunday Column (125)

This week we went on holidays. We rented a berth at Sandy Balls in the New Forest as recommended by some good friends of ours. The environment our berth is located in is fantastic. Lots of forest (New Forest, I guess you got the hint), open fields, narrow roads, country houses and cottages. England as you love it. It is only about 2.5 hours drive from home, of which Colin slept most of the time. So we arrived for a 3 pm check in and started exploring what this place was about. Unfortunately it started raining, so we ended up in the pub with some great local ale, pub food, and a kid’s disco. I can imagine, at some point in my life, to move to the country side. The English, Scottish or Welsh country side to re-build a cottage, build a Huf House or just move to a renovated propery. Who knows. Life is great out here. The moment we arrived you could see that Colin got so excited seeing something else, exploring something new! In hindsight he got over excited so that we only could get him to sleep around 9:30 at night. By that time I had

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Weekly Updates for Volker’s Tweets: 2011-07-22

Car wash (@ Total Petrol Station) http://4sq.com/oK0SZc # Just back after a few days away with limited to no internet. Happy days and happy relaxation. Glad to have WIFI back though πŸ™‚ HAGW all. # #ff @NickJonesCOI @nickblunden @FelixWetzel @gleonhard @spg4 @jennysimpson @JeshS @nkovacs @Beckenham @GuideDogsUKPups @janneke_improve # #ff @MediaMathEMEA @willsh @WillemEvanOort @madeupstats @willrolls @dbedwood @leesmallwood @BoyeB @CasparSch @Jordan_Keats @GamingInSpain # @Jordan_Keats thanks in reply to Jordan_Keats # @stevanos Yupp. You need an invite? in reply to stevanos # @tompellereau #geek #engineer #niceguy #apprentice – Well done mate, good luck! # Anyone that can recommend a good washing machine with integrated dryer #washerdryer around 500 GBP? #fb # @WillemEvanOort thanks in reply to WillemEvanOort # I'm at cb consulting (Allen Rd, Beckenham) http://4sq.com/q8Z2WM # @leesmallwood thanks, much appreciated. Reminds me that I still owe you a coffee. in reply to leesmallwood # @Pete_Travis thanks in reply to Pete_Travis # thinking of staying home! RT @robertmuir: Great day for retail. Sh!t day for parking #rain # Fantastic espresso thanks to @DruryUK # @digitalnature Using Fusion 3.1 & it seems that ppl see "Comments closed" on new posts, which acc. to settings shouldn't be. Any help? #

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Try something new today….for 30 days

Now, frequent readers of my blog must remember when I got my step counter because Matt Cutts decided that he takes a 30 day challenge of taking 10,000 steps a day. He now even spoke at TED about it: Now, 3 years later, the pedometer is out of battery, and every other months or lent I am thinking I need to take those baby steps. Giving up chocolate – hey I stopped eating 4 Snickers a day which I used to more or less daily between spring 2009 and autumn 2010. Giving up alcohol – hard one but not impossible, have done it before. Giving up coffee – tried it but went back to having a regular caffeine boost. Adding exercise – I am on it, really trying to integrate it again. Adding compassion – trying to be more considerate and nice to others. Adding challenges – trying something new today, or for the next 30 days. I think it is time to embark on these challenges again. Life is more than the routine you are in.

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Buddhism – being busy

I get a daily newsletter with Buddhist quotes. Hence I like to collect the most inspiring ones and put them in my blog. Similar to what I did with Balamadana back in the days. Most quotes have been in my draft folder for a few months, if not years. So here we go with one: How very happily we live, free from busyness among those who are busy. Among busy people, free from busyness we dwell. – Dhammapada, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Now I recently couldn’t travel due to the sickness of my children. However, as I had holidays booked, I just ended up with two and a half days without any plans whatsoever but helping my wife and spending time (!) with my kids. Time. Free time is almost unheard of. We all work a lot, normally 9 to 5.30, often to 6.30 and most often much longer. We are people that enjoy working (and I speak about people like myself), and we should probably or most certainly take a day off. Or compensate for over time. Not because we don’t value time at work or because it might be our right to do so. No, we should take

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