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My Year of Firsts: Skydiving, Half-Marathon, Now What?

skydiveAny of you that are friends via Facebook or Twitter may have seen that I started the year with my first skydive.  It was a once in a lifetime experience I’d recommend for everyone.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I ran my first half-marathon.  One of my entrepreneurs (Ted Murphy) and I chose Gainesville’s Five Points of Life Race Weekend as a joint training goal.  half marathonI’m happy to say that my half-marathon went better than I expected (beat my goal by 5min) and it was sure nice sharing the experience with my wife, my girls, Ted and his better half Tara.  As you’ll see in the video below I snagged from Ted, he also finished strong, completing his first marathon. Congrats buddy!
Following the race, my wife asked how I was going to follow-up January and February, with another “first” in March.  That’s a good question.  Via twitter I’ve received ideas as varied as running the bulls, ballroom dancing, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.  However, it’s gotta be something I can squeeze into weekends.  What do you think, if I could knock off a “first” each month this could definitely be a year to remember!  Ideas please…also, please don’t call this my “bucket list” — I am getting old, but give a guy a break…

Everybody Loves a Cereal Entrepreneur

cereal entrepreneurInvestors, employees, partners…everybody enjoys doing business with an entrepreneur who has successfully built multiple companies. If that serial entrepreneur kicks off a charity contest involving a bathtub full of cereal, even better.

Checkout what Ted is up to now. He’s announced a contest to give away a bathtub of cereal (52 boxes) to one lucky participant and, if his post generates 500 comments, another 52 boxes of cereal to his local food bank. To enter, just blog, comment and tweet about the contest — easy. Like many of the post comments, I also plan to donate anything I win to the local food bank. That’s over 100 boxes of cereal for some hungry kids and families as we head into the holidays.

More details are included in this video…he even has a “making of” video over at his post.

So, check out Ted’s post, comment, blog about it and retweet it. Everybody loves a cereal entrepreneur

I Knew Ted Murphy was Superman, but Geez

robberyI woke up this morning to messages that IZEA CEO and friend Ted Murphy got jumped in New Orleans by as many as 8 guys. It sounds like IZEA’s Travis Andrews saw the commotion and jumped in to help — resulting in a beat-down of his own. Wallets and camera stolen, bumps, bruises, blood and a hospital all-nighter.

Early this morning, Ted shared this twitter stream (read from bottom, up):

canceling all credit cards. about 1 hour ago

I would so stick my face in some cake right now. travis…… wake the F up!!!!! about 2 hours ago from web

nothing to do. just makes me sad. one minute I am having a great time. 5 minutes later I am strapped to a gurney bleeding all over. about 2 hours ago from web

26 hours of no sleep. beaten by 8 guys. Happy to be alive. http://tinyurl.com/6m3gbm about 2 hours ago from web

@john_reese this is my last trip here. great food. good atmosphere but the risk outweighs the reward. about 2 hours ago from web in reply to john_reese

@taralamberson I will. just need to keep us awake to make sure we are ok. both took lots of hits to the head; about 2 hours ago from web in reply to taralamberson

@Social_Citizen no. not at all. about 2 hours ago from web in reply to Social_Citizen

my eyes are so red and both are so tired but can not sleep. New Orleans hospital almost as scary as the robbery itself. about 2 hours ago from web

eyes and face bloody. but both are ok. i was kicked mostly in the head. travis mostly in the body. both alive and breathing. thank the lord. about 2 hours ago from web

http://tinyurl.com/6hnw2w My wallet after theft in new orleans about 2 hours ago from web

police. hah. they wanted to arrest travis for helping me. dragged out of urinal by 8 dudes. crazzzzzy stuff. i was like what!?!?!? about 2 hours ago from web

just realized they stole my camera too. about 2 hours ago from web

rolled over and beaten. both of us. bad. blood all over. about 2 hours ago from web

pocket that is. i hope we are ok. about 2 hours ago from web

OMG I got jumped in new orleans. Travis jacked too. went to the hospital. just released. both wallets stolen. staying up to make sure ok. about 2 hours ago from web

It made me sick. I’ve been on the bottom of a multi-booted kickfest before and it sucks. Even so, I wish I’d been there with Ted and Travis. We’ve fought a lot of battles together for PayPerPost/IZEA, but this is something different. These guys weren’t after linkbait, subscribers or sponsored bloggers — they just wanted somebody’s stuff that wasn’t theirs. If they got to dole out some physical punishment as well, all the better.

Ted has taken a lot of grief from a lot of people while building IZEA and always comes back swinging. As a result, he’s pioneered an industry and helped a ton of people put food on the table, pay tuition and make house payments while doing what they love, blogging. I’m just glad he kept his head down this time.

Get well guys!

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SocialSpark Launches: Do You Smell What the Spark is Cooking?

So, today’s the day Sparky is let out of his private alpha chains…

IZEA’s latest innovation is being unleashed today at Ad:Tech, San Francisco, and the stars of advertising and blogging are already lining up to meet Sparky and the world’s first Social Marketing Network: SocialSpark.

I gave you a hint of what to expect when the site was being designed back in November, and as you can see, my tone has shifted from Ricky Bobby to The Rock. This is a seriously powerful platform for bloggers and advertisers, the likes of which hasn’t been seen before. In fact, before I even describe it, go signup and come back, I’ll wait…

OK, now that you’ve signed up and, possibly, reviewed the video above, what more can I share. There’s so much in SocialSpark, I’ll just focus on a few innovations that get me excited:

  • 1st advertiser/brand/agency social network with direct publisher friending, blogrolls, street teams and a dashboard to manage diverse social media marketing efforts. Imagine: advertisers proactively identifying relevant bloggers and organizing vertical advertising networks for their brands.
  • 1st face-based analytics: GOOG analytics plus MyBlogLog (faces for visitors, not just recent readers) plus visitor demographics in one end-to-end analytics, ranking, marketing and blog monetization platform. Imagine: understanding your visitors as people with faces and demographics, rather than pagevisits per unique, bounce-rates or IP addresses.
  • 1st 100% automated, in-post human disclosure, including audit tools to help publishers and advertisers verify compliance with key corporate or industry guidelines such as WOMMA’s Code of Ethics. Imagine: a marketplace that provides the tools to maximize visibility for readers and 100% Code of Ethics compliance.
  • 1st 100% automated, in-post machine disclosure via “nofollow”, including audit tools to help publishers and advertisers verify compliance with key search engine policies such as Google’s quality guidelines. Imagine: advertise and blog in the open with SocialSpark, without fear of GOOG penalties from SponsoredReviews, PayU2Blog, TLA or other paid-link companies that violate Google Quality Guidelines. Align yourself with SocialSpark sooner than later, I believe a fresh round of pagerank penalties are in process for those smaller networks and DIY link sellers.
  • 1st one-click blog sponsorship ad unit requiring no blog design/template editing to position the ad unit and provides 100% publisher approval to match brands to readers. Imagine: brands you trust ask to sponsor you and it’s done with one-click. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the Blog Welcome, but I believe that is being decoupled from the easy/valuable bottom sponsorship banner.
  • 1st clearinghouse for blog writer’s-block remedies called Sparks, providing organic post ideas such as inspiring charities, hot topics, etc. Imagine: more posts = more traffic, but without backstage passes and exclusive press releases like the elites get, how do you ramp your organic post inspirations? Sparks. I particularly like the potential for spreading your favorite posts or charities via free Sparks.

What else?

Well, I can share that advertiser appetite from the private alpha is already gobbling up sponsorship of the best tech, mommy and daddy blogs. If you are a tech blogger, a mommy blogger or a daddy blogger — the sooner you signup, the more likely you are to be added to relevant advertiser street teams. As the marketplace grows, competition will be tougher and getting noticed by your favorite brands could take more effort.

I’ve shared plenty here, but I probably also prompted some questions — let me have ’em…

Oh, and given my post title, I’ll leave you with a video montage of Method Man’s tribute to The Rock — “Do you Smell What the Rock is Cooking?” He reminds me of Ted Murphy, but with muscles, good looks and personality 😉

Sponsored by SocialSpark

Entrepreneurs Never Sleep…

or do they:

It seems Ted got a little of his own medicine after abusing Travis once too often: