My friend Nick Grimshawe has embarrassed me into action one more time. I got an epic email from Nick this morning and here I am. The focus of his missive was how to get things done online when you don’t have the skills and not much budget to carry on with.
But he mentioned some friends that helped him start his first website, and they are certainly friends of mine, also. I was really struck by the mere mention of two peeps that have been really important in my development (or regression in all honesty) of the past several years.
Sunny Suggs is just pretty damn near legendary around my place. She has bailed my ass out of the barnacles more times than I can mention and is also a great friend. When times go tough and when times go hard Sunny is always, and I do mean always there. Always. Maybe even more important is that when times go great she is also there.
One of my most pleasing experiences in business was the building of trackeryme. I gave Rhonda Pizor really explicit instructions such as “I want boy colors, not girl colors” and she spun that into a really great site. She was implicit in the early success of the Lucky 13 team and just an all around great person. Not having Rhonda around is a huge loss for me and the larger community.
I’ve got to mention Janelle Pineau. We came to TE land about the same time and Janelle was the first person that I wanted to be like. Since then we have worked on and co owned a whole raft of projects and my initial assessment has just gotten nothing but stronger. The embodiment of hustle and grit I am incredibly lucky to be a part of her circle.
Now I’m sitting here trying to decide what the point of all this might be. Certainly the fact that I am putting black marks on an otherwise white page is a good sign. I really haven’t written anything in the last 6 months and I have words inside me that want and need to escape. For better or worse I am hoping that this is the re start, not just a blip.
<Giggle> I’m not even sure where I will publish this. My tomwacker.com site is a currently a monument to the need for a good backup plan. Perhaps Nick will have shamed me into doing a whole host of things that I need to do. At the very least, I am writing again. At the very best I have a plan to conquer the internet. With the help of a few good friends.
I’m just sayin’