These are my Momentos, short personal diary entries I write daily – since 2013 – and publish twice a month. Patrons see the newest batch a few days before everyone else.
About seven years now since I started writing these, never missed a day. The oldest aren't online anymore, but I have them archived for myself. Same day six years ago I was on a cargo ship leaving Japan. Five years ago I was in the midst of Mardi Gras.
The content of this course is solid. But to get the good stuff you have to look beyond the inflated ego, the false claims of originality, the quantum physics waffle. Maybe that's the baggage you collect when you go from $0 to $20 million in four years.
I'm stood outside a drum shop, wearing a bright green poncho, waiting for the rain to ease off. Got caught in it for twenty seconds on the scooter before finding shelter. My socks and shorts are soaked and I'm supposed to lead a group call in half an hour.
My ears say I'm sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun. My eyes see the first rays, but I'm walking down an empty street in Ubud. The quiet is due to it being the first day of Galungan, waiting for ancestral spirits to pay us a visit.
Ended up with more than 500 pages of notes for Sam Ovens, going through his course and researching a bunch of stuff. That was the easy part. Now to craft the raw material into something worth reading. The road to done runs through chaos.
Babylon was once the world's biggest city, the biggest there had ever been. It contained great wealth and one of the seven ancient wonders. But there's little left of it now, barely enough for a tourist attraction. Everything comes and everything goes.
Met him in Salvador six years ago. Friend of a friend, let me crash at his place a couple nights. He invited a stranded stranger to crash as well. He was that kind of guy. The world was better with him in it. But everything comes and everything goes.
Morning trip out of Ubud, scooting past penjors and rice fields. Bit of a trek to get to our favorite waterfall, along a rough jungle path. We have it all to ourselves for a couple of hours. Picnic breakfast, speckles of sunshine, a glimpse of wild monkeys.
Spent almost twice as much time writing today as I spent sleeping last night. Gave myself a deadline to have both articles finished by the end of the month, so it'll be a hectic few days. It's strange, but I don't think there's anything else I'd rather be doing.
Traffic to my site is down about 25% this Jan/Feb compared to last. Meanwhile, site earnings have increased 15x. Chalk another one up for quality over quantity. Less people are coming to my site overall, but more and more they're the right kind of people.
I'd like to do more video, but tough to do with my current setup. Shooting with my iPhone in temporary accommodation, editing on my laptop... far from ideal. I'll focus on written content this year, get back into video next year. Should be more settled by then.
Writing reviews can be tough. For a course like this, which is mostly good but has some notable issues, I have to be careful to not let the criticisms overwhelm the praise. Somehow I find it easier to write at length about the former.
Read a book years ago with a great title: I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That. Whenever someone makes a black or white claim or judgment, if you take the time to you look into properly, it almost always turns out to be more complicated than that.
Wrote and edited 19,000 words in the past six days and processed 237 images. It's surely excessive – can't imagine I'll get much of an ROI on this content anytime soon, if ever – but I've enjoyed the work and will be proud to push publish.