So after seeing how many people terribly represent themselves on the web, I’ve made a firm commitment to adjust my own digital presence and appearance. Somewhere along the lines, our digital selves (websites, social media accounts) have the same impact in the professional realm of information services, as cars do in sales. If you don’t have a very good professional looking website, you aren’t the IT professional that you would like others to think of you.
My previous website was “just a blog” and outside of paying attention to the last thing I’ve published, I didn’t have much control of how the blog roll would ultimately look on the homepage. The new layout is more “static” and will tell my story to the potential visitor, visually and contextually.
I’ve aspired to showcase my artistic side, and I think that template I’ve chosen manages to accomplish that admirably. So here it is, the new look and feel of Bojan.tv:
Snapchat IPO is a serious wake up call to me. I gotta wake up, like right now. I got my serious disadvantage of not being born here, but I can’t rely on that excuse for long. My execution skills need to be put to test, and they need to be refined. There is absolutely no reason why I couldn’t do better in the next decade.
2016 was supposed to be the year of the video, but it didn’t happen for me. It wasn’t all the way until 2017 that I started doing videos regularly. And Periscope was a perfect outlet, as it didn’t have a commitment of talking, and it did provide instant audience to my ramblings.
However, I’ve noticed that every time I scheduled a topic, I would limit my talks, so I’ve decided to go completely freestyle, and not keep any given format. Live element of the video is keeping it quite unpredictable and entertaining. Hence I wanna keep on doing it. If something turns out of it, I can always save it, post it to YouTube later.
What would you like me to talk about?
Evening over at the Starbucks in the laptop mode. Really didn’t feel like going home, as the hum of the people in the background actually feels quite good. You feel less alone. And I am just a junkie for that kind of atmosphere. The only thing left that makes me feel like I am still in Europe. The main reason why I’ve been buying Starbucks stock…
Starbucks isn’t only a coffee shop, it is more like America’s living room. I spent countless hours in it working, while I’ve shared the working space with the countless young Americans studying. We are all students in this life, even me, despite leaving school ages ago. At the end of the day, I still hit it, read, acquire and keep on pushing for more knowledge, more connections. And so should you. We don’t have the opportunity to drop out of the self development loop.
It’s good to come here, drop a few lines of text, and decompress. The constant instant messaging buzz is taxing my brain, but finally, I am still wired to typing. Just this time around it’s long form. And it helps me gain clarity, purify my thoughts, give them a structure and meaning. Something we all greatly yearn for in this era of endless distraction…
Just finished reading Jamie Tod Rubin’s X Box Experience, and I recognized my own pattern of “using” the console. Jamie spent over 2 hours setting up the console instead of playing. This is not as user friendly, as people would want it to be. There are far to many hoops to jump through. Definitively read the piece if you intend to buy the console. I am pretty much convinced though that PS or any other console for that matter is not going to be any better.
X Box is a great console, don’t get me wrong, love owning it. But these user experience kinks, especially when confronted as a first time user, can be very challenging, thus leaving a negative impression on the players.
After the first time kinks are ironed out, you will still get the frequent updates, that will impede your console usage. Updates that require you to leave more space on your console, and things of similar nature. At the end of the day, I definitively don’t regret owning it, just noticing that users need to be guided way more. Console experience shouldn’t feel like owning a desktop gaming machine. And Jamie being the old school PC geek was very versatile in solving all these problems. The next consumer might not be as good. Be prepared to spend 3–4 hours the first time you buy it, so you can get everything right.
Last year I’ve created a video where I was speaking about ways I will create exclusively on my own digital platform. However, I spent the majority of the year Tweeting, filling Twitter’s pockets with my hard work, with my own content.
I hope I will be able to reverse this trend in 2017. I forgot about the fight, a fight to which I must return to.
In case you wanted to check out this video, you can find it here: Digital Rome.