moments of doubt…

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After paying tribute to my mom for being a supportive parent in my previous article (in Chinese), I’d like to be fair and also mention the ways in which she contributes to my many moments of doubt in the course of pursuing a career in film and as a startup founder.

Film director Derek Kwok (郭子健) shared a story during his talk with fellow director Barbara Wong (黃真真) at the CoCoon CASE Conference that really resonated with me. When he told his mom about the possibility of transitioning to filmmaking from a stable job as a print graphic designer, her mom replied:

“So, about my allowance… Well… If you must… But, better not if you don’t HAVE to…”

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just another restart…

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Yes, I know that blogging is important for startups. After listening to the talk by Mr. Jamie at the CoCoon CASE Conference this past weekend, I’m once again inspired to take some action.

Since I digest a lot of information everyday, having an outlet to express and communicate myself daily always seemed like a good idea. I know this isn’t the first time I’ve made this sort of declaration committing to a writing project, but frankly I’m sick and tired of my own excuses.

In order to have a meaningful target for myself that I can stick to, I’ll set some reasonable ground rules for myself to follow:

  1. Length of blog posts will be between 250 words to 1000 words.
  2. 5 blog posts per week across 3 outlets:

Topics I plan to cover include: Technology, Startup Life, Storytelling, and Visual Stuff.

While I can’t claim to be an expert in these areas mostly because I’m such an expert on modesty, and also sarcasm, I do feel especially connected to these topics.

I’m once again embarking on the startup life with FilmSkout, which is a platform aimed at communicating visual stories through the use of technology.

Looking forward to accomplishing something through this restart. I will need your help to keep me accountable and allow us to grow together. Please share with me thoughts about your own writing projects and how you’ve managed to stay disciplined.

Be right back…

as time goes by…

play it again sam

you must remember this...

If you guys are new to my blog, welcome.

Haven’t written a new post for over a year now. Feeling very rusty and a bit nervous. Unlike when I’m tweeting, I suppose I actually have to make sense on a “real” blog post.

As I’ve remarked on a recent update to my “last post” from early 2010, life had gotten in the way of my previous attempt in being a responsible blogger.

After a brief stint in the finance industry and yet another failed attempt to resurrect my startup, I’ve landed a job in a media company.

It’s nice to have resources and working with real brands is far more rewarding than digging in the couch for loose change just to make ends meet.

Things on the personal front are also much calmer in comparison with the past period of absolute insanity. In fact, I quite enjoy the fact that I don’t have time for much of a personal life since I started at the new company.

Not sure how long the honeymoon period with this company will last, but as I’m passionate about finally being able to do real work, I think I’ll actually be staying for the long haul. But life, as I’ve experienced it, is always full of surprises.

And to all my friends and acquaintances in the startup community, I WILL BE BACK!

But for now, let’s see if I can create some opportunities for y’all.

Oh, and I’m getting fat again! Need to lose weight.

an original post per day…

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*Obviously, this did not end up happening as life gets in the way as usual*

As you can see, my company’s domain have now been redirected to this blog. For the time being, this will be the base of operation for any Metamorphosis Multimedia related news and announcements. In time, all the company blog posts from 2008 will also be migrated over and combined with existing entries.

The general direction of M3 is to focus on social media as a distribution channel for all sorts of content including but not limited to videos, blog articles, promotions, product features, tutorials, and various other useful resources.

The idea is to post at least once a day. Somehow I need to dicipline myself in such a way that allow for a sustainable content stream that keeps people coming back to check out my latest boring antics.

The goal is to be somewhat entertaining. Hopefully I’ll be able to offer up some advise or insights into social media, financial planning, and life in general.

If you don’t see a new blog from me here on any given day, go check on my Chinese blog (if you read Chinese). Alternatively you could go to my new setup at Posterous where I’ll be aggregating both of my blogs into one place at some point. I still love WordPress. It will always be my base. But I’m also exploring other services that can cater to my other needs, such as autoposting to Xanga. Please follow me on twitter as well if want to know the instant I’m taking a crap.

Nah! Just a bad joke, I know. Sorry.

in the numbers…

Blog Stats graphSince I’m now in the finance industry, numbers have started to occupy a good amount of my daily thought process. Before it’s all about the ideas and the creative explosions, but now, quantifiable data is starting to make more and more sense to me. This is why my recent blog stats is so upsetting to me.

For someone who claims to be a social media specialist, the amount of inactivity I manage to accumulate is staggering. Sure, I’ve been busy with meetings, setting up blogs for clients, exploring various channels of income, advocating the importance of financial health, and immersing myself in my new company, etc…

If I were here to come up with excuses, I could go on all day long. But what I want to emphasize more is the simple truth that traffic comes from a sustained presence in multiple channels. In other words, if you show up enough, eventually someone is going to take a look and maybe you’ll have something they want.

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i am YOUR IFA, mofos!

James Cridland

photo by James Cridland

No, seriously. I mean, seriously!

So what exactly is an IFA?

IFA stands for independent financial adviser, feel free to read up on it here. Financial planning, asset management, investment, all that Jazz.

I’ve been approached numerous times by the insurance industry urging me to join their ranks. While I’m flattered by their confidence in my ability to peddle policies, I know better. I’ve never been too keen on being a salesman and I know I’m bound for greater things.

No, I’m not a stock broker, nor do I work for a bank. Clearly I do not sell insurance.

So what’s the difference with the IFA field? Isn’t it basically glorified sales anyways?

Well, no.

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