• I've been doing a lot of writing working on the new Getting Dressed Guides lately and it's reminded me of some things I've learned that I want to share with you. When I was a kid, and in my early working life too, it seemed that people who got up early were doing the right thing and us lie-a-beds were "lazy". It didn't matter if you worked late into the night. If you weren't bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 8am, you were a slacker. In the final years that I worked for someone else, I began to realize how untrue this was. Not only was there research showing that different people naturally [...]

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    If You Build It, They Will Not Come

    Has This Ever Happened to You? I've seen it a million times. Someone makes a thing. Then they decide they want to share this thing with other people. So they start a business to sell the thing. But that's all they do. A few months later, they announce, "My business didn't work. Oh well." News flash: you didn't start a business. You made a thing. If you don't tell people about your thing, they aren't going to magically know about it and come find you. Yes, the internet and social media have made marketing a piece of cake. But you still have to DO SOMETHING. That [...]

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    In which I build a &quote;Tight Five&quote;

    It's waiting for me... So as many of you know, I went to an English Language Comedy Night last month and had the nerve to ask the organizer if he knew of any comedy open mic nights in the area. He didn't (he lives in Amsterdam, not down here "below the rivers") and told me to check Google. But then he told me he'd give me five minutes in the January show if I wanted. Then he handed me his card. Immediately I started building my "tight five". If you watched the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon last year, you'll have heard her talk about a "tight ten". There is a[...]

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    Wherein I am not a tourist

    Before I begin today's post, I wanted to thank those of you who have commented on previous posts. You have been so supportive and I am grateful. It is so much easier to keep writing when one knows one has an audience. So here we go... Last week was a week of frustration, and I apologise for not posting, but you will soon see why. We moved into our house on 3 January amid worries that our furniture wouldn't make it through Customs in time or the movers wouldn't be able to coordinate with the shipper on such short notice. But all the stuff got to my house at about the same time the [...]

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    It Ain't Luck

    Before we get into today's post, I just wanted to express my incredulity that I received no comments on last week's post. The incident I related in that post came as such a surprise to me, personally, that I was sure I'd get at least a couple people saying, "Go for it!" or at least, "Wow." But no. Nothing. No comments at all, anywhere, on any medium. I can see through analytics that my posts are getting read. But it's hard to keep posting when you aren't hearing back from people. So please, if you enjoy these posts, take a moment to comment. Doesn't have to be long or profound. Just a [...]

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    The First Post

    So here we are.  A new blog.  A new post on a new blog.   You might be asking yourself why I need a new blog.  I mean, isn't ReconstructingHistory.com enough?  Well, I've been doing a lot of things that are only peripherally related to Reconstructing History and I wanted to have a place to talk about them. 2019 is going to be a big year.  We've moved ourselves and the business to the EU.  Part of what I'll be talking about is learning to live in a different country, speak a new language, and get along with the neighbours. A rather large topic [...]

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