Protect Ya Tech With Inateck!!! (Banner)

Protect Ya Tech with Inateck!

I have entirely too much stuff.

In my lifetime, I’ve likely lost more than some will gain, carrying too much on my person to notice when something goes missing.

As a teenager, I lost the same wallet 8 times (somehow getting it back each time); the first time I went to Chicago, I’d misplaced my passport, camera and wallet over a 4-day trip… honestly, you’d think Where’s Waldo was my autobiography.

Which is exactly why it’s all gotta go.

CONTINUE READING: The Inateck MP1503 and how it can make your clutter-filled life FAR easier!

Junia-T's "Eye See You" — Saving Toronto's Hip-Hop Scene from Itself!

Junia-T’s “Eye See You” — Saving Toronto’s Hip-Hop Scene from ITSELF.

“A brova too smoove
Old soul living in this new school…”
— Junia-T, “Too Smoove”, Eye See You (2014)

Except for a notable few like Kardinal Offishal, Maestro Fresh Wes, and of course, Drake, Toronto’s hip-hop scene has been trouble for a while. Despite its share of local hits getting heavy club rotation in the 90s and early-naughts (who can forget how deep we lived the riddim culture for a while?), it’s been steady underground for all these years.

You can tell a Toronto beat from a mile away — slightly unpolished, simple, sound like it’s a throwback from decades ago… we’re unable to keep up with the times, breeding a crop of rappers who just can’t make the grade.

Fortunately, that’s not true for everyone.

CONTINUE READING: Why Junia-T’s Eye See You could be the album to restore faith in Toronto’s hip-hop scene!

Jeux Sans Frontieres — Playing the Young Peoples Game (Banner)

THE MONTHS OF ‘BER: Jeux Sans Frontières — Playing the Young Peoples’ Game

“Aiyyo, I’m slippin’, I’m fallin’, I can’t get up
Aiyyo, I’m slippin’, I’m fallin’, I can’t get up
Aiyyo, I’m slippin’, I’m fallin’, I gots to get up
Get back on my feet so I can tear **** up.”

— DMX, “Slippin'”, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998)

Sometimes you need to take a real honest look at yourself.

As 2014 ends, I’m sitting on a stack of ideas, my backpack a few notebooks deep weighing more than the weight of their pages — it’s the weight of their potential that holds me down.

I’m older now, feeling my way through a young person’s game. My bones creak, I don’t bounce back like I used to — a younger generation came into the blogosphere, leaving us 30-something bloggers feeling like yesterday’s news. They run Vine. They run YouTube. With so many channels I’ve never considered, seeing content go from 30-minute blog reads to 3-minutes YouTube videos — when Vines are seconds long but rack in millions of views, you know things done changed!

While I’m still loyal to the Twitter and Facebook audiences I’ve grown over time, these platforms are past their prime. Zach Bussey compared Twitter’s rise and fall to a zombie apocalypse, everyone’s Moms got themselves Facebook accounts — the end is nigh and content creators need to ask themselves some questions: what do they want to gain? Why do they still blog? Will they change to keep up with the times, or are there other things they should do with their time?

And that last question’s exactly what I’m trying to answer every day I’m on the grind.

CONTINUE READING: A blog post on what it’s like to blog as you get older, the fact you can’t keep up with younger competition, and what needs to give to keep doing what I do.

The Art of Leadership — or— Why it's Important to INVEST in yourself!!!

The Art of Leadership — or — Why it’s Important to INVEST in Yourself!

If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you’ll know of my love for The Art Of‘s speaker series, covering topics like marketing, sales and small business savvy. They speak to someone like me who’s constantly transitioning from dabbling in hobbies to making them viable businesses, with all the bumps and snags along the way.

I remember going to my very first The Art of Marketing in 2011, coming out feeling like my mind opened up to an entirely new set of possibilities — I couldn’t wait to get home and apply some of the new things I learned… things that helped me expand from a blogger without a clue in downtown Toronto to a man with stories to tell today.

And today’s story is one that I hope will get you to take the very same steps in your life.

CONTINUE READING: Why you should hit The Art of Leadership and all the amazing that comes with it!

Making Big Decisions with Zeusvision! (Banner)

Making Big Decisions with Zeusvision!

Nothing can touch the real world when it comes to getting a message out.

Social medialites have an over-inflated sense of how much weight their messages hold online. Sure, you might broadcast nuggets of wisdom to the tens of thousands of followers you have on Twitter, or maybe get a bajillion likes on your Instagram photos, but it’s said that from all the chatter about the latest news, hottest trends and all the things we need to know, only 7% of it comes from online sources.

SEVEN PERCENT.

Though social media’s seemingly everywhere these days, the Internet hasn’t quite killed the radio star just yet — same goes for television, radio and the print ads we interact with daily.

But for smaller time content creators like myself without massive marketing budgets or friends in all the right places, the barrier entry to these advertising channels is just too high, leaving us to more traditional community outlets like flyers, bulletin boards and word of mouth at the kids’ sports games or the barber shop.

Well, that at least is how it’s been until now — until Zeusvision.

CONTINUE READING: Ever thought about getting a low-cost ad on a 31′ LED screen in major metropolitan cities? Then READ ON!

I'm not a blogger, I just talk a lot.

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