Notes on Self-Promotion by Peter Shankman

There was too much going on at SXSW for me to catch everything – I’m catching up on panels I didn’t see and Peter Shankman had a great talk on self-promotion and how to do it right. Honestly this stuff is very common sense but if you’ve been on twitter or facebook for more than a day you know that most people still don’t get it. Here are my notes from his talk.

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November in Phoenix for Geeks

In the last couple of years we’ve done a good job in Phoenix of making things happen and getting good conferences with good turn out happen here in the valley and a couple of the annual big events have been making a home in November. This grouping has been dubbed Geek Week Az and there are a LOT of things happening and some big names and I wanted to organize that information and list what’s going on in one location. It’s not pretty but here’s what we’ve got coming for you in Phoenix in November.

High Profile Events

Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference
Thursday Nov 12 – 7:30am – 7:00pm, Register, hashtag: #azec09
Desert Willow Conference Center – map

WordCamp Phoenix
Friday Nov 13 – 8:00am – 5:00pm, Register, hashtag: #phxwc
Arizona Grand Resort – map

Sat-Sun Nov 14 – 15, Register, hashtag: #podcampaz
University of Advancing Technology – map

Other Important Events in November 2009

Ignite Phoenix 5
Tuesday Nov 3 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tickets, hashtag: #ignitephx
Tempe Center for the Arts – map

Tedx Phoenix
Friday Nov 6 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tickets, hashtag: #tedxphoenix
Mesa Arts Center – map

Desert Code Camp
Saturday Nov 7th – 8:00am – 5:00pm, hashtag: #desertcodecamp
DeVry University – map

SustainaBIL Conference
Sunday Nov 8th – 11:00am – 7:00pm, Register
ASU SkySong – map

AZIMA – Build Your Tribe
Tuesday Nov 10th – 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Tickets, hashtag: #joinAZIMA
Tempe Mission Palms – map

Creative Connect
Tuesday Nov 10 – 6:00pm
Tuomisto Bell Studio Foundry – map

Gangplank Hacknight
Wednesday Nov 11 – 6:00pm – 9:00p, hashtag: @gangplank
Gangplank – map

Developer Ignite 2
Wednesday Nov 11 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm, hashtag: #devignite
Gilbert Community Center – map

Social Media Club Phoenix
Thursday Nov 12 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm, hashtag: #smcphx
Desert Willow Conference Center – map (after #AZEC09)

There are also some pretty interesting after parties to attend but currently we haven’t planned anything, YET… I’ll see you all there!
(map removed as events are over now – next year!) For highly rated web design and internet marketing in Cardiff visit

Attending SXSW Interactive 2009

I’ve been held back from attending SXSW before for money reasons and also for not being able to take time off of work, but I made a promise.  After reading all of the tweets, blog posts, podcasts and hearing the chatter from everybody from 2008 I made a promise that I would get to SXSW Interactive in 2009 no matter what.  That time has come and I’m happy to say that I will see you in Austin at the Omni and around town!

I’ve created my card that I’ll be handing out so look for that and feel free to leave feedback on the card as well in the comments.

7 Things About Me

A friend of mine, Steve Belt, recently tagged me in a meme to explain seven things about me that you, as a reader, most likely wouldn’t know from talking with me on a normal basis.  This has all the feeling of those lame myspace bulletins, but I feel the added transparency can help open me up and it seems fun and the bottom line; it’s content, something I’m otherwise lacking, so here we go:

  1. I was involved in mixed martial arts before it got trendy and have been through about 13 years on and off of Jiu Jitsu and Pankration training.  I originally got started because I was a skinny kid who had a bigger mouth than body to back it up.  One of the fireman (my dad was FD) was a 4th degree Black-belt Instructor and had started transitioning to Jiu Jitsu, and after talking with him I did some physical labor and electrical work in his condo he taught me everything, which led to classes and clubs later on.  Currently I’m not active, but I would like to get back into some Krav Maga or Savate training but they charge far too much.
  2. I can’t get enough information, whether it be reading more blogs feeds or simply watching endless hours of Discovery, Travel, History or Military Channel. I love knowing everything.  It’s sometimes a curse.
  3. I love math, physics, astronomy, and history.  This leads to my interest in reverse engineering everything, how things are made, or the reason a dragster was a tenth of a second from crossing the line first.
  4. I originally went to college for Aeronautical Engineering and got 3/4 of the way through before being introduced to programming for the internet and never looked back.  I like the puzzle aspect and problem solving of programming, even though it stresses me out at times.
  5. I live and breathe competition.  This goes for sports, work and even conversations; I can’t help it and it aggravates people but I definitely don’t like to lose.
  6. I can name just about every single military aircraft on site, new or old, including x-type and training aircraft.  And, just for kicks, I’ll throw in that I love air shows and love fly-overs at games or racing events.
  7. I actually do enjoy volunteering, although I don’t do it very much.  In the past I’ve built 6 houses and 4 parks with playgrounds for Habitat for Humanity using my construction background.  I’ve volunteered at Burn camps (summer camps for kids with severe burns) through the fire department and helped with construction and remodel projects for widowed military wives.  I like doing it because it makes me feel good but I do pick and choose the recipients.

Thanks for reading and now I’m passing the flame and tagging 7 friends so you can learn more about them as well:

      These are the rules to play the game:

      1. Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
      2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
      3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
      4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

      Graphing Workload vs Your Health

      workload vs health graph

      So for a while now I’ve been wanting to utilize Brian Shaler’s site. Until recently I never had a thought until I wanted to show how a heavy workload was affecting my health as of late.

      Therefore I created the graph above to show that with a normal workload I tend to spend more time working out and eating/drinking properly; however the heavier workload it seems I come under, I start eating worse (fast food and even eating later into the night), drinking more pop/soda/energy drinks (to keep chugging along for longer periods of time), and that usually means working late into the night and sleeping later and missing morning runs or working out altogether. By including mental health, I just mean the stress that comes with a heavy workload usually isn’t that good for you either.

      Well there’s my first graph using – maybe you can relate, maybe not. Either way – now you’ve got the 411.

      The Return of Rynoweb

      This isn’t so much of an introduction as it is a re-introduction to myself, Chuck Reynolds, and my blog

      Quick History

      This blog, in her hay-day, used to get around a thousand or so unique hits a day, depending on what I posted, and she made some good revenue for me through the Google Adsense program. I’d follow whatever was the latest trend on the net, whether it be funny, dirty, “illegal” or anything really, it didn’t matter; I’d post about it, link to cool stuff or host files that nobody could find for them to come here and get. All that and all before Digg, StumbleUpon, or any of the other traffic generators that are utilized today.

      So why did I stop? Honestly it hurt my relationship at the time and I got tired of doing it – it got to be a job in itself I didn’t want and I didn’t really care about anything I was writing and had no passion or drive to continue doing it. In another way, it was also due to me entering into the professional industry and beginning to learn how important name branding was starting to become on the net due to the way search and privacy in general was going. So one day I gave it all up, stopped blogging, stopped collecting checks from Google, and took the site down, removed the links and files and locked the doors.


      So why am I back and where is going now? Well I’ve never gone anywhere really. To make a long story short, I moved a few times, had a few girlfriends, grew up a bit, and more importantly over time I started two companies, WebMediaRx and LogoALL, which in December of 2008 I decided to resign from and focus more on freelance work and get back to running things the way I want. On the surface I help in strategy, architecture, and development Web sites and follow through with solid SEO skills for clients and agencies all day everyday. So what now?

      What it’s All About

      I still have that uncanny knack of finding stuff on the Internet but more importantly I read and learn a ton. I love learning just about anything really and the web industry changes so much from week to week it works well for me. The problem comes in when I want to open up a discussion or when I have questions or an opinion on something or have something to teach others that I’ve picked up or discovered and I have no where to discuss it, ask it, put it or say it.

      Welcome to Rynoweb

      I therefore welcome you to the new and most definitely improved and the new home and postings of Chuck Reynolds. The topics here will range from developing Web sites, to user security, to search engines, to Web tech, to social anything, to tips and suggestions, to art and design, to daily life on the grid. Mostly though, the articles will either educate you or expand your thinking on a subject and hopefully get you to discuss and interact with me and the rest of the community. These are my stories, opinions, and vices… here on rynoweb.


      As a final note; the link on your name to your site after posting a comment is free from the nofollow attribute common to blogs because I believe if you took the time to contribute to my site, I should therefore do the same in return and allow the engines to follow you back to your home. The sidebar is somewhat bare right now and I lack archives and informative page(s) but this site is most definitely a work in progress and will continue to be. I don’t feel anything is ever perfect and therefore will continue to modify and improve this site as I do with myself in my profession.

      Thanks to all who have read to this point and as always, stay classy and feel free to comment and contribute!

      Chuck Reynolds

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