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Freelance

8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself as a Full-Time Freelancer

I spent 12 years there. Working 50-60 hours a week was “normal.” The job before that was the same. And the one before that. Yes, these were mostly desk jobs, but I stayed at each of them far too long because of promises never fulfilled, flexibility in my hours (so to speak), and finally an easy childcare solution.

That ended a few months ago. The time to move on was there and it pulled me out of my rut. It wasn’t how I’d planned. I was going to wait until the busy holiday season was done so I didn’t leave them hanging. It was the right way to quit. Except it didn’t work out that way.

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Why Every Beer Blogger Needs a 360 Camera

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I presented at the Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference (recently rebranded as BeerNow) in August 2018. I participated in the “Lightning Talks” part of the conference. Seven of my fellow conference attendees and myself each had five minutes to “expound on something related to their involvement in the beer industry.”

I, of course, chose to talk about my 360 photography experience. The goal was to share some practical advice and no just advertise what I did so I skip chatting about BreweryFinder.org. The short presentation I gave was captured in 360 degrees from the stage just in case you want to see my chat for yourself.

Why Every Beer Blogger Needs a 360 Camera

Amazon has the Ricoh Theta V (the camera I currently use) available for purchase right now.

My presentation  is on SlideShare and embedded below:

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Beer Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference

17 Interesting People I Met At #BBC17

This was my first time attending the Beer Bloggers & Writer Conference. It was held in Milwaukee, WI in August of 2017. The conference itself has been going on annually since it first began in Boulder, CO in 2010.

The conference is focused on connecting beer blogger, writers, and industry peeps. The breakouts, sessions, brewery visits, and off-hours conversations and bottle shares make this one of the most fun conferences I’ve ever attended.

There were over 200 people in attendance so this list is in no way a reflection of importance. Everyone that I met was somehow peculiarly interesting and involved in the beer industry in some way. The level of involvement ranged from casual fans of craft beer, to those who write about it, to those who make and market it daily.

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Beer Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference Blogging

The Speaker Decks of #BBC17

Didn’t get to attend BBC17 last year?

Attended and want to brush up on the speakers we heard from in Milwaukee?

Here’s a quick collection of many of the speaker decks we saw while at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference in August of 2017.

The Many Personalities of Beer – Julia Herz

Welcome to Milwaukee – John Kimes

Susan Evans Keynote

Getting Serious: Professionalize Your Blogging – Ben Keene

Local Beer Expert to Local Beer Entrepreneur – Joe Wiebe

Social Media 2.0 – Leah Kuck

Turn Your Passion Into a Career – Mandy Carter

What’s Next for the Beer Industry – Lester Jones (NBWA)

The Art of Spontaneous Fermentation – Frank Boon

The Big Squeeze – 7 Market Forces Affecting Breweries and Bloggers – Sumit Vohra

 

Are you attending BBC18?

I’d love you to attend my Lighting Talk during session #2 from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018. I’ll be speaking about 360 photography at breweries, how bloggers can use it to make connections in the local craft beer community, and show you how affordable it is to started. Or hit me up anytime to ask questions, hangout, or share your story with me!

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My Non-Standard Professional Life

I’m an unconventional employee.

I got my GED after 9th grade because high school wasn’t interesting to me.

I volunteered for years after that at a non-profit because I wanted to help make the world a better place.

I fell in love and volunteering didn’t pay the bills so I got a paying job at a different non-profit.

Along the way I’ve had side-projects and side-hustles that have taught me valuable lessons about customer service, technical support, public speaking, crowdfunding, product management, influencer marketing, and more.

I don’t have that high-end degree many others do, but my experience lets me shine above the rest.

If I don’t know how to do something… I learn how. 

If I have a deadline… I beat it. 

If I have an idea… I run with it. 

In my life:

Sleep is optional. 

Learning is constant. 

Networking is fun.

Shit. Gets. Done.

Let’s grab a beer.