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Evo Terra
Works at The Opportunistic Travelers
Attended University of Oklahoma
Lives in Ranong, Thailand
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Disruptive, science-minded beer drinker now living the digital nomad lifestyle!
In January of 2015, my wife and I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. We sold all of our possessions, kissed our son, family, and friends goodbye, and took off for parts unknown. Now, we're living the digital nomad lifestyle as we travel the world!

  • I embraced the web when it was young, dragging a multi-billion dollar company along kicking and screaming all the way.
  • I'm among the first dozens of podcasters, and now there are millions.
  • I'm an early adopter and vocal advocate of building businesses around the concept of "free".
  • I'm the author of 2.5 books in the "for Dummies" series and continue to indie publish non-fiction books.
  • Yes, I really did survive (and thrive) on a month-long regiment of craft beer and sausage as my only calorie source.
  • I've founded five different startups. Three in the publishing space, one in finance [shudder], and one in media.
  • If you'd like to have me speak at your conference or event; great! I have experience with all sorts of public speaking, from keynotes to workshops.
Bragging rights
I come from a long line of survivors. All the way back, in fact.
Freelance subversive. (Name the movie?)
Breaking things.
  • The Opportunistic Travelers
    Digital Nomad, 2015 - present
    Co-founder, 2005 - present
  • Big Bounce
    Chief Disruption Officer, 2014 - 2015
    Incubating disruptive startups to sustainable and viable going concerns.
  • Sitewire
    VP of Media & Innovation, 2009 - 2014
  • ePublish Unum
    Co-founder, 2011 - 2014
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Ranong, Thailand
Galicia, Spain - Tempe, AZ - Enid, OK - Arlington, Tx - San Pedro, CA - Cottonwood, AZ - St. Louis, MO - Corlay, France - Copenhagen, Denmark - Knutsford, England - Sheffield, England
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According to the calendar, it's another month. Well look at that. Time sure flies when you aren't looking at things like work weeks anymore.

I've gone through the 100+ photos I took while we've been in Thailand over the last month. These are the only ones I do not hate. 
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A startup + travel? Now you're pushing my buttons. 
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We've created a new category called 'Saturday Showcase'.

Note: it's not Saturday GMT just yet, but you've got almost a week to prepare!

1. Only post on Saturday, GMT.  Posts outside of that time will be deleted.
2. Posts links to specific content you want showcased. Links to your blog or website's homepage or other large collections will be deleted. 
3. Tell us why you're proud of it. Because a link without context is link-litter. Don't litter. Write a little, OK?

(Need help translating GMT to your local time? )
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Need a break from the exploding rainbow flags dominating your feed today? Read about this thieving bastard of a monkey.

(And well done SCOTUS!)
One little macaque almost put the kibosh on our podcast. And Evo was a little mad about that.
I went into sound-engineer mode, thinking that maybe with all this activity, we might pick up some monkey sounds. I pulled out my Zoom H4n and set it on one of the supports, pointed roughly at the biggest mass of monkeys. The thieving bastards.
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We took a walk in the Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Center in Ranong, Thailand. In it, we found mangroves. And a bunch of thieving bastards, also known as mangrove macaques, or crab-eating macaques. 

Why thieving bastard? Because they almost stole something extremely precious to me, that would have made it quite difficult to keep bringing you the podcast over at

Some of these pics are in the blog post I wrote about the experience:
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I can't go to UnGagged in Vegas later this year, but you can. This short video montage ("We're gonna need a montage...") features me (obviously) and a bunch of other speakers and attendees from the London conference, and we're all pretty excited about the conference.

Watch it, if for no other reason that to count how many times I made it in the video. (Sadly, my videobombs all seem to be edited out. Boo.)
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I was really prepared to hate this article. I was already formulating my rebuttal, using the words as a catalyst for my own content.

And then I read the damn thing. Shit. She's right.

OK, the title is a little vapid. But it did it's job and hooked me in for a read. The important part is the body of the short article itself. Here' the clincher:

"..[T]o encourage people to follow your very rare path, because you feel it is the only way to spiritual enlightenment or meaning, makes you an asshole.:

Indeed. I'm pretty sure I've not done this, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Yes, I know I can (and often embrace the fact that I) be an asshole sometimes. But it's not my intention to wave my new lifestyle in anyone's face. 

Well written, Chelsea. I think this just put +The Financial Diet on my reading list. (And props on getting it repub'd in Time!)
I have an internet acquaintance that I've been following on social media for a little over two years now, an all-around nice, smart girl who blogs and does odd jobs and has recently decided to go b...
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absolutely great article…Totally Valid…thats why balance is very important in life…If you can afford it or not - the matter of fact is - making either one feel like an A…Hole aint gonna negate this feeling of Lack of Worth…Privileges of Money is One Thing but Showing People down coz of money is the Root Cause..Also Lack of Privileges can be difficult but not as Difficult as Pointing Fingers at the Priviliged One…But this article speaks it in a very Logical way…Hey - also would like to share it on my FB but don't know " How To "
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We just updated our Patreon page to make it all about postcards, all the time. Including a new video that we think is kinda funny. How'd we do?
Patreon is empowering a new generation of creators. Support and engage with artists and creators as they live out their passions!
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New stats on podcast audience from Edison.

* 49% of U.S. based respondents familiar with "podcasting" as a word
* 33% have listened at least once in their life
* 17% listened in the last month
* 10% in the last week
* Of the weekly consumers, 87% consume more than one show, and 40% consume four or more.
* Podcasts have lowest "share of ear" of all listed audio sources, only beating out "other"

Interpret the data as you will. Me? It's good to see growth, but it's slow. And we still haven't fixed the solved the Grandmother Problem.
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As with all things concerning the future, IMHO, it will depend on the next generation and what they think is an asset or waist of time. Who knows, by then, you might get your media through your "Cheap Sun Glasses".
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While I'm thrilled at the SCOTUS ruling, having it happen this way would have been much, much better.

“Get married, don’t get married, do whatever you want,” Roberts said. “It’s the opinion of this court that we don’t give two shits what you do.”

If only. [sigh]
WASHINGTON—Ten minutes into oral arguments over whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to marry one another, a visibly confounded Supreme Court stopped legal proceedings Tuesday and ruled that gay marriage was “perfectly fine” and ...
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Should we allow a weekly (as in once a week) content showcase?

Overall, I'm pretty pleased that we've eliminated the blatant link-dumping on our re-invented community. It's a hard habit to break, so thanks to everyone who's playing along with the new rules.

I've been watching other successful "insider" communities on other sites and am willing to try an experiment, assuming there is interest. My suggestion: A new category to share, on a weekly basis, a single piece of content (probably written, or that at least has a written component to coincide with the name and purpose of our community) that you are proud of.

No, not your entire blog. A single post. An article that was published elsewhere. Maybe even a narrative-style podcast episode. A book you've written and published. 

We'd pick a one day during the week (I'm thinking Friday) and allow, for a 24-hour period from 0:00 - 23:59 GMT (you'll need to do the easy conversion depending on where you are), any member to post once a link to one piece of written content they've created.

Yes, I know this will be a little confusing, and lead to people not understanding they're posting a) outside of the allowed time or b) posting "checkout my website" or c) something else I can't predict lazy marketers will try. Understood. We'll try to police it as best we can and craft nice and friendly "uh, that's not quite what we're looking for" comments when we remove posts.

What say ye? Good idea? Terrible idea? Let me know in the comments. Oh, and I can even make a poll! Nifty.  
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YES! Let's do it!
NO! Let's keep it quiet in here.
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Thanks to those who responded, especially +Jaya Batra and +Tara Schatz for your comments. Later today, I'm going to create a new category to get things started. So start going through your most recent content and see what you want to share with the group next week!
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Oh for fuck's sake, USA Today. Are you using BuzzCrunch headline generators?

You know... you don't have to give the crazies a voice. It's not required. You could just stop and cover the absolutely stunning fact that we've got robot cars driving around on another planet. 

Earlier this week, alien enthusiasts pointed to a pyramid-like formation captured in a photo by NASA's Curiosity rover as proof that alien life exists on the Red Planet.
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No wonder mainstream media is dead. If it was "killed by the internet" as big media claims, then its not doing itself any favours with this crap. Is there anywhere I can read actual Journalism any more? That's a serious question, not rhetorical.
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