Life Update: Current Projects and Awards

Subversive Blogger Award I’ve recently been awarded the prestigious Subversive Blogger Award, and I’m thrilled. I’d say I’m speachless, but I’m not. I’m a blogger. How could I be speachless?

These days, when I’m not winning awards or being interviewed for books (insert feign popularity flip of the hair here), I’ve been working diligently. Thankfully, I have the time to spend on projects I love doing. Here’s what I’ve been working on lately:

  1. @makechange, which is a twitter account that allows you to tell the world how to be better (you can download the makechange twitter bot code too and use it for your own).
  2. @missingchildren is a twitter account which pulls information from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children Amber Alerts notifications and posts them. It also posts when the children have been recovered (to give hope).
  3. Interviewing Marshall Kirkpatric (of TechCrunch and RWW fame), Chris DiBona (the Open Source Program Manager at the Almighty Google, and Dimitry Glazkov (engineer on Google Gears) for Net Squared.
  4. Getting prepared to open (Construction Source, and construction lead generator) to the world. Just as much as I love building for the technorati (aka geeks), I also love bringing industries and people into a new world of efficiency. I really get a kick out of that.
  5. Opening one new affiliate marketing PPC campaign each day 5 days of the week. I see the potential, have started making a profit, and expect to grow this business significantly this year.
  6. Consulting for the Solingen Project, a documentary on the art of hand-crafted knife making throughout Europe.
  7. Upgrading the Duh Gallery WordPress gallery plugin so that it works with WP 2.5
  8. Advocating for awesome web services like UserVoice, BrightKite, and more.

In addition to all these goings on, I’ve been getting prepared to go to the Community 2.0 Conference, which is by far one of my favorite conferences there is. Luckily, with all my ranting and raving about conference prices these days, I get invited to stuff like this to blog about it, which means I get free passes. I definitely would suggest, though, that if you choose one conference to go to, this would be it, regardless of the high price tag.

Last of all, I’ve been working hard on our Traveling Europe blog. Talking with sponsors, getting things ready to be packed up, handing off work to my very capable and very awesome “in my pocket” developer, Chris Rodgers. I’m excited at how well he’s been doing, and it’s been a pleasure working with him.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

4 Comments on "Life Update: Current Projects and Awards"

  1. Jed says:

    Congrats! And…wow, you’ve got a lot on your plate! Let me know if I can help w/ anything!

  2. nate says:

    Thanks Jed. I’d love to offload some of this, but I even neglected to add the “make a PDF generator for Jed” onto that list. Trust me, this isn’t the official list, there’s much more, including your PDF generator, on that list.

  3. Jed says:

    I trust you. Always!

  4. Congrats Nate – I had no idea!!!

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