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Month: January 2016

New Year, New Server with Digital Ocean

New Year, New Server with Digital Ocean

Since I moved to Digital Ocean My servers have been mostly rock solid except when I mess them up.   I have 4 servers currently running.  As I am looking to to focus and consolidate me efforts this year I am also going to consolidate my servers.  Besides consolidating, the other issues is the underlying OS is getting a little old and it is time for a refresh.

Currently I Have my main production server that really just serves 2 websites.

I have 2 testing servers

I have a sever for some random sites that I dabble in.

I am killing the random sites. I just don’t have the time to put into them right now.

My plan is to just run 2 Digital Ocean Servers.

Server 1 : Main Sites.

  • This Blog
  • Company 1
  • Company 2
  • Passion Project Blog

Server 2:

  • Non important landing page sites /feeder sites
  • testing projects
Focus and gratitude are my themes for 2016.

Focus and gratitude are my themes for 2016.

Reviewing the last year and pondering what I want to accomplish for 2016.

My Family has a HUGE project we are working on this year called Project Bubble.  This may take a few years, but I will share more when I can.

Personally, I always have a ton of goals and things I want to accomplish during the year. I could list them out, but that wouldn’t accomplish anything. I think it is better to explain how I hope to have a better year than 2015.

My First Goal is Focus:

I love bright shiny objects, the gotta have gizmo, or the exciting new business venture, but I am just spreading myself to thin. I stated off this year but shutting down a business and I will continue to cut things out this year, to focus on my top priorities.  I have outlined my top priorities and I have 5 of them right now.

  1. Project Bubble
  2. Self development
  3. Expand Business Consulting
  4. Passion Project (Content)
  5. Passion Project (Action)

My 2nd Goal is Gratitude

2015 posed a TON of challenges for my family and I, but when you really look hard it was filled with great success as well. My goal is to realize and appreciate the success as it happens.  I have a pretty great life and I need to realize it, in the moment.

New for 2016, lets start by shutting down a business.

New for 2016, lets start by shutting down a business.

As part of a challenge with a buddy of mine, we both agreed we needed some motivation and we challenged each other build and launch a business in 30 days.

I am happy to say that I found a Niche, built a website and started selling a product in 30 days.

What I learned is that I don’t enjoy retailing a physical product. I was selling a real physical product online.    While retailing one low margin product was just the start of the plan. Adding new products was key to the long term Success.

I really started running the math and the work involved. I needed to add ALOT more products and ALOT more sales to make it worth my time.   When I got right down to it, I didn’t enjoy it and wasn’t excited to expand it.    I have alot of exciting projects to work on that I much more passionate about.

This business was a fun challenge, but the opportunity cost of running it was to expensive and I should be working on something I am more passionate about, like helping other small businesses.