OLLIESBLOG began back in early 2002 as a University Project for my second degree. WordPress was in it’s infancy & I was keen to learn as much as I could about getting my content and code, yep, no GITHUB back then, published on The Internet for all to see via a quick and easy content management system.

Skip forwards 15+ years, a second degree, several companies sold and a professional career, the very same blog is still alive and kicking.

Now OLLIESBLOG is used as my “tracking hub” for different projects and business ventures I’m running. For this reason, I’ve given OLLIESBLOG the tagline…

“Focused Challenges”

I think this nicely summarises what I’m trying to achieve as well as serving a small reminder to limit my ideas.

I’ve used OLLIESBLOG in both a private and public state as my primary note taking platform, ideas hub and place to share “life experiments” I’ve undertaken for several years. I’ve found that when I’m announcing something, like a goal, publicly I feel as though I’m held more accountable to achieve it. This works well for me and gives me another reason to keep OLLIESBLOG.com live.

Finally to give a little more context to the topics covered in this blog, I’ve found that during my professional working career, primarily Digital Marketing, I’ve always had business acumen surrounding technological trends and the direction of online products and services, mostly because I spend a lot of my time, developing, reading, researching and using technology for the best part of 20 years.

I made my first $500 USD over 3 days when I was 15 years old before the existence of Google, I optimised a website to make money via “AllAdvantage“, my Dad promised to double any money I made at the time. I never held him to it, but I was instantly hooked.

I’ve been working in the online industry ever since. I took a bit of a sideline during University as I pursued a career as a professional athlete, which you can read more about here, before getting back into my “working career“, launching and selling my first business out of University then starting a career in Digital Marketing.

Between building startup businesses I’ve spent time working in a range of companies during this time. I fully commit to my line of work, so I’ve never really taken the time to shout about my achievements, something that being good at Digital Marketing allows you do to very well, however, we all have massive wins and losses as we go through life, it’s how you deal with these on your journey.

After singing the praises for companies and people (reputation management), one thing I’ve learnt it’s the best way to get noticed, especially when you’re taking more of a “corporate” route, so to now “scratch an itch” and empty my ideas into the ether, I’ve decided to put my thoughts and feelings about technology trends, my own life experiments and anything else I feel like blogging about online, right here. Fortunately as everything is nicely aligned “as one“, I’ve found some time to do this.

Some of you might already know a lot about me from my various social media experiments; #SNAP365, Vlogging & Twitter, some of you might not know anything about me. This is another reason to have a “hub” tracking everything I’ve done, in one place, welcome to – OLLIESBLOG.com