8 ideas you could probably help with

8 ideas you could probably help with

What does an organic fast-food company, learning to code, and a wireless microphone have in common? They’re all preying on my mind at the moment. Or you could say they are “cooking my noodle”.

Cooking my noodle, is an expression I use loosely to talk about things that are on my mind at the moment. These are random thoughts or ideas that I’m intending to pursue at some point, but currently don’t have the time. I dump these nuggets into a Someday/Maybe pile that I sort through from time-to-time (see: David Allen’s Getting Things Done).

Inspired by a blog article I saw by Zac Martin, I decided to list eight of the most pressing ideas and talk through what I’m thinking in a half-arsed effort for them to gain some traction, or at the very least if you’re reading this, an audience.

So without further ado, here is what is currently saved in my Evernote (oh, how I love thee):

Cooking noodles

1. Investigate: Investing for an idea

I know almost nothing about managing money effectively, yet after reading Tony Robbins’ book Money: Master the Game, I feel like I know a bit more now to be interested enough in pursuing investment. The book simplifies a lot of financial principles without feeling dumbed down. The names he interviews in the book are the biggest in the financial world too. It made me want to pursue investing in earnest.

This lead me down a bit of a rabbit-hole, with me absorbing a lot of what Ramit Sethi had to say, and also re-reading bits of the Chris Guillebeau endorsed guide: Get Rich Slowly – Be Your Own CFO (that I purchased some time ago). Despite the wide-reading, there was one recurrent piece of advice throughout all the literature – which was – get rid of your debt – something I’m fortunately making a lot of progress with. Until then, I can’t really pursue investing in earnest – unless I come up with a quicker way to eliminate my debt 😉

2. Move book to CreateSpace for Amazon

A couple of years ago I wrote a book called Being Bi-Bi: a memoir on mental health and sexuality (Kindle version on Amazon, book, ebook, and iPad version on Blurb). I sold or distributed about 400 copies of the book, and getting my story out there was one of the proudest accomplishments of my life. However, I feel like the story could be moved to a broader audience outside my friends, family, and immediate network.

Enter Amazon. CreateSpace is a self-publishing service that adds a bit more scale than Blurb and would enable me to release a revised edition that could reach a wider audience with what I know now about book marketing. There are a lot of good guides out there, including this Complete Guide to Book Marketing by Tom Morkes (it’s a bloody good read). I’m not quite sure if I want to go down this path as yet, hence why it’s in the Someday/Maybe pile.

3. Build-up to and attempt: How to write a book in 30 days

There’s a movement in November each year called NaNoWriMo that encourages you to write a novel within 30 days. That, and this article in The Guardian on how to write a book in 30 days both have me thinking I could pull this off one day. I have insane levels of determination, the makings of a book idea, and just enough irrational optimism to believe that I could nail this.

Where am I going to find 30 days though? Even outside work hours this reeks of ambition – hence why it’s on the pile.

4. Get Bluetooth microphone wireless

This is garbled english for getting a wireless bluetooth microphone. Why do I want one? I’m glad you asked (and are still reading). Thanks to Facebook, video is exploding in social media in a way that’s not been seen before. I’m keen to see if I can ride this wave and get some video content out there. Now, I know what you’re thinking, I’ve did enough videos back in 2012 to scare anyone for life, but it’s something I still want to grow comfortable in.

Where does the Bluetooth wireless microphone come in? Well in Mark Middo’s book The 5-Minute Business he advocates getting one as a cost-effective solution to filming online video with your phone. The book is great for other reasons too, but this trick always stuck with me and it’s something I’m going to play with in the future.

5. Get intro to Jason Gunn – MD of Oliver’s Real Food

I hinted at this hit-list being pretty diverse in the opening. Who is Oliver’s Real Food? A healthy fast-food company that’s starting to disrupt the Australian junk food scene. I really love this company, and have one of their stickers attached to my personal laptop.

Love Olivers

On a whim, I looked up who the founder of the company was and discovered it was Jason Gunn. I look up to this business and think I could learn a lot from a conversation with this guy, so I’ve added his name to the pile and will find a way to get in touch with him one day.

6. Investigate: indy writing for an idea – using marketing

I know a thing or two about digital marketing, and after coming across Derek Halpern’s Creativindie site, the idea of writing some independent fiction/non-fiction to make a buck had crossed my mind.

I recently reached out to a friend who has dabbled in the horror-fiction writing space and was encouraged by her words, and think if I invested some time in writing materials I could do a good job at marketing them and perhaps turning a coin. 

7. Investigate: Networking spreadsheet

I really, really enjoyed Keith Ferrazzi’s Never Eat Alone. The book had a number of concepts I really took to, one of which was the concept of “pinging”. This basically means keeping the lines of communication alive within your network.

Keith described a manual way of doing this, but I was kicking around the idea of creating an app/spreadsheet/workflow that could do the same thing. I started hacking around and discovered its quite easy these days to download your phone contacts, your LinkedIn contacts, and your Facebook contacts. I merged these into a spreadsheet with the intention of building something that’d let me keep in touch with contacts either every month, quarter, or year based on need. I still haven’t touched the project since my initial burst of inspiration – hence why it’s in the pile.

8. Quest for mastery: Learning to code for coding’s sake

I recently read Daniel Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and was really taken with the concept of flow, mastery, and the sake of doing something for its own sake. Coding is a long-standing ambition of mine and I really want to start learning this more in earnest. But making time is always a challenge.

I recently subscribed to Treehouse however, and have started my first course.

The thing is, I’m always bubbling with ideas and this is currently what’s rising to the top. If you feel like stealing these and appropriating them for your own ends, then please – be my guest!

If you arrived here and think you can help me in some way please reach out to me via the contact form and I’ll be in touch!

  • Marshy my dear, I still think you and Udemy are a match made in heaven! 😉

    • I agree with you Jess – I bought some recording gear recently and think I’m going to have a stab at it based off that link you shared a while back.

      • Excellent! I’m really looking forward to seeing where this goes. 🙂

  • Ruth Knucklehead McSpazatron

    Marshy – this is a little off topic, but the team I’m in at work is all about innovation. We have a lot of different tools and techniques we use for generating ideas & problem solving. Most of these were gained through attending courses run by a company called Inventium & I really think what they offer might be right up your alley (tehehehe). It’s not cheap but if it’s in line with your development plan work might be kind enough to pay?

    • Sounds interesting Ruth – will investigate! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Mick

    I’m interested to know why (thanks to Facebook) video is only just now exploding in social media? I’m pretty sure Youtube took that crown 10 years ago, and continues to hold that crown.

    My experiences with Facebook Video have always been awful. Terrible loading times, clunky interface, janky rendering. They really need to fix up their content delivery system before they can even think of taking on YouTube. Again I’m genuinely interested in why you think video is blowing up on FB.

    • Hey Mick,

      Interesting that you seem to have latched on to one detail in a long article I’m happy with, but I’ll give you an answer. I didn’t think you used Facebook?

      FB’s video delivery has increased dramatically in the last year – to 3B views a day (http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/28/facebook-now-has-3b-video-views-per-day/).

      Unlike YT where people have to search or be linked to videos, FB is helping people discover what they want to see by providing it in their feeds.

      And YT holds the crown for social media? FB is checked daily by 9m Australians on their mobile phones – a number YT doesn’t come near. Also of which 40% of YouTubes traffic comes from Facebook!

      Happy to take the chat offline though and thanks for reading.

      • Mick

        You know me I’m a stickler for details.