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Blogging on LinkedIn – it works!

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LinkedIn offers a great tool for all experts out there who wish to share their knowledge with a relevant network. I have suggested several people and organisations to take a look at the “Publish a Post” feature on LinkedIn.

Benefits of blogging on LinkedIn

This is some of the feedback I received from clients & colleagues who used the blogging feature on LinkedIn.

    • More Profile Pages views & more relevant contact requests – Business developer at Solidaridad (I’m an internet marketeer at Solidaridad)
    • A journalist contacted me after reading a blog post on LinkedIn! – Business owner
    • More likes on a post I publish than on a status update and I got a new client – Business owner

The video below is a marketing production by LinkedIn, however the above feedback I received looks rather similar: people respond when you publish a post on LinkedIn.

Here you can read more about what LinkedIn calls a ‘publishing a long-form post‘.

Publish a post

In a post on LinkedIn called “Everything You Need to Know About Publishing on LinkedIn” I found this presentation. You’ll find some good tips & tricks.

But above all I recommend that you get started by publishing your own content on LinkedIn. Good luck and please do share with me how your are doing.


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CNCPTMKR: 2 years

It took me a little by suprise yesterday: but 2 years ago I started CNCPTMKR. Or at least I started working on my big idea: supporting non profits & social entrepreneurs with online marketing & communication. A question that I should have asked more often….

… Do I really need this?

  1. My focus was on building an international team that could support non profits and social entrepreneurs with marketing & communication. I was quick to realise that I needed a partner with experience in design & programming and who was a native speaker in Spanish. I truely believed (and still do) I had found one in Spain. I still think we would make a great team. Nevertheless, looking back now: I invested too heavily in making that partnership work. Do I really need this? I could have gone after some clients first and finding a good designer for just that project.
  2. Working in an international environment for sometime, I noticed how the lack of good tools & processes was causing frustration and delays. And with a focus on building an international team I invested in getting the right tools in place. Do I really need this? I could have started with less expensive tools.
  3. Big projects is big money, but do I really need this? Long hanging fruit (or small projects) could have made things easier.. especially when working part time on expanding your business.



Although it might look differently after reading the above, I did manage to build an organisational structure that allows me to scale up quickly.

  1. CNCPTMKR B.V. – Creating concepts (alone or together with others)
    1. CNCPTMKR Services B.V. (a CNCPTMKR B.V. daughter company)
      • Online marketing & communication services (as a sparring partner / coach and through training & workshops)
      • Business development services (project management, providing network)

I’m ok, CNCPTMKR brings me pleasure, new energy & insights and some extra cash. What’s next? It’s time to review my roadmap and improve it based upon insights & experiences from the last two years.


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My Special Field

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Earth Day 2015

I have been a tree hugger my whole life.  Those Camp Fire Girl roots run really deep.  One of the reasons I love reenacting is the earthiness and back to nature and self reliance of it all, and it’s one of the reasons I have been drawn to the Tiny House movement.

I was at the first real Earth Day, April 22nd 1970 with my best Camp Fire friend, Dianne.  The event was a concert at the town Landfill in Lexington, Massachusetts which was being converted into a park.  We rode our bikes there and paid the admission which was a grocery bag (paper not plastic) of crushed cans.  It was the first big environmentally conscious thing I did, and right at the beginning of what has become a world wide movement.

45 years later and here I am at the beginnings of another movement, the Tiny House one.  All this great stuff that’s important to me really comes together on Earth Day this year- tiny houses, smaller carbon footprint (something I wasn’t thinking about at that first Earth Day), living lightly on the earth, recycling materials for building, self- sufficiency, living history.  Wow.  So Earth Day 2015 found me at the Central Florida celebration at Lake Eola Park in Orlando with 2 other Tiny Houses and a bunch of Tiny House friends and several thousands of Earth Day celebrants, most of whom seem much more caught up in it than even me.

My house is about 75% finished, and I committed early on to use as much re-use and recycled stuff as possible, I estimate I’m at about 90%.  Very Earth friendly.  I cleaned out my day to day reenacting stuff because I thought I’d have a few people wanting to tour.  Set out the “lawn”, emptied the water tank cause I knew there would be kids pumping water into the street otherwise, and set up for the day.


Over 1200 people wanted to tour!  I set up at 9am (an hour early) and they were lined up.  The event ended at 6, there was still a line.  Even after I closed up, hitched it to the truck and was leaving, I had people wanting to see inside.  It was really overwhelming.

So many people all day asked me what I was selling.  Earth Day has really become commercial!  (I should have put out a donation jar, but my mind still does not work that way!) My response is on the T-Shirts we were wearing- Simple Life. De-junk, de-clutter, live lightly, simple life.   I am not there yet, but it’s a great goal!IMG_20150425_165749

I think we also answered the question, “How many people can you cram into a Tiny House?”

Anyway, it was a great, rewarding day.  Our Tiny House group has been asked back next year- we’ll be bringing a village!!

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Further adventures in reenacting!

A month after Olustee and with a nice porch roof addition, we rolled northward to Jacksonville again.  Camp Milton, a wonderful small event hosted by the Golden Teacup Society and the City of Jacksonville, welcomed us into the village.  The set up was great and I was able to set up my fire pit as well- nothing like cooking in cast iron over an open fire!

I had lots of friends and Facebook followers visit, had fun with the skirmishes and won the cast iron cooking competition (for my chili, not for my Pi Pie).

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Anyway, it was awesome!  Tebow enjoyed being porch fluff, and I loved cooking all weekend.

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A month later and it was time for the annual Ladies Encampment, this time in our new location- Barberville Pioneer Settlement.  A weekend of classe and sessions especially for ladie to perfect their Civil War era persona. The Golden Teacup Society LOVES our new encampment home!  And once again, the Tiny House fit right in with the environment at Barberville.  We even had a blanket sale (selling off more stuff to finance the build!)

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Last week found us at the Bartram Bash in Switzerland, St. Johns County.  Alpine Groves Park is my “old home place”, it’s where we lived when Aurora was born and holds a very special place in our hearts.  We had over 300 visitors to the Tiny House in a day!  So much fun getting the word out, and just a very special weekend, waking up on the bluff at Alpine again!


Looks right at home!

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Giving the “Mother Earth and Fellow Man” award to Beverly Fleming on behalf of the Stetson Kennedy Foundation

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William Bartram, Florida’s historic naturalist


Lesley, with Merlin the owl

Scenes from Alpine

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Smart Achterhoek

Een paar maanden geleden begon voor mij een zoektocht naar de Smart Industry in de Achterhoek. En naar welke kansen en bedreigingen dat heeft voor de leefbaarheid van de Achterhoek. De Smart Industry, ook wel de vierde industriële revolutie genoemd, wordt gekenmerkt door slimme ICT en ontwikkelingen op het gebied van geavanceerde technologie (denk aan big data, robotics, 3d printing, en internet of things). 

De resultaten van mijn zoektocht dat wat ik hoor en wat ik zie deel ik graag met anderen, omdat de dingen die ik zie en hoor mij verbazen en verwonderen. Innovatieve bedrijven, en creatieve, leuke energieke mensen die met veel passie werken aan producten waarvan ik nog nooit gehoord had. Ik hoop in de toekomst niet alleen het mooie te ontdekken, maar ook, en dat is een aanname, de verhalen te laten zien van wat niet goed of van mensen en bedrijven die buiten de boot vallen door de snelheid waarmee trends op het gebied van technologie & ICT zich ontwikkelen.

Op doe ik verslag van deze zoektocht. In de toekomst zie ik voor me dat ook anderen een bijdrage zullen leveren aan de verslaglegging over de vierde industriële revolutie: het is simpelweg niet mogelijk om alles zelf te ontdekken en te delen. Er is zoveel innovatiekracht in de Achterhoek!

Zoals ik op de CNCPTMKR website ook beschrijf ben ik ook op zoek naar een manier om mijn zoektocht te bekostigen en alleen of samen met anderen een bijdrage te leveren aan het stimuleren van de leefbaarheid in de Achterhoek. Dat wordt steeds concreter!

Met Smart Achterhoek wil ik:

  • Inspireren door kennis te delen, laten delen en beschikbaar te maken voor anderen.
  • Mensen verbinden, bijvoorbeeld jong & oud, burger & overheid, professionals met bedrijven.
  • Samen aan de slag om op een duurzame wijze de Achterhoek leefbaar te houden.

Nog veel werk te doen, maar met trots presenteer ik in ieder geval al het logo ontwikkelt door Esther de Heer (Heerenhuys Grafische Vormgeving).

Smart Achterhoek vierkant

Verdere ontwikkelingen zijn te volgen via, Facebook, Twitter en LinkedIn.

Voor vragen, opmerkingen en suggesties kun je natuurlijk altijd contact opnemen.


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The Debut of the Victorian Reproduction Tiny House

As I outlined yesterday, the last 4 months have been spent- every waking, non-working, non-raining hour- has been spent getting the tiny house ready for it’s reenacting debut.  Go back to the beginning and my whole plan has been to build this and avoid the 4-6 hour set up of my tent compound.  So much physical and emotional stock was set on getting the tiny house to a reenactment and setting up a period homestead.

I left Sanford at 3:30am last Friday morning headed for Olustee and the scheduled debut.  I had sent out a number of emails and Facebook polls to fellow reenactors about the design and color of the house and overall had very positive responses to what I was doing, so I did not anticipate any issues with my peeps in Civilian Camp.

What I had not prepared for was the reaction of the Olustee Park manager.

The house traveled like a dream as did my new truck Betty Boop.  We rolled into Olustee at 7:30 am.  There was no one at registration so I filled my water tank and headed on back to Civilian Camp.  Several people had coordinated a parking space for me the day before, so I quietly rolled in, unhooked and set up- an “A” frame tent over the tongue and black burlap stapled over the sides and wheels of the trailer.  Within 10 minutes we were set up and ready to start getting changed for the “School Day”, about 2000 kids on field trips to the site.

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The first sign anything was amiss was the overall commander for the event came over and said the park service was “concerned” about the tiny house and had asked him to speak to me.  So I was to consider myself “spoken to”, but he liked it and I didn’t need to move it.  So I continued unloading and setting up.  Along about about 8:30, the park manager rolls up in her golf cart.  You can see where this is going….

I was told I had to move this.  Why? ” Well what if everyone starts to do this?”  Well, that’s kinda sorta been the idea.  “Well, the park service didn’t approve this.”  Well, they knew about it (she is new) and they didn’t disapprove it, and they have invited me to bring it to other events.  “Do you have a letter giving permission?”  Well, no.  “Then you need to move it.  IT IS TOO HEAVY FOR THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE.  You have to move it to modern camping (also an archaeological site) NOW”.  This said as the afore-mentioned 2000 kids are pouring into the park. This also said with a straight face as we are looking at the 6 sets of bleachers, several other half ton and 3/4 ton trucks, and the portable stage that are also currently sitting on said archaeological site….  Never asked how much it weighs (6000 lbs) just move it….

Well, as you can imagine, I was emailing and messaging all of the higher-ups I know in the park service trying to get her mind changed for her, but being in the same position as those higher ups and supporting MY staff in similar situations (even when they are sometimes wrong) not holding out much hope.  Out of safety (and stubborness) I decided not to move until after the school day, and we had a great time showing the kids the tiny house and talking about life in Victorian times.  My grandkids from Atlanta came and played and it was just a really nice day.

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Water was pumped     from the well….

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Just a nice morning.  But the reprieve did not come from Tallahassee, and so I was banished to Modern Camp.

…. Where we 2015-02-14 12.03.05were very well received, but asked over and over why we were not in Authentic Camp.  And so we were able to tell the story- over and over and over- about the small minded park manager and the “too heavy for an archaeological site” determination to a very receptive audience.  It was a blessing in disguise.  People that mattered- other reenactors and a lot of CSO members who would not have seen us otherwise- came by.  Sutlers.  Followers of my Facebook2015-02-14 13.11.45 Page went looking for us in authentic camp then complained to management that we weren’t there.  It was an awesome backfiring of whatever her agenda was, and we had a wonderful weekend and successful debut.  I found I am very thankful for the show “Tiny House Nation”, as I can start mid-conversation with people- they already know what tiny houses are now!  I heard lots of “I am going to build one of those for next year”.  I told them we would need to start a “movement” :)  End result- 2 archaeologists have stated that there would be minimal impact to the site from my house, especially considering the controlled burns (15,000 lb trucks), Port-o-let disposal trucks (10,000 lbs plus poop), 6 sets of bleaches with about 250 people in each set (45,000 lbs each).  Offers of peacemaking from several fronts and an established group aiming for a “town” next year.  2015-02-15 08.53.13

Probably the funniest thing that happened was a couple ladies in way-too-long skirts were walking by staring and one stepped on the other’s skirt and tore it right off the waistband.  Hopefully that will make her shorten up that skirt to where it needs to be (4″ off the ground) but probably not.  I have fought the farb battle for years, I am moving on the the tiny house battle now!

Monday morning the adventure continued as we packed up (another 15 minutes vs the old 4 hours with tents) and rolled out to Jacksonville.  We came in on Beaver Street, turned onto Main Street and rolled right through downtown.  It was really fun- lots of people slowing down and turning around and picture taking and thumbs up.  A guy pulled up beside me at a light and asked if I had built it.  Yes.  Did I do it for a living.  No.  Could I build him one.  Nooooo and the light changed to green……

We visited my old stomping grounds at MOSH, 2015-02-16 11.01.27my mom, my friend Jake, Aurora’s friend from our old neighborhood,  my friend Karen who lives in a tiny house on a foundation, and Alpine Groves Park where I get a lot of my inspiration from.  Then we rolled on through a perfect Sunset and home to Sanford.  The house traveled beautifully, the truck pulled smoothly, we’ve been invited to a number of other events, we had way more thumbs up than the other direction and all in all, it was a very successful roll out.

Now to finish th2015-02-16 18.02.28e porch, battens, kitchen window, shed, lattice, THEN start on the interior…….

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Crazy Busy Fall!

Wow, I have really, seriously neglected this blog!

I did not get the house I posted about in September, and although I was really disappointed at first, I’m now relieved.  The inspection showed that the house had some serious issues with plumbing, roofing, sewer system, a/c and heater- you know, the2014-09-13 17.28.56 cheap stuff… NOT!  So I rented a house just around the corner.  A cute 1910 bungalow on a great corner lot.  Right-sized for my continued downsizing and plenty of space to continue the build.

I moved the tiny house up to Sanford at the end of September.  It was just the shell at the time, but it came through the trip in fine shape.

I had been in Sanford about a week when Code Enforcement came calling.  Someone had called to complain that I was building a shed too close to the lot line.  Well, thanks to Jay Shafer’s workshop, I had all the right answers and the code enforcement official was so nice and interested2014-11-16 09.39.02!  I continued working on the exterior throughout the fall, trying to pick up the yard after each work day, because I’m right on a corner and don’t have a privacy fence.  It’s been really fun, every time I am out working on it someone stops to visit and adsk questions, and when we’re inside we can see them driving by slowly from the kitchen window- sometimes stopping to take pictures.  I wonder how many Facebook pages we’re on?!

So I’ve been working on the house through Halloween, Aurora’s birthday and Thanksgiving. We got most of the roof on and I cut out the arched window over the door. The sleeping loft is in. We had an open house at Jodi Rubin’s CCS Restoration where about 50 people came for a tour.

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I got my first major injury- the ladder slipped out from under me wh2014-11-25 14.42.05ile I was working on the roof ridge and my arm was pinned between the ridge and the ladder rung. Fortunately Jodi’s guys were there helping me move the house to her shop for the day and pushed the ladder up off my arm!  Now I always have my phone with me so I can call for help.  Didn’t learn my lesson though- a couple weeks ago I did the same thing and pinned my wrist.  Aurora had some super-human strength that day and lifted it off me…

After Christmas (and a day sp2014-12-26 17.17.37ent with the family2014-12-31 12.57.10 although I was itching to go outside and work), a planned trip to North Carolina didn’t work out, so I took the time off and put most of the siding on the house!  I used old fence slats, recycled from a fencing contractor here in Sanford.  I’m so pleased with how they look!  For a little while I considered just clear coating the house, they looked so good!    2015-01-05 19.20.392015-01-19 16.35.032015-01-09 16.13.24 While I was working on the siding I noticed that the corner had shifted a little, so I added corner braces, cross bracing through the beams and 4 hurricane tie downs.

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We picked out a blue stain for the house (ironically Gettysburg Blue) and got the whole thing painted in a day!  Aurora also discovered she loves to get up on the ladder, so she helped finish up the roof panels. 2015-01-25 13.01.55 2015-01-25 13.07.582015-01-25 12.50.362015-02-07 16.30.44

So- the Nawaka, the Victorian Tiny House on Wheels is almost ready for her debut!  More on that tomorrow!!

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