I was a bit under the weather this past week, more Vlogger Interviews next week!
On October 3, 2011, my niece's sci-fi e-novella, "Echoes," was published on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Obviously, I'm a proud uncle, and I'm hoping that the untold multitudes will plunk down their $2.99 to give "S.P. Blackmore's" sci-fi book a try.
I'm also happy and inspired to see the latest example of what I think is going to turn into a wave of newly-empowered entrepreneurs venturing into the world and creating futures impossible without the power of social and mobile technologies.
Just a couple of years ago, most people I knew really weren't sure what or even if online media, social media or "new" media was relevant to their own personal dreams. Today, many of those same people are beginning to understand the potential, and are hard at work finding - or perhaps inventing - their own way through a brand new, intimately accessible business model. Just as one can't build a house with a gift of untested tools, most are still figuring out how to build their world - learning and improving day by day. It's no longer a question of "if" there's a way to succeed digitally - it's a question of how.
Success still takes talent and hard work - it's the access to opportunity that has changed.
The passing of Steve Jobs, I think, says it all. It's a massive passing of the torch. His vision, innovation and enthusiasm created accessible technology that, in turn, is making it possible for a near constellation of dreamers to innovate and create as he once did - and making a living doing what they love to do.
And it's all just beginning.