Ian's Blog:

A few notes about my projects and things I've learned.

Admit Your Mistake(s) Before It's Too Late: Professional

In my previous post, I discussed how admitting that I'm experiencing psychotic (schizophrenic) symptoms to a colleague relieved tension and helped me move on from the unpleasant experience. In my next post, ...

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Side Projects: Stop Being Desperate and Start Having Fun

When I first started my freelance business, Objektiv Digital, I had a strong grasp of who my target market was, what my pricing should be, how to market myself, and how to make a sale. Everything came quite easily because what I was doing ...

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Are You Not Being "Pushy" Enough in Your Marketing?

One of the most common mindsets I see in my local entrepreneur community is people having an aversion to certain marketing/sales tactics. These tactics include having potential customers signing up to a newsletter for a discount, sending discount codes to abandoned shopping carts, having a cle...

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Acknowledging the Effort It Takes to Start a Task

As entrepreneurs, all too often, we get fixated on activity goals and results goals. Last week, I wrote about how I use Google Keep to organize my tasks and keep myself motivated. These t...

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How I Use Google Keep Notes to Organize My Week

As I begin to get used to being a healthy, high-functioning person, I have become absolutely enamored with being organized. With my life being a continuous stream of chaos for so long, the idea of actually being able to organize myself is certainly something to romanticize over when it's norma...

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Top 3 Lessons Learned From A Great, Albeit Swamped Employer

Working with a client and entrepreneur, Matt Morrison, founder of Ascend Sites, has been an enjoyable experience not just as a freelancer, but now as a business partner. Lately, Matt has a lot on his plate, and I've been astounded by how we...

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Learning To Say No To Myself

Even before I graduated college, I had begun repeating the following words to myself on a regular basis: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." I was beginning to learn that my immensely useful graphic design and software development skills could be ...

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Why Your Follow Bot Sucks

As someone who frequents Instagram as a way to grow my business, I often encounter Instagram accounts that comment on my posts with generic comments that could apply to almost any post anyone could ever make, they follow the comment with liking my post and following me. This happens 3-10 times...

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Time Travel Development

This is a super quick and short article to refer my potential and existing clients describing what I call "Time Travel" software development. I charge a generally higher rate for this kind of development, and this article is an attempt to explain why. What is time travel development...

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Introducing: Curious Markings

Curious Markings Co. is an ongoing project by me (Ian McKenzie) that attempts to share my schizophrenic symptoms in an artistic, entertaining, and (hopefully) informative way. Curious Markings is all about a strange, unknown language that I hear as auditory hallucinations. This language takes ...

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Stridr: A Post-Mortem

Stridr is a project that I worked on between July 2016 and Dec. 2017. It was a social media aggregator that put all of your feeds in one place and suggested interesting new things based on what you already like. In the beginning... In July 2015, I began daydreaming about ...

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How to Survive as a Small-time Tech Entrepreneur

Working as an entrepreneur in any industry can be a monstrous life-sucker. As entrepreneurs, it can consume our lives and severely damage our relationships with our friends and family. I am a little over a year into this journey, and I can already see the effects of work-life taking over. I ha...

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Stridr Now on Maintenance Mode

Hello friends and family, As you all know, I've been hard at work since July 2016 seeing Stridr come to fruition. While I will continue my efforts, I am pausing any money being put to...

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Stridr is a web application;

it collects everything you like on social media, and puts them in one place. You can see your friends' interests, get suggestions, & more. The idea for Stridr came from signing up to major platforms for t...

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