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The Devil’s in the Distractions

April 22, 2008

[If you are reading this on my WordPress Blog, please jump over to my new address on Blogger (explanartion for the switch to follow.) If you are reading this on Blogger. read on.]

I apologize that there has not been a post here since Friday. I have had a number of issues with my WordPress blog since my last post there and am halfway through a longish explanatory post on why I have picked up and moved to Blogger. (note: link doesn’t point to the article yet, as it is not finished – will update later.) I wasn’t able to finish the posting before Sunday, however, and then I was off to Toronto to attend the two-day IAPA Health and Safety trade show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Internet availability (and free time) have been scarce here, and so I am only getting the chance to post now.

Look out for that WordPress v. Blogger posting at some point tomorrow, as well as a few more posts shortly thereafter on some ideas that have been stewing for a couple days… perhaps that will make them even tastier to consume!

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April 17, 2008

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My name is Daniel Smith and this is my blog. My plan for this thing is sort of a collection of fragmented thoughts on topics I find of interest (and hopefully you will too) like sales, marketing, productivity and writing. That’s why I’ve called the blog Smithereens, to represent those scattered pieces of ideas. Oh…and also because my last name is Smith. See what I did there? As they say, there is nothing like a bad pun to keep ’em coming back.

So, you may be wondering who I am and why you should read my blog. You may not be, either, but that doesn’t mean I won’t answer anyway. I am a sales professional, entrepreneur and dabbling writer in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

By day, I am the Associate Publisher and Advertising Sales Director for a chain of industry newspapers called the Construction News and Report Group. My boss is Mark Buckshon and you can read his Construction Marketing Ideas blog here.

In my free time, I enjoy reading (books, blogs, magazines), watching movies, playing soccer. A new free-time project of mine is to write a novel – I guess we’ll see how that goes!

I have run my own company in the past, and I learned a ton doing it. One day I intend to be my own boss again, but in the meantime, my employer (CNRG) offers me the opportunity to be very entrepreneurial and independent in my work and that’s why I love what I do.

I have always loved to write, and these days, aside from my novel ambitions (in every sense of the phrase), I don’t get to do much writing just for the sake of writing. For me, this blog is a long overdue outlet for that passion and I am looking forward to filling these pages with (hopefully) engaging commentary and observations on a daily basis.

So I know there is not much to see here yet, but me a favour – bookmark this site, or subscribe to my RSS feed by clicking the big orange button on the right (what’s an RSS feed?) and come on back tomorrow or the next day once I have started to write and join in the conversation by leaving a comment. Until then.