What is going on in my life?

It’s 5:08 a.m. and I haven’t gotten much sleep, but that’s cause I’m creatively alive. Last night I hung out with a ton of smart people at David Allen’s Getting Things Done Summit and came home and just wanted to do a lot of things. Got a bunch of photos up. Uploaded a video, working on others. Even got in the mood to blog again. I know, I know, it’s been a while.

Here’s what’s going on: on Monday I start a new project with a new company. On Saturday I will reveal what that is on the Gillmor Gang (that’s distributed live on Leo Laporte’s network at http://live.twit.tv at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday afternoons). Actually it’ll be more than me, because there’s a team of people involved, not just me. We’ll take questions and all that then. We’ll be doing that from the SXSW event in Austin, Texas. I’ll be there Saturday-Wednesday. Hope to see you there! We’ll be doing live video every afternoon on the Ustream SXSW studio. Please join us there, we’ll have lots of music and fun guests.

Anyway, I’ve been posting a TON of stuff over on friendfeed at http://www.friendfeed.com/scobleizer — I’ve been seeing a lot of companies and interesting people the past few weeks and that’s where I’ve been posting everything I’ve been doing. That will change in April, but I’m still in “slowdown” mode in public while I get our new project going.

More to come next week after I can talk openly about what’s going on in my life.

Why I haven't posted for two weeks

TechCrunch has the news tonight: Scoble to leave Fast Company.

Back in 2003 I wrote a Corporate Blogging Manifesto. Rule #13 is “don’t write if your life is in turmoil.”

It’s even harder to write when you are negotiating for stuff. But it’s really harder when you also are trying to deal with your career while continuing to do your job. This week I uploaded something like 20 videos to Fast Company TV. Whew! I am visiting as many companies as I can as quickly as I can (yesterday I saw two more, today I’m visiting another three) so that I can get a good bead on what I should build next and also to get some ideas of where to take my blog.

I’m building up quite a white board of things I’m going to do here. One thing is I’ll be moving off of WordPress.com soon to a hosted version of WordPress. That way I can really play with some of the newer plugins and widgets that I haven’t been able to use here.

Also, I’m really loving the new low-cost cameras like the Flip Mino HD, which costs about $200. Almost all of my most recent videos on Fast Company TV were shot on these low-cost cameras.

Anyway, I can’t talk about what I’m doing next yet because it’s not completely decided. I’m working on that and hope it’s in shape so we can announce something at the SXSW conference.

Oh, one thing I’ve learned over the past year, and especially this past month, is who my real friends are. Thanks to Bob Safian at Fast Company for helping guide me (I’ll still be writing a column for Fast Company thanks to him and David Lidsky, my editor). Kudos to Rocky Barbanica, who was my producer. In the past couple of weeks I’ve learned I can’t replace him by not sleeping. My editing sucks and it’s good to have someone thinking about shots, audio, and all that. Thanks to Seagate for being a dream sponsor the past two years. They did everything I asked them to do and they rarely asked me to do anything in return and they made doing hundreds of videos per year possible. Seagate deserves lots of credit for supporting the startups who always got on my show for free thanks to their sponsorship (lots of other places, like the Demo Conference, charge startups to get access to the audiences they’ve aggregated). Thanks to Brian and Julie over at Seagate for all the great support over the years we’ve been partnering together.

Well, onward, I’ll be back here more soon. Thanks!

Being creative after a layoff

I’m also now blogging about business stuff I’m seeing over on my Fast Company blog. Here’s one I did titled “You’ve Survived a Layoff at Work, How Do You Get Creative Again?”

A ton of ideas on how I’ve seen people get creative again after a layoff. On Sunday Loic Le Meur, CEO of Seesmic, admonished me and told me it’s very important to get back after a layoff and be optimistic again. Otherwise your work will suffer and people around you will see you as having less value.

He’s right, so I’ve been working on just that. Do you have any other ways you get optimistic after having a bad day at work?