Your privacy is critically important to me. As Chris Estes I have a few fundamental principles:
- I don’t ask you for personal information unless I truly need it. (I can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
- I don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop products, or protect our rights.
- I don’t store personal information on my servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of my services.
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For those of you that have been following me know the last year or so have been tough. So I’m going to take a break and explain it all to you and give you the update on my status.
As many of you know I lost a job in Washington DC then moved to take a job in New York City. For various reasons that job lasted until the mortgage crisis hits its high and the banks didn’t need contract labor. So I once again packed my bags to move home to Birmingham because I decided to start my own Business stemming from my work with SEO by Chris and start a business of my own called Birmingham SEO. During the few months after my move back to Birmingham I need to get my health in check. I had all kinds of physical and emotional problems that required some overnight stays for testing and observation. Most of these so called “Problems” were all related to stress and being overworked. Some might just call it “exhaustion”. So about the middle of June all is well and I’m ready to get back at it full time. Plus we all know money doesn’t grow on trees it comes from somewhere.
Image Adapted from library.thinkquest.org
During June I built my business plan and implemented the web portion. In the process I picked up a couple sites of my own that I would use to supplement my consulting income. The websites did show real potential. But all the while not producing money. So into July I took a short term contract as a political consultant for the Humane Society Legislative Fund while trying bring in some revenue and potential clients down the road. The revenue part worked well but the clients were hitting a slow. I would make calls and look through the want ad’s for people needing services. The state of the economy was starting to really hurt my target business and they did not or could not afford services. So in turn business hit bottom. I put a lot of time in building up my sites that have turned out to be only a supplement and produce about enough for a Mc Meal a day. Since we all know money doesn’t grow on trees I have decided to get back into the regular employment market to make ends meet while I wait for my customer base to come back around.
I am currently in the process of talking to several employers but they are either almost too scared to hire or want someone with many qualifications and years of experience. The current employment situation is a company’s dream. They get a much better pool of applications to choose from. I got turned down for a job that the only posted job requirement was “Pass a Drug Test” and “Graduate High School.” The person they hired had a Masters Degree and Spoke 3 languages. If I was the hiring manager that person would have been my choice too.
Logo from IBEW.org
Adapted from WoodFramers.com
So I am going back to my roots and what I know. I’m a third generation union worker with an electrician brother. Blue Collar work runs through my veins. I have fought it and tried to change it – you just can’t change who you are. So the most promising leads for employment is with craft unions in Birmingham. Accepting one of these jobs will still enable me to pursue and grow my business. Weather it be with the Carpenters or the Electricians I hope to find the fix to my economic woes.
So really the state of the economy has effected me. I’m not bad off like some places. I am very fortunate and do see that if the economy doesn’t rebound and correct itself I could quickly be with the others. My business plans are on hold for the moment. Not really on hold – I’m waiting for the market to rebound and allow me to get back to work.
Wish me luck and wish America Luck. Times are tough for many people. My contribution is buying American. It may be more expensive but is a better product almost always. Plus it helps out your neighbor. If you neighbor is working then that means things are going to be ok. If we get Americans back to work our Economic Crisis will be over. Its really simple. if people are spending money then that means there making money. So help me do my part and make it yours. Buy American. Real Patriots buy American.
Image adopted from Wikinomics.com
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Over the next few days you will notice some changes to the look and feel of Chris-Estes.com. In addition to design changes we will be adding some functionality that we haven’t utilized. Some of the technical changes we are going to make will be changing our feed burner address to a Google feed burner address. The new design will take care of the bare space around the blog by adding more advertisements. Yes the advertisers might not be everybody’s favorite thing to see on a page to clutter it up. Since times are hard I can’t bring you the great and cutting edge stories with out increasing the advertising on my blog. So my entrepreneurship and marketing training is kicking in to utilize the space.
The advertisements are going to be based on content relevant ads that bring in revenue per click and others one I select. The ones I select will be target to things I think you are interested in. In order for me to receive revenue it will require you to make a purchase so of course I am only going to put up advertisements you would be interested in. The banner and content ads are the only type of advertising I plan to us.
There is the thought of sponsored post. But that would discount the type of post I plan to make. Speaking of post. I plan to talk more about politics and a little less this and that. So for the next few months my theme is going to be Chris Estes on Politics. I might sneak in a random post or two about just random interesting things. So get ready and prepare as I plan to bring you coverage of the the National and local races that affect everyone but more specifically the things in my area that matter. I am going to try and bring fair and balanced information.
Bloggers postings and musings are becoming more and more powerful and I would like for my voice to be heard and addressed. I have to yet decided on a candidate for president. Even though I am trending towards one based on the conventions. Within the next few days you are going to witness a change in direction of my blogs change. As the major changes are in place I will make announcements on how you can utilize the change for you.
My feed url will be changing from a Feedburner URL to a Google Feedburner URL that will need to be updated in your feed aggregator.
Stay Stuned for future updates.
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Earlier tonight I made this announcement public with a mass e-mail…
As many of you know I have been in search of jobs all over the country. I found a fit on Wall Street in New York. Kind of hard to believe this small town southern guy would ever move to a city that has more people than his home state. I took a position as an analyst with a firm at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway. Four years ago I wouldn’t have ever thought I would live outside the south.
I am really excited about the opportunities the new firm offers. (I "ain’t" saying who or what until the press release comes out!) The rest of this week I am going to be packing up and looking for housing in New York. That is where you come in… If you have a friend/family/associate in New York drop them a note and say "Hey! I know a guy that is moving to NY and looking for an apartment. Do you know of any vacancies?"
Stay tuned to my seldomly updated blog for the announcement on my press release.http://www.chris-estes.com
When I moved to Washington, DC I only planned for a three month stay before I moved home. Well it has been two years and I’m going further north. Even though I am moving further north doesn’t make me miss Alabama any less. Alabama is my home and always will be. I have been living quite the portable life since leaving, though I can’t move in two suitcases or my Honda anymore, I do plan to come home one day. Look at this way, at least when you come to New York you will have a tour guide and a floor to crash.