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Okay, I’ve had another idea for a venture. I’m having different ideas every single day and it’s high time I pick one and just implement it. I’m going ahead with this, because I need funding for all my other ventures to ensure their success. This new venture shall be nicknamed QM and it’s about Affiliate/Internet Marketing. I’ll be posting the link to a preview page soon, and I’m consulting Lucio Ribiero from http://www.marketingeasy.net/ for advice regarding QM. Expect from details soon!

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I know that I suck at blogging. I really do, I’ve been trying to blog since I was 12. But it turns out either I’m too busy or too cbf to blog. Anyways, this month, I’ve decided to hack the world of blogging. Truely, I need to know more about it. Not commercial blogging, and making money off it. Just personal blogging and sharing amazing things with the world. So this month, I’m taking a crack at blogging platforms (mammoths like WordPress and MovableType as well as simple ones like Tumblr and Posterous). I’ll also be blogging everyday, like like Fred Wilson or Seth Godin. I’m planning to force myself to blog regularly long enough for the habit to take over. Apart from just testing out these blogging platforms, I’ll look beneath the hood of WordPress, try and figure out how the whole thing works. Plus, I’ll also try and hack the blogosphere, who produces the content, where does it come from, how you get it, how can you get it faster, and dozens of other nitty gritty facts about it. I hope, if nothing else, I’ll be a better blogger for knowing these things.

Okay, this month, the online service that I’m hacking is Twitter. Just so that the Feds out there know, by hacking I mean taking full advantage of. Now, there’s no one way that I can measure my effectiveness gain on Twitter. Getting more followers seems childish, and following more people is a matter of whacking out a 25 line mass follow script. So, the only objective way of measuring my success is to see how many new friends I make on twitter since a recent poll suggested that the majority of people tweet to meet new people. By friends, I mean real good connection, not just “Hey, I’m GVRV” kinda conversation. Plus, for all intensive purposes, I’ll be giving Twirl and TweetDeck a shot. Plus, at the end of the month, I plan to code a simple client written in C to fully understand the Twitter API. Currently, I have 429 followers, I follow 673 people and I’ve tweeted 337 times. Hopefully, this experiment will go as planned. Right now, though I’m following some truely amazing individuals on Twitter, I haven’t made any friends through the service. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.

I’m a vegetarian by choice. Not because of moral or religious reasons. It’s just that I was brought up a vegetarian and it’s really hard to start eating meat now. The thing is, I’m really picky with my food, and so being a vegetarian limits what I can will eat. It’s more constraitive when I’m trying to plan a balanced, nutritional diet to hack my fitness levels. To be honest, no one ever mentions a healthy, complete vegetarian diet. Of all the Men’s Health issues I’ve read so far, all diet plans included meat. But I was surprised that I didn’t even find an answer on Google till my 5th search which lead to this simple yet effective nutritional diet that I will try to follow from next month. It’s not rigit, it’s just meant to be a guideline of what I want to include in my diet. Plus, I’m free to eat whatever on weekends. And I’ve got one chocolate bar, and one piece of cake a month allowance.

Breakfast: Wholemeal Bread x 2 + Cottage Cheese or Baked beans and Vegemite + Strawberry Yogurt + Melons/Apple + Glass of milk
Lunch: Wholemeal Spaghetti with Tomato paste or Veggie Burger or Chickpeas+Potatoes(with onions/tomatoes) Salad
Dinner: Chickpea curry with 2x chapattis or Beanburger with Yogurt dessert
Snacks: Bio Yogurt + Dried Fruit + Fruit + Popcorn

This diet ensures that my daily quota of 1400 calories is supplied and I get daily quota of protein(legumes), vitamins(vegemite), Iron(lentils), Zinc(nuts) and Calcium(milk), and I might take a protein/nutrients suppliment when I start working out. Plus, Pizza is strictly prohibited on weekdays. So are chips and coke. Beers are only permitted on from Thursday to Sunday, only 2 days a week from that period and maximum of 6 standard drinks. Apart from starting this strict diet next month, I’m also *drumroll* joining a gym. Yes, I’ve never really joined a gym before, but I think it’s time for me to get back in shape. I haven’t settled down on a workout yet, but I’m sure I’ll post it here when I do.

Things always change, and you are meant to adapt to these changes in order to survive. Such has been the case during the past few weeks. First of all, personally, I moved out of the halls of residence on-campus to a house near campus. Though my initial plan was to get into another University to take advantage of a free ride, it did not turn out to be possible. So, my contract at the halls lapsed and I had to move out. Even though it’s been hard to settle into a house with random people and leave really close mates, I think it turned out for the best. Being alone for a majority of the day will give me more time to work on personal projects. Hopefully, I’ll be able to concentrate on entrepreneurship/hacking more, and it’ll turn out to be a free ride in disguise. 

On a more global note, the financial situation still doesn’t seem to be improving. All the more sign that there are huge opportunities lurking in the dark. So, I’ve decided to follow a strict schedule to take advantage of this financial crisis(codenamed project GVRV). Right now, I get a new idea almost everyday, but it’s useless if I cannot manage to execute it. So it’s probably for the best that I try to shell out a prototype of something every month, even if nothing else, it’ll improve my skills. One more thing to note is that the VC community is Australia is almost non-existent. Even though VC money is moving out of the US, I don’t think significant amounts of it are reaching Australia. So, this is the perfect combination for a first time entrepreneur. I have to bootstrap my startup, execute it from start to finish and try to get people to use it. I think this will be one hell of a learning experience. I’m just waiting for the AU$3000 scholarship payment that I’ll get by the end of March after the census date. If I can have a couple of prototypes ready by then, I can make sure the launch will be smooth and easy. Till then, I’ll just have to try and get some seed funding for legal advice and business registration costs. I’m meeting up with Peter Williams in the near future, and I’m sure he’ll have some really helpful advice for a first-time entrepreneur like me. I’m also going to try and get as many connections as I can for PYD. The scope and opportunity behind PYD is huge, and if I can’t manage to exploit it before the start of the second semester, it’ll be an opportunity lost. Anyways, expect a whole load more updates in the future, especially after I get Internet at my new place, around mid-March.