My Typical Dot Com Day

I don’t think I’ve done one of these posts before. This should be fun! I normally take the weekend off, but I’ll take days off as I feel like it. I’m not set in my schedule in any way. Heck, I really don’t have a schedule, however most days look like this…

My typical Dot Com Day starts off with me getting up. When? Well, that varies. If I’m up late working on some editing or playing games, I stay up pretty late, so I get up pretty late sometimes too. However, the rest of the world seems to wake up earlier than me so whenever I get woken up by a phone call or the postal service, I guess I’m up. If I don’t get disturbed, I still try to get my ass up by 11:00 AM.

Just because I don’t really work, doesn’t mean I don’t have a uniform or a dress code. My Dot Com uniform consists of my bathrobe, a T-Shirt and plaid pyjama bottoms. Fuzzy slippers optional. I used to just hang out in my underwear, but after a few close calls with door to door solicitors, I decided that it’d be safer to wear something.

After putting on the “uniform”, it’s time to fire up the Espresso machine for an Americano. Sometimes I’ll make regular coffee. If I wake up earlier than eleven, then I make breakfast. I’ve started using the Wii News Channel to keep me up to date with the world by watching the news on the Wii News Channel. I love my Wii My Typical Dot Com Day If it’s already eleven, I’ll just have coffee because lunchtime will be coming up soon. With some coffee to start my day, I proceed to my daily duties. I then go to my office…20 feet away…

After I get in from my long “commute”, I get into my office and take care of my emails and phone messages, and then go on to check my site stats. I’ll also take this time to catch up on forum posts at Futurelooks, answer comments on my blog (but as you guys know, I do that all day long) and chat with my writers if they are online. After all that, it’s time for lunch!

Recently, I decided that it might be a good idea to meet up with other Dot Com Guys for Saturday Pho. However, that’s only Saturday. During the week, I’ll make lunch at home, or head out to my local coffee shop or sushi place with a book and get an hour of reading in while stuffing my face. I try to get out there by no later than 1:30 PM. Sometimes, if one of my local writers are free, I’ll grab them for lunch, but since everyone has a day job, that’s pretty rare. After lunch, I’ll go pick up any freebies that may have shown up at couriers and run whatever errands I need to do while I’m out.

After I get home, it’s time for another break! I’ll usually sit down and catch up with some stuff on the PVR that I’ve recorded, or play some Nintendo Wii, or take a nap. When I’m done my second break, I’ll start to work on new articles or reviews for a couple more hours. Then it’s time for dinner!

Because I like to cook, I normally eat at home, but I will indulge in a fine dining experience once in a while or recently, a not so fine dining experience. If I’m heading out for some exercise, I’ll usually do it before dinner so I’ll have a snack and then dinner later. After dinner, I take another break in front of the TV, or play more Nintendo Wii, or just surf the web for new ideas for my sites.

I usually launch new articles at night so I normally take an hour or so before bed to finish edits and prepare my news flash email to send out to my affiliates. Sometimes if I’m feeling motivated, I’ll get things done during the day, and set my news flash to send out by itself. Everything is done by 10:30 PM. After, if I’m beat, I’ll head to bed. If I’m not, I’m up surfing the web or playing more games. If I’m feeling like a keener, I’ll get more work done on a new article. I end every night with a quick check of site stats before bed. That’s a typical day for Web Entrepreneur, Stephen Fung My Typical Dot Com Day

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    • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

      i wish i could have registered whatsthefuss.com but it was already taken by some other blogger…jerk…

      • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

        I left the .COM guy in my rearview mirror, but I do have a standing order to grab the URL if it goes dormant. It’s not a big deal to me anymore, but it would be nice to have.

    • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

      shouldnt this post be renamed to dot net day?

      • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

        I take care of .COM’s as well as .NET’s :D

    • http://michaelkwan.com Michael Kwan

      Well, I did it. Here is my entry on my typical day:

      http://btr.michaelkwan.com/2007/02/08/a-day-in-the-life.aspx

      • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

        I like it! Great job Michael!

        There you go! Free content idea right there folks ;)

      • http://www.mynewchoice.com My New Choice

        Michael, nice post on your day. Reading about all you guys sleeping in has me good and jealous. Not being a morning person makes it very hard for me to get up at 4:30am every day. I made a wrong turn somewhere.

        • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

          even though im in college i still get to sleep in most days, tuesdays i have to wake up at 7 though, every other day is 9 i think.

          • http://www.mynewchoice.com My New Choice

            You guys are killing me! I like to stay up late (1am or 2am) and then have to drag myself out of bed at 4:30-5:00 to get to work. If I leave later, I sit in traffic for an extra hour. Dang, I want to be a Dot Com Mogul but somehow I ended up coding/designing for corporations.

            • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

              What major did you persue in college? Currently i am a computer science major and im just wondering if that is what my future holds…(assuming i cant make it dot com styel)

            • http://www.mynewchoice.com My New Choice

              I have a BS in Computer Science (how true that really is, lol). As for the job, my hours are a result of living really far from my office. Initially I was a 1099 contractor so I didn’t want to move but am now an employee. Although I do work only 4 days per week and have these hours to avoid the rush hour traffic, plus my boss is liberal with how often I can work from home. It’s really a pretty sweet deal but cannot be compared to these moguls. :)

            • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

              but in your opinion, going into computer science is a good field? From the research i have done it seems as if there is a wide range of fields i can go into and the job market seems to be pretty health and will continue to be healthy for a while. is this what you see?

            • http://www.mynewchoice.com My New Choice

              Personally, I would not have changed a thing for myself. While more and more jobs are being outsourced overseas, I still see strong demand overall for quality IT/CS type employees.

              The way I see it, you can go two ways. One is to try and focus on a niche within IT that is unlikely to be outsourced. This is kind of where I am now. Two is to be really well-versed technically but also position yourself for leadership positions, as there will need to be someone to manage the outsourced headcount if they go that way. This is kind of what I am moving towards now.

            • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

              my mom suggested that i do like a double major, and for the second part do like library science, or something similar to that, that way i can get a good job that is located within a library. And sense there are several thousand of them in the US i can go wrong, and not just libraries with books, but others such as the smithsonian and libraries focused on research.

      • http://www.blog.trbn.com Thinkreferrals

        sounds good to me, but I never sleep in.

        • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

          well, i really dont sleep in much either, i do most of my sleeping on the weekends.

    • http://www.blog.trbn.com Thinkreferrals

      Nice day, nothing like enjoying your life. I have a question for you, your comment whores on the right, is that a plugin? I would like to add that to my blog and recognize commenter’s.

      • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

        You bet it is! It’s a really great plugin and IMHO, is one of the must haves on a blog. The link is right here.

        http://www.stephenfung.net/comment-whores-rejoice/

        • http://www.mynewchoice.com My New Choice

          Yeah, it is a pretty cool plugin. I’ve wanted to install it on my site but the problem is that nobody reading my site seems to comment much. Stephen, do you think adding this plugin boosted the comments or did you have a decent number of comments before using the plugin?

          I just don’t want to install the plugin and have nobody commenting.

          • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

            I think if you draw attention to it, you might get people curious enough to try it. Even before the big “Stephen Fung’s Next Top Comment Whore” contest, people were already competing for one of the spots on the list. I drew attention to the new feature by bloggin about it. It was actually one of my most commented posts!

            • http://www.mynewchoice.com My New Choice

              You’ve convinced me to try it out. The plugin is installed and I made a brief post about it on my blog. Unfortunately, I am not a Dot Com Mogul and don’t have any cool prizes to give out yet.

              http://www.mynewchoice.com/2007/02/08/share-your-thoughts/

            • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

              Left you a comment. I’m now one of your top commentors :D

            • http://www.mynewchoice.com My New Choice

              Lol, thanks for the comment Stephen. I’ve moved things around per your suggestion. And I just noticed that I received another new comment.

              Easy pickings for the top spots right now! Lol.

            • http://michaelkwan.com Michael Kwan

              In the instructions, it mentions something about “chmod”. Someone want to school me on this?

            • http://www.mynewchoice.com My New Choice

              chmod, which stands for change mode, is a Unix command used to manage the access permissions on a file or directory. Depending on how you access your account (FTP, control panel, etc) the method may be slightly different on how to change the permissions.

              The plugin mentions setting the file to “777″, which means read/write/execute access for all levels of access. Personally, I didn’t set mine to 777 as I don’t want “everyone” having write access to this file.

              Does that help explain things? Google on chmod to get more details than you probably care to know. :)

            • http://michaelkwan.com Michael Kwan

              Google results are pretty overwhelming, yes :)

            • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

              that and wikipedia, even though its kinda shady as to whether or not it is 100% correct, there is a lot of knowledge on there.

    • http://michaelkwan.com Michael Kwan

      Maybe I should do one of these too. Our days aren’t all that different, except that I actually do 95% of my writing before dinner.

      • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

        Do it Michael! Do it!

        • http://whatsthefuss.net Nicholas Witkoski

          does anyone want to know about my class schedule? i can post that on my site, and then talk about my job for a while…

    • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

      I forgot to talk about my commute, so I updated it with that part ;)

    • http://whatsthefuss.net Nick Witkoski

      i am so jealous. I cant wait til i make it to that level

    • http://paulknows.blogspot.com Paul

      Nice and relaxed, sounds like a nice life! You’ve inspired me to write a post about my typical day’s work.

      • http://www.futurelooks.com Stephen

        Do it! That means content for you and as we know, content brings traffic ;)

    • http://www.gadgetvenue.com/ Matthew

      Sounds like a nice retirement. :)