Cut to two men sitting in the lobby of a hotel bar:
“I’m going to clear 50k frequent flier miles on the company card this quarter”
“Oh that’s nothing, Q3 last year I did 125k”
“Wow, that’s something! Hey, what do you think of the formatting on the new weekly reports? Does the corporate office ever even listen to a word we say?”
“Never, they are always out to pile more on to us. I even proposed a new reporting process last year that would have reduced redundancy 13% and I never even got a meeting with the VP”
I sit up in a cold sweat realizing I may have just had the worst nightmare of my life.
It was me in the dream, 20 years from now having the same conversations complaining about office politics and having nothing to talk about except the business that I’m always wanting to get away from.
Ever notice how that works? You spend all week waiting for work to end and then end up talking (IE complaining) about it as soon as you leave?
That’s not the life I wanted, not the life I envisioned for myself. I want to write music, travel the world, learn to sword fight, meet interesting people and do a thousand other things that don’t involve sitting in a cube.
And I know what you’re thinking, having a steady job 20 years from now is your biggest fear?
Of course way worse things can happen but what made it so scary to me is that it’s the easy road. It’s the path of complacency and that means that there is a much bigger chance of it actually happening.
So Who Am I? What Is Rad Pirate Ship?
I’m Ryan O’Connor and for the past 4 years I’ve been doing online marketing in some capacity. I’ve built websites, run orders and accounting for an e-commerce store, built my own affiliate sites and most recently worked at an SEO agency. Now I’ve replaced my income from my full time job with a combination of freelance SEO work and the income I make running my own websites.
Defining Rad Pirate Ship is a more difficult proposition. I have done so much SEO work where I have carefully crafted and segmented a site based on keyword research in order to maximize traffic and earning potential. I fancy the idea of not being so structured and specific here.
Early on there will be a big focus on tactical SEO, online marketing and organic traffic growth. That’s what I know how to do and I think I have some cool ideas and strategies to share. However, writing about SEO exclusively does not appeal to me.
I also know I’d like to help others getting started in creating their online businesses. I went through a lot of BS thrown at me by gurus when I was getting started. It’s embarassing to admit but I fell for a few “How I made 10,367.00 in 12.5 hours” courses when I was getting started. They always lead me to more courses and more scammy BS. Helping someone avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes that I fell into is a huge goal and motivator for me.
I also plan to write about productivity, creating and outsourcing processes and other business related endeavors. When I travel or accomplish a personal goal I also want to write about that while trying to tie it in to the rest of what I’m working on. Don’t worry though, I won’t be posting photos of my breakfast any time soon.
To summarize, Rad Pirate Ship is about my quest to build the lifestyle I want and everything that goes with it.