10 Years, In the Blink of an Eye

Apple PowerMac G4

The first thing I bought when I started my own business…

I wrote a song in 2000 called ‘5 Years in the Blink of an Eye’, about how my band, formed in 1995 was now 5 years old. Now I’m writing a blog with a similar title, about my business, started in 2001, which is now 10 years old.

But back in September 2001 I never heard of a ‘blog’. No-one had broadband (I dialled up and downloaded emails and the  switched it off again quick). My Apple Powermac G3 had a 6Gb hard drive.The first Lord of the Rings film wasn’t out yet. I drove a Volvo 240. I didn’t own a DVD player or a mobile phone but still made use of my cassette player. I didn’t have a TV or TV licence in protest that Doctor Who wasn’t on.

Today my day consisted of a Skype call to a client in Saudi Arabia (I’m publishing his book), then I went into town to my favourite bookshop to write 1600 words (on my MacbookPro) in 90 mins for my own products. Then back for a video Skype call with a colleague who’s organising my appearance on his radio show in America next week. Then a bit of other client work on their books, follow up some arrangements for future speaking appearances. Once I’ve set up my newsletter it’ll be time to get back to put my three children to bed before getting ready for the final episode of Torchwood. What a day. And all unimaginable 10 years ago.

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