MarkBrooks.TV Vlog Episode 5 ::
5.1 :: I’m switching to daily video blogging now. Here’s the first episode of my daily. Just one minute long. I was quoted in New York Times last week on the Internet dating business. Please let me know your thoughts on the video. I hope you like it. (All my vlogs are at www.MarkBrooks.TV)
5.2 :: The press like to call me on occasion, to comment about the Internet dating business. Its a tough business to be in these days as ad costs are up, and its more competitive than ever, and we've had to transition to mobile and put prices down. Conversions are down. Things have changed a lot over the last few years, but my consultancy (CourtlandBrooks.com) is as strong as ever, miraculously. We must be doing something right.
5.3 :: How far should you run? I prefer to run short distances as fast as I can. It saves time, and really, the biggest health gains are between doing nothing, and doing something. So how far do I run? See the video. Its enough to do the job. Fresh air, stretch the legs and lungs, and catch a change of scenery. Its not necessary to run 10-20 miles. For most people, that's just not going to happen anyway. So, moderation is the key, IMHO. Actually, the term is Minimum Effective Dose. This refers to drugs usually, but it works equally well with food and exercise. You be the judge. After the run, I try and score a client, and then party it up with our good friends.
5.4 :: I love my walks with Madeleine. Occasionally we bump into a friendly dog. This particular dog was quite memorable. A lion dog? So, I've gone to a daily video blog. This whole vlogging thing is an experiment. I'm not comfortable with video, but I'd like to be. I do like capturing and sharing memories and thoughts from my day for you, and my family. I'm enjoying the process. I hope some of this is interesting to you and I hope to make it more thought-provoking. Or maybe the point of watching is to momentarily remove you from what you were thinking about? A brain break, to break up your day. For one minute a day. I'm going to try to keep it to one minute a day to respect your time. You certainly don't have much time for watching vlogs, I know. But “who has time? Who has time? But then if we never take time, how can we have time?” - The Merovingian in The Matrix Reloaded
5.5 :: Madeleine buys flowers for mommy. I don't get her enough flowers. Definitely something I need to change in 2017. Madeleine and I encountered a flower truck as we were walking home from her pre-school. She chose the color of the flowers we bought. “Pink. Mommy likes pink.” The flower truck is normally there on Saturdays but because of New Years eve coming up, decided to come on Friday. Perfect. Normally we would not have seen him there.
Madeleine was quite thrilled to buy flowers. She liked the smell. She liked carrying them, but grew tired after walking with them for a while. We took a scenic break to watch the boats, and continued our journey back home.
We live in Malta. The old name for Malta was Melita. This is actually Maltese for 'honey.' So we live in the land of honey, apparently. It is quite lovely here. So the soundtrack seemed appropriate on a couple of counts. Hope you like the video. Please share it, if you enjoyed it.