Unrelated Thoughts

Poems that are not in The End of the Word as We Know It, by Wes Unruh

Monthly Archives: November 2008

Sculpting Identity from Activity

“We get what we promote”

– Seth Godin

In the last few days I’ve been thinking about how I ended up doing what I do… it started when I sat down at the computer in 98, determined to see if I could find anything out about my birth.

As time progressed, I learned how to search, I studied everything I could get my hands on about the politics of adoption circa 1960-1980, and started wondering if I would be able to scrape together the cash for a DNA test.

Sometime in 1999, I discovered +Fravia and learned how powerful search engines were, and how massive the net truly was…

Sometime in 2000, I’d learned how to navigate all of the primary social networks devoted to the topics in which I was most interested. Over the next three years I tried a number of different approaches, online and offline, to find and dig up information on where I’d come from, as well as utilized search engines and html gimmickery to attempt cultural hacking – using the medium of the search engine as my media – playing with keyword density in what looked to others as poetry – or perhaps I developed poetry with the underlying intention of writing for placement, rather than readers.

In seeking my own biological center, I was also experimenting with constructing an identity online – the interplay of individual identity and interpellation from dubious documents from my private adoption, along with the natural residual effect of cultural attitudes surrounding adoptees engaged in search, and you can see how emotional needs drove my relentless need to know, to find out, and to figure out how to use the tools at my disposal.

In 2004, everything changed. I found out who my birth mother actually was, thanks to the networking online I’d been doing for six years. My focus shifted from searching, to processing, trying to externalize the noise that welled up inside me after years of conflicting cognitive states, emotions, and changes that had arisen from so much focus on puzzling out my own historicity. I’m not finished, I have more even now I am seeking to discover, but just finding out half of the narrative was enough to trigger the period of intensely creative outgrowth that generated the Unquiet Mind projects and Philip K Nixon.

That’s how I learned to use search engines. Over the last few years I’ve become more studious in the effective and profitable ways to do online social optimization through search engine marketing, list-building, and social media distribution. The reality though is that I still prefer to apply my knowledge to issues surrounding searchers, individuals using social media to promote themselves, artists and musicians and writers – the creative social network offline and on that I have come to cherish from the years I’ve been a part of the online community.

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Here’s a masterlist of resources for ad …

Here’s a masterlist of resources for adoptees doing search and perusing the rest of the goup out there also searching. In some ways I’m inspired by this list, in other ways it’s humbling to know that this is only a drop in the bucket in terms of the sheer number of sites out there that are concerned with or somehow touched by adoption. I tend to be biased, this list is somewhat tilted in Bastard Nation’s favour.

What I am, Who I do…

So as more and more links come in with this website, my little wordpress.com blog is starting to see more traffic. I guess I should clean up my act some, put up a list of skills, let you in on who I am and what I do… unfortunately I’m so freaking business-oriented, and so freakin busy, that I forget to come around here and keep this updated… Yes, I am a freelance OSO consultant

My time is valuable to a lot of people and I consult usually over two hour periods of time – I also write and edit content for the web. A full detailed account of how I got into search engines is coming, but it would be fair to say that marketing was sort of the last thing I expected to be doing. My story might surprise you!

I’ll get around to it soon. Until then, yes, I do make my living by always being online. If you wish to pay me for my time, I’m happy to consult with you regarding specific tactics of OSO

OSO Training

thw literacy bubble

With the advent of this globbal timesuck of thumbtexting, and rthe resulting spam-esque nonsense that lulz out, plus the non-stop wilfull refusal, deformity of the english language that accompanies such statements, and I believe we are nao seeing the beginning of the burst of the literacy bubble… Literacy is a violence perpetrated on behalf of control anywaay, and it’ll be good to see it die

my shadow

change is coming through my shadow.


I am exhausted. But a solid, self-driven kind of exhaustion. This month will be a period of video creation and audio production, web site generation, and database implementation for a number of projects. Public individual is initiated, and that is my full focus this coming week

For now I am haunted by the voices channeled out of the air by the computer speaker wires, strange radionic ghost messages coasting through on a fog of static

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