Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Job of a Logo

What is a logo? Well, a logo is a well-designed graphic image or physical property that describes a business and tells potential customers what a business does. Is your business trustworthy? Are you a professional? What is the quality of the goods or services you provide?

My business, Better World Media, actually requires two logos, a personal logo, and a business logo. If my business is successful I will eventually hire one or more employees, and each employee will have their own personal logo. Hopefully, these employees will also be (but not necessarily be) family members. The primary service of BWM, at this time, is photography. BWM, however, is designed to eventually start adding compatible services that use the professional talents of each individual employee.

At this time my personal logo consists simply of a black background, and two graphics. One graphic is the shutter of a camera. This represents my work in photography. One graphic is the treble clef, a music symbol. The treble clef represents my work as a musician and songwriter. Future plans are to add identifying info for BWM to the logo, and a redesign of the text.

The Better World Media logo, once again, consists of a black background, a camera shutter, and the treble clef. It also consists of eight simple graphics that convey the kind of work that BWM is noted for. There are four graphics showing modes of travel because BWM will travel to do the work that is needed. The guitar symbolizes our work in music. The camera and video camera shows our work in image production. And, the typewriter shows our work in tieing everything together to produce the story our clients are trying to convey.

Building the business of Better World Media has taught me a lot about building a business. But, I believe, more importantly, I am learning things about the human body and taking care of myself that I never before considered. For instance, a person can only do so much before it is time to take a break and get some rest.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

It's Diary Time


Things change, don't blink your eyes. 'Cause if you do they'll pass you by.
About the time you think you've locked it in, things change, then change again.
That's just life. The way it's always been. That's the way it's always been 'cause that's the way it's always been.

As an over-the-road trucker for 35-years I learned to count on one thing, and that is I cannot count on any plans that I make. I could never count on being home for Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, or special occasion days for family members. So it is with my plans for van life. Just about the time I was ready to buy the equipment things came up and I needed to use my money to help other people out. That put me in a very difficult position that lasted for 8+ months. Now, I am starting to get back on my feet both mentally and physically. And, my travel bug is starting to bite me again.

My birthday is just over 3 weeks away. Soon after that, I plan to move back to Las Vegas. But, even after the move, I may not start a full-time van life in the dead of winter. But, I do plan to make a few test-runs before Sping to places in southern Nevada and Arizona.

 All I am doing these days is planning, packing, testing, and researching. Basically, other than a power source I am ready to start my new life of living in a van.

I can say this with certainty: If I am enjoying this adventure I will try to upgrade to a small RV. If I do not like full-time van-life I will either do it part-time or not at all. At this moment I am very hopeful and anxious to get started. 

It is my plan to spend the next 2 years living in my van and doing my bucket list. There are 3 items that are a priority on this list, the Hornet, the Midway, and the WDC memorials. After that, I will visit and photograph every national and state park, preserve, trail, memorial, and museum I can along the way. There will be a page on this blog that will include my itinerary.