As the first post on my new domain, it seems fitting to write about personal branding. I once bought jennchen.org (because .com was already in use) with the intention of setting up a photo portfolio. In my naiveté of personal drive, I thought the $9.99 I paid for the domain name would motivate me to create content. It went unattended for an entire year. A few years later, after establishing two wordpress.org blogs and registering two additional domain names, I finally have the drive to finish what I started. A few weeks ago, I was randomly browsing and Googling myself with select iterations (e.g. jenn chen coffee”) when I discovered that this domain was on sale. I don’t even remember who had it before. Fifty dollars seemed a small price to pay for a name that exists thousands of times over across the globe. Read More
Can’t believe it’s nearly May. Just bought the domain jennchen.com, which is unheard of. My name is SO common that I took about 2 hours to make the decision and outright bought it at $50. If you try going to the site within 48 hours of this post, you will get a “domain for sale” page. In the next few weeks, you may or may not notice a few changes to this blog. I’ll no longer be at thecuriousbean.wordpresscom… I will be migrating from a wordpress.com site to a wordpress.org site. The layout will yet again be different. I’ll also be reorganizing a bit to incorporate a portfolio & resume. The blog itself will still exist, it just might not be the first thing you see when you go to my site. Read More
It’s 11 days into February and 11 days since I made some personal goals to improve my general satisfaction in life. While this blog is primarily a coffee blog, it’s still a personal one and I intend on posting items such as, say, my recipes on cured salmon & braised pork belly. Read More
I’m getting back into blogging and I’m going to ignore SEO for now just because I think I need to spout off creative nonsense. In the past few months, I’ve seriously amped up my social media game. If you’ve been following me on Twitter for a while, you might have noticed more Tweets than usual and [hopefully] a more concentrated effort on sending out interesting content. Read More
In full disclosure, I used to work for Groupon. But this could really just apply to any job you feel unfulfilled in. In the end, I left not because of the media’s constant criticism of the company, but because the job was no longer a good fit for me. If you’re looking for articles on reasons to sell your stock or give it bad press, you should probably stop reading now. Read More
As some of you may be aware, my last day of corporate work was on May 25, 2012. Since then, I’ve revamped my personal life, social activities included, and gone into unexpected philosophical thoughts of life. And of course, I’ve slowly pushed the business forward.
It’s only been a short while, but I’ve learned a great deal already. Since I like making short lists and I imagine it reads easier than long paragraphs, here goes my learnings: Read More