The Upcoming Threesome Roadtrip

 

The Origin

It’s no secret that I’m a project enthusiast.

If I want to do something, I turn it into a measurable goal; something with rules and milestones so that I can more quickly get where I want to be and then figure out where I want to go next.

Exile Lifestyle is one such project. I wanted to travel in a unique way, so I came up with a name, a logo and a purpose. Bam, instant momentum.

Another project that I started up (along with my ex) when I was living in LA was a networking group called Way Below Status Quo (the name is a joke, revolving around the idea that the old guard in most industries think that 20- and 30-somethings are too young to possibly be any more than below average at their jobs…all the while, we slowly take over and radically change things).

The point of WBSQ was to give us a way to get all the really awesome people we would meet while out networking together in one place and learn from them (and enable them to learn from each other). We shared resources, connections, stories, successes and failures. We shared wine and snacks and good times.

It was awesome.

But then we left. We both moved away from LA, and we let it be for the time being.

The Roadtrip

For several months now, I’ve been talking with Andi from Instigationology and Ash from The Middle Finger Project about having a roadtrip around the US in July (the month I’m between countries…I’m back in the US from New Zealand, but not yet away in Thailand). The point of this roadtrip would be to meet all the people we’ve been talking to for so long online, but have never met in person. All the bloggers, commenters and readers that we’ve been growing close to, but haven’t been able to shake hands or share a drink with.

And so we started planning, and as we did so, we realized that this was a big opportunity to expand the scope of our respective spheres of influence and to plant the seeds of community as we traveled and start investing in something that could grow and grow without us having to be there.

Eureka! We realized that reviving this old brand would be the perfect vehicle for such a network. The concept was the same – we’re looking to meet up with and link together ambitious and talented individuals everywhere – and hey, this way we don’t have to design a new logo.

Oh, also, we’re in talks with a double-handful of REALLY awesome potential sponsors at the moment, but if you have any suggestions for companies we should talk to, shoot me a message.

The Network

So here we are, Way Below Status Quo is back, and we’d love to you join up and come meet us during the road trip!

Head over to the Way Below Status Quo website, sign up and start interacting (it works a lot like Facebook or a Ning network).

Check out the Group section and join the one that is closest to where you live. Each stop is going to be different, and we’d love to get your opinion as to what kind of event/activities you’d like to attend/help out with in your area. We’ll also be looking for people to meet up with for drinks, and for places to stay, so if you’ve got some space beds/couches/floorspace for 3, we’d love to hear from you!

As we get closer to the launch date, we’ll be revealing more details about the project (including sponsors, smaller cities we’ll be passing through and maybe, just maybe, a super-secret 4th member! That’s right, a FOURSOME roadtrip!).

We’ll be posting unique content to the WBSQ site: blogs, videos, maybe even a striptease or two (okay, maybe not the last one…but MAYBE. Can you really afford not to check?!).

See you there!

30 comments

  1. Yes! This is the best thing ever. I can’t wait to meet you all. I see that Portland, ME is on the list of destination cities so that’s perfect.

  2. Yes! This is the best thing ever. I can’t wait to meet you all. I see that Portland, ME is on the list of destination cities so that’s perfect.

  3. I currently live in New Orleans but will be gone by the time you leave. I would have loved to have hosted/met you here. But I’ll be on my own world tour! Have fun!

    Eric

  4. I currently live in New Orleans but will be gone by the time you leave. I would have loved to have hosted/met you here. But I’ll be on my own world tour! Have fun!

    Eric

  5. Want me to try and make something happen here in London, England? I love the idea and though I doubt you’d get here in time just thought it might be fun to do something over this way – even just help folk switch onto these kind of things eh? I love real life and co-creating communities….on and off line. Signed up to the site so let me know what you think. London Calling.

  6. Want me to try and make something happen here in London, England? I love the idea and though I doubt you’d get here in time just thought it might be fun to do something over this way – even just help folk switch onto these kind of things eh? I love real life and co-creating communities….on and off line. Signed up to the site so let me know what you think. London Calling.

  7. That sounds awesome! Oddly enough I’m also traveling around the US/roadtripping in July, so maybe we will cross paths.

  8. That sounds awesome! Oddly enough I’m also traveling around the US/roadtripping in July, so maybe we will cross paths.

  9. Me: I vote for the strip tease!

    Colin: You would.

    Me: What are you trying to say?

    Colin: Don’t quit your night job.

    Me: But…but…that is my…nevermind.

  10. Me: I vote for the strip tease!

    Colin: You would.

    Me: What are you trying to say?

    Colin: Don’t quit your night job.

    Me: But…but…that is my…nevermind.

  11. Just signed up for Way Below Status Quo. Definitely, definitely excited about this and I think it’s a great idea. I live 2 1/2 hrs from Chicago and will not be missing this. See you there!

  12. Just signed up for Way Below Status Quo. Definitely, definitely excited about this and I think it’s a great idea. I live 2 1/2 hrs from Chicago and will not be missing this. See you there!

  13. Also, I’m curious. How did you create the Way Below Status Quo website? You said it was similar to ning. What platform are you using? It’s very simple – but has everything you need. I really like it.

  14. Also, I’m curious. How did you create the Way Below Status Quo website? You said it was similar to ning. What platform are you using? It’s very simple – but has everything you need. I really like it.

  15. First off:

    This is an excellent idea. Bringing your entire blogging network together on a giant roadtrip? Sounds like the epitome of the Exile Lifestyle.

    Secondly:

    I echo Richard’s question – how did you make the website? It’s awesome.

    Thirdly: I wished I lived in a major city and was an adult, man. Would make things easier on the meet-up, if I choose to show myself in Boston. We’ll stay in touch, I’m sure.

  16. First off:

    This is an excellent idea. Bringing your entire blogging network together on a giant roadtrip? Sounds like the epitome of the Exile Lifestyle.

    Secondly:

    I echo Richard’s question – how did you make the website? It’s awesome.

    Thirdly: I wished I lived in a major city and was an adult, man. Would make things easier on the meet-up, if I choose to show myself in Boston. We’ll stay in touch, I’m sure.

  17. Ok, nevermind. I found the answer to my question by looking at the footer of Way Below Status Quo (go figure…). WordPress MU, Buddypress, and Avenue B2. I might have to figure out how I can combine this with my website!

  18. Ok, nevermind. I found the answer to my question by looking at the footer of Way Below Status Quo (go figure…). WordPress MU, Buddypress, and Avenue B2. I might have to figure out how I can combine this with my website!

  19. Hey Colin. I’m diggin’ the WBSQ website. I’m super excited for it. Super-duper excited, actually.

  20. Hey Colin. I’m diggin’ the WBSQ website. I’m super excited for it. Super-duper excited, actually.

  21. This sounds like an awesome opportunity, too bad I’m not in the US, but hey, here is an idea. If this road trip goes well maybe you would like to expand in a huge way over the continent, later the world?

    Just shooting the idea, since if someone can do it, I bet it’s you! I wonder if I can catch a plane just for this.

  22. This sounds like an awesome opportunity, too bad I’m not in the US, but hey, here is an idea. If this road trip goes well maybe you would like to expand in a huge way over the continent, later the world?

    Just shooting the idea, since if someone can do it, I bet it’s you! I wonder if I can catch a plane just for this.

  23. Sounds like a really fun idea! I’m not in the US, but close to NZ ;) In sunny Melbourne, Australia (well sunny today at least).

    Well I hope you have a great time together.

  24. Sounds like a really fun idea! I’m not in the US, but close to NZ ;) In sunny Melbourne, Australia (well sunny today at least).

    Well I hope you have a great time together.

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