GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 25 - June 2013

How much time do you devote to SEO and/or social networking in order to drive more traffic to your sites? Virtually none at the moment. Because my niche is small and SAG is still far and away the best website in the niche, my search en- gine rankings are quite good and nearly every other website in the niche links to me, so people will inevitably find me when researching the subject. I should probably clarify at this point that I am investing very little time in SAG and SBB at the moment because I have another project which I am working on. So it isn’t that I am not investing time in SEO and social networking because it isn’t worth it; it’s just that it isn’t something I have time for at the moment. You’ve been a member of the GPWA for three years, but have just one post in the last two years. How often do you visit the forum? What do you get out of your GPWA membership? As mentioned above, I liked the idea of showing that I was a genuine quality content provider and get- ting the GPWA stamp of approval on the websites. I found out about the GPWA at a conference in Sydney, and liked the idea of it. However, I don’t spend too much time working in my sites or in the industry in general. I just do what I need to do, then get on with other projects and my life. The forum is handy to have there when I do need something. I have a community there to help and I can ask for feedback, support or whatever. I appreciate that and love it about forums in general. I am something of a forum veteran, and post on many. It is just that I don’t often have things I need from the GPWA community, or much that I think I can add to it. You list playing MOBA games as one of your preferred pastimes. Are you naturally a “team player”? And what are some of your favorite MOBA-genre games? I played team sports as a kid, and was even in the Australian Army Reserve for a few years, so I am definitely able to be a great team player. But I also work well alone. I’m quite adaptable! As for MOBAs, I started with Dota 3.7 (the one in Warcraft 3, not even the Frozen Throne version), but eventually upgraded to the TFT version after a couple of years. When the stand-alone MOBA games started coming out, I picked League of Legends, simply because it was free. I have enjoyed playing it, but only play it periodically. I haven’t played a single game for over five months now. Participating in extreme/outdoor/ad- venture sports is also high on your list of things to do when you’re not working on your sites. Tell us a little about how you became interested in extreme sports and give us examples of some of the activities/events you’ve been a part of. No idea how I became interested in them exactly. I think it is just one of those things which you are attracted to or not. I love standing on the edge of big cliffs, for ex- ample. I love jumping off them into water. I love going fast. I love exhilarating things. So I have done a lot of stuff in my life al- ready. I have a scuba diving license, I have done 11 sky dives, I canyon quite a lot (which involves a lot of abseiling), I rock climb, indoors and outdoors. I completed a 170m climb just the other month in out- back Australia (Mount Arapiles). I have been bungee jumping in New Zealand, and rigged up and completed a 200m single pitch abseil. That was the most terrifying thing I have ever done because it was on a brand-new rope. I rigged it all myself (read: What if I did something wrong!?!) and the wind made it very difficult to deploy the rope neatly, so it took me an hour to com- plete the abseil as I had to keep unknotting and redeploying the rope below me as I de- scended. I also love white-water kayaking – which is one of the most exhilarating sports I know. For me it feels like I am moments away from death the whole time I am on the water. That will probably go away as I get better, but the feeling of being flipped up- side down on rapids keeps you on your toes! Oh, and snowboarding. Does wakeboard- ing count as extreme? And I am keen to try some ice climbing, and when I get more money, I want to get back into sky diving so that I can do some wing suit flying, then get into base jumping and proximity fly- ing. That is my ultimate goal. If someone were visiting you, what’s the one place you’d definitely take them to see? Visiting me at home? I always take them to “The Needles” – funny name, but it is a small, beautiful swimming hole near my house which is a fantastic place to swim and hang out in the sun. I used it in a short video I had to make to pitch a startup I was working on. You can watch it here, just to see what I mean: What’s your favorite vacation spot? I don’t really do “vacations.” I get bored too easily “resting,” and going to the same place more than once seems like a waste to me when the world is so big and there is so much to see. So I am more about go- ing to new places and doing new things. I loved Queenstown, New Zealand when I went there, because there was so much to do. I can’t wait to get to Canada when I get a bit more money. If you could have one “superpower,” what would it be? Teleportation, like in the movie Jumper . Or better yet, telepor- tation, at will, through time and space. Because being able to will yourself to any point in time and space is about as awe- some as it can get. What’s your all-time favorite movie? Fight Club , because “Where you are now you can’t even imagine what the bottom will be like” and “This is your life, ending one minute at a time” are both very pow- erful grounding sentiments to help keep us all in the moment, and doing the best we can do with what we have. If you could invite any five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? 1. Nikola Tesla, because I want to know what he says himself about his inven- tions, and because the man was without a doubt a genius of the highest degree. 2. Leonardo da Vinci, for much the same reasons. The man was amazing. 3. Carl Sagan, because his work and ideas are very much related to my current project at rbutr, and I would love to show it to him. 4. Stephen Fry, because I have a lot of re- spect for him, and I know he would love rbutr too. I actually want to get his sup- port for it, but it is very hard to get in contact with the man! 5. Jon Stewart, because we could prob- ably do with someone to break the se- rious mood. What are three things that nobody knows about you? Nobody knows the ex- act number of atoms in my body, the exact time of my conception or the date of my death. Yet. 57 GPWA Affiliate Interview Series