Posts Tagged ‘circles’

The Plus Project: Third Iteration

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Project plus logo

Greetings friends and followers, I wanted to let you know that Ardith Goodwin has volunteered to begin the third iteration of The Plus Project! Ardith will be selecting a different member of the Google Plus community every day and writing a poem just for them!

Corey Gearhart did an awesome job with the Second iteration of The Plus Project, and I know that Ardith will absolutely continue to do it justice. You can follow her progress at Make sure you circle her so you can stay on top of who she selects. Who knows, the next one could be you!



Ardith Goodwin on Google+

The Plus Project: Second Iteration

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Project plus logo




Hey all, I just thought you’d be interested to know that Corey Gearhart has agreed to begin the next iteration of The Plus Project, starting today! As I understand it, he intends to do one sketch every weekday for the next month. He already completed his first post earlier today, and you can view the piece on Flickr. Here’s a thumbnail:

Click to view

Corey is totally awesome! Be sure to check out his work!

Corey Gearhart on Google+

The Plus Project: Conclusion

August 20, 2011 2 comments

Project plus logo

Yesterday was a full thirty days since I began the Plus Project! Wow, what a ride it’s been! I’ve met designers, a scientist, a birthing specialist, an author, and even an animal trapper. There were single moms, recent college grads, cyclists, and entrepreneurs. I’ve had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of men and women from all four corners of the map, some whose language I do not even speak, each doing wonderful things with their lives by speaking their opinions, creating with passion, and sharing their stories. Each of them is leaving an indelible mark on this world simply by being here; simply by living. Each of them is making the world a better place just by being themselves.

With that being said, I have officially decided to conclude the first iteration of the Plus Project.

Wait, what?

Yeah, it’s true. I’ve thought long and hard about whether to continue the Plus Project, but I think it would be pretentious for me to attempt to stretch it further in its current form. The ultimate goal of the Plus Project was to recognize people for their extraordinary selves, for the simple poetry of each of their individual lives, and in the process identify the beauty and majesty within each of us. In that regard, the Plus Project has wholly succeeded well beyond what I ever would have imagined.

The beauty of the Plus Project is that it is personal. There were no algorithms used in selecting people. There were no hordes of machines on an assembly line. No focus groups, or test markets, or advertising campaign. Just one guy with a silly idea. Just me, trying to make someone else’s day brighter. While I could continue, I would be forcing it, and instead of it continuing to gradually reveal the masterpiece of our humanity, it would become something much more manufactured. It would become something mass produced, machine assembled, and prepackaged for your convenience.

However, you may have noticed that I referred to it as the first iteration of the Plus Project. That is because I don’t intend for this to be the complete end of it. I would like to see the Plus Project continue in new forms and shapes, with new ideas and methods. I would like to see you carry the torch in showing the world that people matter, and that one person can have an impact on the mankind.

With that in mind, I am looking for people that would like to begin their own iteration of the Plus Project. I am looking for people that would like to partner in creating something that is fresh, and authentic, and from your own heart. It could have a duration of thirty days, or a year, or just a week. It doesn’t matter. You could do what I’ve done and write about people. You could sketch someone’s portrait each day, or photograph them at play. Maybe you have a podcast and could interview them.

The means and method don’t matter near as much as the underlying goal of unveiling the beauty of humanity to the world, and bringing joy into someone else’s life. If you’re interested, let me know in the comments, or send me a private post, or you can email me from my Google Plus profile. I’m happy to brainstorm with you to come up with ideas, and you’re even welcome to use the logo I made for the Plus project, if you like. So I’m asking you, will you begin your own iteration of the Plus Project?

In case you missed any of them, I am including below a list of all of the individuals that I have selected, and links to what I had to say about each of them. Feel free to share my posts on Google Plus, or on my blog as you see fit.

To the people that I have already selected, you are creative, fantastic, incredible people, every single one of you, and I have been beyond honored to get to know each of you. You are each individually and uniquely awesome in a way that no one else ever has been or ever will be. What you do is wonderful, what you think is critical, and what you say is crucial. You bring a light and a vibrance to humankind. The passion in your heart is essential. Your impact on the world is irreplaceable, and you are irreplaceable. You matter, and you are loved.

I wish the best to each and every one of you.


Mike Searle

 Jenni R Jenni R  Steve Ruge Steve Ruge
 Alida Brandenburg Alida Brandenburg Paulo Furtado Paulo Furtado
Luky Sherman Luky Sherman Jonathan Greene Jonathan Greene
Valissa Warren Valissa Warren Ash Donaldson Ash Donaldson
Annie Lynsen Annie Lynsen  凌霄 凌霄
 Vania Stoyanova Vania Stoyanova  KC Chessor KC Chessor
Amy Locurto Amy Locurto  Israel Vicars Israel Vicars
Valeria Maltoni Valeria Maltoni LeSean Lewis LeSean Lewis
Jenn Oliver Jenn Oliver Michael Ouellette Michael Ouellette
Liz Ferree Liz Ferree Kenneth Udut Kenneth Udut
Jordan Arseno Jordan Arseno Desirre Andrews Desirre Andrews
Jens Stratmann Jens Stratmann Julia Mak Julia Mak
Ben Preston Ben Preston Janet Fouts Janet Fouts
Jason Mkrtschjan Jason Mkrtschjan Marcy Massura Marcy Massura
Justin Kees Justin Kees Susie Blackmon Susie Blackmon

The Plus Project: Jenni R

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Project plus logo
I’ve selected Jenni R for today’s Plus Project. Jenni is a banker, blogger, and web designer living in Hyogo, Japan, and she is the creator of IntenseBlog where she posts often about topics related to blogging, and using your blog for marketing. She has some excellent posts about plagiarism, re-purposing content, and many other topics. Jenni has a good deal of really great shares on StumbleUpon, and she tweets periodically @wpbloggers, largely about blogging. Jenni’s blog contains several helpful tutorials, and her philosophy seems largely built around doing what you love and engaging with the audience, and she actively interacts with and responds to her readers. Jenni is a fan of Lady Gaga, and web design (of course!), and it’s good to see someone who not only knows their work, but truly loves it. If you like her blog, you can find it’s page on Facebook, where she goes even more in depth about how she blogs, design criteria, and tricks of the trade. You can connect with Jenni on LinkedIn, where she is interested in consulting opportunities. Jenni is a beautiful woman with a tender heart, and it is clear that she has an authentic love for what she does, as well as for her audience. If you need help getting your blog off the ground, or are an established blogger looking to extend your network, Jenni will be a great addition to your circles!

Jenni R on Google+

The Plus Project: Steve Ruge

August 18, 2011 2 comments

Project plus logo
For today’s Plus Project I’ve selected Steve Ruge. Originally from Chicago, Steve now lives in Colorado and works in customer support, servicing Apple phones. He graduated from San Diego Mesa College in 2007, and is now looking for an opportunity in the geographic information system (GIS) industry. Steve is a fan of They Might Be Giants (which pretty much makes him the most awesome guy ever), and he likes Mythbusters (also one of my favorite shows!). Steve tweets occasionally @geostevestr where he talks mostly about GIS, and you can check out his blog at, where he has a really in depth blog about the Volkswagen Golf TDI that he purchased earlier this year. He has some interesting photos on Picasa, including some really interesting pieces on the construction of a house and landscaping, and you can also check out his shared items in Google Reader where he has some neat finds from all over the web, and a good deal of things about Apple. Steve likes Mixed Martial Arts and 80’s music, and I can’t help but wonder if there is some magical way to mesh those two together. You can hit Steve up on Facebook, or connect on LinkedIn where you can drop him a line if you know of any good positions coming available in the GIS industry. Steve is an awesome guy with a drive to pursue his passion, and he has a ton of wicked cool interests. Whether you need geographic data for informing your decisions, or just want to chat about the iPhone 5, Steve will make a great addition to your circles!

Steve Ruge on Google+