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On Being Darren - Or What I've been Up To

17 November, 2006 2:40 PM

A few people have been asking me for a bit of an update on life (mine) recently so I thought I'd take a little time to reflect upon what has been a busy few months.

For starters - I'm writing this on a flight between Melbourne and Los Angeles. I'm on my way to Toronto at present for 10 days of meetings with some business partners.... but I'll get to that. (update - I've now been in Toronto for two days and have had a great time so far).

On Being a Dad - Xavier is now 4 and a quarter months old. Being a father has been an amazing experience and something I would not trade for anything in the world. Some days I look at the little guy and how he came into my life (don't worry - I know) and why I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to have him. He's a gorgeous little fellow and doing really well.

While there are of course challenging moments we're fortunate enough to have a pretty relaxed son who is sleeping well, reaching all his little milestones and changing so quickly it's hard to keep up with it all. I'm sad to be missing the next 10 days of his life (just under 10% of his life) and am already counting the hours til I get home (I'm sure V is also).

On Being a Church Planter - LivingRoom has continued on its way over the past few months despite V and my needing to pull back a little to get used to being parents. We've transitioned from 2 to 3 groups in the second half of this year and in the last few weeks went back to 2 groups.

Our members have gone through the full gammet of life's highs and lows in the last 12 months and are learning to care for one another through it all.

We meet now on Sunday afternoons (the group I'm in) and on Wednesday nights. We'll take some time off over the new year and then come back together in February to plan 2007.

We've also had a number of new people join us in the last month or two which has been refreshing (not that we're sick of each other).

My role at LivingRoom has continued to be 'team leader' - although I've been less able to put significant time into it of late and the groups have needed to take on more of the leadership tasks.

On Being a Blogger - Blogging continues to be the thing that I do as an occupation/business. the two main blogs that I work on are Problogger and Digital Photography School. I still also run Digital Photography Blog and a variety of other blogs but am spending less time on them.

Both ProBlogger and DPS are blogs that aim to help people to get better at different aspects of their lives and both give me opportunity to connect with people on many levels. I enjoy both and have been meeting some great people from around the world of late (virtually - and this week 'for real').

I've also continued to work on the b5media blogging network that I started with 3 other bloggers just over a year ago. Recently we announced that we've taken on some investment from two venture capital companies in Canada (hence the trip) and I will increasingly be spending my time on my role with the company (my role is 'blogger training and development' - something which I'm excited about and see as a natural extension of ProBlogger).

b5 is teaching me so much about people, life and myself. It is not easy and is at time confronting on numerous levels. I continue to grapple with how spirituality and business intersect and who I am in the midst of it all.

As a result of the Toronto connection and other opportunities I'll be doing a little more traveling in the next couple of years including both this trip and a longer one next year to the US and Canada (V and Xavier will be on that one too).

On Being Darren - Many other aspects of life continue to make up who I am. I'm a husband to the wonderful, patient, generous, caring and insightful V. I'm a gardener to my out of control vegetable patch (tomatoes, squash, pumpkin, beetroot, zucchini, capsicum, corn etc wil be plentiful in the Rowse house this year, I'm a photographer, mainly of Xavier but am also enjoying using my photography in for others. I'm a reader, mainly novels of late. I've particularly been enjoying working through Douglas Coupland's back catalogue.

All in all - life is busy. It's full of opportunities (too many to take them all up) and is a load of fun.

Now - let me get back to in flight entertainment.



Good to see a personal update!

David Krug » 17 November, 2006 7:38 PM

I'm exhausted just reading what you're up to. :)

Rodney Olsen » 17 November, 2006 7:58 PM

thanks guys.

Actually - I'm exhausted too - but that could be because it's 4.53am here in Toronto and my body thinks it's 8.53pm and hasn't slept a wink tonight!

Darren » 17 November, 2006 8:53 PM


I've been following your problogger work, it is really great. Being a Dad is awesome, I'm just about to be apart from my family, (wife + two girls) for at least 5 weeks while we prepare to move to Canada from Australia. Time apart really forces you to review life, and value to great things God has given us.

Thanks for the personal info, I found it really hard to keep blogging last time I travelled. Keep it up!

dcypl » 19 November, 2006 10:06 PM

Nice to hear of our common journey too BB.

More than happy to move past our initial interactions - I think we just got off on the wrong foot and can get past it.

thanks for the msg

Darren » 26 November, 2006 1:58 PM

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