Category Archives: Stuff

Have you googled yourself lately?

In an attempt to reign in what can be found about me on Google, I decided to revamp my ‘online presence’.

Let’s face it, we are on our way to a completely transparent society. What is being said or posted about me is no longer only in my power. Companies, organizations, friends, everyone is contributing to your ‘online presence’. If you have taken part in a running event, be sure your results can be found online. If you have bowled a grand game at your company’s Christmas party, you can expect someone to tweet about it. Or if you passed out at a recent birthday bash, don’t be surprised if your photo were already circulating on Facebook. A critical part of our lives that is happening online can be influenced by ourselves, whether actively or passively, and I want to make sure I actively influence mine. At least then I know what can be found if someone else googles me.

So just in time for the new year, the Chinese New Year that is, out with the old and in with the new. Hence, mingenbach.de, my decade old website, is undergoing a change. I am trying to integrate all the social networking sites I have signed up for over the years. And I am creating a blog while making more frequent use of the online tools at my disposal. Et voila, the new ‘online me’ is created. While it’ll certainly take some upkeep and active maintenance, the Google search results are already more to my liking.

Have you googled yourself lately? Like what you find?

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I’ve got a blog!

It’s 2012 and I’ve got a blog. Yes, everyone else has had one for years. I even heard that the trend is towards secondary and tertiary blogs, if not to microblogs like Twitter, Weibo or Facebook status updates. Well, let me start with one. This is my blog. It is about me, my thoughts and my stuff. If I got something to say, I’ll say it. If I don’t, I won’t.  I’ll use it to update you about noteworthy things and things, well, not so noteworthy.

If you like what I say, come back for more. If you don’t like what I say, read past it or skip a line or two. Or let me know and we’ll sort it out. Oh by the way, the language of this blog is English. If you don’t speak English then you cannot read this and I am sorry. But I’ll toss in a word or two in another language every now and then. So stay tuned, you might catch one.

I’ll also use this blog to tell you about thoughts that come to mind when crossing streets in China. I’ll tell you about situations I encounter when travelling to other countries. And I’ll talk to you about books I read, business ideas I have and people I admire. I’ll make sure there’s something for everyone. But if I haven’t quite struck a chord with you, hey, this is my blog. Love it or leave it.

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