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Where the heck has Brian been?

by Brian Brown (follow me on Twitter): April 9, 2008

Brian and JoeHi All!

I'm fascinated to see that there is still a steady stream of traffic visiting Pajama Market considering I haven't written an article since last September. I'm sure many of you are wondering, "What the heck happened to Brian?"

Well, I've had this distracting dream for a few years now, and I finally decided to pursue it full time. I began playing poker seriously about a year ago and found my way to the local casino in Milwaukee last summer where I did pretty well.

The thing with poker is that it's a lot like chess. I played chess fairly seriously about 12 years ago, and there is an incredible amount of study involved to become really good. Poker is very much the same way. The math involved is fairly complex, and there is also a huge amount of psychology to study. That's where my attention began wandering over a year ago, and it soon took up all of my time. For example, just the drive back and forth to Milwaukee was three hours.

In December, I was fortunate enough to win a tournament in Milwaukee, earning $12,400 on an entry fee of $200. This spurred me to make a major change in my life. I packed my bags and headed east to the largest casino in the world...Foxwoods in Connecticut. I chose Connecticut over Las Vegas simply because my family lives in Vermont, a mere four hours away.

The experiment went badly. The bankroll I had reserved for poker disappeared in about two and a half months, and I resigned to come back to Wisconsin to reevaluate what direction I wanted my life to go in.

One of the biggest influences was my good friend Bryan, who reminded me of all the passion I held for marketing, particularly online, and how much of a stick-in-the-mud I was when I was playing poker. It's true that blogging, marketing, advertising and writing all get me very pumped up, and his lecture gave me something to think about on the 20-hour ride home.

The result is that I'm typing today instead of shuffling casino chips. If you are a new visitor since I last wrote in September, welcome! If you are a returning visitor, welcome back!

I am definitely changing things with Pajama Market. I will no longer be reviewing small business blogs for a 'blog of the day.' Frankly, it's just too time consuming. Instead, my goal is to give small business owners tools to really maximize their marketing efforts online (in the 'pajama market'). Feel free to heckle me for this decision, but I think you'll like the results.

Incidentally, if you are curious about my experiences at the Foxwoods casino, I recorded my adventure in a blog (how else?) called A Fox in the Woods.

Cheers,
-Brian

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