About this Site
Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. My name is Brett Kelly.
About the site
The number of tools at our disposal is staggering. Finding the balance between using the right tool for the job and actually doing actual work is difficult. My mission is to help you get the most out of the best applications, services, and devices available. Put another way, I’m all about using technology to live an efficient, productive, balanced life.
If you like what you see around here, plug in your name and email address here and I’ll send you my best stuff a couple times per week:
The most popular thing I’ve made thus far is an ebook called Evernote Essentials. It’s for people who want to do better with Evernote. Something like 80,000 people have paid actual money for it, which is cool because my kids and I like to eat! If you’ve heard my name before, it was probably during a conversation about dazzling eyelashes or people who sell stuff on the Internet.
My good pal Andrew and I co-founded an online community for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners called Get Orthogonal. It’s been profitable since launch and we think it’s pretty great. Check it out here. You should also listen to our podcast…
The Orthogonal podcast is a show about the future of business and work. It’s one of my favorite things and people really like it. Give it a try!
My latest full-length book is called The Art and Science of Vaping. It’s a beginner’s guide to electronic cigarettes (the thing that helped me get off of the cigarette train after 15 years) and I think it’s pretty good.
Funny thing: the book was a complete bomb. If you’d like to learn why (and how to avoid the same mistakes I made) check this out.
About The Guy
Along with my two crazy/awesome children, I live in Orange County, California (yes, that one). I worked for a pretty well-known software company called Evernote until I left my job there in May, 2014. Now, my days are a mixture of raising said kids, writing things, making Internet business, and screwing around.
A few other random factoids that may interest you:
- I have lots and lots of tattoos. Probably more than you.
- I wear Ben Davis pants and Pendleton shirts a lot.
- I’m a huge fan of Apple products (but I’m not a jerk about it — use whatever tickles your fancy).
- I’m a Christian of the Anglo-Catholic persuasion (occasional potty mouth notwithstanding).
- I really like electronic cigarettes; they’re sorta my current obsession.
- My home bar is well-stocked and I enjoy making, and sharing, fancypants cocktails.
- I’m a decent cornhole player; Backgammon is my favorite board game. I’m terrible at Chess, but no slouch at Poker (especially Omaha).
If you want to get in touch with me regarding something not-sensitive, Twitter is the best place to do that. I also use Instagram a fair bit, though my pictures are both boring and poorly shot. My email address is easy enough to find, but I’m pretty terrible at replying.
Sometimes people want to say things to or about me. I’m always flattered when this happens. Below is a partial list:
- My pal Chris Guillebeau wrote about me in his bestselling book, The $100 Startup.
- Erik Fisher and I spoke about all sorts of stuff on his Beyond the Todo List podcast.
- My friends Vardy and Schechter talked with me about choosing the life you want on their Mikes on Mics podcast.
- The venerable Brett Terpstra had me as a guest on his excellent Systematic podcast not once, but twice.
- I did a video interview with my pal Corbett Barr over at Fizzle about my book and other entrepreneurial stuff. (You’ll need to be a member to view it, but it’s worth checking out if you’re interested in learning about or starting a small business).
- I spoke to my good friend Robert Bruce over at Copyblogger about how I built and run my business and such.
There have been others and someday I’ll backfill some more of them, but those are the most recent and probably the most relevant.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Thanks for stopping by!