It wasn’t long after that I was running a company from our tiny bungalow, complete with a red-velvet-lined-cassette-tape-case-turned-briefcase, doling out “work assignments” to anyone who would do them.
At sixteen I formulated my first serious business idea, in which I’d pass out flyers offering my computer skills to local businesses, but it was thwarted by the invitation to work at my uncle’s ice cream factory. Ice cream trumped word processing back then (actually, it still does.)
This pattern continued throughout my college years + the moment I broke free of the institutional walls, I started my first company at the ripe age of twenty-one.
Translation: a condition whereby I reinvent myself every few years. I am not quite as glamorous as Cher but I feel as though we’ve had as many farewell tours so I like to think that we’d be good friends given the chance.
The one constant that remained through all of these makeovers was my innate desire to remain passionate, vulnerable, open, honest + courageous. The ultimate cocktail for a life well-lived.
This space has been ruminating for awhile. When you have specific places on the Internet that house your very specific projects (business, personal blog, social media profiles), it only makes sense to create a more abstract container to house the “rest of it.”
Or, perhaps this is really all of it.
This is regardless of whether what I’m doing involves video games, supporting other entrepreneurs, speaking, writing, chilling with friends, on my weekly father-daughter date with my dad, making videos or hanging out with my daughter.
It’s everything, really.
My ability to be open + forge really important relationships has afforded me incredible life experiences (side note: this is not why I developed these relationships but rather the by-product of the way I choose to live my life).
Over the last ten years I have built an incredibly successful business, without spending a single dollar on advertising, I’ve traveled the world + I have created some of the most meaningful relationships that I have ever had. By stepping fully into a life of vulnerability, I have led with my heart + my soul + have came out the other side a happier, more grounded human being. I can’t wait to share all of this with you.
Deep gratitude for you being here + reading this. I sincerely hope that I can help inspire you to live a life you love, own a business that frees you + a spirit that soars.
Erin Blaskie first got into computers when her dad handed her a Commodore 64. She was six years old. When the Internet became widely available, Erin started an online journal on the platform Open Diary and began sharing her thoughts with the world. She hasn’t stopped over-sharing since.
In the ten years since starting her first online business, Erin has helped numerous businesses come online, establish their web presence and create community. Erin’s primary expertise is in creating solid systems and processes for businesses but she also leads clients to leverage the power of the Internet to nurture community, create culture and inspire change.
Erin has worked with companies such as Disney, Post, Kraft, Travelocity, Microsoft Canada, Ford Canada, PepsiCo., 3M, Maple Leaf Canada, Canadian Tire, Alliance Films, Feld Entertainment, The Body Shop, TD Bank and more.
Erin has been an online video host for Butterscotch.tv (a division of Tucows), co-hosted the Macgasm video podcast, has been involved in small and large-scale social media activations with prestigious public relations firms and has been turned into a video game character in the iPhone / iPad game, “Bar Star.”
Erin has been quoted in five print books, received numerous business awards, has delivered presentations on local, national and International platforms and has been featured in notable media such as the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Inc.com, Huffington Post, AMEX Open Forum, Portolio.com, Examiner.com, About.com, Business Insider, Chatelaine, Costco Connection, ABC, CBC, CTV Morning Live and more.