What Should I Do?

Announcing Our New Content Manager

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 3:45 PM

Back in the summer, we posted about our need to expand the CM.com team by hiring a top-notch content manager. As we hope you have noticed, the amount of content on this site has substantially increased over the past six months (new contributing editors, more interviews, more posts from Chris, more What Should I Do? articles, etc.) and we realized we needed to bring another person onto the team to keep Chris and me from collapsing under the weight of it all.

After carefully pouring through the 100+ resumes we received and racking up hefty phone bills interviewing our excellent finalist candidates, we finally made our choice.

I'm thrilled to introduce our new content manager: Jason Wiskerchen. Please give him a warm CM.com welcome.

We selected Jason because he best fit the criteria that were most important to us for the role: 

  • Understands and has a passion passion for the themes laid out in the Crash Course
  • Brings a hardworking, dedicated, dependable work ethic
  • Has at least several years relevant experience working for an Internet-based business
  • Is a quality individual (i.e., someone we like/respect and want working with our team)

We're especially confident in this assessment because he's actually been working with us behind-the-scenes since mid-September. He's done a fine job of learning the ropes quickly, and, as we'd hoped, in handling the demands of our increased content schedule. He's also started bringing a number of enhancements to the table, such as improving our presentation of podcasts and dramatically upgrading our YouTube and iTunes channels.

Besides being a really nice and conscientious guy, Jason truly lives according to the principles we endorse through this site. His family is a case study in resilient living -- which he's already given us slight peeks into with his recent What Should I Do? posts on vermiculture and data backup. He has a lot of additional experience to share, including our next WSID post, in which he'll introduce our site's first 'how-to' video (I'll keep you in suspense on the subject).

I've asked Jason to share a little bit about himself in his own words. Read them below, and now that you know who he is, treat him well when you see him on the site. Having him here is finally letting me get a little bit of welcome sleep these days....



In his own words...

Hello all, and thank you for welcoming me to the community.

A number of months ago, the CM.com team posted an announcement of opportunity.  An opportunity of a lifetime.  That opportunity was the content manager position at PeakProsperity.com.  After reading the description, I said to myself, "Wow! I have got to apply!  That is the type of job that would be challenging, but also give me great fulfillment." Building resilience and preparedness into people's lives is my passion. This job offered the opportunity to spread that passion on a daily basis through a site and community I admire and trust.  
I am pleased to say that I now have that opportunity.  I am the incredibly lucky individual who was offered the role to help spread the message of the Crash Course and join a wonderfully talented team.
I come to the CM Team with a background in web development and graphical design as a small business owner.  I have an underlying passion for bringing to light the predicaments we face globally and identifying solutions for a more sustainable and livable future.  My wife and I and our 2 young children (age 4 and 2) are constantly learning and working to build a brighter future for us all.  We grow a garden, raise chickens and goats, and try to eat as locally as possible.  We love food, and our usual dinner conversations focus on how we can grow all of our own food and how much can we grow for others. We are always looking for ways to be more energy-efficient while simplifying our lifestyle and building resilience.  We strongly believe in living now how others will have to live in the future.
There will be a lot of improvements and new functionality coming to the CM.com community in the coming months.  I really look forward to being part of that process and being able to share and learn from each other about what is working well and how we can improve the site.  There will be more WSID articles and tutorials, a reworking of the WSID Guide, and, in time, a lot of new video material.  There are lots of exciting developments in the works.  
As the content manger, my main goal is to ensure that you, the community, are finding the news and information you seek and that the information helps you be better prepared for the situations life throws at you.  As Chris would say, "Better to be a year early than a day late".
I welcome any comments, feedback, and suggestions for the site and look forward to a brighter next 20 years.

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Welcome Jason!!!!

Great to have you "on board."  I hope you find the work fulfilling.

Please let me know if there is something I can do to help your long-term success.

Best wishes!  ... dons

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Glad to have you on board.  I enjoyed your article on vermiculture as I have a small operation myself.  I'm interested in expanding it, but have to figure out some logistics first.

The way this site is progressing is really great.  The people who have preceeded you on staff are very impressive as I already know you are also.  This is very exciting.


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Welcome Jason

I am so glad to see CM.com reaching critical mass like this... and none too soon!  Change is coming hot and heavy now... and I really depend on CM.com to help me navigate and adapt.     

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Welcome and congratulations

Welcome and congratulations Jason!  You sound like a great fit for the existing , and it sounds like they are really glad to have you on board to help lighten the load!  (Adam, I am happy to hear you will be getting some much deserved sleep!:).

This is good news;  it's gratifying to see CM.com grow in such a positive direction!

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Just What We Need


Another person reminding us of how unprepared we are. The more you guys post, the less sleep all of us get around here. 

But seriously, Welcome Jason. 



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Congratulations, and welcome. It will be great to have another hand back at the ranch to share the load, and I'm sure that the staff are delighted to have you. Best wishes in your new location, and thanks!

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Welcome, Jason! 

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Welcome to the corral,

Welcome to the corral, Jason.  Ride hard and shoot straight. 

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Welcome Jason!

Welcome, Jason!

I checked out your impressive site at Digital Mud Studios. Seeing your skills and experience, and reading the informative articles you've written, i can see that you'll make a great impact on this site!


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 Welcome, Jason!

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Welcome Jason

Love your pictures and am glad that you will be bringing real world experience to the position.  The site just keeps getting better and better.  Am looking forward to more videos and podcasts.

AK Granny

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Congratulations Jason!!  We are so happy for you back in San Diego!  I'm so glad this opportunity arose.  What a dream job for you and we are so proud!  You're the right man for the job and it is great to see your team appreciate your skills and character.  Thank you CM.com for all that you do and believe in!

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I saw the quality right away


I could see your input to site and it's wonderful.  Glad to see that Chris, Adam & CM.com team and yourself have found eachother.

Loved the vermiculture article (can't get hubby on board with that one) & can't wait to see the site evolve under your touch!

All the best,  Joanne

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I'm getting a good feeling here.........

Just reading Adam's and your words of introduction reinforced what a special place this is.  As has been said before quality building on quality here.  Let's make a difference! 

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Love your web design work

 Jason, glad to have you aboard, and hope you have input into the new site design (my field of work to retirement a few years back).



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Welcome Jason

 Welcome Jason. I'm glad you're here and can offer such an impressive range of critical skills. Can't wait to see what you guys have cooking behind the scenes! 


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Welcome to Exponential Growth of CM.com

Welcome Jason!

I only discovered Chris and CM.com this spring, its nice to see the website is also growing at an exponential rate!

Would be interesting to see web stats on how quickly the CM community is expanding. 

I hope to be able to continue to contribute in some small way with recommending DD articles.

Happy holidays!




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Welcome, Jason

So glad you are on staff now. If there are any ways I can help you in the new(ish) position, let me know. I really see the difference in things here since you started in September.

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