Living Your Life in Perputal Beta | Eileen LonerganIs living your life in beta is just today’s term for someone who can’t get their #$%! together?

While listening to a pod cast between Mitch Joel and Ben Casnocha, co-author of The Startup of You the phrase “live your life in perpetual beta came up”.

It was one of those moments when I needed to turn off the iPod and just think for a bit – do I have the personality to live my life in beta? Do I have the skill set to run my business in beta? What have I put on auto pilot and where am I pushing the boundaries?  I am a mother of three girls, that is a lot of beta in and of itself isn’t it?

Did you know that this phrase is actually a documentary film, Life in Perpetual Beta? “Life in Perpetual Beta is a documentary film about the ways in which technology has/is/will change the ways in which we think about ourselves as individuals and a society. It is exploring the cultural shift that technology creates as it enables people to live less planned and more passionate lives.”

Phew!  I don’t have to buy a VW and pack up the fam and hit the road to live my life in beta, I can do this through technology.  I can do this!  I am a tri-fecta Apple user (iPhone, iPad, OS Lion).  I have a blog.  I build websites.  I don’t think I have a life less planned though, except I don’t have a commute and I don’t have a boss, and I do have a business which is only possible through the evolution of technology.  Voilà!?  Hmm, am I in vogue without knowing it?  Doubt it.

I sometimes feel chained to the web, not liberated by the opportunities.  But bring the Jaws of Life if you try to take away my iPad.

I would love to know:

  • Do you embrace you life as a beta philosophy?  
  • Is there a specific piece of technology that enabled you to live in beta?
  • Were you even aware of this phrase?
Eileen Lonergan
I am a WordPress website designer, blogger & partner in I started this blog to keep track of helpful snippets of code and CSS that I found while building sites 400+ posts later it has become much more. Thanks for being here and reading, I appreciate it very much.

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