12-Hour Work Marathon: Catch Me Slacking, Win $100

January 8, 2010 Posted by Tyler Cruz
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For the first time ever, I’m streaming live video from my blog.

Work hasn’t been going too well lately, and when that happens I usually just leave work for a few days until things pick up again. While that may be good for stress relief, it’s not actually being proactive.

I have wanted to try live video streaming on my blog for a while now but never had a very good reason to do so until now. In order to help force myself to work, I’m streaming myself live and am putting up a little bit of cash as an incentive to follow through.

Catch Me Cheat, Win $100

Here’s the deal: I’m going to work today for 12 hours straight from 12:00pm noon to 12:00am midnight, Pacific Time (3pm-3am Eastern).

I will be allowed 1 full hour for a lunch or dinner break, and a 5-minute break every hour to use the bathroom/stretch my legs, etc. I will type something like ‘break’ or ‘brb’ in the chatroom of the live stream every time before I leave, and ‘back’ when I return.

If you catch me not return within 5-minutes (or my 1-hour lunch/dinner break) e-mail me with a screenshot of the chatroom from when I say ‘break’ or ‘brb’ and the current chatroom and video (which should show an empty seat). The chatroom has a "toggle timestamp’ feature, which if enabled, will show the time next to each message which is why taking a screenshot should make this work.

The first person who e-mails me with proof of me not returning from my break in time will get $100. I know it’s not very much, but in these hard economic times… ;)

You can view my official live video streaming page by going here, which allows for more chatroom and video options.

Note: I’m not sure how effective this whole setup will be. The entire point of it was to force me to work, but it’s extremely distracting trying to work when you know you’re being streamed live on the internet and have a chatroom full of people constantly commenting about you.

Ugh, I’m also tired. This was a bad idea to try this today, heh. I’m not going to get any effective work done when I’m tired and can’t concentrate.

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Posted: January 8th, 2010 under Contests  

53 Responses to “12-Hour Work Marathon: Catch Me Slacking, Win $100”

  1. Sunfrog says:

    I caught you slacking the other day when you were with Victoria

  2. This idea had some potential, but I just checked it out and you’re not there and I don’t see you in the chatroom either. I guess I caught you right on your break. I would think at first this would be more of a distraction, but if done more regularly, it could become quite effective. I know how hard it can be to get to work some days.

  3. That’s a great idea..lol Very cool.. but god I hate to be the winner and admit that I had nuttin better tyo do then sit here and watch you work for 12 hrs..lol

  4. Program says:

    Winner to be away from hatred and hatred must be calm and relaxed.

  5. Haha, what a great incentive to stop procrastination! Have fun but I will be to busy doing my work to watch you do yours.

  6. J says:

    Hey, this is a really nice idea! Maybe if we scale things up and get 20 people (aff marketers, web designers, others who work from home) to watch each other while working and have to pay $1000 (or more :-) if one is caught slacking, the work time of each one could drastically increase!

  7. Dave Starr says:

    Hi Tyler,

    It’s working good on my relatively slow connection here in Marilao … but OMG what have we come too? John Paul stole my line that I had in mind as I came here. Is this what the Internet is all about? A dozen or more people (that’s the number watching on the blog page as I write this) sitting around with nothing better to do than watch another guy watching who knows what on line? Good thing platic pocket protectors are out of sytle LoL.

    Best of luck, as I press Submit here it is 18:40 your time, si you are now on the downfill side of the task.

  8. Ron Leyba says:

    Wow, a great idea. I will not try this though. Great guts Tyler.! Keep it up!

  9. Greg Ellison says:

    It is pretty cool to see you work, but I couldn’t sit there for 12 hours watching. Greg Ellison

  10. Link Wheels says:

    Hey Tyler,
    Great idea to force yourself into getting some work done!
    I will have you in the corner of my screen today, hopefully I can catch you out.
    Regards, Dave

  11. too bad you’re not a scantily clothed babe :) You’d get $100 from your viewers instead of the other way around.

  12. chester says:

    Wow, thats a really clever way to get your traffic stats up. Too bad you’re not a hot babe in a bikini though.

  13. Dana says:

    Not a bad idea, but maybe you should sell hourly sponsorships to advertisers? Have a sign up someplace that says, “This is being brought you by ….”

    Btw, if you do implement my idea, can I have a free hour of advertising? ;)

  14. Link Wheels says:

    Did anyone catch him out for the $100??

  15. Soares says:

    Thats a wonderful way to promote and get visits and traffic to your blog and more…congratulations.
    Sorry about my english but its not my first language.

  16. TechConsumer says:

    I checked it out for a few minutes, looks like you were getting some work done… and enjoying a subway sandwich if I wasn’t mistaken.

  17. chester says:

    Hey I already commented but I think that you might be able to send out a press release or even call the media and let them know of your idea. It’s a clever way to get traffic and eyeballs so all the best of success to you!

  18. Karl Hadwen says:

    Looking forward to seeing this when it’s online.

  19. Kristina says:

    This is a great thing you had going. sad I missed it.

  20. It is pretty cool to see you work, but I couldn’t sit there for 12 hours watching.

  21. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    lol! That sounded interesting, but again I missed out this one. Tyler, are you going to do another one like this shortly?

    Cheers,
    Lee

  22. EarningStep says:

    hahahah… what a unique idea to give some money for your reader.. you are really a man …… i just love your blog…..

  23. used tires says:

    I saw you when you did this the other day, it kinda of reminded me of Chris Pirillo hehe.

    Till then,

    Jean

  24. Well, top marks for being original! Quite a concept, i look forward to the follow up post where you tell us just what you did during your 12 hours :)

  25. chester says:

    So anyone win this one yet? You seem to be offline. Does that count as slacking?

  26. hey I missed the most interesting thing that ever happened in tylercruz.com! :(

    another one please tyler! haha

  27. I wouldn’t call it the most interesting thing….it was quite boring watching Tyler work. As others have mentioned, it would’ve been much better if Tyler was a good looking woman.

  28. Bidet says:

    This is an interesting idea, how much work did you actually get done?

  29. Program says:

    This is a great thing you had going. sad I missed it.

  30. “I’m going to work today for 12 hours straight”

    Your appetite for hard work is contagious. I got to work too…

    Thanks Tyler.

    Jose

  31. Good idea to get a LOT of work done in one day!

  32. Well, top marks for being original! Quite a concept, i look forward to the follow up post where you tell us just what you did during your 12 hours

  33. TylerCruz.tv comming soon. You will be a affiliate star. Hey you could make this a training session like Twit.tv

  34. oyun says:

    I think that you might be able to send out a press release or even call the media and let them know of your idea. It’s a clever way to get traffic and eyeballs so all the best of success to you!…

  35. Did the push actually motivate you to stay on all day?

  36. nakliyat says:

    I guess I caught you right on your break. I would think at first this would be more of a distraction, but if done more regularly, it could become quite effective.

  37. nakliyat says:

    Pretty good idea, you should take a picture of yourself and secretly place it in front of the camera! :-)

  38. lol did any one win? Sucks i missed it, it prob be fun to see you live.

  39. Hi Tyler. Why is that I can’t play the vidoes?

  40. Hi Tyler. Why is that I can’t play the vidoes?

  41. SEO Tricks says:

    Is the contest still valid.If yes i would be keeping an eye on you Tyler.
    lol

  42. SEO Package says:

    Streaming makes site live. :D

    I am also doing streaming and it generates more traffics.

  43. Wow, a great idea. I will not try this though. Great guts Tyler.! Keep it up…..
    Thank you..

  44. ekimleriniz says:

    Well, top marks for being original ;)

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