About Don Charisma

Don Charisma – Blogger, photographer, writer, promoter, scuba diver, web designer/developer/ninja, SEO guru … tinker tailor soldier spy … well, you get the idea, my talents are varied as are my interests …

  (Beach Sunset Selfie (c) Don Charisma 2014)

Iron Man, Don Charisma… because anything is possible with Charisma

I’m a bit of a phoenix, as my life changes, so do I and the things I focus on and do, I guess it’s much the same for everyone.

“Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.

– Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out.

– Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure

– Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.”

Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

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(How I Cartooned Myself (c) Don Charisma 2013)

Don Charisma’s Realms

tools-carpenter-pixabay-498202-DonCharisma.org-1024LEIn the practical realm I’ve been an engineer fixing boilers and designing central heating systems. Not many a tradesman’s job that I can’t do or haven’t done. Whilst I can be incredibly creative, I can also be incredibly technical. So art + geek, or any degree in between.

ingredients-pixabay-498199-DonCharisma.org-1024LEIn the thought realm I’ve also been an engineer fixing bank’s humongous computer systems, building new parts and adding a little creative sparkle where possible. I like to fiddle, play, hack, build, create or what-ever-you-like, with software and hardware, DIY in the world of technology, love it! Cooking up ideas in the thought kitchen, ideas-chef, sometimes I am 😛

diver-sea-pixabay-79606-DonCharisma.org-1024LEIn the teaching realm I’m a qualified and certified diving instructor, helping people to learn to dive is fun. What I love about teaching is – what’s more satisfying than helping someone else achieve their dreams and become all they can be ?

buddha-pixabay-525883-DonCharisma.org-1024LEIn the spiritual realm I’ve explored myself and my mind through channels like meditation and relationships. I believe in God, but I’m not religious. Knowing myself and taking responsibility, I know are key. Also “let it be, let it change, let it go.”. So simple wisdom, “KISS”, ie Simple Stupid !


apple-mac-google-pixabay-459196-DonCharisma.org-1024LEIn the internet realm I built a successful company that SEO’ed number one for quite some time, all my own doing… well a little help from my family and friends. Right now we’re doing well on Google etc with DonCharisma.com and DonCharisma.org

business-coins-pounds-pixabay-18107-DonCharisma.org-1024LEIn the financial realm I’ve been involved in property, I’ve worked for employers and traded the financial markets, I’ve made money, I’ve lost money. Making money isn’t so hard, keeping it, now that’s a challenge:) Financial freedom and passive income would be nice, but for most of us it’s hard work that keeps the bank manager at bay.

children-future-pixabay-214437-DonCharisma.org-1024LEIn the future realm it’s not always certain for any of us. The best of both worlds is to be do something I love and make a decent living doing it. That said, happiness trumps wealth, for me, almost any day of the week, so I’m happy doing something I love, like blogging 😀

My Blog My Way

This is my personal blog for things that interest me, from the mundane and everyday, to the very exciting and fun. Art, design, geek, writing, photography, videography, improv and opinions … oh and did I mention I love watching movies, and my life wouldn’t be the same without music.

BUT Overall, Charisma is “what it’s about”.

If you’ve found this page I hope you enjoy what you find here, and I wish you happiness and success in your life.

Most of all I hope that some of you reading this will become friends. WHY? Well, it’s not possible to have “enough” good friends, the world is a far far better place for those that like us and probably wouldn’t turn without those that love us 😀

Thanks for reading,

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By Don Charisma

*Please Note – I do not answer comments on this page*
Please comment on my “Please share yourself here” post OR any other post on my blog (if your comment would like a response).

1,263 thoughts on “About Don Charisma

  1. ‘Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.’ Anyone who quotes Dr Seuss is a soul mate in my world. Another favourite of mine is ‘Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.’ Thank you for following and thank you for sharing. Love and Light, Sarah x

  2. Good Morning Don. Thank you for your interest in my blog regarding the issue wrongful convictions. For me, your posts are bright spots on a dreary landscape of devastation. Thanks!

  3. Hello Don!
    I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian

  4. HI Don, took a long time to get to the ending, which means you are a very popular guy! Thanks for the follow and I tend to agree with the rest:)


  5. Many thanks for the follow on my Red Waterproof Jacket blog. I should mention this blog is not ongoing, it was set up to help sell my book and I haven’t added to it since 2011. The very best of luck with your blog here.

  6. Yeah I like this site – well done for creating something different – I agree with your rule about paradox – in The Gathering the Teacher says trying to figure it out is trying to herd the wind.

  7. Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would
    be ok. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  8. Very cool “About” page. You are not just very talented but so well rounded and multi talented. I love to meet computer geeks who have other passions besides their work life 🙂

  9. Thank you fr following jy blog. I’m ver impressed with your view of life. I’m also into sprituality and meditation.it helps me in many was. Keep posting your interesting stories.ff

  10. Tubularsock thanks you for the follow and has reciprocated in kind. Your work will keep Tubularsock busy and off the streets for some time just trying to cover your material. You are a busy fellow indeed!

  11. Hi! Don Charisma thank you so much to follow me, until today I saw it by email I leaved my blog years ago and I’ll be glad to follow you with liferea linux, your page is so very interesting! 😀

  12. Hello Don. I noticed that you subscribed to my blog. I am creating a new mailing list for my subscribers. Please could you reply me with your email address so that you can be notified on my latest blogposts. Thank you!:)

  13. Hi Don, I really enjoy your blog and wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you for your contributions and all the fun you bring. Love the photos!!

      1. i will have to publish the VBT on the 9th. So i’ve to prepare and gather info about the 3 blogger friends to be featured. i’m done with the 2, need to get your yes. if you decide to accept, you’ll have to do the same…presenting and answering then publishing…

        will be waiting for your decision today. thank you ;D

      2. Hey Marlyn, we’re starting a commercial project tomorrow and my other commitments have kept me pretty busy for more than a week now. So I’ll have to pass this time, because I don’t want to give my word, with the potential that I might let you down – It’s not how I do things.

        Thanks for thinking of me 😀

        Warm regards


      3. I’m involved in projects that are bigger than me. Danny is my friend and business partner, I don’t want to let him down. There’s also others I’m working with on other projects.

        I’d be very happy to do a reciprocal feature with you personally Marlyn – collaboration is very high on my list of priorities.



  14. Hi Don – Hope you forgive the slew of likes/comments from me this a.m. – have been MIA for awhile due to Life Events and just trying to get caught up with my WordPress community – hope you have a wonderful summer!

  15. Hi Charis,

    I have decided to give a change to Letras, Lápiz y Papel and I made a few changes, but as I read, I need to know your opininy if you like. Do not be afraid to write what you think.

    Kisses from Dominican Republic!

  16. Thanks, Don, for checking my site out! It’s obviously been neglected for quite a while, as I originally started it as a course requirement. Had every intention of maintaining it, but of course we tend to be bundles of good intentions that seldom come to fruition! Are you more than casually interested in stargazing?

  17. Hello Don. Thank you so much for following Music Historian. You have a great blog as well, and I followed back. I invite you to submit your honest feedback about my blog on a new page I created titled “A Page for my Readers.” Thanks, and I hope to hear from you. ~ Music Historian

  18. Hi Don, Thank you for following my blog! It is indeed a great encouragement since I am quite new to Blog. I took look at your archives and appreciate your support by following my blog. Hope to exchange opinions and info for blogging and so on.

  19. Hi Don, Thank for following my blog. I appreciate your attitude of respect and support of the blogging community. Your cartoon face is so cool! Thank you for the detailed article about how you created that. I’ve been wanting to do something similar got inspired. 🙂 Have a great day.

    1. You’re welcome, you might want to have a look in my archives, I found another technique which speeds things up … however there’s no sbstitute for doing it the long way round … I posted about the cartoon I do for my girlfriend too, was more complicated with the hair, clothes and body to draw 😀

  20. Hey, Don. Thanks for following my blog, but you will discover that I’m not quite the prolific blogger you are. Since july 2010, the end of my sabbatical, there haven’t been any updates on either http://jackrugged.wordpress.com/ or http://jackragged.wordpress.com/. I mainly used those blogs to keep my family and friends posted on my successes and failures, thoughts and feelings during two (rather long) bicycle trips I made that year. Anyway, I hope that Google Translate does justice to my Belgian humour, but I doubt it, being a translator myself. Kudos to you and your site(s)!

  21. Hello Don. Thanks for the follow. I read some of yours contents and you have a lot of variety in this blog. One day I will write some posts in English. I hope you enjoy my writings in Spanish for now. (I’m sorry if my English is a little bad)

  22. Thanks for following my bicycling-blog, but let me advise you that I only very rarely publish anything there any more. I’ trying to reduce my blogging-presence to jut one blog, Pit’s Fritztown News.

  23. Hi Don,
    Thanks so much for following my blog recently – I’m gradually getting through all my emails. I just love your name, your avatar and your philosophy and look forward to following you on your journey into the future too.
    (my dad was a Don too…)

    Best wishes,

  24. Hello,

    You recently followed two of my blogs, irisisms.wordpress.com and irisorpi.wordpress.com. I am honored, but one of them is no longer active, while the other is very rarely updated. Please do check out my active blog, sheisiris.wordpress.com and consider subscribing to that one instead.

    More power to you and all that you do.

  25. Good morning Don! I was just alerted you are following my blog which has been a long time on hiatus:) I appreciate your taking the time to review let alone follow it 🙂 You are one creative guy and hope to learn more about you along the way.
    Blessings and Kind Regards,


    1. Hey Valentine, I’m sorry I’m behind on a lot of comments at the moment … best place to share your work is my “please share yourself here” page, it gets a lot of traffic, as it’s the top post on my blog, on sticky 😀 warm regards Don

  26. Hi Don,
    Yes it is a WordPress site, but I don’t have Jetpack installed. The follow button is something I don’t have at present, but will get one added shortly. If you want to subscribe to the newsletter (register in right hand margin), there will be one going out each week with latest blogs – just got to sort out the template!

    1. Hey Richard, thanks for the info. I generally prefer to see my blogs in wordpress reader, so I’ll wait, give me a shout back when you’ve added … cheers Don

  27. Hi Don thanks for following my blog you have much to teach I love what you say about the reflection in the mirror of oneself being the one and only person who will experience everything you will. Thats great . Best of luck Don!

  28. Hi Don,

    Thanks for the follow, I hope the audience inspires me to write again soon after my son’s birth. Your page is quite eccentric too, enjoy your day 😉

    1. Hey Dave, You’re welcome 😀 … I’m quite a prolific blogger myself, and what I’d recommend is what I’ve done, just one blog that I blog everything into … there are sometimes reasons for having more than one blog, but if possible keep it as one … I think the other thing people often overlook is the social and promoting side of things, really these days we need to be making connections with other bloggers and following their blogs … hope this helps … warm regards Don

  29. Thank you for subscribing my blog but I’ve just closed it a month ago. I mean that I don’t write anything there anymore. Sorry :-))

  30. Hello Mr/Dr/Prof Charisma!

    I’m very pleased you’ve chosen my blog to add to your clearly eclectic collection – I do aim for some variety in my fiction but clearly can’t compete with the range you already experience in “needlepoint/knitting/women’s fashion/’the axes I use for murdering people'”. But I’ll do my best to add that unique ‘something’ that will keep your internet reading/listening interesting. Thanks so much for following!


    1. Hey Alison, so you’re the one that read my FAQ … knew it was worth doing … so you mean you don’t write about axes that you use for murdering people … I am a little disappointed ! … joking of course 😀

  31. Hay Don…
    Thanks for your follow…

    I am honored that you are following my blog…
    Nice day for you 🙂

  32. Hello There!
    I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian

  33. thank u so much for following my blog Don Charisma.
    my English is weak ,maybe u speak French or Spanish ?
    Your blog show a way of life i share with u,very “human” and “open to new ”
    sweet life for u Don

  34. Thanks for following Don. Much appreciated. It is gratifying to see the notice, especially since you literally have over a hundred times more readers than I do.

  35. I love the fact you’ve been around, have oodles of life experience and know what you want and what you are aiming for. Hope you find that last little something that completes your experience..
    Bright blessings

  36. Quite true about “Ab Fab”. Men don’t tend to get it, but women understand the absurdity of two older women, drunk, drugged, and out-of-control about town. Gay men love it too! It’s like a cult show here in Amerrica for the happy boys.

    1. LOL, probably could get it if I wanted to, I do “get” rom-coms these days … however it’s interest factor for me, same as most guys, we’re interested in guy issues, not women’s issues … well not any more than we have to be !

  37. HA! I knew it! I’m a huge Anglophile. My current favorite, a very OLD, British comedy, is “Fawlty Towers”. “Absolutely Fabulous” is another favorite.

    1. 😀 … well fawlty towers I watched so much I wore out the video tapes … ab fab is more ladies humour, which not surprisingly ladies get, dudes not so much 🙂 … There’s a lot of other great british tv, guy ritchie has done some awesome films, I like all the UK crime drama movies … tending not to be watching so much TV these days … bigger fish to fry 🙂

  38. Can I ask where you are from originally? In your writing you use some British expressions, so that was my guess. I’m just curious. But your Gravatar, or whatever it’s called, has touches of Miami or Cuba.

    1. LOL, from UK, pretty much “from” London really it’s my adopted home and where I call home in the UK … I get all kinds, lot of people think I’m South African, but born and bred in the UK …

  39. You are indeed a unique and interesting human being, Don! I believe your life is filled with different colors…each making your existence both fulfilling and challenging. Continued positive energies for you…

  40. Thanks for the follow Don (or should I call you Mr. Charisma?!). If I can ever provide further enlightenment on the humorous side of breaking bones (or anything else for that matter) …let me know!

  41. Thank you kindly for following my blog. Do let me know should you need any info in regards to traveling in Bosnia. Will try my best to provide. Many regards and best wishes on your site! 🙂

  42. Hello Don and thanks for following my ‘Natural Home’ blog. A whole slew of new 2014 pix and build information is on it’s way. It’s my fondest hope that you will continue to enjoy the site. BTW, some of previous career incarnations included tech and large network stuff also. Keep up the good work.

  43. Um, sorry for being an idiot. I, ahem, just noticed that what I asked to post is an award.
    This has been a moronic day.
    Can you please just not approve my comments?
    I’d really appreciate that.

    Thanks. Sorry for being a pest – it was completely unintentional.

    1. No worries hun, I’ve been asked before and declined … why? it was only designed to be a badge for an award … someone who wants the badge must do it as an award, acceptance post and so on 🙂

      And don’t worry I have many days the same !

      Warm regards


    1. Thanks dude, been and visited … busy schedule, I’ve posted about it a few times last couple of weeks … sometimes I’m replying to up to 500 comments a day …

      For pingback a blog will only get one if you link to a page or a post … so up to you which page or post you link to, suggestion would be doncharisma.org/about … OM doesn’t have that page, so I link to his bio …



      1. 500 is huge man… I hope you’re sleeping, at least… I suggest you plan a something new, like for me…

        I need to visit more blogs, so I write 3 days a week and other 4 days I just browse through th WordPress community…

      2. Dude, I just agreed… Now carry on with other stuff…

        Or some idiot may pop up again saying “I’m unfollowing you”
        LOL 😀

  44. Thank for following Jews Down Under. I can’t seem to find you on the list of followers, though I received an email. I can’t find an email link on your site either.
    Within the next week or so the site will be migrating to a WEB site.
    The address will be http://jewsdownunder.com/

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