"Service To Others Is The Rent You Pay For Your Room Here On Earth."
A Creator, A Fighter, An Explorer : John Knetemann
I would like to thank you for taking an interest in my freelance digital marketing services. It is an absolute pleasure for me to serve businesses with an amazing digital strategy for their content, social media, and email campaigns.
While I love to tell the stories of great businesses, I also have a story I would like to tell you. One of a boy that started his lifelong journey in the Great Plains of the United States, or rather... I should say the story of me.
I was born in the Denver, Colorado to an incredibly bright father from the Netherlands and an incredibly loving mother from Nicaragua. You can see their beautiful faces below.
I also have a sister and had a dog (we had to say goodbye March 2019) that I love to the moon and back. My story wouldn't be possible without each and every one of them. Not to mention the amazing friends I have made along the way.
I have a history that some find puzzling. One that seems to have no theme, no rhyme, and no reason. I'd like the think differently, though.
But then I got invited to a political conference run by some of the sharpest young minds I had ever met. They spoke so knowledgeably about philosophy, economics, and politics... But they were anarchists. And unfortunately for my military career, I found these anarchists pretty persuasive.
They had a vision of cooperation, freedom, and life that I admired deeply. I knew after attending the conference that I wanted in on spreading this message far & wide. This was my start in messaging, communication, and politics.
As I left college, politics soured on me, though. I advocated for a world of peace and cooperation, but the world of politics is anything but peaceful or cooperative. I was unhappiest I had ever been in my life.
So I changed. With the experience I had in politics, digital marketing was my natural entrance into business: a place where I knew I could serve others better than I ever had in the past.
When I was in high school, I dreamed of a military career as an officer. Specifically I wanted to attend one of the prestigious United States military academies, like many great officers had throughout history. I oriented my life in this direction: got straight As, participated in sports, volunteered regularly, took on student leadership roles, and joined the United States Civil Air Patrol.
I had it in the bag.
Thus started my college days: an activist for a stateless society in a small city located in Rapid City, South Dakota. I studied interdisciplinary sciences and geology at an engineering school because I wanted to give a fresh perspective to the political circles I was a part of. Most studied economics or philosophy, but I wanted to bring the scientific perspective.
I quickly rose through the ranks and took on more and more ambitious projects. In my 5 years of advocating, I hosted several academic conferences with more than 150 attendees each, spoke in front of audiences of hundreds to thousands, organized a bus program that brought over 500 students to Washington, D.C., and led different teams of dozens.
After this change, a new passion for life flowed through my veins. I started boxing, cosplay, long-distance running, and figure skating as hobbies. I started learning new skills at a rapid rate. I moved to Amsterdam. And I completely fell back in love with the world around me and all the people in it... Well most of the people in it.
This is my story. This is how I became who I am.
We all have a story, though, and I would love to know yours so be sure to connect with me via social media. And send me a message! Don't be shy!
Forever Wandering But Never Lost,