BlogJam 2015 Review Part 2: Great Food, Good Friends, The Best People

I made a few remarks as I made my way to the last session of the morning. I said that it was mean to put these people together at this time. I said that I was not looking forward to the session. But that’s because as a chubby man, heading into a food panel right before lunch on a stomach that was void of everything except coffee,  was disconcerting. If you looked at me, you may not be shocked to find that I like food. In fact, while I don’t read a ton of regular blogs, I was familiar with the works of all three panelists; Krista Butler, Lindsay Nelson and Laura Oakley.

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BlogJam 2015 Review Part 1: Moms, Nerds, Style and Voice

I’ll admit that I did not know what to expect from BlogJam2015. About two months ago I was asked to speak as BlogJam. I didn’t know much about it so I started doing some research. I had previously met (or chatted online) with a few of the organizers but I wasn’t sure if I would be available due to my duties as a stay at home father of two. I checked in with my wife and asked her if we had anything on the go for October 4th and she asked me if our 7-year wedding anniversary counted. Apparently I’m a horrible person. In any case, we talked it out, I bought her chocolate and I was on my way. It was only a few days before that I started to give some thought to who I wanted to see speak.

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Ad Blockers: It’s a Guy In A Chicken Suit Selling You Cars

This is the first of many pieces that was written by myself and my partner, Jamie Gerrard.

“The other night I did something that I haven’t done in a decade. I did something that I never thought I would have to do ever again. I did something that I never wanted to do ever again. I installed an ad blocker. Everyone is installing ad blockers. It’s not that I’m appalled at the ads that I’m seeing. Rather, I’m overwhelmed by the sheer volume of ads that permeate the web. They bring websites to their knees and reduce browsing speed to a crawl. More than anything, they’re just no fun from a user experience standpoint.” This is the gist of a series of text messages I received from Jamie at 7:30am last week. Jamie and I agreed. No one is enjoying waiting for ads to run their course or clicking on unlimited x’s or scrolling up to see why the entire page they were viewing is now grayed out. So if no one likes this sea of advertising, why are there so many ads? There is plenty of blame to go around. Let’s talk first about why we see this and then how we can fix the problem.

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Working Places

I recently read a piece about “The Pajama Trap”. Essentially, it focused on the best ways to make sure that, as a freelance or home office employee, you were able to stay focused on get work done. Trust me, as someone who works primarily from home, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of relying on the comforts of home and failing to get done what you need to get done. I have an X-box, Netflix and a beautiful deck with a lovely backyard. Getting work done could be a challenge. One of the easiest ways to avoid getting distracted when you work from home is not to work from home. Obvious, right? In this post, I’ll talk about some of my favorite places to work and describe ideal atmospheres conducive to getting shit done.

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Business & Stand Up: Laugh It Off

I am an enormous fan of stand up comedy. Enormous. I enjoy nothing more than I enjoy checking out new comedians and listening to classic sets. Rather than little snippets on YouTube or Vimeo, I particularly enjoy full sets. I love it for a number of reasons. First, I love to laugh. Nothing better. Second, I like long sets because they afford me the opportunity to get some work done. Whether I’m walking around the house doing chores, writing or whatever, long stand up comedy sets are great company. Third, and most importantly, I love studying the structure of how a comedian puts together a full set.

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