New Things (And I’m Sorry)

I’d say I haven’t written anything in the last year, and apologize, but that would be a misnomer given all the digital drafting I do for Raidious now. But nonetheless, I feel some sort of guilt for not having written anything here lately.

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Beyond feeling sorry, I’ve been investing time, money, and not living in a house to finally move into a house. Long story short, I bought a fixer-upper in Fletcher Place (read: cool, hip neighborhood in Indy) and have been subsequently mooching my father’s handyman skills to turn it into a liveable urban abode.

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(my father and brother taking a coffee break between episodes of laying hardwood floor)

It would be easy to say that nothing else has happened since I last updated anything here. Both of my siblings have married, and I survived Hurricane Matthew to witness one of them. Did another Christmas in England, because who doesn’t like Christmas in England?

And this year sees me get to put on my Director shoes and, you know….direct things. I’ll let you know how that goes.

And in the meantime, if you’d like to keep track of me on a more frequent basis – head over here…

Hello 30. Where the %@*& did you come from?

There’s a special kind of baggage that goes with an age milestone. Am I acting my age? Have I accomplished enough? Am I making enough money? Is my love life where it should be?
I’ve settled on the idea that the answer changes with my mood everyday. I find I’m more or less satisfied, and that’s meaningful, because it means that I get to decide what comes next.
If I’m unsatisfied, I get to take action, orrrr I can bitch about my situation.
If I’m satisfied, I get to keep doing what I’m doing, or I can blow things up to keep myself interested.
More so than ever in my life, I find myself in a position of control. I get to impact my family’s future. I get to choose my career path. I get to hang out with this fine lady when she lets me.
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I say this all because I find it healthy to be thankful for the position that I’m in. When we read the news and see the situations where others find themselves, I think we need to take stock of just how good we have it, even when the world seems to be throwing us curveballs.
To quote a phrase I’ve become lately fond of. #firstworldproblems

Where a Discussion on Marriage Morality Belongs (It’s not the Indiana Statehouse)

People close to me know that I have a love/hate relationship with Indiana. The past few years I’ve made a point of traveling to and living in other places. The handful of reasons includes a change of pace, seeing the sun, better craft beer. You know – uptown problems.

I wasn’t born in Indiana, and used to have a very convoluted answer to the question “Where are you from?” I had a hard time admitting I was from Indiana. That flat, sunless cornfield-of-a flyover state.

Before the locals crucify me, know that I’m now over that piece of personal head-trash. Indiana is my adopted state. I’m a Hoosier now, and when you look around, it’s easy to find things to be proud of.

Until the state legislature does something hateful and ignorant.

I’m referring of course to Indiana House Joint Resolution 3 (HJR3, formerly HJR6).  In lieu of the sound bites and tweets that limit most public conversation about the issue, I thought it time to dust off my blog and flesh out a response.

My position is simple and direct. Marriage, being an institution whose morality has been traditionally governed by religious organization (Church, Mosque, Synagogue), has no place being morally regulated by state or federal government.

I’m a confirmed Lutheran. I say to my Christian counterparts: leave your Bible at home, it have no place legislating the lifestyles of other Hoosiers. Just as you wouldn’t expect state representatives to be quoting the Quran in the statehouse, neither should you expect them to defend their measures with verse from Leviticus.

No matter who you think should be allowed to marry, the Indiana Statehouse is not the appropriate forum. I say to my fellow Hoosiers: take Marriage back into the Church, the Synagogue, the Mosque. These are the places for defining our morality.

** Update 1/31/14**

Had a follow-up Facebook comment stream on this post that merits being added here. (And, who can say they’ve had a debate on Facebook that didn’t devolve into a screaming match?)

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History of Search Factor Effectiveness

Realizing I’ve been dormant for most of the summer where content goes, I recently combined forces with the Raidious team and put together a graphical history of major SEO factors. I had little to do with the graphics part. Props to Ashleigh Lay

I’d be glad for feedback on the data points. The data points are a mashup of Moz and SearchEngineland, with my own experiences mixed in. I like how it turned out.

Long story short, old-school SEO is dead to me. I’m officially a content marketer first (even if I fail on the frequency spectrum).

 

News flash to advertisers: Want to alienate discerning customers? Portray current customers as pretentious clowns.

Over the last few weeks I’ve started to see ads crop up for a service called Straight Talk. The one that initially grabbed my attention was that of a woman getting caught up in the background of an elderly couple’s photo moment, then mistaking them for paparazzi and shredding the film roll out of the man’s hands in a fit of self-importance. See for yourself—> Continue reading “News flash to advertisers: Want to alienate discerning customers? Portray current customers as pretentious clowns.”

More than 140 characters of what I’m #thankful for.

Today (Black Friday) and yesterday’s (Thanksgiving) flurry of posts and tweets surrounding gratitude and the holiday have inspired me to create my own short list of things to be grateful for in 2009 as the year comes to a photo finish.

Despite what many are calling a disaster of a year business-wise, I’ll choose to focus on the good of 2009. What you focus on expands, and I’ll start at the top. These are the things I am thankful for: Continue reading “More than 140 characters of what I’m #thankful for.”