What Happens When Your Neighbor Reads Your Blog?

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I’ll be honest. When I write something on my blog, I don’t really expect many people to read it. I mean, I’m no Lewis Bertolucci or Jeff Ross (two of my co-workers that are experienced bloggers).

Sure, I’ll share links through my social networks but I don’t expect these people to make it to my website to see what I’ve written. I feel like most of the time when I write, it’s more for me than anything. It’s somewhat therapeutic to share my stories or point-of-view on something.

I think as bloggers, we tend to talk about other people or mention them in our stories rather freely because we think there’s no way that they’ll ever find out what we wrote. I assume most of my traffic will come from Google and be complete strangers that live on the other side of the globe.

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My Goals for 2014

2014-goalsI’m not real big on new year resolutions mainly because I don’t want to start off the year making resolutions that I’m eventually going to break. Sure, I’d like to get in shape, eat healthier and be an overall better person. Who wouldn’t?

I’d like to focus on some more attainable and trackable goals for myself. My colleague Jeff Ross gave me the idea to publicly set some personal goals for the year and then track their progress throughout the year. He does it on his blog.

I’m going to start with the following list (in no particular order) and add to/update it as I go along. I don’t want to lock myself into any particular set of goals.

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Protect Your Digital Assets or Risk Losing Your Memories

file1061299116518Recently, my computer’s hard drive crashed and I lost everything, including 11+ years of digital photos and videos (plus countless documents and software). Those photos and videos were priceless to me because they chronicled every life event involving me, my wife and our three kids. It was easily 10′s of thousands of photos and 100′s of videos.

It could have been a disastrous event but it wasn’t.

The reason? I had everything backed up.

Over the years, I have developed a digital back up plan and it’s saved me more than once.

Creating a plan could save you too because your hard drive will eventfully fail. It’s just a matter of time.

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Never Doubt Your Kids’ Awesomeness

Here's Ethan (49) running the ball.

Here’s Ethan (49) running the ball.

A  few years ago, I coached my my oldest son, Ethan in an Upwards Sports flag football league at a church down the street. Going into the league, I decided that I would have him play quarterback or wide receiver. We played a lot of catch in the backyard and he could throw and catch a football pretty well.

When the season started, our team ran the ball a lot. We had some small kids that were pretty fast and we did pretty well.

Every game, Ethan would say “Dad. Let me play running back.” He would beg me several times during the game.

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11 Reasons Why I LOVE Fantasy Football

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I’m proudly rocking my Kapatch Aminals t-shirt.

To quote (and slightly modify) some words from a great 90′s philosopher, “I like fantasy football and I don’t know why. You other brothers can not lie…” Sorry, that popped in my head and I had to work it in here somehow.

Actually, I LOVE fantasy football and I DO know why.

I’ve been playing fantasy football since 1994 when I was in high school and before the Internet. Back then, we had to leave our starting line-up on the commissioner’s answering machine each week and that week’s results were mailed out. In the league I ran, we had to wait until the newspaper came out on Mondays to manually add up our points. I know, I know. It was my generation’s version of having to walk two and a half miles to school in the snow each day.

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The Adventures of Clyde, Our Elf on the Shelf (2013)

clyde-12.10.13My wife and I have been doing Elf on the Shelf with our kids for the past couple of years. The basic idea is that the elf visits during December and each night reports back to Santa. When he returns each morning, he’s in a different place.

We have a lot of fun doing it and it’s awesome to see the kid’s reactions every day. This year, I’ve been sharing pictures of Clyde’s adventures on Instagram.

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I Walked 600 Miles (1.2 Million Steps) in 100 Days…

100-Day-DashAt Humana, we have an annual internal 100 day step challenge called The 100 Day Dash. It’s a huge initiative where employees are encouraged to form teams and get active. There were opportunities to win fun prizes and participate in weekly mini-challenges.

I was part of the team than ran and supported this year’s Dash (that ran from June 3, 2013 through September 10, 2013). I developed the digital/social strategy and then acted as a community manager for the 100 Day Dash group on Buzz, Humana’s internal social network. I had a great time interacting with people from all over the company.

Because of my role in the Dash, I felt like I needed to step up and challenge myself to log as many steps as I could during the 100 days. How could I encourage others if I wasn’t pushing myself as well? I set a goal of 10,000 steps per day (roughly 5 miles). That was a pretty lofty goal considering that I had only hit 10,000 steps two or three times in the previous 6 months before the Dash started.

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How to Change Your Domain Name’s Nameservers at GoDaddy.com

There are two main components to setting up every website. The first part of is registering your website or blog’s domain name (ex. acmecompany.com). Some of the most popular domain registrars are GoDaddy or Network Solutions.

After you’ve registered the domain name, you’ll have to set up website hosting. That’s the place where your website files will live. I personally use Site5 but there are tons of great hosting companies out there. Hosting agreements are typically paid for monthly or annually.

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[VIDEO] How to Create a Gmail Email Forwarder

At some point, you may want to forward your Gmail emails (or a copy of them) to another email address. There could be several reasons:

  • You’re no longer using that Gmail address
  • You have multiple Gmail addresses and don’t want to have to check each account all the time
  • You don’t want someone to see your real email address
  • You created an email address for a specific purpose like using one of Google’s many free tools

I probably have five or six Gmail addresses that I’ve created over the years. Most of them now forward to my primary email address.

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5 Reasons Why I Love WordPress

I love WordPress. It’s true. If you’re unfamiliar, WordPress is a powerful and highly popular open-source (free) content management system. WordPress powers 14.7% of the top million websites in the world and 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress.

I use it to power this website and I recommend it to anyone looking for an easy way to manage a website without being an HTML expert.

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