Back from Vegas – My thoughts

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Hey everyone!  I’m starting to use video in my blogs after attending the New Media Expo conference in Vegas last week.

Here’s my first one.  Tell me what you think…


Update on my (info) diet

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As I wrote three weeks ago, I have been working on reading less and eliminating distractions.  I’m calling it my info diet.

I’m trying my best to avoid TV (especially news) at home, but I am much more concerned about my time at work.

So over the last few weeks I have systematically unsubscribed to almost every email newsletter I get.  Here are the only exceptions…

  1. SearchCap daily news on search engines
  2. MarketingVox daily newsletter
  3. Marketing Sherpa weekly research

The process has been very liberating.  It is a strange feeling to come in to work in the morning and only have emails from actual human beings in my inbox.  It’s also strange to walk out of the room for an hour or two and come back in and have no new emails.  It’s wonderful.

The whole reason I’m doing this is to free up time to create more.  The new design for my SEO training site is now up and running.  It’s not perfect yet, but it’s getting where I need it to be.

A new feature of the new design is that I am going to be providing more “resources” for my clients, students, and subscribers.

Thus, I am working hard to spend less time reading and more time writing – at work, at least.

New Bio and History Pages

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I’ve been working on this personal blog all morning.

I redesigned the home page to be a BIO about me and added a History page as well.

I also made the home page my BIO, not my blog.

The goal is to get people searching on my name to find the information I want them to find.

I’m going on a (info) diet

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Starting this past week, I am going on an INFORMATION diet.

Right now I’m in the middle of reading a book on how to be more efficient.  I don’t really recommend the book because it’s not that great.  But one thing it recommends is to stop reading, listening to, and watching news.

I’ve thought long and hard about this one.  After all, I built my entire business since 2003 by reading and studying forums, blogs, articles, magazines, books, etc.  Also, I love to read.  I owe any success I’ve had to the tremendous effort I have put toward learning as much as I can about my industry (Internet Marketing).

But I think it’s time to be more careful about how much time I spend reading vs. how much time I spend actually working.

So I’m going on a diet.

  • I’ve unsubscribed to all but one email newsletter. 
  • I’m going to avoid all television news, magazines, blogs, and forums. 
  • If something is important enough, I will hope that my friends or colleagues will let me know about it. 
  • If I need to learn something, instead of reading and researching, I will ask those that have done it already.

The one exception will be the few podcasts I listen to while driving.  It’s much more enjoyable than the radio, and makes my driving time pass quicker.

I’ll use any extra time I gain to building valuable content for my clients and customers.  I also plan on spending more time with my wife, friends, relaxation, and personal projects.

This should also help me toward my goal of working 4 days per week in 2009.

Next time I talk with you, if I ask “What’s new?”…  Be assured that I honestly don’t know.

Hotter than you can imagine in Charlotte, NC

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Ok, it’s about as hot as you can believe here.

We have one of those remote thermometers in the house.  The sensor is right outside our back door in the shade.  It topped out at 100.  Today it got up to 103.1.

Yesterday I put the sensor out on the sidewalk in the sun and it got up to 126.  It is only June 8!

This is crazy.  I’m not planning on leaving the house again for the rest of the day.

Mom and Dad Visit This Week

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I have only blogged once per month over the past two months.  I’ve got to get back in action again.

This past week my mom and dad visited from Milford, Massachusetts.  For those of you that don’t know, I grew up in the cold region of New England (Go Celtics)!  I lived the same small apartment with my sister and parents until I turned 21 and moved to New York.

I always enjoy when my mom and dad visit.  (I know you read this mom!)

But the thing I enjoyed most this time was just talking.  Both my parents have always been a pleasure to talk with.  I’ve always been impressed with how many close friends they both have.  In these days we live in, it’s uncommon for people to stay close friends with so many people for such a long time.

My parents are different.  As we reminisce about old times, they still keep up with and talk with many of the friends they had when I growing up in that third floor apartment in the 1970s. 

My parent’s friends are now in all parts of the country.  But they keep in touch with so many of them.  They care about these friends and I know for sure that many of these friends still care very deeply for my parents.

It’s interesting that this got passed down to my sister and I.  We both are the same way.  In fact, many of our closest friends are the children of my parent’s friends.

Both family and friends mean a lot to my parents and I’ll always owe that aspect of my personality to them.

Thanks mom and dad!

I love you both.


Food Court Musical?

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This is too funny.  These people actually just started singing out of the blue in a mall.  You gotta see it to believe it.  I can’t imagine what it must have felt like being there just eating your food minding your own business.

Too funny…


Bennett and I

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This morning I added a new component to my morning jog.  Just for fun, I brought Bennett with me.  He seemed to enjoy it.

(Pretty interesting, eh?  I bet you’re glad you read this post.  I think I reached a whole new level of boring this time.)

I’ll try to be more interesting in the future.

Sad day for me – I lost someone dear to me

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Today is a difficult day for me.  I lost someone very close to my heart. 

Someone who was the founder and creator of something that has been a very intimate part of almost every morning for me over the past several months has died.  Although I will still benefit from what he started many decades ago, I can’t help but feel the loss.

I hope all of my readers can appreciate that when you admire someone this much, you need to keep the things he held dear close to your heart so you never forget them.

Here’s the full story.

Goodbye Herb Peterson.  Rest In Peace.  I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow morning.

Boston Celtics beat all three Texas Teams

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Great article about the Celtics on ESPN by Marc J. Spears today.

Here are some excerpts…

The Boston Celtics are bigger than even Texas right now.

There isn’t a tougher stretch in an NBA schedule than the renowned Texas Triangle. The treacherous three-game road trip includes stops to face three of the Western Conference’s top team: the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks.

After talking about all three teams, he added…

Other than winning an NBA championship, there is nothing really the Boston Celtics have to do to prove that they are for real any more.

The Celtics (55-13) became the first NBA team to qualify for the playoffs, reach the 50-win mark and win a division. Boston won the season series against the Detroit Pistons, now owns a 23-4 record against the mighty Western Conference and is on pace to get home-court advantage throughout the playoffs with the top record.

This is all pretty exciting for a long-time Boston Celtics fan like me – even if I do live in North Carolina now.

My next trip to visit family

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This morning I booked my next flight on Skybus to go up to Massachusetts to visit family.  This time I will be going by myself (without Sandy).

I fly up on Wednesday, August 27 at 3:15 PM and arrive 4:51 PM.

I return on Tuesday, September 2 at 5:16 PM and arrive 6:58 PM.

The tickets cost $35 and $10 each.  I’m checking one bag each way ($10 each) and taxes and fees were $12.  Total cost of traveling from NC to MA is $77. 

(Not bad!)

My wife ran away and started a rock band

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For a week now my wife has been in New York without me.  After being there a few days, she called me late one night to tell me that she has been playing the new video game Rock Band.

If you haven’t seen this game, it comes with a guitar, drum set, and microphone.  To win, you need to hit the drums or strum (actually flick) the guitar at the right time while rock songs play on the screen.

Sandy told me that she plays the drums.  Her friend Jennifer Francis plays the guitar, and her friend Melissa Courteau sings.  At the beginning of the week, they were playing together every day.

In fact, while I’m writing this tonight, she just called.  

My Italian Greyhounds Playing! Bennett and Brady

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I guess it’s about time that I do a blog post about my two Italian Grehounds, Bennett and Brady.  Here they are playing.  You can start the video below and I’ll write some more about them below.

Bennett:  He’s the brown one and is about a year older.  We first got Bennett when I was starting my business in 2004.  When Sandy would go to work, I would work at home growing my business.  As you probably know by now, I don’t really like being alone.  So, I would play with Bennett several times every day.  Some think that I taught him to be a little crazy, like me.

Brady:  We got Brady about a year later.  He’s a my wife’s favorite.  He’s typically not as crazy and loves snuggling on the sofa with Sandy every chance he gets.

When playing, Bennett loves to chase and fetch.  Brady doesn’t fetch.  He loves tug-of-war.  If he wins, he keeps what he wins and never returns it.  You can see that in this video.

My wife and I absolutely love these dogs.  I hope you enjoy watching them play.  When they play, they both get pretty crazy.  But most of the time they are actually sleeping on the sofa (or in the bed if we let them).

My home office is starting to look nice

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Now that my office at work is pretty much the way I want it, I’ve been doing a little work on my home office.  It has a nice large brown desk in it and another smaller glass table for my computer.

The most recent additions have been rich, dark brown curtains.  They really look nice.  Sandy and I picked them out last weekend.  I’ve also added two more bookcases.  (I’ve always loved libraries and this office is starting to look more like one.  Of course, I have my big brown globe which helps.)

Exercising again

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I started waking up at 6 AM again this week to exercise and get to work early.

Last week I tried a different approach.  I stayed up until 2:30 AM and 3:30 AM two nights to get things done.  I got a lot of reading and learning done.  But it’s hard to get to work on time.

Exercising is not that hard.  It’s all in my head.  If I convince myself that I want to do it, I do it.

I’ve always liked balloons, but this is too strange

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I’ve always thought balloons were cool, especially when the clown would twist and turn them and make them into an animal or something.

But this is just a little too strange, even for me. 

Impressive!  But strange.

Click on this link, scroll down the page, and check out the pictures.

The Patriots lost the SuperBowl

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Unbelievable.  After going 18–0, the Patriots lose the most important of them all.  Amazing. 

There were dozens of us crowded around the big screen TV at my sister’s house in my home town of Milford, Massachusetts and there was a whole lot of screaming during the last few minutes.

It was a good game and I’m amazed that the Giants were the team to topple them.  All of us were shocked and disappointed.  But the one thing we agreed upon was that it was better to be beat by Eli than Payton.

For all of you that want to complain, gripe, or tease me, feel free to comment below.  Just remember that the Cowboys and Colts weren’t even in Arizona this week.

If you are a fellow-Patriot fan, feel free to comment below as well.

I still think this decade’s Patriots are the best franchise ever in the NFL.

I learned to ski in Mount Cranmore this week

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Sandy and I flew in to Massachusetts via Skybus last Saturday and my mom and dad picked us up. 

On Monday we took my nieces, Becky and Kayla Bonnell to New Hampshire.  We wanted to do something fun with them.  So on Tuesday we went over to Mount Cranmore.  We got a full day pass which included equipment rental, lift ticket, and even a two-hour lesson.

My wife knew how to ski, but my nieces and I had never done it before.  In the beginning, there was a lot of falling, as this video shows…

But after our two-hour lesson, we all started doing better.