December 2006

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

It’s another meme, I got tagged, so here it goes…

  1. I’m the youngest of 4 kids.
  2. I don’t like pants.
  3. I love slippers.
  4. I drive a Chevy Astro van.
  5. I’m a spoon collector.

So there it is, another meme, but I’m not passing this one on to anybody.

And merry Christmas!

Change of Pace

I love working on the web. Everything is constantly changing. There’s always something new and interesting. I like that. Freelancing was the same way. One day I would have tons of work to do, the next I’d be looking for more. My schedule was very sporadic. I never knew exactly what I’d be doing the next day. I never knew what suprise would be thrown my way.

When I was given the opportunity to take a full-time job I thought that would be cool. It would be more relaxed and less sporadic. I was excited for the change of pace. And for the 10 days I was there, it was a nice change of pace.

Integrum is awesome. I already told you how cool they are. It was fun working with them. I learned a lot about having a “real” …

Fuel

I’m fueled by motivation, like everyone, but just like cars or planes, I need enough fuel to get moving and off the ground.

I just finished my first semester of college, and to use my plane analogy, I went down in a ball of flames.

I got dropped from one of my classes early in the year and my grades are gonna be terrible. But for the first time since elementary school, I just don’t care. So for now, I’m not going to school. I don’t think I’ll ever go back but ya never know. Maybe I just need more fuel.

Search Engine Snowball Effect

On May 29th I wrote a post entitled How To: Bypass Your Schools Web Filtering System. The article was written to help other students get on to blocked sites. It now has 99 comments with links to proxy websites, plea’s for help, and thank you’s. Due to the amount of traffic I put a Google ad right in the middle of the post, just to see what would happen. The ad has been up for a little over 2 months and I’m just about to reach $100.

1 ad. 2 months. $100.

Why?

The search engine snowball effect.

The article has some good keywords, a good title, and some really useful information. The comments just came on there own and now I’m getting 1 – 3 comments a day. Comments are the hill for my snowball (or search engine ranking for the post), …

Integrum Technologies

About a month ago at the November Refresh meeting Josh Knowles talked to me about a possible job opportunity. I then met with Josh and the rest of the Integrum guys at the November AZ on Rails meeting and started working a week later.

It’s a fun place to work although very different than what I’m used to.

Less Distractions
Working at an office instead of at home I’m less easily distracted. I tend to stay focused on one particular project longer rather than constantly switching back and forth between projects.

No Marketing
I’ve never had a hard time finding work but it’s not like work just comes to me all the time either. Working for a company I no longer have to worry about finding new projects or dealing with clients. I’m glad that I’ve dealt with clients before and …