Hang Gliding at 3,000 Feet in Lake County, Florida

I recently took a trip to visit family in Florida to do some SCUBA diving, snorkeling, swimming, and other fun beach-type activities. What I didn't know, though, was that just six miles down the road from where my parents live, is a fun hang gliding place. I had the chance to go, so my little brother and I were towed up by an airplane, 3,000 feet into the air, then slowly glided back down to the earth. It was awesome. Here are two videos of what it looked like (both from the same trip, just taken Read More

Maho Beach in Sint Maarten – Where The Planes Take Off

Here's a video of when I was at Maho Beach in Sint Maarten (on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean). This beach, off Simpson Bay, is strangely positioned right in front of Princess Juliana International Airport which means it gets airplanes coming in and out all day long that fly right over where people are swimming. Not just little puddle jumpers either. Check out this enormous commercial plane (I'm not sure which kind) that took off right behind us—hopefully you can see through the Read More

My Speech on SEO at Revenue North Colorado Springs

I recently gave a speech at a business summit in town called "Revenue North," which is a small conference of sorts for local business owners, all with the main theme of "growing your business." I had found out about the event when it was announced the year before and was flattered when I found out that I was selected to be one of the speakers for the 2013 event. I'd never spoken to an audience of that size before, and it was a great experience. As I was preparing my presentation, I looked at the Read More

Communication: The Pinnacle of Human Achievement

I'm a huge fan of writing. I love to see the written word on a page. Whether it's a printed page or an electronic page doesn't much matter to me; I love it all. I'd even like to read something on a papyrus scroll someday. In my humble opinion, the pinnacle of all human achievement throughout our history has been the ability to communicate effectively. There are not many who can do this. Sure, there are lots of people who try, and there are lots of people who "technically" communicate, but very few Read More

Video: Things I Learned At My First Video Shoot

I recently worked with a videographer to make two videos for a new video marketing service I wanted to start. I'd never really stood in front of a camera before, and thought it would be fun to do. I'm a big fan of online video, as I've explained before, but something that drives me nuts is the massive amount of online video that's of embarrassing quality and I didn't want to do that. So I hired a professional videographer, rented out a studio, and did a shoot and we ended up with two videos that Read More

Video: Why Use Online Video?

It's video time again! This time around, I made an online video to tell you all about... online video! Why? Well, I could explain everything by writing paragraphs of information all about the benefits of video and how well it works to market yourself online, or you could just watch this video to find out. Oh yeah, in case you're the skeptical type, or just a real stickler for numbers and statistics, I'm citing my sources below, and I've also added some helpful links to view the examples I talk about Read More

Video: What is Twitter?

What is Twitter? This is easily the question I've heard the most since I started working in Internet Marketing. A lot of people just don't get Twitter, and they want to know about it. More accurately, they don't just want to know about it—they want to know what the big freaking deal is about it. I can sense irritation in their voice as they try to figure out what's so special about the little social network with the funny name, and they wonder if they're missing out on something huge. I really Read More

Video: Interview With 37signals’ Jason Fried

I like studying. I like listening to audiobooks, reading books and watching interviews. I especially like getting the input of a select few brilliant minds in the tech world who actually make sense to me. There are very few "dot com" companies that make sense—and I think the term "dot com" is thrown around carelessly as an excuse for poor business practices. (And that's coming from me—whose company name ends in "dot com"!) 37signals is one of the very few businesses I've seen that does it the Read More

Video: 1970s Fig Newton Commercial

I like TV commercials. I especially like a TV commercial that inspires me to actually want to buy a product. When I see a good ad, I cheer. When I see a bad one, I tweet about it, or show it to a bunch of friends so we can laugh at how awful it is.This commercial, however, for Fig Newtons (a product that I actually like quite a bit) is perhaps the most frightening commercial I have ever seen. It really scares me. How did this EVER make anyone want to buy and eat Fig Newtons?!Perhaps the worst part Read More

Video: Steven Colbert Interviews Eric Schmidt

I don't watch Stephen Colbert. I don't think he's funny. Even more than that, I have no patience for senseless political banter. But in some strange way, in this clip, Colbert pulls off the best interview of Eric Schmidt I've ever seen. Most interviews with Schmidt are boring, take far too long, and venture off into ethereal technological discussions that aren't interesting or relevant to users. But this is funny, honest, revealing, and short. Excellent job. Colbert even lobs some challenging questions Read More