7 Pros and Cons of HostGator WordPress Web Hosting

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Several months ago, I was really dissatisfied with my GoDaddy WordPress Hosting, and moved my website(s) to HostGator.

First off – I’m so happy I switched. I was definitely worth the transition.

But now that I’ve been using HostGator for several months (and setup several websites using WordPress) – I’ve got a full pros and cons list of using HostGator that would’ve been useful to know before signing up.

So let’s dive in. [Edit – this post originally ran in 2012. I’ve updated it as of November 2015]. [Read more…]

Jack-o-Lanterns.

Jack O Lanterns

from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1OfIAeb

Apparently carving vegetables has been a common practice throughout history. It’s pretty odd, but also lots of fun. Among all the American holiday traditions, it feels like it requires the most skill.

Christmas Trees require some planning, but usually look good no matter what happens to them. Same with Thanksgiving. Fireworks on the Fourth of July require professionals to do it right. And New Year’s is just chaos.

But Jack-o-Lanterns let everyone in the neighborhood show off some creativity (or their Pinterest-ing ability).

For me, it’s the cutting circles that kills the design.

How I Cut 1:57 Off My Average 5k Time By Tweaking My Playlist

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[Note: This post originally ran December 2012 back when iTunes was still a thing. You can skip down to the bottom to find the current best option for running based on BPM as of September 2015]

I’ve rarely run with music. In general, I always thought it was too much trouble – where to stash the iPod, cords getting tangled, getting tired of it and having to run with it for a while – but last week, I updated all my music to store the song’s Beats per Minute.

I ran to the playlist with the highest beats per minute…and shaved 1:57 off my average 5k time and nearly set a personal best…without even trying. Here’s how to set it up and use it on your runs… [Read more…]

The Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park

The Mill at Sweetwater Creek State Park

From Instagram: http://bit.ly/1eTLtBm

We went hiking at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, GA. It’s about a 20 minute drive due West of Downtown Atlanta.

As one of the 3 State Parks near Downtown Atlanta, it was pretty crowded on a nice Sunday afternoon.

The main hiking trail (Red) goes down to the creek and towards the ruins of an old textile mill.

It was torched by Union troops on their way to Atlanta in 1864. but remains in strikingly good condition (for a ruin).

The creek provides a beautiful backdrop and there are plenty of trails and forest to explore. Well worth the short drive.

You Know You Live in Atlanta When…Coca-Cola Is Art

Vintage Coca-Cola Ad on Grocery Store

From Instagram: http://bit.ly/1ASTZuT

Just up the street from my house there’s a music venue called “Grocery on Home” – and they have the coolest vintage ad for Coca-Cola on their building. It’s art.

It’s kind of crazy to think how a soft drink built so much of Atlanta, but it did. For all its faults, the Coca-Cola brand is *it* around Atlanta. Our art museum even celebrated 100 Years of the Coke Bottle in an art exhibition. Oh – we also have an entire museum dedicated to Coca-Cola.

Sometimes I’m not sure whether to be proud or weirded out. I guess sometimes you have to sell out.

Pathways in Grant Park Atlanta, GA

Pathways in Grant Park Atlanta, GA

From Instagram: http://bit.ly/1SIC67A

This photo is from walk on the north end of Grant Park. It’s Atlanta’s original city park and home to Zoo Atlanta.

Even though the park has lost a lot of tree cover over the years, it’s still incredibly beautiful to walk through.

On Leaving Nebo Agency & Going Full-Time with a Growing Business

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Today is my last day working for Nebo Agency. I’ve been with Nebo for over 2 years. It’s by far and away been the most intense period of professional growth in my entire career.

I came to Nebo in 2013 after running my own freelance consulting business for 2 years prior. At the time, I wanted to join an elite team at an elite agency to specialize in a single field of digital marketing. At that point in my career, I knew enough to be dangerous. I knew I could bring a lot to a team, and that I could grow 10x as part of a team. Thankfully Nebo thought the same thing and gave me a shot.

And for me in hindsight, that certainly turned out to be true. I’ve been able to work with, learn from, and build relationships with my teammates. I also got to be challenged by interesting & diverse clients. I got to be exposed to all the intangibles of working around ambitious, talented people in a diverse, growing city. [Read more…]