By day, I’m a freelance writer and business consultant. By night, I produce some unusual web media projects (see below). Until recently, I did corporate social marketing for a living. These days, I’m moving on to a new career. Stay tuned for details…
19 Things You Might Want to Know About Me
1. In 2003, I created the web sitcom Something to Be Desired (aka “STBD”), which I produced from 2003-2009. In 2008, STBD was nominated for a Yahoo! Video Award for Best Web Series.
3. In 2011, I launched CrowdfundingHelp, a hub of news, interviews and how-tos for artists and entrepreneurs seeking to increase their chances of success on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and RocketHub.
4. In 2006, I attended the first PodCamp, which was held in Boston and which poured rocket fuel on the careers of many a social media professional. Here’s how that happened.
5. Six weeks after that very first PodCamp Boston, I co-founded the annual social media “un-conference” Podcamp Pittsburgh, which launched in 2006 and survives to this day.
6. I am the proud doggy daddy of a cockapoo (Rufus) and a cavachon (Buttercup).
7. I was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. This means I am nearly immune to snow. It also means I consider myself to be half-Canadian by association, which explains my love for things like Atom Egoyan and The Tragically Hip.
8. My first video game system was a Colecovision. I was 7.
9. My first computer was a Commodore SX-64 “executive portable.” It weighed 23 pounds. I was 8.
10. I have been in 3 car accidents, including a 360 roll in which my Mercury Mystique was totaled.
11. When I was 16, I dropped out of high school.
12. When I was 17, I traveled the US with my dad, who was a traveling salesman.
13. When I was 18 (in 1995), my friends who’d moved away for college found a way to keep in touch using our computers. It was called The Chatting Zone, which was a MUD client on telnet. I accessed it from the Penn State Behrend computer labs in Erie, where I also first stumbled across this strange thing called the Internet.
14. When I was 19, I was a college radio DJ at Gannon University’s WERG FM in Erie.
15. When I was 20, I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where I achieved an Associate’s Degree in computer animation and multimedia — which, in 1997, meant I took two classes of Macromedia Dreamweaver and that was about it.
16. I worked for five years as a video producer at a multimedia company in Pittsburgh that produced safety training for the steel industry, which means I sometimes got dressed in fireproof greens and a hardhat and went into working steel mills to film interviews and accident recreations with employees who’d been injured or lost limbs in furnaces and moving machinery.
17. In 2005, I quit my day job to start a freelance video production business… which eventually morphed into a career in social marketing.
19. Every weekday, I tweet a new question at 10:04 AM EST.
And if that’s not enough, I’m constantly on Twitter. (You’ve been warned.)