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Hello Seattle

So, about a month ago, myself, my wife and our son packed up everything and moved, from Orem, UT to Seattle, WA…quite a move!

We’d been contemplating the move for quite some time, not necessarily to Seattle, but to somewhere other than Utah. It was time for a change.

Our short list included Boston, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Costa Rica. My wife vetoed Costa Rica (dang it), and I ended up crossing off Boston (way too cold in the winter) and Santa Fe.

That left Seattle. The more we thought about it, the more it just felt like the place to be.

Never one to pass on an adventure, I immediately started job hunting for the perfect Seattle position.

However, though a city to move to had been decided on, another debate was just beginning (well, re-starting actually)…whether or not to get another job, or go back to being self-employed.

After being self-employed for almost a year, my wife gave birth to our first kid. With the financial ups and downs of being an entrepreneur no longer an option, I took a full-time job in addition to my consulting work.

It was fine, bills were paid on-time, my kid had insurance…but inside I felt like I was some poor animal, who had once known freedom, and was now locked away in a zoo.  I had food, shelter, and was well taken care of…but I was no longer free, and there are few things in this world more precious to me than freedom.

So, when it came time to decide whether or not to find a job up here, or just go back to being self-employed, I had one hell of an internal debate. That debate became both urgent and more difficult when, shortly after I started job hunting in Seattle, I got an awesome offer at what I felt was a great company.

Let me tell you, I came really, really close to turning it down…but, in the end, I decided it was a good thing and accepted. Less than 2 weeks after accepting the position we had packed everything and moved to Seattle.

And so, here we are. We’ve been here a month, and so far we love it…mostly. The food is awesome, most of the people are nice, the weather so far has been great, and there are tons of things to do here. We’re never bored.

On the other hand, it seems like everyone here smokes, and despite Seattle having smoking laws banning smoking within 25 feet of a door or window of a business, apparently nobody gives a crap (I don’t care if you smoke, but forcing me to share your smoke is so damn rude!).

I swear, whenever we go out walking we’re forced to endure second hand smoke by the cloud. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who smokes in public, forcing other people to breathe that cack, absolutely deserves to die of lung cancer (preferably before the second hand smoke gives it to me, my wife or my infant son.) I hope there’s a special place in hell for public smokers, I really do. Rude, rude, rude.

The drivers are absolutely atrocious, some of the worst and most rude I’ve ever experienced. It really makes it a toss-up when it’s time to go somewhere…walk and endure the mobile smoke belching chimneys, or drive and risk sudden death at the hands of winos on wheels…tough call.

But, crappy drivers and human chimneys aside, we love it here. We should probably stop eating at restaurants left and right, but there’s an awesome new spot every time you turn around…seriously foodie heaven.

A hot day here is like 80 degrees, which is fantastic. I’ve never lived in a place that didn’t have triple digit summers, so this is a fantastic change. It hasn’t rained much yet, but I’d take rain over heat any day of the week.

The job is good, a little different than what I was expecting, but I’ve just about got things sorted out to my liking. My consulting work is picking up, and I’m working on assimilating into the entrepreneurial community here. All in all, I think moving here was an excellent choice, and I look forward to a long future in the Seattle area.

On that note, if you know of anyone who could benefit from some SEO consulting in the Seattle area, send them my way!

Klout is Digital Dick Measuring for the Vain and Insecure

In the world of social media, there is an ever-growing problem, a plague on the heart and soul of social. To some, it’s an obsession, and to others a vile addiction.

Just what is this plague, this toxic problem? Why, Digital Dick Measuring, of course 🙂

From Klout and PeerIndex to Empire Avenue and beyond, more and more social users are off on a race to see who can collect the most friends/followers, the most “influence” for their chosen topics, and who can connect with the most “important” people.

“Oh, look at me, my Klout score is higher than Britney Spears! Oh man, check it out, me and Ashton have the same Klout score!”

Blah blah blah.

Pretty much daily I see someone on Twitter begging for a +K for this or that topic, often something totally ridiculous like #Dork or #Nerd. Seriously, can it get much more infantile? Next thing you know they’ll be buying big lifted trucks with giant wheels, further attempting to compensate for some “small” insecurity (or perhaps for some latent homosexuality).

Honestly, as I see it, sites like Klout are pretty much worthless, the domain of the insecure and the vain. I’ve looked, I’ve gagged, and I certainly won’t be using any of them, now or ever.

If you are a guru or thought leader on a topic, I can pretty much guarantee that people will know who you are…without checking Klout. But alas, the vain and the insecure will always exist and will always want a way to toot their own horns, so sadly I doubt Klout or any of its counterparts will be going anywhere any time soon 🙁