The Zen of Search
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The Zen of Search
the Image Freedom blog
It’s hard to have missed at least a couple of videos from the ALS Challenge. I’ll be honest, when I saw the videos I didn’t know what ALS was, I was aware of Lou Gehrig’s Disease which ALS is often called, but it wasn’t until the ALS Challenge started making the rounds that I took the time to learn more. That was the goal from the start – awareness and fundraising.
On August 18th I was challenged by my good friend Andrew Shaddox, and on top of donating $100 for each of the Image Freedom team members, we’ve also created our own video to meet the challenge.
We didn’t. We think we did, we believe we did, we couldn’t think of Robin Williams without smiling, without laughing. Words like “Genie” and “Doubtfire” immediately come to mind. Movies like Good Will Hunting and Patch Adams that made us laugh and cry. Robin Williams stayed with you, but he was that close wonderful friend we didn’t actually have.
I’m sad, and I’m angry, and I’m selfish. When I heard that he’d passed away I was numb, and when I’d learned that he’s likely committed suicide I was and probably still am in denial. Robin Williams wouldn’t do that to us. But that’s selfish, that’s his legacy talking, that’s the characters that he represented and the emotions that he made us feel creating a false person we never even met, but feel like he’s family.
These first few months of 2014 have been pretty full here at the house of Freedom, from taking on a new silent partner to doing work with some amazing names, both local and not so local. It’s easy to sit back and say “How did I get here?” and I wanted to write a quick post as a reminder of the importance (and value) of blogging.
As SEOs we joke that B.L.O.G. stands for Better Listings On Google, but it goes so much farther than that. So much of our growth as a team here has been because of blog posts, from the obvious where we gained new clients because of a blog we wrote, to new relationships we fostered because of something either someone else wrote, or one of our own posts about our friends. Blogging is a great way to make new connections and from a purely selfish standpoint acts as a conduit to share all that passion we all have inside.
I was attending a panel from George Takei at the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention last weekend, and he was rocking the “Live Long and Prosper” hand gesture, and George being the Social Media icon that he has become, it occurred to me that “Live, BLOG & Prosper” was probably a more accurate motto for us as internet geeks.
So Live, Blog & Prosper! You never know to what frontiers it might take you.
This past weekend was the first Alamo City ComicCon, San Antonio’s largest Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention yet, and it was HUGE. A good friend of mine, Julieann Chassey, had invited me to be a celebrity handler, taking money, keeping tally of autographs, and helping the guests get to and from their convention booths.
Babysit celebrities? How could I say no?!
I’d done this kind of thing before, working as a handler for the Shrine Con in Los Angeles back when I was 17, had the chance to work security for the likes of Christian Bale (pre-Batman) and Stan Lee. It was a 17-year-old’s dream. I had no idea what was in store for me this weekend, and I’m thrilled to say it was a once in a lifetime moment, a thirty six hour sleepless moment, but hey, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I’m a geek. I know that comes as an absolute shock, but yea, I’m a big gaming nerd, comic book nerd, what have you. As a kid, I used to skip class to go hang out in the computer lab where we’d challenge each other in little Photoshop challenges making website interfaces for Star Wars fan sites, video games, what have you. I’m a geek.
Growing up, I used to idolize the “game dev culture”. Big offices filled with toys, statues, all the kinds of crap you might see if you stopped by our office now, but back then I wanted to grow up to be a video game producer. I’ve been a professional blogger, and I’ve even worked in marketing at Nintendo of America, but the gaming industry has changed so much that publishers are taking fewer risks, and the games that seem to be coming out are more and more “of the same” vs. anything risky, anything exciting.