The Zen of Search
the Image Freedom blog
The Zen of Search
the Image Freedom blog
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.
Last night was an amazing night for Spurs fans, but circulating around are screenshots of racist Twitter users with hatred in their hearts. We felt that Sebastien De La Cruz did an amazing job singing the National Anthem, and he is as American as any of us.
The world can be pretty negative, but that wasn’t all there was. We wanted to put this post together featuring the other side of the story, Twitter users local and abroad who were showing their love for Sebastien’s amazing performance. He nailed it!
“Bounty Hunters! We don’t need their scum.” – Captain Firmus Piett
Well ok, so maybe we DO need your scum, and of course we mean that in the most respectful way possible (if that’s even possible). Image Freedom is looking for a full time programmer fluent in WordPress, Joomla, jQuery, HTML5, and overall modern website programming and development, and if you help us find that programmer we’re prepared to pay you a cool thousand bucks!