I can, without any uncertainty, state that 2009 was the best year in my life to date. I can not begin to quantify here the full breath of experiences and activities I had in 2009. From taking 5 plus trips around the US, to holding movie marathons, to achieving athletic successes, to emboldening friendships; I had a year like none other.
Blair Residence in California by Bruce Bolander Architect (reposted by Richard Bakare)
Earlier this month I shared the press release of the launch of Scribit™. Scribit changes the way businesses find and share great content, and makes it insanely easy to engage and convert new visitors on your website and social pages. In short, Scribit let’s businesses curate content in a way that is relevant to their core business and drives traffic back to their site. Unless you have been living under a rock this year then you have probably heard about the meteoric rise of Pinterest and the buzz word of the day ‘curation’. It’s been said that information wants to be free, it would seem that it also wants to be curated. So what does, this movement to crowd sourced content recommendations mean for, well, everything?
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March for the past few years has been “Marathon Month” for Angela and I. Beginning in December of each year we start a heavy, grueling, and painful training regiment. We crank up our running volume to prepare for the Publix Georgia Marathon that takes place at the end of March. This year, I focused even harder at doing everything that I was supposed to do to be ready for the race; from long runs, to tempo workouts, speed drills along with ample nutrition and cross training. All these things are required to be ready to run 26.2 miles and finish strong with a smooth recovery. I can say I checked that box. Mentally, however, I just wasn’t into it.
I want to use this month’s post to help a couple of friends with their fundraising efforts. The first is my friend and former boss Ted Pappas. He has spent the past month running from home to work and back to raise money for the wonderful kids at Stripling Elementary.
I titled this post to correspond with my over arching endeavor for 2012. That goal being to, as I like to call it, be deadly focused. Meaning that like a steamroller, I want to move swiftly and uncompromisngly through whatever I am working at. Entering the new year I didn’t want to rattle off a long list of a half dozen cupcake resolutions that, like for most people, will probably be forgotten after a while. To be fair, I did throw a few up on my website for the fun of it, but as you can see below, they aren’t your typical eat healthier, work out more, be nicer type of stuff.
This is my last blog post of 2011. I thought it would be a good idea to post on a topic that dominated most of 2011 for me and will consume a lot of my time in 2012. Not hard to guess, it’s athletics. Specifically, I want to talk about the ability to buy performance gains in sports.
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The potential new labor deal for Major League Baseball is a great start towards revitalizing baseball and leaping possibly into the number two US sport behind the NFL. Moreover, the deal could be the start of building an enterprise that can endure. I actually love baseball and in particular going to summer evening games with friends and family to take in a game and commiserate. So take all this as just the ramblings of a punch drunk Braves fan looking for a better way. Baseball is doing OK, but their ratings and attendance are sinking. Regional college football games beat out the world series games, which turned out to be insanely dramatic and entertaining. Beyond the pros of the labor deal, there are a few suggestions I would like to recommend for taking MLB to the next level centered around 4 areas; length of season, number of games, playoff format and parity.