On to the next big adventure


In the summer of 2009, together with a couple friends we came up with the idea to start a side business offering WordPress consulting and development. We officially kicked things off on October 1st that year and by January of 2010 we had all quit our jobs to work full time at this tiny speck […]

Wedding rings and sports


I should start by saying, I haven’t worn a wedding ring in a long time. That started when I worked in a fish market where it can be dangerous to wear rings because they can get caught when moving heavy boxes and can lead to serious injury. I had heard stories of guys losing fingers […]

Plugin-A-Palooza entry: CC: Devs


This year for WordCamp Orange County, the organizers have put together an event called Plugin-A-Palooza. To enter you simply needed to come up with an idea for a plugin, write it and release it to the WordPress plugin repo by a certain date. When I first heard about it I thought to myself, “This is […]

First CrossFit comp. Didn’t die.


When I first signed up at my new CrossFit box, a few guys were talking about an upcoming competition that they were planning to go to called The Axel CrossFit Showdown. It sounded like fun, so I signed up. A few weeks later they started posting the workouts that we would be doing at the […]

I’m breaking up with beer

beer is being poured into the mouth from bottle

Last June when I started losing weight, I cut back on the amount of beer I drank, which in turn helped with the weight loss. No shock there, right? No, the shock for me and beer would come several months later. I don’t recall the exact event, but I’m sure it had something to do […]

My CrossFit Honeymoon

John working out.

Six months ago today I stepped in to a CrossFit box (that’s a gym in CrossFit parlance) for the first time. I hadn’t had much success with memberships at other gyms in the past, but my friend had been telling me about how much CrossFit had helped him get in shape, so I wanted to give it […]

My 2015 reading list


I enjoy reading, but in the past I haven’t set aside enough time to dedicate to it. That’s been changing and I’ve been reading a fair bit more over the past 6 months or so. That fact must have leaked out to all the presenters at the Pressnomics conference last month because there were a […]

Producing a Podcast

headphones on mic

It was almost 2 years ago when I put a request out on Twitter, I wanted to start a podcast, I just didn’t want to be in charge of producing it each week. To me, that seemed like the hard part. I just wanted to pop in, record the episode and let somebody else worry about […]

Toon Whisperer


Like a lot of kids, my daughter loved cartoons growing up. Now in her early 20s, her interest in cartoons hasn’t fallen off at all. If anything, it’s grown even stronger. But for her, it’s not just about watching cartoons. She loves to learn all there is to know about the people behind the cartoons. […]