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. […]

The Waiting


It’s a little after 10:30 on Tuesday evening and I’m tapping my foot like crazy. I just edited (for the 10th time) a blog post that’s scheduled to publish tomorrow morning at 9am. Why isn’t it tomorrow yet?!? Tom Petty said it best, “The waiting is the hardest part” This post is 2+ years in […]

2015 Burpee Challenge

Burpees Exercise

Last year my buddy Scott invited my wife and me to do a few fitness challenges. The first one involved doing roughly 6000 burpees in honor of soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I skipped that challenge, but Scott and Chris both completed it, which was absolutely amazing. The second challenge, which […]

My Year of Beer

beer flight

Late last year I was introduced to an iPhone app called Untappd. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s an app that lets you rate and check-in the beers you drink. The app gives you badges for doing things like checking in beers on holidays, checking in a certain number of unique beers, checking in beers […]