Vanseo Design is me, Steven Bradley Glicksman. Bradley is my middle name, but I use it as a surname online. When I was younger my goal in life was to write the great American novel. Steven Bradley sounded more literary to me and I simply like the rhythm of it. When I began writing online I decided to use it.
Since 2003 I have been making a living building and marketing websites for small businesses. I love my job and and all the challenges that come with it.
I’m probably a lot like you in many ways. Like you I’m a small business owner and understand the struggles and the joys of building a business. Like you I deal with the usual distractions life throws at me and do my best to deal with them. And like you I hope to find my place in the world in a way that allows me to enjoy my life and contribute the lives of others.
I’m originally from New York, born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. I now live across the street from the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado.
Ever since I was a kid most people assumed I would end up doing something with computers. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of them and I spent much of my early adult life doing a variety of things. From structural engineer to vagabond artist and writer and many things in between.
Eventually I did find my way back to computers, specifically the web, and today spend most of my time somehow engaged in life online. I enjoy both the technical and social aspects of the web, am constantly working to learn new skills and improve old ones, and have developed friendships with people around much of the world.
I specialize in building usable and search engine friendly websites so whether it’s a living breathing person or search engine spider that’s visiting, both will have an enjoyable experience on your site.
I enjoy learning everything I can about designing, developing, and marketing websites. I also like to share and much of what I learn I write about on TheVanBlog.
If you’re looking for a new website, a redesign for an old site, marketing for an existing site, or just want to say hi, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The web is social. Markets are conversations. I believe that the better you can be social online and become part of the conversation, the better your chances for success.
I enjoy participating in social media sites and maintain profiles on many. Below are some of the places where I am currently most active.
Feel free to visit and network with me at any or all of the above. I’m easy to approach and if you send me a message I’ll be sure to reply.
When I’m Not Working
Not working? What does that feel like? I do work a lot, though most of the time it doesn’t feel like work. I do manage to get away from the computer here and there.
I’m a sports junkie, the kind who can watch ESPN 24 hours a day. I’ve probably come close on some days. Baseball is my favorites sport with football a close second, but I can watch most any sport.
Spring, summer, and fall I play softball one or two nights a week. I play third, because my favorite player growing up was Graig Nettles, 3rd baseman for the New York Yankees. I like to bat lead off, because it means I’ll get more chaces to hit.
I read a lot. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember and I’ve been told I was memorizing the books read to me before I could read them myself.
Lately marketing and programming books dominate my reading list, but my favorite works are literary. Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller, William Faulkner, James Joyce. You get the idea.
Somewhere along the way I picked up a degree in History and I still enjoy books and movies about times other than these. My favorite producer is Ken Burns and I’m happy watching a good historical documentary on most any subject.
While my friends were listening to 80’s pop, I was listening to classic rock from the 60’s and early 70’s. I still do, but my tastes have matured to blues and jazz.
If someone is singing how his baby left him and then lets me know he’ll be ok, I’m there. Robert Johnson wrote 29 of the greatest songs ever written. If you’re ever in a bad mood listen to Louis Armstrong. The man was so filled with joy and a love for life that it’s hard to be in a bad mood after listening to him for an hour. John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk are geniuses.
I wish I could play chess better. I taught myself the game when I was very young, but never taught myself to play well. A few years ago I got a little better, but only a little better. I may not be particularly good, but I enjoy a good game.