Remember blog memes? Seems like it’s been awhile since one was going around. Yuri tagged me in the latest one, which was started by Shimon Sandler, and began as “what I like to do when I’m NOT doing SEO.” Since seo is only part of what I do I thought I’d generalize the title a little and tell you what I do when I’m not working.
How about a quick review of the rules of the game
- Tell who tagged you, and link to them
- Tag 3 other bloggers
Pretty simple right? Now that we know how to play here’s what I’m doing when not working. I have to admit I’m a rather boring person and working does dominate my time.
Baseball the King of all Sports
I’m a sports fanatic. I can watch ESPN 24 hours a day. Baseball being my favorite sport with football (the American variety) not far behind, but I can be happy watching most anything sports related.
Early spring is one of my favorite times of year. Aside from the fact that the weather is getting warmer and my birthday happens to fall at that time, it’s the start the baseball season. I’m what you’d call a seamhead, which is a person who can spend hours on end watching and talking baseball and looking over player and team stats.
I love baseball enough to have named my weekly (and now monthly) roundup post after a Saturday morning baseball roundup show. One of these days I’ll probably develop a site around baseball and retire from everything else.
Starting in mid March I play softball and will continue to play right up through Halloween. I’ve been playing 3rd base with the same team for a few years now and think next year I’ll be joining a second one for the summer and fall. The choice to play 3rd came from watching my favorite player, Graig Nettles making diving stops at the position, when I was a kid.
Living In the Mountains
I also enjoy biking and hiking and live in one of the better areas to do both. The image at the top of this post is from Chautauqua Park here in Boulder. The mountains are called the Flatirons and are at the edge of the Rocky Mountains. I live about 5 minutes north of Chautauqua.
Sometimes critters from the mountains wander down into town, like this deer who kept me from doing my laundry one morning. I eventually had to walk around him or her. Deer in my backyard is a common occurrence year round.
There’s quite a lot to see just walking or biking around town. Boulder has foot paths and bike paths everywhere and at some times of day either is as quick to get across town as your car.
Learning, Learning, and more Learning
I love to learn new things, so much of my time is spent reading. Whether it’s a website, a book, a magazine, or a cereal box I’ll read most anything. That cereal box line once landed me a job when I used it as the opening in a cover letter by the way.
For the last few years most of my reading has revolved around work. Mainly design, programming, and marketing books and magazines, and most of my online reading tends to be about the same.
When I can, I still take on the occasional novel. I stopped reading popular fiction a number of years ago, but work my way through some of the literary masters. Reading great writers is one of the better ways to improve your own writing voice.
Family and Friends
Like many people I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I don’t get to see my family much, since I live about 2,000 miles away. They’re all in New York and I’m here in Colorado surrounded by the beautiful mountains.
I visit New York every Thanksgiving and occasionally at other times of the year. My immediate family usually comes out west to visit me during the spring and summer so we do see each other. The rest of the year we’re in close contact over the phone.
Friends and I do the usual things. Plenty of time doing nothing more than hanging out, but they’re also there while I’m doing some of the activities above and below. I’m a regular at garage sales with one friend. She and I enjoy looking around to see what other people consider their junk. I never buy much. If I spend $5 it’s a lot, but I’ve found a few cool odds and ends and have begun a collection of games that I’ll probably never play.
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
Photography has become something of a hobby over the years. I’m far from a great photographer. If you want to see good pictures then check out some of Forrest’s images. I have a semi-manual digital camera that serves my needs and still calls to me to learn what all those manual settings actually do.
My photographic skills are lacking, but I do enjoy snapping images. I think I’ve gotten better at composing an image over the years and have managed to take some pretty good shots. One of these days I’ll spend the time going through all of them and post the ones I like to Flickr or just use them here more to aid in post design. Looking through them all seems a little daunting at the moment.
Whenever I think there’s going to be a photo opp I carry my camera with me. I typically end up with a lot of images of nature or buildings as I travel between mountains and city. Taking pictures of buildings comes from an interest in architecture and I often try to capture architectural details like the one of St. Patrick’s Cathedral below.
That’s a little about me. I’m sure I’ve left plenty out, but the above are some of the ways I spend my time when I’m not sitting here behind the computer working on this or that.
All that’s left in the meme is for me to tag three of my fellow bloggers. To make the decision easy for me and reward some of you for commenting I’m picking the last three people who commented here. I know you’re not all SEOs, so feel free to expand the idea to what you do when you’re not working like I did.
And if you’re not one of the three people above, but would still like to play go ahead and write a post telling your readers what you do in your free time. Now that you know more about me, tell me more about you.
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