New England Winter Fun

So the winter in New England and most of the north east for that matter, has been pretty miserable. Blistering cold, tons of snow, storms arriving a drive time. It truly seems like the winter that will never end.

New England Winter Fun

The only upside to all this snow is that the snowboarding has been great. I have been a snowboarder since I was 14. When I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu three years ago, snowboarding kind of took a back seat. I only have so much spare time and I had to pick where to to spend it, and for me it was at the academy training.

2 years ago my son picked up snowboarding. As a result I started riding again. Embracing some part of winter is a great way to make the cold months not seem so miserable. We go riding at least once a week. It is great exercise and father/son bonding time. I have really earned some “cool ” points from my son by being able to do some small tricks in the mini park.

Aside from snowboarding, the whole family has enjoyed sledding and tubing at various times this winter. I tubed for my first time at Loon mountain in late January. It was a blast! I recorded my run through Google Glass! Here is the video!

 

Been a while Part 2

So it has been a light year yet again since my last post. The end of 2013 was a blur. Work was crazy, home was a big hectic and I took on a side project that was taking up what limited bandwidth I had.

2014 is here and I have some both big and small plans for the first quarter of 2014. First off, I plan on blogging more here as well as guest blogging for String Automotive, The Gun Parlor, The Colonial Automotive Blog and hopefully Jason Stum’s Marketpunch.com.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to further hone my writing skills.

On the personal front, I have recently dusted off the PS3 and have been enjoying some offline gaming but hope to get back online with the 33rd Brigade Clan soon. Hard to believe it has been over 5 years since I first joined the 33rd. Such a solid group of PS3 games. Then again, I am biased.

I mentioned that I had been working on a side project towards the end of 2013. I cut my teeth doing small business web design for a local Gun Shop, The Gun Parlor. It was really was something that I had been considering over the past year or so and the timing worked out. The Gun Parlor opened in July. It is in the same building as where I train BJJ so I stopped in. I started speaking with the owner and mentioned that his site was more of landing page than a website and he asked if I did sites. I explained that I work with websites but didn’t ” design ” them. I left the shop and thought about, I did a little research and realized that I could do using wordpress and woocommerce. Over the next month and a half, I built out and customized the site and we launched it in early October. So far so good. It is bringing in business and allows the shop to update their inventory and specials.

This all brings me to my ‘ Announcement ‘ of sorts. I will be starting my own Web Design company. I am still toiling with what I will be naming it but it is imminent. I look forward to having more information in the immediate future. I have decided to start this company after realizing that number of local businesses I patronize have a poor website or no website.

For a brick and mortar store operating in todays environment, it is imperative to have a mobile friendly website and I hope to help bridge this gap. Initially I will be only working with a few businesses as I build out my initial portfolio but my ultimate hope is to be able to provide web services for small businesses in the greater Worcester County area.

While I am not a code monkey in any sense of the word, I have learned enough over the last 13 years as E-Commerce Director for the Colonial Automotive Group to be confident that I can design small, scalable site and help businesses optimize their directories and social media presence. I think in many cases businesses simply don’t know how easy it is to maintain and update a website.

So I guess that is all for now. Stay tuned for more regarding my business venture. Travel safe and cheers!