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There’s No Place Like a New Home….Kansas!

I would like to place blame for my most recent extended period of not posting on the fact that I moved to mid-America from the east coast.  I am settling in to a new position with a growing company and a new city.  Wish me Luck!

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Concrete Countertops – Update #2

We will eventually tile the backsplash with white subway tile.

We will eventually tile the backsplash with white subway tile.

I have been working rather slowly on my concrete counter tops that I mentioned in an earlier post.  I have poured and finished most sections.  I only have one section remaining. The final section is the one that will house the sink.  I have been procrastinating because I am nervous about making it correctly.

We used double the charcoal colored tint recommended and they still seemed lighter than we expected.

We used double the charcoal colored tint recommended and they still seemed lighter than we expected.

The one piece that we have installed is a short section just beside our stove.  It has been in place for about  months and has weathered fine.  This little section gets lots of traffic from cooking and as it is right by the door as you enter the kitchen.  I hope to finish polishing the other pieces soon and get them installed.

I would like to have installed the other pieces by now but we have had a very busy last six months.  My wife and I tend to work long hours and not spend much time at home that shouldn’t we shouldn’t be sleeping or reconnecting.  Our busy lives got even busier last week when after a bad fall, my mother was rush to surgery and them rehab.  While she is in rehab, my wife and I are taking care of her two adopted daughters.  My little sisters are 5 & 7 and the never stop moving, talking, eating…..and most time consuming: needing attention. I have a new respect for parents and how to accomplish anything.

Hopefully we will install the other two large pieces this fall and maybe pour the final piece.  I’ll update you guys as the slow progress happens!

Channel Advisor Catalyst Coference – Raleigh, NC

That's right boys, listen up...Walt's dropping some knowledge on you.

That's right boys, listen up...Walt's dropping some knowledge on you.

I have been asked to speak about search marketing techniques to retailers for the last two years on behalf of Channel Advisor.  CA is most widely known for their eBay selling tools, but in the past few years, they have made a strong push into being one-stop for multi-channel retailers who want to control all of their channels from one platform.  I have been impressed with the functionality and reliability of the products they offer, as well as their service.

The session was called Paid Search: Rising above Brand Terms for Success.  (NOTE:I did not pick that title.) I shared the stage with Marketing VP’s from Croc’s, Meijer, and Ulta.  We each had very different SEM strategies. Mine was, of course, far superior.  I hope to post a link to a video when it is made available.

A New Direction for Walt

I have many passions in my life: God, my wife, my work, cigars, food…so far I have only really focused on my work here. If you have read this blog you can probably imagine that I work in internet marketing. It’s a great and complex subject that is constantly changing and evolving. I have now decided that my contribution to the endless amount of content on the web will also include a something I am more passionate about: Cigars. In my short time on this earth I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed many delicious, fine cigars. My memories of my past are almost always center around experiences with friends, family, and even strangers who I have shared a smoke with…often at night, almost always outside, and normally while discussing the grandest of subjects: God, future, our nation, relationships….

I don’t really know if I even like cigars. Their taste is sometimes harsh and the whispers of smoke often go in my nostrils and burn in my upper sinuses. But, every morning that I wake after smoking a cigar the night before, the taste of that cigar lingers and so do the memories of the night before, and the other grand times over the past dozen years or so I have had while smoking a cigar.

Please click the Cigars link in the upper navigation to see my reviews.