So, the time has come for me to finally put together the first “official” personal website. Having been working on the actual Internet since 1996, it’s probably about time I finally did so.
If you’re at all familiar with me, you’ll of course know that over the years I’ve had a lot of different “presences” online: my old web page at an ISP (now gone), the Magic / Paranormal site at balistic.com (also gone), my first “big” web site at Music-Critic.com (sold, although you’ll still find my old reviews, articles and interviews there), and the old “personal” site, now turned wholly focused on promotion for my new novel, www.beinggod.com. Yes, there have been more… but those were the big ones.
My experience “online” does go back quite a bit further than the rise of the Internet, however. Back in the early 90’s I was a complete geek of a kid, spending time on dial-up bulletin boards (BBS). I even asked my prom date out via a personal message on one. Like I said: geek.
Back then during my teenage geekdom I also delved into creating my own personal BBS – a one-phone-line (on a 14.4k Viva Modem, to be exact) destination designed for guitar tab downloads. It was fittingly called The Jam Session. It didn’t last long, but I learned quite a bit about the basics of online communication systems and applied that to my later high school geekery, the Computer Club I formed (which mostly played Doom II and Marathon on the school LAN, although we did do some other stuff like dissect harddrives, have field trips, etc.)
Anyway, my roots with the Internet do go back quite a ways. During college at UW-Madison I majored in Journalism and Philosophy, with the intent to someday write for the online version of a music or entertainment magazine, like Rolling Stone. That didn’t happen – instead I joined a local sheet music web startup called Musicnotes.com.
At Musicnotes I started out as a Marketing Assistant, but mostly I was a guerilla marketer. This was before the rise of affiliate programs – and definitely before anyone had ever heard of Google or Adwords. So, my job was pretty much to e-mail fan sites (like the ones Geocities used to host, if you can remember them) and ask for them to link to us.
Flash forward a couple years, and skip a few intermediate positions. I am currently the Director of Marketing for Musicnotes.com. Along with managing a team of five of (what I consider to be) the most talented individuals working in the e-tail space, I also have overseen the rebirth of MXTabs.net – the world’s first free and legal guitar tab site.
So, from The Jam Session to MXTabs, things have definitely gone full circle.
The primary purpose of this site is to share with you all not only what goes on in my life (mostly music, games and raising a family), but what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) in my 15+ years working in the online space.
Along with this I’ll be discussing my other projects, the most notable of which is currently my debut novel: the philosophical thriller, The Trouble With Being God. Some of you may have come here from the site at www.beinggod.com. That site will continue to be home to all major news about the book (although I will likely cross-post the news here as well).
All information on my future writing, film, etc. will also find its home here.
So if for some strange reason you find it necessary to stalk me., this is definitely the place.