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So here’s an odd form of Internet marketing. Bloggers have started a game of tag, where they name five things about themselves that few people know and then tag five other bloggers to do the same. I got tagged by Marshall Sponder, so here goes. It feels like a chain letter, but, gee, all the kids are doing it.

Five things you probably don’t know (and maybe don’t want to know) about me:

  1. I have four kids aged eight through fourteen, and my oldest (David) has Down Syndrome, so we are members of the disability community. My wife and I have an e-mail newsletter that helps parents set up a Life Plan to take care of their disabled family member when they no longer can.
  2. My wife, Linda, in addition to being the erstwhile editor of my books, is an author herself with a popular book on how to ditch diets and be at the right weight for your body. Several years ago, we both lost a lot of weight this way and we’ve kept it off. (OK, about ten pounds have crept back onto me from the 70 I lost.)
  3. I have been playing fantasy baseball for 25 years (even before the original Rotisseries baseball book was published—we made up our own game). I finished next to last in 2006, but I have won the league several times also, including 2004 and 2005.
  4. I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. Stop laughing. Any team can have a bad century.
  5. I’m not an avid biker—just taking trips around the area with the family (including pulling David in a large trailer behind my bike)—but each year I take a bike ride to Yankee Stadium from my home in Ridgewood, New Jersey and park it outside to watch a ballgame. I have a 1970s Schwinn bought at a garage sale for $10, so my bike lock literally costs more than the bike. The first year it took me seven hours round trip (lots of hills in New Jersey), but last year I had it down to three hours. This is as close as I get to feeling like an athlete.

Well, that’s it about me. Let me try to find five people that I don’t think have been tagged yet. I’m going to focus on blogs that I read from people who don’t post every day (like me). I’ll tag Mike Grehan, whose stories about travelling the world of search marketing conferences helps me stay connected with people I know even though I can’t get to many of the conferences. I’ve always liked Alex Bosworth’s blog, although he’s been quiet recently. Everyone reads Danny Sullivan on search marketing, but I also read his personal blog, I can’t have any list with one Cubs blog—my favorite is by Derek Smart, although he hasn’t posted in a few weeks now (maybe he is stunned by the Cubs unusual off-season activity). And I have to tag my wife, Linda Moran, who has blogs on subjects as diverse as math instruction, normal eating, and parenting teens and tweens. I sent you to her home page to see more about her and pick what interests you.

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Mike Moran

About Mike Moran

Mike Moran has a unique blend of marketing and technology skills that he applies to raise return on investment for large marketing programs. Mike is a former IBM Distinguished Engineer and a senior strategist at Converseon, a leading social consultancy. Mike is the author of two books on digital marketing, an instructor at several leading universities, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research.

2 replies to this post
  1. Mike,
    Thanks so much for sharing a bit about the personal part of your life. We got to know you a little bit better.
    I read through everything about David on Linda’s website, thanks for including the link.

  2. Thanks, Avinash. Linda is incredibly busy with our kids, but still finds lots of time somehow to help people with her book, her blog, and her message boards.
    I enjoyed reading your “tag” post also. I always wanted kids, too, as you can probably tell. Yours is a cutie!



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