Hey There, I’m Ryan and I live in the thriving metropolis of Spanish Fork, Utah with my wife Jackie and three awesome sons — Collin, Brady, and Patrick.
You’re probably reading this blog because you know me personally or we’ve met because of WordPress stuff and the WordPress Support company I started six years ago.
I’ve since sold that company but I still work there. I sometimes write about WordPress stuff, but if you’re here looking for WordPress resources you’re probably going to be sorely disappointed.
What’s here now?
I get paralyzed when I try to stick to specific topics so what you’ll find here is a sampler platter (mmmm, sampler platter) of different aspects of my life like working with small businesses, geeky stuff, self-improvement, and being a dad.
Here’s a sampling of writing that’s resonated with readers in the past:
- Dear Pixar, Thank You
- Should I Ride an Amtrak Train with Kids?
- What’s On My Desk?
- Shooters Shoot
- Social Media as a Deliberate Tool for Good?
As I mentioned in my Changes post, one of the reasons I sold my company was to focus more on my family and health, so apologies in advance if I don’t get right back to you if you email or message me. I promise I’ll get back as quick as I can!
This is a quick list of questions that I get pretty regularly from people so maybe if I’m being a jerk and not responding, you can find the answer you’re looking for here.
Can we do lunch?
Are you buying? Yes, definitely. I’ll be there in 5.
OK you don’t have to buy me lunch and it’s not like there are hordes of people coming through Utah so I’m almost always happy to share a meal with you if you ask nicely. That said, I do want our time together to be well-spent. I love connecting with old friends and meeting new people. If you’re hoping to pitch me something, please tell me that in advance. I have a really tough time knowing what to say when I’m blindsided with a sales pitch. It probably won’t change whether or not I’m willing to break bread with you, but I really appreciate knowing beforehand what your agenda is when we meet.
Do you have any tips for managing WordPress sites?
I’ve learned a lot about this over the years, and I’ve written about it some, but my default answer for this is going to be “it depends”. There are so many different factors and variables to consider that giving a blanket answer feels irresponsible. If you’re a company looking for advice, we can probably have a consulting arrangement of some kind. If you’re a non-profit, community group, or educational outfit, send me a note and I’ll do what I can to help.
Will you be on my podcast?
Yes. As long as your podcast is about something I understand or can share something insightful or funny about, I’d love to.
Do you have any podcasts to recommend?
There are quite a few podcasts I love to listen to. In no particular order I rarely miss an episode of Back to Work, Crimetown, Do By Friday, Planet Money, My Brother, My Brother, and Me, Reconcilable Differences, Reply All, Serial, The Sporkful, How I Built This, Freakonomics, Rework, and Up and Vanished.
You’ll find some common threads in that list but I’m always sampling new things too. If you have a podcast you’d recommend for me, let me have it!
The last thing I’ll say about podcasts is that I was a skeptic for a very long time. About the entire medium. I didn’t get it at all. Don’t be like me. Find a great podcast player and give something new a try.
Who is your favorite standup comedian?
OK nobody every asks me this but I love Gary Gulman more than any person should. He’s truly brilliant. Check out his video about finding a $20 in an old coat.
Can you recommend any books?
I’m not an avid reader, and when I do read it’s primarily non-fiction about interesting people or businessy topics. Not to say I don’t enjoy reading, I just don’t make a lot of time for it right now. I haven’t updated it in a while but I usually try and add books to my Goodreads profile if I’d recommend them to my friends.
Do you have any movies you’d recommend?
I really love going to the movies (I go to the theater pretty much every week) and have seen some great movies and some really awful movies. I’d like to write about movies more, but until I do, or until I maintain a database of movies I’d recommend I’ll say DO see Searching and DON’T see 15:17 to Paris.
Do you have any tips on building a good network?
I don’t really have any systems to follow or “hacks” per se. Being genuinely interested in people and what they do goes a very long way. I’m typically introverted and am horrible at small talk, but I’m lucky to be curious about people and what makes them tick.
What’s the best way to contact you?
I’m not a difficult person to reach. I’m on Twitter less and less so your best bet is the contact form on the website here. My only request is that you get to the point of what you need or how I can help as quickly as possible.
What software do you use to do… X?
I’m increasingly of the mindset that the tools really aren’t that important. HOWEVER, when I do choose a tool I usually have some good reasoning as to why I chose it and how I use it. I don’t have advice in this area. Everyone should do what works best for them. But if you’re interested in how I work you can find some articles about it here and here.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m happy you’re here! If there’s something I haven’t answered or you just want to send a nice note and say hi, please reach out. I’d love to find a way to connect or help out if I’m able.