Category - Blogging

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Why raising a daughter scares the crap out of me
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The Job Change Conundrum
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Apartments Overload
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What RealPage will hopefully buy next
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A list of some of my favorite social tools and why you should be using them too
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Traffic cures, car boogie, and the death of Google Reader
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Why the act of starting is the hardest thing
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Happy Birthday BSitko.com! The dawning of a new era 2012 style…
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The 2011 Best of BSitko.com
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What does your technology free downtime look like?

Why raising a daughter scares the crap out of me

I remember the first time I had to change my daughter’s diaper. I looked down at the area I’d only known on a casual basis and gasped at the mess. A black tarry substance had coated itself amongst the, ahem, folds and other, err, areas. Gross. Nervously, I grabbed a wipe and proceeded to pat delicately at the soiled sections. Pat, pat, pat. I stopped to admire my work. The mess was wet and smeared quite a bit but otherwise, very little had changed. A nurse, whose breathing I could hear and almost taste behind me, let out a deep sigh. “No, no. You’ll never get it out like that. Haven’t you ever changed a baby’s diaper before?” “Yes, my[…]

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The Job Change Conundrum

Some groups of people in this industry change jobs like I change my underwear – every few months. Their own personal job satisfaction is apparently hard to achieve or maybe it’s because they climb to the pinnacle of that position quickly and realize they don’t like the view. Some people give consulting a try which seems to be a great fallback for those individuals suited to dealing with that kind of stress. I’m not but God bless ’em. Some get scooped up in acquisitions, then are forced to stay in a place they loath, surrounded by people who are just as dismayed at their own sense of diminished self worth. Eventually they leave, after their non-compete contracts expire and go off to create[…]

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Apartments Overload

On the surface, Brad looks like a well meaning, great guy. Familiar. His arguments many years ago about Chaos Theory and the unpredictability of nature, were spot on, especially as it relates to dinosaurs. Seeing commercials for ILS’s wasn’t something anyone could’ve predicted. Nor would I have wanted to. Unless you need one, to most, apartments are pretty boring. I always wondered how anyone could make a commercial about apartments not sound like a commercial for life insurance. Earlier this year, we heard about how a change gonna come. What was the change a comin’? I remember the first time I saw it. I was sitting in front of my television, the screen faded, and The Good Wife went to[…]

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What RealPage will hopefully buy next

I still can’t believe ActiveBuilding’s owners were forced to accept millions of dollars to become part of a large conglomerate. Here’s a question for all of you. Is RealPage really a conglomerate or just a big corporation? Maybe they’re simply a company who collects other companies – like the way my grandmother used to collect stamps. I’m not real sure. Truth be told, I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, especially when it comes to business law. What I do know was that watching RealPage pick up another unlucky company got my creative juices flowing. Why, you ask? Well, it sure seems that RealPage has been buying a lot of things lately. I thought that if I could come[…]

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A list of some of my favorite social tools and why you should be using them too

We’re all busy creatures. We don’t always have time to keep a backup of our lives, stay on top of the latest blog posts, check ESPN, backup your attachments from Gmail, save articles for later, or keep an eye out for that used table and chairs set you’ve been looking for on Craigslist. We need stuff to help out. Although I’ve been using these social media tools for over a year now, I’ve come to really rely on them to do all sort of cool stuff. I did another video to show you some more dance moves, share some personal stuff, and talk about some of my favorite social tools. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve included some links here[…]

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Traffic cures, car boogie, and the death of Google Reader

The Google Reader announcement, that it was shutting its doors on July 1st 2013, really shook me up. Okay, my emotional distress is a slight exaggeration, as it is just a software program, but still though, it compelled me enough to at least make a video again. I hope you like the topic, as well as the choreography help, for those stuck in their vehicles on the way to and from work. Linked to the very funny picture over at Spin sucks.com

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Why the act of starting is the hardest thing

“I grew afraid of the blank white screen with the flashing cursor.” You see that? I did it! Now I’m four sentences in! Can you believe it? You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. That’s a fair thing to ask. Most of you saw the first sentence in this post as just a sentence, an opening to a blog post that you hope won’t waste a few minutes of your time. Heck you probably didn’t even read the whole thing word for word; probably skipped the words “of”, “with” and “the”. To me that first sentence is the start to a project I’ve wanted to complete for months. Right now, at this very moment, my whole world revolves around those[…]

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Happy Birthday BSitko.com! The dawning of a new era 2012 style…

I’m glad you’re here. Been busy today? Here – have a cupcake. I baked them myself. It’s my birthday you know. Not the man behind the curtain’s no, no… his birthday was weeks ago. It’s my birthday – BSitko.com! I turn one. Aren’t you happy? Last year around this time, the curtain man typed his credit card number into my host here and started me up. He pushed install, tried his hand with some crappy graphics and had no real focus. Social media? Marketing? Technology? Life? Parenting? I kept trying to tell him to pick a topic and stick with it. Instead he ignored me and wrote. Boy oh boy did he write. I’ve got to give him some credit[…]

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The 2011 Best of BSitko.com

It’s amazing to think that this blog is nearly a year old. I’ve written far more words than I could have imagined writing back in January. This year I’ve created lots of conversation, turned some people off, and maybe… just maybe…inspired others. Here’s a list of the top stuff that people have read on this blog this year. Enjoy and here’s to a great 2012. Top posts from 2011. Reasons why managing apartmentratings.com is no longer optional This is just a little post that got published in several trade magazines, generated several TV appearances, and got my photograph on the cover of Time magazine. Okay only none of those is right but it was my top post this year. Hope[…]

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What does your technology free downtime look like?

“Men have become the tools of their tools.” ~Henry David Thoreau The gears turned and it started a chain reaction which would ultimately lead to my demise. There’s always a chance it won’t. Something could misfire, the boot might miss the bucket or the blue pole with the hand might go awry, causing the metal ball to not drop into the tub. This time I knew my fate was sealed when the green man, who had been patiently waiting with his knees bent and hands held palm to palm, shot into the air and landed in the yellow bucket. My head dropped into my hands as I heard the red basket spiral down its spiked yellow stick. “I trapped you[…]

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