Media - Marketing - Geek

The Next Chapter

16 Oct

Yesterday was my last day at The Ohlmann Group where I spent the last couple years, starting from a Web Developer and progressing to Digital Media Strategist. As well as working with the local WordPress community holding MeetUp‘s and ultimately WordCamp(s). Increasing my knowledge on…well, everything in the digital realm. So, it should come to no surprise the next chapter in my career will be…

Digital Director

…the Digital Director for WDTN/WBDT (Channel 2 and CW).

Thanks goes to Andy Kittles on this great image.

I am extremely excited and thankful about this opportunity.

I am now apart of the team Working For You.

Goodbye Ohlmann Group

15 Oct
The Ohlmann Group Logo

The Ohlmann Group

Thank you

Two simple words, but mean so much to my last two years at the Ohlmann Group.

Thank you

The way you embraced me into the Ohlmann family and allowed me to take charge.

Thank you

For being so generous when my youngest son was born and caring when he had to be rushed to children’s hospital.

I had never worked in the agency industry before. I read books, blogs, watched madmen nonstop but the reality of it is the dynamics within an agency like that of Ohlmann Group cannot be captured. The last two years have been a whirlwind full of tight deadlines, time sheets, cool designs, meetings, time sheets, ping pong games, popcorn, time sheets, yelling for files, and time sheets.

During my time at the Ohlmann Group I have worked with some great clients and creative minds. I have learned a lot…and I mean a lot.
So, thank you.

I can’t say it enough. I can’t type it enough.

Thank you.

As I leave today I know you will be in great hands with Trent and Steve. These guys are phenomenal developers.

Again. Thank you.


What’s Important About Robots.txt?

12 Oct

Great question – simple answer:

It gives web crawlers permission to crawl certain parts of your website*

Why the asterisk? Well, in reality robots can ignore the request and try to exploit your site. One thing to note is that the robots.txt file is an open file and can be viewed…by anyone.

Quick example. I was looking for possible venues for the WordPress MeetUp group and came across this gem. Carillon Brewing Company one of the most recent breweries in town had recently opened up. So recently they forgot to check their settings:

Frustrating but it looks like they seem to have fixed the problem, because now:

Carillon Brewery Company

Truth be told I didn’t pick that location for the MeetUp, the robots.txt file didn’t help the decision.

The reason for this particular post was due to an even most recent tweet:

Looking at the last item on their robots.txt file:

Groupon Robots txt

One word: wow.

While the debate on wether or not they are doing it on purpose is legit – remember this is not commonplace.

Bottom line: What is your robots.txt file say about your site?