Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me : Blog Tag

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In the tradition of friendly blogosphere blogging, I’ve been blog tagged by Peter and Lee in the great search blogger meme of the five things you probably do not know about me.

1. I’m a farm boy from one of the oldest families on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, born on the brackish banks of the Wye River with the genetic burden of Old Bay, Natty Boh, Skipjacks, Oysters, Tongs, Sweet Corn, Lord Calvert, rusty fish hooks, Hydroplane Racing, Rip Rap, Softcrabs, Eastern Shore Democrats and the Baltimore Orioles running through my veins (if you’re from Maryland some of this may make sense to you, if not, please skip to #2)

2. I’ve saved about 4 lives performing the Heimlich Maneuver on people who were choking on their food (not including the time I was forced to do so on myself when choking on a Dorito). Four lives, just from following the information from those charts in the restaurants. And did you know, it is also an excellent way to help clear the water out of the lungs of a drowning victim?

3. If you’re a Phish fan you should dig this, you know the last tour they played, and the Drum Logos, Fukuoka Live Album… I was there. There were about 200 people in the bar and you can hear me screaming throughout the CD. And yes, they did open with Carini.

4. I prefer a nice grilled, rare or charbroiled fish to steak, pork or chicken any day of the week. Unless, of course, we’re at a churrascaria!

5. In 2000 after spearheading the SEO and SEM division of a small search marketing firm for 2 years, I decided to leave the industry and move to a small fishing village in southern Japan where I barely touched a computer and taught English for a living while studying a bit of Shingon Buddhism, Aikido and bar tending.

In 2003 I began to regain interest in the industry and started blogging at to keep up on the changes in the industry that I thought I had missed. The rest is history.

And… over the past 5 years I’ve called Curitiba, Brasil along with Tanabe (Wakayama) & Mito (Ibaraki) Japan home. Yes, I speak a bit of Portuguese & Japanese and I’m now based on the East Coast of the United States.

Bonus #6. Like Lee and John, I also played high school football… nose guard and offensive line, we were 1-9 my Senior year.

I’ll think of some people to tag over the course of the night.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Todd

    Phish rocks – I saw them live twice and became a fan only AFTER seeing them in concert. On a similar note – I swear our own Jim B. is a distance relative to Tray – Tray picture

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    You know what Todd, you’re right on about that… sounds like a good idea for a post too… SEO Celebrity Look-a-Likes, didn’t Rand do something like that once?

  • Hawaii SEO

    I’m a huge Phish fan as well. I saw them at least 20 times between 93 & 98. I have all the Live Phish releases including the concert you were at. What a great show. I almost took a vacation to Japan just to go to the concert.

  • Rebecca

    That photo is like the Sesame Street game “One of these things is not like the other…”

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    That photo has me thinking I gotta get back in the dojo and shed off about 15 pounds.

    I’ll check with my image consultant beforehand to get her go ahead 🙂

  • carsten cumbrowski

    A friend of mine opened a churrascaria here in Fresno. We had 2 of our Brazilian employee’s here which approved it (for being a churrascaria outside of Brazil). If you should come visiting Fresno one day (on your way to Yosemite for example hehe), give me a call and we can go there for a nice dinner.


    I am with you on this one.