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Mental Constipation

It is so tough to sit here and write a blog post.

I don’t know why.

I used to be able to just spew out some stream of consciousness thoughts and edit it into a coherent post, or at least start with a point to make and write.

Not so much anymore. And I’m not sure why.

The funny thing? It’s not that difficult to write this. For whatever reason, these words are flowing.

It’s probably mental constipation. It’s been such a long time since I’ve written regularly – whether it was on this blog or content for Junger Media or otherwise – that I’m just having a hard time getting going.

I want to write. I enjoy it. It’s tough to find the time for it.

There’s so many things that take up my day-to-day time, from working to parenting to trying to stay healthy – and did I mention we bought a new house this summer? And that it’s a huge fixer upper, with almost an acre of overgrown land that needs to be weeded?

Like marketing my business — which I always want to do more of — writing is one of those things that inevitably ends up on the back-burner.

It sucks, because I really enjoy writing. But if I can’t find the time to do it on a regular basis, then the mental constipation kicks in. The less you write, the more difficult it becomes.

I’m sure I’ll be back with another post sometime in 2016. I’ll see you then.

PS. After writing this, I decided to Urban Dictionary mental constipation … and there it is.

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Nothing to See Here … Please Move Along

Warning: what follows is most likely going to be very rambling. So it’s probably not going to be very coherent, or make much sense, or be of any interest to you.

It’s probably not even going to be of interest to me, but I’m still writing it. Mostly because I feel like I’m missing out on a good opportunity to update the blog and love the idea (but not always that actual act) of writing on a regular basis.

It’s not like a lot hasn’t happened over the past two years (where I’ve written a total of two posts, this one included). Plenty has happened.

In 2011, we had our second kid. His name is Asher, and he’s the little guy photobombing the picture on the left-hand side of this site. He’s 2 1/2 now. Here’s a blog post I wrote the day before he was born (which doesn’t have anything to do with him).

In 2012, I had an amazing sports year. My hometown Orioles had a winning record for the first time in 15 years and made it to the playoffs. I fell in love with baseball again. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a September as much as I did in 2012. Then my Ravens won the Super Bowl (technically in 2013), and I got to take my dad to Ray Lewis’s final home game in Baltimore in the process. I still to this day re-watch highlights from that amazing playoffs run. I also got to witness and be a part of the amazing launch of Debbie Unger Photography, and see how hard she’s worked and grown as a photographer.

2013 has been incredibly eventful. At the end of January, I quit my job. My business, Junger Media, was ready to be a full-time commitment. I hired my long-time friend and oft-used contractor Jason Forrest to be my Creative Director. We launched the day after the Super Bowl victory. We’ve since hired an intern, and done projects for companies as big as Bank of America, Proctor and Gamble, American Express, Hershey’s and Bounty. Seriously. We’re solving people’s problems and providing them with amazing digital products and services that help them succeed.

I did the Tough Mudder. Peer pressure got me to do it, but I don’t regret it (even though I couldn’t walk for three days after it). I turned 30. My mom spent 5 weeks in the hospital and there was a good chance she wasn’t coming out. She did. We’re all grateful.

I’ve learned a lot. I’ve got a few more gray hairs. I’ve got a lot more responsibility on my shoulders. I’m loving every single moment of it.

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My New Gig (in Press Release Form)

This went out on Monday:

AE Ventures Names Jason Unger Director of Digital & Editorial Services
Responsibilities include developing and managing editorial programs and e-media properties

November 23 – AE Ventures, producers of the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) and CE Pro 100 Integrators Summit, has named Jason Unger to the newly created position of Director of Digital & Editorial Services.

In this capacity, Unger will be responsible for developing, maintaining and growing e-media properties produced by AE Ventures. He will also manage communications, editorial programs and technology solutions.

“Jason is a key hire as AE Ventures expands its role in helping associations, companies and other groups grow their influence online,” says John Galante, president, AE Ventures.

“His expertise in online media and journalism qualify him uniquely to both generate and deploy content for our products and services.”

Prior to joining AE Ventures, Unger was the Website Publisher, CE Brands for EH Publishing, where he managed cepro.com and electronichouse.com. He has worked with high-profile Web sites, including Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist and Ray Carney’s Cassavetes.com.

He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

He can be reached by email at junger@ae-ventures.com or by phone at 301-238-5960.

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3 Observations About Seemingly Unrelated Items

I haven’t blogged for, what, a few weeks now? That’s not a total shocker, per se, since I’ve always tended to go through peaks and valleys of creativity.

But as my life has started getting into a new routine (did I mention I started a new job? Press release coming soon), I’ve realized a few things about my priorities.

I don’t need to stay as connected to the news as I thought
I’ve talked about selective ignorance before, but for the past few weeks, I’ve lived it. I’ve spent a total of about 5 minutes in my Google Reader over the past 2 weeks. And boy, a lot of stuff happens. And most of it is useless.

How much time are you wasting trying to know everything?

It’s way easier to be productive to music than to podcasts
I love podcasts. But I only have a certain amount of time in my day to half-pay attention to them. And that’s OK, since my time is probably the most valuable thing I have (after my family).

Rather than trying to listen to what all of my podcasts are talking about, playing music in the background is way more conducive to getting things done.

And, PS, I love Pandora.

There’s only so many things you can do at a time
I haven’t done jack with Automatic Finances in the past few weeks. I just haven’t had the time, and that bothers me. Part of me thinks that it should be merged into this site, but I don’t want to be pegged solely as the personal finance guy.

But since I started the new job, am now recording two podcasts a week — Tech Blab and This Week in This Week in Tech (TwiTwit) — and thoroughly enjoy it all, prioritization becomes even more important.

There’s only so much lifehacking you can do (I already killed my commute) to make all this happen.

One More Thought On Personal Branding

Apparently, my post on personal branding caused quite a storm. Which is definitely a nice reaction, even though it wasn’t really my intention.

The funny thing about my description of all of the brands that make me up is that I missed one of the biggest ones.

Last Saturday night, I’m playing in a poker game when Phil Bak, author of the great Boras Blog, asks me why I didn’t list “personal finance blogger” among my brands.

Duh. I can’t believe I forgot that.

I’ve been running personal finance blogs for the past 3+ years, and I didn’t even remember to list it.

But it proves my point. It’s impossible to have one brand that you can apply to every context of your life — unless your brand is simply your name.

When it comes to the brand that is Jason Unger, I rule Google. And that’s pretty much all that matters.

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