Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ten tips for better LinkedIn profile headlines

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Please don't be the guy (or girl) with the generic auto "Title at Company Name" profile headline on LinkedIn. Even if you're not a marketer, but especially if you aren't currently employed, you need to use this valuable space to tell people exactly what it is that you do. It's not only important so that you show up in search results, but it will also make people click on your profile when there's a long list of people similar to you.

It only takes a minute, so please just go update it today and follow these ten tips:

  1. Establish yourself as an expert in something
  2. Explain why someone should connect with you
  3. Use stats & numbers if possible
  4. Utilize as many industry buzzwords as possible
  5. Start with a short question
  6. Use examples of proven results
  7. Differentiate yourself from everyone else in your function/industry
  8. Use V-bars (|) to separate sections
  9. If you're C-level say so
  10. If you're a jobseeker say so
Got any other tips? Or examples of some good headlines? Share them in the comments below:

Ryan's New Home with Ryan Homes: A Visual Timeline of the 200-Day New Build Process

Hi, my name is Ryan Pratt. I am multitasking millennial who typically blogs about digital marketing, social media, technology and movies. But I've been too busy over the past 6 months to do much writing. On top of getting married to the love of my life in May of 2014, we also officially started the new home building process with Ryan Homes on April 3rd (Day 1):

Since that day, I've come to realize that blogging about your new build process with Ryan Homes is "a thing that people do." There are actually a lot of great blogs out there:

Just Google "Ryan Homes blog" and you'll find a bunch more -- including at least one for every style of home in every state that they build.

Unfortunately, with so much "stuff" going on at once, I don't have time to create an entire blog dedicated to the process like the those mentioned above, but I did want to create at least one blog post that I'd update occasionally with new photos from our Venice style home. This is that post:

On April 8th, we picked out our carpet, tile, wood floors, countertops and cabinets (Day 6):

By June 28th, they broke ground and started digging our hole (Day 87):

On July 3rd they poured our basement (Day 92):

By August 2nd framing had begun in the basement (Day 122):

And then on August 9th it was starting to look like an actual house (Day 129):

A week later, on August 17th, it had a roof and windows (Day 137):

The garage floor was poured by August 24th the following week (Day 144):

By September 5th the plumber, HVAC, electrician and Guardian Home Technologies had finished their installations. We had our first official walkthrough and pre-drywall meeting inside the home later that week (Day 156):

The garage door and trim was installed and painted by September 10th (Day 161):

And they officially started hanging drywall on September 14th (Day 165):

They started on the external siding on September 19th (Day 170):

And by September 27th the drywall was painted and tile in the bathrooms and laundry room was installed (Day 178):

On October 1st they finished the stone exterior (Day 182):

And by October 4th they had started the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry (Day 185):

On October 6th the lights were installed (Day 187):


And on October 7th they laid the hardwood floors (Day 188):

On October 9th they laid the carpet (Day 190):

On October 16th the granite countertops and appliances were installed (Day 197):

We had our final walkthrough on October 17th (Day 198) and got our keys on October 20th (Day 201)!

Stay tuned for more exterior photos once the sod & landscaping are complete. 

If you've found other great blogs about Ryan Homes or just have a question or comment, please feel free to share below:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Top 10 movies of 2014 (so far)

Top 10 films of the year (so far)

Well Fall is officially here and the Summer blockbuster films have raked in millions at the box office. Now it's time for the Oscar-nomination hopefuls to hit theaters (i.e. Gone Girl, Fury, Interstellar, and Unbroken) followed by the Holiday blockbuster lineup (i.e. Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Nightcrawler) but the first three quarters of the year didn't disappoint. And though the small-budget film market was lacking, the most-anticipated indie movie of the year -- actually the most anticipated indie movie of the last dozen years  -- did not disappoint.

The movies on this list are a mix of the best and my favorite films of the year. These are the top ten films from the first nine months of 2014:
  1. Lego Movie
  2. Boyhood
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  5. Captain America: Winter Soldier
  6. 22 Jump Street
  7. Edge of Tomorrow
  8. Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  10. Bears
What haven't I seen that should be on the list? Is something on the list that shouldn't be? Leave your thoughts in the comments below:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Top 66 scariest movies ever

A "scary movie" is a film that gives you goosebumps. It not only has you sitting on the edge of your seat, but jumping out of it. A "scary movie" makes you spill your popcorn. It makes you scream.

"Scary movies" affect you even after you leave the theater.  It has you turning off the lights, running up the stairs, and leaping into your bed at night. It leaves you laying there, unable to sleep, trying everything to forget. A "scary movie" gives you nightmares.

But "Scary" isn't a genre. "Horror," "Suspense" and "Thriller" are. These sixty-six "scary movies" encompass all three of those genres -- and then some. These are the scariest movies of all time:

  1. The Exorcist
  2. Silence of the Lambs
  3. Paranormal Activity
  4. House of 1000 Corpses
  5. Friday the 13th (1980)
  6. The Shining
  7. The Ring
  8. Mothman Prophecies
  9. Saw
  10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  11. The Descent
  12. Scream
  13. The Conjuring
  14. The Hitcher
  15. Halloween (1978)
  16. Se7en
  17. 28 Days Later
  18. Jaws
  19. The Nightmare on Elm Street
  20. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  21. Final Destination
  22. Wes Craven's New Nightmare
  23. Sixth Sense
  24. The Others
  25. Oculus
  26. Friday the 13th: Part III
  27. Prisoners
  28. The Hills Have Eyes
  29. Strangers
  30. The Haunting
  31. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  32. Hostel
  33. The Grudge
  34. Jeepers Creepers
  35. The Crazies
  36. Blair Witch Project
  37. The Last House on the Left
  38. The Skeleton Key
  39. Disturbia
  40. VHS
  41. Audition
  42. Poltergeist
  43. Night of the Living Dead
  44. Blackout
  45. Mama
  46. The Orphanage
  47. The Cabin in the Woods
  48. Scream 2
  49. Rosemary's Baby
  50. What Lies Beaneath
  51. The Last Exorcism
  52. Halloween (2007)
  53. The Devil's Rejects
  54. Friday the 13th (2009)
  55. The Haunting of Molly Hartley
  56. Identity
  57. The Bay
  58. Pyscho
  59. World War Z
  60. Friday the 13th: Part II
  61. Audition
  62. Shutter Island
  63. The Omen
  64. The Purge
  65. Birds
  66. High Tension

Last updated: October 2014