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The Story

I’m a guy who loves mobile technology. I pass time reading reviews of devices that I’ve never seen, combing through rumors of devices that don’t exist yet, and studying in detail the devices I can get my hands on. I was transitioning from high school to college when the iPhone was released and I distinctly remember an overwhelming excitement for the first ‘Droid’ phones when I was in college. It was then that I began ‘visiting’ different cell phone carriers just to get a look at the new hardware on display.

Fast forward 10 years and I’m married, I’ve got kids, and I’m working a job, in an office, that I’m not excited about. Don’t get me wrong, it has given me the ability to support my family for which I was certainly grateful, but I itched for something else. I couldn’t keep my hands off the latest and greatest phones, tablet, even laptops.

Because my job was sales related, I read sales books. They were mostly about self-empowerment, working hard, no excuses, finding something you love, all those salesy topics you can read an endless number of books on. I have to admit, they sometimes rubbed me the wrong way, but I began to think less about what I couldn’t do and more about the big possibilities of what I could do. I began to actually think I could make a living doing something that I enjoy. It’s amazing what a difference a simple shift in thinking can make.

So, resolved to change my circumstances, I made a plan to get up early every morning and start writing before the business of life and work set in. I’m not the most disciplined person in the world but I found at an early age that I could accomplish just about anything if I wanted it bad enough and didn’t give myself the opportunity to back out (just get those feet on the ground when that alarm sounds). I got up early on day 1 and never looked back. I found that I loved writing even more than I hoped I would, and the fact that I was writing about an interest I can’t satiate made it unbelievably enjoyable. I even grew to enjoy getting up early, grabbing a cup of coffee, and typing away as the sun rose.

Now I have a website (thetechbelt.com). I’m a normal guy with a bit of a tech fetish, and I write to other normal people who are looking for a simple opinion on which device they should be using. I don’t run diagnostics, I don’t list off specs, I talk about the look and feel and usefulness of the things we rely on every day. It’s simple and empowering, and I couldn’t enjoy it more.

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What’s with the name?

I don’t have a belt fetish, it has nothing to do with geography (as in rust belt or Bible belt), and I don’t have a grand vision for a literal technological belt, but there is a little back story.

Aaron Rodgers (quarterback for Green Bay) made popular the World Championship belt move as a touchdown celebration. It’s a nod to ‘professional’ wrestling, their trophy is basically a huge belt. It’s also easy to do and it looks awesome (in my humble opinion). The move was eventually used in a massive marketing campaign (Discount Double Check) among other things, but at its core the belt means ‘Champion’. A popular culture podcast, The Watch, which I highly recommend, also utilizes the idea of the belt to anoint the best TV show currently airing. It’s basically their best segment (they go light on segmenting).

I’m always interested in finding the best of a thing among its tech peers. Best calendar app, best podcast app, best android phone, best windows laptop, etc. I love lists too, top 5 phones of 2016, top 10 tablets, etc. So, since the site is full of pieces like that, the name seemed to make sense. Also, try finding a domain these days, all the obvious ones are taken. I’m not the most creative guy in the world so this name constitutes as one of my most proud creative moments, which is sad, I understand, but also kind of happy? It’s progress!