I’ll be the first to admit that the entire martymalone.com, with blog.martymalone.com and portfolio.martymalone.com included, are all built using a Tumblr blog layout. However, I’ve put a ton of work into making them all my own: I created all my own graphics, hardcore tweaked all of the HTML and made sure the design was clean and simple on each and every page.
I’ve owned martymalone.com since I was a senior in high school 5 years ago and have been very vocal (sorry, friends) about how important it is to stake out your own part of the internet. Professional-ish Twitters and LinkedIn accounts are great — and necessary in today’s world — but a website to publish all of your work will definitely set you apart and strengthen your brand.
I also bought my own short URL mrty.co so when I share links on Twitter they’re not the standard bit.ly/xxxxxx links, rather personalized and fun mrty.co/xxxxxx links. Sure, it’s probably a bit much, but I’m a total tech geek ;)
Last summer I attended the first annual Moxie Awards put on by Built in Chicago and had a blast! Being in a room with all of Chicago’s best tech talent really got me even more excited about the City’s growing tech scene.
A few weeks after the show I got the idea for a new award category, and I sent in a request on Built in Chicago’s website. They replied right away that it was a great idea, and that they’d talk about for the next show. Fast forward nearly a year and I emailed them again to follow up, and a few weeks later I found out that they were going to make the category official!
Anchoring the UI-7 Newscast on October 16, 2012.