Blog Tag - 5 Things You Didn't Know About Aaron Wall

Dec 15th

So there is a blog meme about learning things about bloggers. I was tagged by Dean, Jeremy, and Stuntdubl.

Here are 5 things you may not have known about me:

  1. I once emailed Tim Berners-Lee and he emailed me back.

  2. I met my first and only girlfriend through this blog. She bought my ebook. I love the interwebs :)
  3. I play sports too hard, and while being uncoordinated, I recently served in a game a tennis to my girlfriend at about 85 miles an hour. I won, and was feeling cool, until I realized I threw my back out. :)
  4. I am an air hockey lover, and last year I lost my ego and sense of self-worth when I lost at air hokey to my step father.
  5. I was a nuclear reactor operator before doing SEO. Just like Homer Simpson, but on a submarine.

I tag Werty, MrTurner, Simit, Neil Patel, and Andy Hagans.

Published: December 15, 2006

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Comments

January 9, 2007 - 5:34pm

In person, in print and on the web Aaron continues to be one of the most sincere and authentic individuals in this space. Sorry to gush but there is so much crap out there that it's refreshing to come across someone that is genuine.

Kevin
December 16, 2006 - 12:11am

Hey Aaron... how do you know your girlfriend isn't just going out with you just for your SEO secrets? And how accurate to real life is the movie Crimson Tide... you know, living on a sub and stuff?

December 16, 2006 - 12:14am

Because my girlfriend's love is more pure than anything else I have ever experienced.

Never watched Crimson Tide.

December 16, 2006 - 12:53am

Wow, this is definitely making rounds. Lisa Barone over at Bruce Clay Blog posted up her 5 things. No one tagged me.. no love lol

December 16, 2006 - 12:56am

"Just like Homer Simpson, but on a submarine."

Did they have a steady supply of doughnuts on the submarine too?

December 16, 2006 - 1:00am

Nope. Two big issues there

  1. the cooks were lazy
  2. any time they actually cooked good food or food that people would want they got stuck needing to cook more

They did stuff like leave week old bacon out on the food line and then cook no more stating that there was food on the line...which resulted in me going on the big bacon diet and the crew getting put on rations. :)

December 16, 2006 - 1:09am

I play sports too hard also. I watch my strength and determination now when playing a girl. I try losing or winning by a small margin. I get really bad with video games, i can't play with other people on a normal basis, i get too competitive. I understand the part about winning or trying to hard to win.

December 16, 2006 - 2:00am

Mmmm... Bacon...

Have a good weekend Aaron!

December 16, 2006 - 3:03am

Nuclear reactor operator on a sub? Nice. See any three eyed fish swimming around ;)

December 16, 2006 - 5:01am

Aaron that great, this reminded me of one time in college I was playing racket ball against this girl I was just barley dating and hit the ball super hard right into her breast, and without even thinking I went over and started to make the mistake of trying to "touch it" and make it better (seriously was innocent) but got super embarrassed when she called me on it. She got better and I won! (but up until the point I never saw her again, she never let me hear the end of it!)

December 16, 2006 - 5:52am

yum... donuts.

Hi Aaron, thank you for your help and time.

December 16, 2006 - 8:22am

#5 actually explains #2 (kidding). To be stuck in a submarine for extended periods of time...I cannot imagine.... but hey smartest man I ever knew in college also worked in a nuclear submarine.

December 16, 2006 - 9:07am

Terribly sorry for the irrelevance - Aaron, my sponsored review of SEO Book is up at Know More Media. Thanks for letting me peruse the e-book - to say it's informative would be an understatement.

December 16, 2006 - 9:10am

This are the funniest "5 Things You Don't Know About ..." series. :)

December 16, 2006 - 5:58pm

How come I read a lot of the SEO guys had a hard time with girls. Most of them, including Rand hand only just a few. Maybe you guys spend too much time at the computer.

December 16, 2006 - 7:48pm

Hi Arron,

Aren't you sopposed to give us 15 things about you we don't know (and you only gave us the first 5) - you were tagged 3 times!

This stuff is cool - Marshall - webmetricsguru.com

dwrunyon
December 17, 2006 - 5:50am

I actually knew number 5 as I had read it in what I think is the best About page I have ever read on any website anywhere. I suppose that's something of a psychological easter egg as most people wouldn't bother to read the page, much less far enough to get into all that. You give a significant portion of soul there, thank's for setting so many examples of what the internet can and should be!

Vincent
December 18, 2006 - 5:22am

First and only girlfriend, eh? Sounds like the only action you're used to getting is from the shim switch. Too bad you had to be in maneuvering to play with it. :)

December 18, 2006 - 7:36am

Hi Vincent
I don't want to comment too heavily on my sex life (if such a thing exists or ever existed) but I would describe the Navy as generally being something that inhibited my ability to form positive long-term social relationships with girls. Luckily I am well past the Navy though.

A funny thing that happened today is an old friend of mine from the navy emailed me and told me that portions of my SEOBook.com website are blocked from being viewable on his ship. If that is true it looks like another form of validation for my view of that organizatin.

seopractices
December 18, 2006 - 4:22pm

Hey Aaron, I used to be a psychologist before getting into SEO.

Vincent
December 18, 2006 - 8:28pm

Hi Aaron,
Glad you are well past the Navy. I got out last year and am growing past it as well.. though having spent 8 years in sometimes it creeps back up on you, if you know what I mean.

Glad I'm no longer on a submarine, though.. that's for sure. Getting out was one of the best decisions I've ever made. From what I've seen on this and your other sites I think you agree.. :)

December 20, 2006 - 11:28am

Hi Aaron i don´t know the way to contact you, only here.

I want to tell you about one broken link on the Adwords document.
http://www.seobook.com/overture-adwords.pdf

page 29.
• Google offers effective contextual advertising tips in this free 9 minute video.

There is a broken link to watch the video. I don´t know the topic about to search.

I preffer to help you fixing the good document about this topic.

December 20, 2006 - 4:33pm

Boomer or Attack? Just curious, BTW to anyone who has never been, The Submarine Force Museum & U.S.S. Nautilus in Groton is one of the very BEST stops in the entire country, you get to tour the Nautilus (veryyy impressive ) and the Museum explains the debt we own to the 'silent service'.

Best and the brightest in the Navy get to go to Groton, some even make it all the way to President. Go Jimmy.

Vincent
December 20, 2006 - 11:57pm

I was on a fast attack out of Groton, and from what I remember Aaron was on a Groton boat as well.

December 21, 2006 - 1:12am

I was on a fast attack out of Pearl Harbor many moons ago (I was an RM). And I was one of those rare individuals who actually LIKED Groton.

Oh, and Aaron... anyone who read your About page knew #5. How about a bonus since there are technically only 4 things we didn't know? :)

December 21, 2006 - 6:52am

Girls and sports are fun. My fondest memory was the woman that came in to play indoor paintball one night wearing a white sweatshirt. When the black lights came on I shot her every time she moved as she was just a big glowing target. Nearly shot her tits off...

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