I’m Jesse and this is my blog.

I’m a designer and a developer by trade. This blog is where I write about technology, design, faith and love.

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    November 16, 2016

    I’ve spent a week now off Facebook. Most likely you didn’t notice and don’t care, but for someone who typically spends hours each day on Facebook sharing original content and attempting to engage in meaningful conversations—it was a bit “cold turkey.” For me, this is one of my primary means of engaging with the world... Read More

  • Election Day, 2016

    November 8, 2016

    If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’ve been thinking (and writing) a lot about this upcoming election. Now that Election Day is here, I thought I’d share a few final thoughts as I head into the voting booth. My Faith Informs My Vote First, a few thoughts about being a Christian and a... Read More

  • Farewell, Simply Recipes.

    August 31, 2016

    Today is my last day at Simply Recipes.

  • Giving Google Better Photos

    March 1, 2016

    Using hidden meta tags to pass more appropriate Google images that may not appear on the page.

  • Facebook Reactions: What do they mean for your News Feed?

    February 24, 2016

    Facebook Reactions just went live today.

  • My Greatest Failing

    February 24, 2016

    I do so much, and I love it all.

  • To Tweet, or Not To Tweet

    November 30, 2015

    To tweet, or not to tweet—that is the question…

  • 3 Tips for Remembering Names

    November 9, 2015

    I’m so bad at remembering names. I often joke that I married a Jessica just so I could remember her name.  And it’s really unfortunate because I care about people, I love hearing their stories, I love finding out about their lives. I think a lot about all the different people I’ve met, about how... Read More

  • The Hidden Pinterest Stack

    October 23, 2015

    After our site took a hit in Google this year, we realized we needed to double down on the social media front. We targeted Pinterest first.

  • The Secret Life of Children

    October 5, 2015

    When I was a child, I had several things that I kept hidden from my parents. Some things were small and inconsequential, like when a girl in my 7th grade class gave me a calendar with Mickey and Minnie mouse kissing on the cover. Some things were bigger and more consequential, like when I was... Read More

  • Facing Death

    October 1, 2015

    This is a recording of my Aunt Alice. She was placed on hospice care a few weeks ago, shortly afterwards. I was helping her with her physical therapy the day I recorded it.  I wanted to record this to help me remember her and hopefully save a few stories that the dementia hadn’t erased. Thankfully,... Read More

  • The Life of Jason

    September 12, 2015

    Every night at bedtime, my kids ask me to tell them a Jason story. Jason is a boy whose life is filled with adventure. And unlike most made-up stories that parents tell, Jason’s world is filled with the kind of detail and situations, just the right level of real life to make the stories relatable.... Read More

  • Don’t Tell People You’re Busy

    August 26, 2015

    Why do we constantly feel the need to tell people we’re busy?

  • How to Win Arguments Online

    August 17, 2015

    How do you win an argument online?

  • Too Busy to Help

    August 10, 2015

    I woke up yesterday thinking about the parable of the Good Samaritan. If you don’t know it, it’s a story that Jesus tells in Luke 10 and it goes little something like this: a man is traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. It’s a 17 mile trip through, and it was especially treacherous because it was... Read More