So who is Mike Brown really? I have actually been asking that question to myself for a long time now and I’ve been actively searching for the answer for many years. I’m a husband, father, brother, son, and friend but like you, so much more.
As you can see from the screenshot above according to Ancestory.com I am:
- 20% Scandinavian
- 18% Irish
- 17% Native American
- 13% Italian/Greece
- 11% Iberian Peninsula
- 9% Great Britain
- And trace amount from both Asia and Africa
So most likely we share a common ethnic heritage.
When I said “I am just like you”, I was not kidding and I don’t think that’s just some worn out cliche. I truly believe we are all interconnected and what happens to and effects us individually has an impact on us all.
We must be the change we want to see in the world. Ultimately the only person we can truly change is ourselves.
We live in a technological age. Information is at our fingertips and more readily available to us today than ever before.
The internet has connected us in ways which we don’t fully understand the effects of. I encourage you to get online, have a voice, help others find what they are looking for and make the world a better place!
I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and tried to spend most of my time hanging out with friends at the beach just wanting to enjoy life. This was the time of AOL, “You’ve Got Mail” and dial-up modems.
Playing computer games became one of my interests. I was fascinated with how computers worked so I would take mine apart and put it back together then spend hours on the phone with support agents tweaking operating settings to optimize my desktop computer.
I was somewhat of a rebel back then. I didn’t really get along with authority so my Freshmen year in High School I took the opportunity to move out to the country with my best friend and his family.
I spent several years in the country with my best friend camping, riding horses, shooting guns and working on the ranch. If you can believe it his dad is an ex-navy seal (from the Vietnam era) and we raised buffalo, that’s right American Bison “Tatanka” (you know…from that movie with Kevin Costner -Dances with Wolves).
In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains I played football and we started the high school’s first wrestling program, I was on the homecoming court and took 4th in state my sophomore year in wrestling.
I learned a lot from my time in the country but as with all things time changes the circumstances and it was time for college. I moved back to Virginia Beach, Virgina and graduated from high school in 1999.
I went to several different community colleagues and three different universities, partied my butt off and traveled all over Virginia but ended up graduating from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in political science.
I thought I was either going to become a lawyer or go into the military as an officer, but I was not destined for either of these paths. I knew I wanted to help people but I didn’t know how I was going to help them.
Costa Rica Study Abroad Trip
During high school and throughout college I worked in several restaurants and did enough manually labor jobs to know that I did not want to spend my life breaking my back or working for other people. I still maintained an interest in computers and online gaming so I spent several hours per day surfing the internet.
When I was not at school or out having fun with friends I was at home on the computer learning how to navigate around and customize my operating system.
All of my “geeky” computer stuff would later prove very beneficial. I did not know it at the time but in some ways I was being prepared for what would later become my profession.
I was getting older, by this time I was 26 and my responsibilities were becoming more serious. All my friends were either getting married or moving away.
I started my career in technology as a Technical Support Representative with a well-known tax agency. I sharpened my computer networking skills and learned more about troubleshooting operating systems. Between the retail sales and technical support skills, I had just enough background to get into the web hosting industry.
I spent three years working in sales for one of the largest and most successful privately owned web hosting companies in the U.S. I learned about domain names, data centers, how to use cPanel, SMTP and IMAP email plus build my own blog using WordPress.
I continued to perfect my trade. The company I was with was growing fast and me along with it. I learned more about WordPress plugins, Email Marketing, Affiliate Marketing and built a few WordPress websites along the way.
I met the love of my life at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. That same year I moved out to Los Angeles California. I got CrossFit level 1 certified and contemplated opening my own CrossFit studio, thinking this was how I was going to be able to help people but once again this was not to be my path.
While in Los Angeles I continued to expand my knowledge within the tech industry. I tried to start up a few website businesses that failed but learned a lot along the way and have never given up on my dream of self-employment.
I worked for several months in downtown LA across from the famous One Wilshire inside a prominent data center. Seeing all of the thriving small business around me reinvigorated my entrepreneurial spirit so I focused once again on how I could start a business helping people.
I knew the only way I would truly be happy was if I were in charge of my own time and not working to fulfill someone else’s dream.
We moved out of our small one bedroom apartment and into a three bedroom townhome. I started working in the Marketing dept. for a technology company and continued to learn more about digital media marketing and got more involved in the WordPress community.
That same year my wife and I started Buddha Bro, Inc. a digital media marketing company. TheBloggingBuddha.com is one of my first public web properties that I built with the hopes of helping others learn more about the amazing world of blogging.
The Future and Beyond
We had our first child, a beautiful baby boy and we launched TheBloggingBuddha.com. I have spent a lot of long days and nights burning the candle at both ends but I am here to attest that when you are working on something you are passionate about and that is yours it’s if you have boundless amounts of energy to dedicate.
Now I am able to work anywhere in the world but most importantly I am able to spend time with my family watching my son grow up and being with the woman I Love.
I hope TheBloggingBuddha.com will help you find your path to the same success and happiness I’ve found through deciding to start a blog.
I sincerely want the same for you.
If you ever have any questions about how to start blogging online or need help setting up a blog, I’m always around to answer them. You can shoot me a personal message and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.
If you still need to get your blog started ahead over to the step-by-step WordPress Tutorial and get WordPress setup.
Once you have your WordPress blog installed you can hop on over to my WordPress Academy where you will find high-quality videos, “how to” instructions, and e-learning lessons all created just for you.
I wish you the best of luck in all your blogging adventures!
To Your Success,
Mike Brown – TheBloggingBuddha
True humility and kindness take no effort to enact within the moment. Once a virtue is manifested within, it acts without effort. – Aaron G.L. Adoni