John Egan

John is editor of The SpareFoot Blog. He first moved to Austin in 1999, when downtown Austin wasn't nearly as lively as it is today. John's loves include pizza, University of Kansas basketball and puns.

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Want a Better Blog? Follow These 4 SEO Tips for Startups

By John Egan   September 9, 2014

Search Engine Optimization

Last year, digital marketing expert Kevin Ekmark surveyed his peers to get their take on the digital marketing landscape. One highlight from Ekmark’s survey: SEO is not dead. In fact, he said, the quality of your entire Internet presence—blog posts, website design, social media and so on—matters more than ever. After all, Google is constantly watching.

“Don’t skip over the basics of optimizing your site,” Ekmark wrote. → Keep Reading

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Funny Business: Joan Rivers Maintained Well-Organized Stockpile of Her Jokes

By John Egan   September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers joke collection

As tributes continue to pour in for Joan Rivers, some are remembering the late comedian’s penchant for methodically filing away the thousands of jokes she’d delivered during a career that spanned more than 50 years. Rivers might very well have been the world’s funniest—and most steadfast—organizer and collector.

Rivers, known for her biting, no-holds-barred humor, died Sept. 4 at age 81. One of the legacies she’s leaving behind is her library-style treasure trove of jokes—a collection that helped Rivers stay on track in the whirlwind business of making people laugh. → Keep Reading

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How Improv Can Improve Your Workplace

By John Egan   September 2, 2014

Amy Poehler

When you think of the word “improv,” your mind might flash back to hilarious performances by funny folks like Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (pictured above). But while improv can tickle your funny bone, it also can improve the more serious business of getting work done.

Three SpareFoot employees—Jake Millward, Tevis Paxton and Nathan Sowell—have tapped into the power of improv. When they’re not at SpareFoot, you might find one or all three of these guys trying to elicit laughs from audiences at improv comedy shows in Austin, TX. In a nutshell, improv performers take the stage without a safety net; their unscripted dialogue is concocted on the fly. Improv is short for improvisation.

Off-stage, improv can boost communication, productivity and other facets of a workplace, SpareFoot’s improv pros say. → Keep Reading

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Murder Mystery: Hallmark Movie Features Self-Storage Owner as Key Character

By John Egan   August 29, 2014

Lori Loughlin

The owner of a self-storage facility plays a central—and deadly—role in a Hallmark made-for-TV movie coming out in October.

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SpareFoot Launches Blog on MilitaryStorage.com

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military storage blog

Through a new blog, SpareFoot is lending a hand to military families. → Keep Reading

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76-Year-Old Woman Looks Back on Two Months Living in a Storage Unit

By John Egan   August 21, 2014

Minne Fire

Winter isn’t kind to Minnesota. So imagine what 76-year-old Minne’ Fire was coping with when she lived in a storage unit for a couple of months last winter in the Minneapolis area.

In an interview, she told Minnesota Public Radio that during a period of homelessness, she made her home in a storage unit that she’d rented. She put her $721 a month in supplemental income toward storage rent, food and other expenses. → Keep Reading

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Harris Twins From ‘Storage Wars’ Land Their Own Show

By John Egan   August 19, 2014

Mark and Matt Harris

“Storage Wars” has launched the careers of reality TV personalities like recently returned Dave Hester, Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz. Now, two more stars have been born.

Twin brothers Mark and Matt Harris, appraisal experts who’ve been semi-regular cast members of “Storage Wars,” are starring in their own TV show, “The Harris Brothers’ World Of Wow!” The online show recently debuted on the FirstRun.tv Network. A FirstRun.tv news release says the brothers “have turned into famous pop culture icons.” → Keep Reading

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Top 12 College Towns for Commuting on Foot

By John Egan   August 13, 2014

Ithaca NY

On his several-days-a-week walks to and from work in Ithaca, NY, Tom Knipe breathes in the scent of lavender plants during temperate months. Along his ¾-mile route between work and home, Knipe also spots creatures like otters, mink, turtles, ducks and heron. Or he stops to chat with friends and neighbors. During the winter, Knipe notices the “beautiful” changes in the ice patterns in Cascadilla Creek as the water freezes and thaws.

“I typically walk when the weather makes it uncomfortable or less practical to ride my bike. So, during the winter months when there is lots of snow on the ground, I tend to walk to work on average three out of five days a week,” said Knipe, the tourism coordinator for Tompkins County, NY. → Keep Reading

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Police: Man Lived at Storage Facility With Nine Malnourished Dogs

By John Egan   August 11, 2014

Tommy Lee

A man who police say had been living at a West Virginia storage facility for about a week with his wife and nine malnourished dogs now faces criminal charges.

Tommy “Ninja” Lee, 44, of South Charleston, WV (pictured above), has been charged with nine counts of cruelty to animals, along with property destruction and reckless driving, according to WCHS-TV. → Keep Reading

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Four SpareFeet Get to Spring Into Action as Guest Chefs

By John Egan   August 4, 2014

Lily Youn

When Lily Youn arrived the morning of July 30 at SpareFoot’s off-site kitchen in Austin, TX, she was bracing for a Gordon Ramsay-style, hot-under-the-collar, screaming-at-the-top-of-your-lungs nightmare. Instead, she was treated to reggae music playing in the background, small talk from the assembled chefs—and bushels of fun but hard work. Definitely not a scene from Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Youn (pictured at top), a member of SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team, was one of four SpareFeet who earned the privilege to work as “chef for a day” at our company after winning an in-house contest. At a June 25 cooking class taught by SpareFoot’s chief chef, Ari Dvorin, four two-member teams were assigned the task of concocting a dish from “mystery” vegetables, protein and up to five other ingredients. Two teams tied to claim victory. → Keep Reading

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