Preface: This is the blog post version of a talk I’m giving at State of Search today! Wish you could have been there. If you were there, high five! Check out the slide deck here. As you start reading this, fire up the Punk Rock SEO Playlist on Spotify in a new tab.
I Used to Be a Punk Rocker
I used to be a punk. Well, at least that’s what the 18-year-old version of me would say. That younger, scruffier, and slightly more angsty Mike would probably have some choice words to say to this has-been, sellout, old guy.
These days, I don’t play in any bands, I shop at Whole Foods, I buy designer clothes from time to time, I have a mortgage, and I own a marketing company. The 18-year-old version of myself never could have called that.
I started playing guitar when I was a Freshman in high school, in vain attempt to become cool. It didn’t work, so I transferred my frustration into playing loud, fast music and becoming a punk. I was in plenty of garage bands, I had a blue mohawk at one point, I’d go to punk shows every weekend, I broke my collarbone stage diving, and I even had some success with some of the bands I was in. I recorded four albums (a few of which you can find on eBay) and I toured up and down the West Coast. It was pretty rad.