Not all who wander are lost – J. R. R. Tolkien

Who am I?

That’s the question everyone across this rolling blue marble wants to know about ourselves, right?

My name is Cory Collins.

By profession I am a content marketer and SEO. By personality I’m a reader, writer, runner, beer enthusiast, lover of animals, and video gamer.

I believe in the power of curiosity, an inquisitive mind, and a willingness to learn. I enjoy a challenge and the privacy to think. I believe that humans are mostly good, and that communication is the key to unlocking that goodness. The more we understand one another, the closer we become.

I work for the firm Page One Power based out of Boise, Idaho, as their Content Marketing Manager.

My job is to spread messages and tell stories with carefully created content. I represent our company to the online world, which is really the only world in which SEO exists.

I love my job, the responsibility entrusted to me, and my ability to affect change. I work with outstanding individuals, which is an absolute dream.

I reside in Pullman, Washington with my amazing wife Kelly Collins. We have two pit bulls–rescued from the Boise shelter–and they run our lives quite nicely.

Dogs run my life
This sign that hangs by our door rather says it all.

I am the only remote employee out of the 100 or so staffed. I’m a firm INTJ. Being the 5th hired employee and having a well-established relationship with the owners probably didn’t hurt either.

I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. I also had all of the credits required for a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional Writing Emphasis, minus the foreign language required for humanities.

Some fun facts about myself:

  1. When asked in Kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up I replied “myself”.
  2. I’ve believed myself to be a 40 year old trapped in a younger body since I was 8 years old. I’m not sure what I will think when I age past 40.
  3. I was born at 4:26 in the morning on April 26th.
  4. I spend more money on books than clothes.
  5. I generally believe strangers to be friends I don’t know well enough yet.
  6. I once ate an entire lime, in one bite–skin and all–when I was told “I would not do so.”
  7. I believe our society would be improved if roller blades were more prevalent.
  8. I will argue with you about the importance of the Oxford comma. Clarity matters.
  9. I admire nothing so much as competency, no matter the task.
  10. I’m a firm introvert, and the life of the party.
  11. I will stay up all night, on a weekday, to read a good book. I’ve never called in sick for it. I have taken the book to work with me though.
  12.  I have a loud, deep voice.
  13. I collect other people’s stories.
  14. I am fairly athletic, and revel in a physical challenge.
  15. How a person treats a subordinate is a great gauge of character.
  16. Tipping isn’t for excellent service, it’s to apologize for the assholes.
  17. Gary Paulsen’s books have had a profound, echoing impact on my life.
  18. Roald Dahl continues to be my inspiration.
  19. I have four amazing Grandparents. Both sets are still alive, vital, and married to one another. 60+ years and counting.
  20. I believe that Benjamin Franklin is one of the greatest men to have ever lived. I’d be pleased if you’d ask me why.
  21. I join a long list of optimistic men in thinking aliens will be found in my lifetime. I’m not sure it will be a pleasant encounter.
  22. I’m a futurist. I want internet to my brain, self-driving cars, and true virtual technology.
  23. My parents have been married for 28 years.
  24. More to come (still a work in progress).