Brian Buchanan

Hire Me!

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I am currently available to take on freelance projects related to a variety of things. If you need help with web design, web development, working with WordPress, graphic design, managing social media campaigns, or video production I am interested in hearing more about your needs and discussing how I can help. My passion is using technology and design to help businesses and individuals tell their story. You can reach me via social media (@HolyCityGeek or /HolyCityGeek) or email me at Brian [at] bblive [dot] cc.

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My Extreme Engagement (Four Years Later)

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Four years ago I did something way outside my comfort zone. As an introvert the thought of being on camera or on stage totally freaks me out. I’m a behind the scenes type of guy. The week before Thanksgiving in 2010 I was involved in an episode of

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Choose Your Own Adventure

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“We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.” – Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) in the movie Interstellar   In elementary school I used to read every “Choose Your Own Adventure” book I could get my hands on.  Besides R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” it is probably the only book series I really enjoyed outside of what school made me read. I’m sure I earned many free Pizza Hut pizzas from reading CYOA…read more

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Monster Energy Drink = Satan?

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Here are 2 facts before I begin with this:

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The “Like”

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Working at a company doing online marketing, web development, and social media management really has opened my eyes to the world of “the like”. I took over the account for my current company in July and they had 92 likes. That was after 4 years of this company having a Facebook page. By spending less than $5 a day promoting their page to the Charleston area I was able to get them to 477 likes in less than 2 months. More than quadrupling their likes in less than 2 months is…read more

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Telling A Story

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There’s been a constant theme with some of the guest lecturers and speakers I’ve been able to learn from over the past few months. That constant theme is “Story”. As I’ve thought about it and looked back on my life I think I’ve figured out the “why I do” behind the “what I do”. I’ve formally studied broadcasting (Radio and TV Production), I’ve self-taught myself graphic design, I’ve been been on staff or served on the production and design team at some of the largest and most influential churches in…read more

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A great tool for designers and developers (and everyone who tries it gets $1 for free)

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I’ve been a big fan of Square ever since they launched their credit card processing app a few years back. I’ve used it as a designer and concert promoter to take payments and never really had an issue. Now they’ve launched Square Cash which is a way to request money or send money via email for free. No credit card processing fees! The money is delivered straight to your visa/mastercard debit account. They’re offering to deposit $1 into your bank account for free just to show you how fast it…read more

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Sponge Season

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This season of my life I feel like I’m just supposed to be a sponge… The mind is like a sponge, soaking up endless drops of knowledge. – Robert M. Hensel This past week was too busy to even take time to blog during! It’s been awesome getting to sit in on amazing lectures and talks from people at the pinnacle of the creative/developer world. Last Tuesday we had a guest speaker in our class named David Loewenthal. David is the lead mobile developer at Starbucks. He shared his experience at…read more

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A Lesson From Sports

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For a project this week I’ve been working with the ESPN API. I’m a huge sports fans. Unfortunately being from Ohio that means I’m a huge fan of Ohio sports teams (Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, and Ohio State Buckeyes). It’s been a tough decade or so to be a fan of any of those teams. For this project I’ve designed a Chrome Extension that pulls headlines from ESPN and spits it out in a pop-up when you click the icon in Chrome. Sports for me is an escape. Watching a…read more

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The 5 Tools I Use to Manage My Social Media Presence

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The Coding Academy I am in takes up 50-60 hours of my life a week and I work 20 hours a week on top of that… so how do I have time to keep up with social media? I have a few tools and tricks I use to make it seem like I’m constantly online… 1. Twitter for iPhone // I use this app primarily to read tweets when I’m on the run. If I’m waiting in line at a store or a passenger in a car or even just…read more

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