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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Greensboro North Carolina: Here I come

After two years of living in the DC area, I'm finally moving back to the Carolinas. I just accepted a job in Greensboro NC last Friday. They're a company that's been around for 16 years, but fairly new on their web presence. They've just started doing SEO with an agency and haven't done anything with paid search at all. It'll be my job to bring SEO in house and ditch the agency, and start their paid search program (after building some business cases for it, of course).

I just gave them my two week's notice yesterday, and my last day will be November 16, and I'll be starting my new job on the 26th. It's going to give me the week of Thanksgiving to prepare for stuff (10 days counting weekends). I'll miss my current job and all the friends I've made. For the company, the next two weeks will mostly be me transitioning what I'm currently doing and how it should be done to my boss, who hopefully will be able to repeat it to my replacement after I'm gone. For myself, my next two weeks are going to be full of good-byes with all the friends and acquaintances I've made, and lots of solidifying the network of connections I've made at

There definitely are some advantages of living in the south, other than the cost of living. People are super nice down there, words like "please" and "thank you" are frequently used to strangers. The major disadvantage would be less educated professionals. Greensboro is mostly blue-collared workers, and sometimes it creates weird situations for me. I remember once someone in a Charlotte arcade picked a fight with me because I was beating him in a video game over and over, I guess those are just minor things I need to get used to, that and getting used to not be able to go to a bar and come out without smelling like smoke.

Since I've moved to DC area, I've worked on a lot of areas for self-development and I hope I don't lose them. I hope I'm not content with doing the same things over and over, instead of going out and trying new things. I hope to not lose my interest in culture, such as museums and foreign food. I hope to not slack off on my education on different subjects that interest me, and continue to research, going to seminars, etc.

It'll be fun to be back in Greensboro. It's been too long, Paul's coming back to North Carolina!


Blogger Nick Zorn said...

Congratulations! Hopefully this means you will be heading to Charlotte more often. If you need help unloading stuff in G-boro let me know.

11/06/2007 9:42 PM  
Anonymous ana said...

wow that's great! i'm so happy for you. good luck with the new job!

11/07/2007 12:12 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

It's the holidays, Matt's back in Charlotte, Paul's back in Greensboro, I smell a bar crawl coming.....

This is frickin' awesome!

11/07/2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Thanks Nick, I'm planning on hitting up Charlotte every weekend, or maybe every other weekend, depending on how boring my Greensboro weekends are. I just might take you up on that offer about moving, I'm planning on stealing my parents' big screen TV (traditional kind), now that they got their new LCD 46".

Thanks Ana, appreciate the support. :)

Andrew, a guy's night out definitely sounds like a good idea bro. I have plenty of friends in Raleigh, I can imagine hitting up Raleigh once a month or more.

11/07/2007 11:47 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

YOU THE MAN PAUL!!! im happy for you man! it's definately time for you to beat the pants off me (not literally ghey boy) in some street fighter!! its been a while! and im excited to learn some new drinking games! ditto what andrew said! need anything give me a yell bro!

11/20/2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Which Matt would this be?

11/21/2007 3:14 AM  

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