Chris Christensen

Who are you and what did you do?

My name is Chris Christensen and I am a blogger, podcaster, entrepreneur, and software engineer.

I have two active blogs that I created: AmateurTraveler.com and californiatravelmedia.com. Both are travel blogs.

I also produce 4 podcasts, 3 travel podcasts (Amateur Traveler, This Week in Travel, Passport Travel Marketing & PR Podcast) and one religion podcast (The Bible Study Podcast).

I also run a service called BloggerBridge.com which connects bloggers and companies.

On top of all that I am a senior software engineer at a Finance Software company called BodesWell.io.

What does your typical day look like?

I get up at around 7 and get online right away because the other 3 engineers I work with at Bodeswell are in France, Boston and Portland, so I live in California but work a shifted schedule. After working all day I podcast or blog in the evenings and on the weekends. I only recently went back to full-time work after 6 years as a part-time software contractor.

What hardware do you use to make your content?

I use a 2019 MacBook Air with 16 Gb of memory and a 512Gb solid state hard drive. My podcast microphone is a Blue Yeti. My cameras are an iPhone 8 and a Canon 5i.

How is your work space set up?

I have a dedicated office at home with a desk and external monitor, but do most of my work on a futon and a laptop. I use the desk when I need a big monitor or when I podcast. As I sit on the futon I see two large maps that I can use to track my travels. Because I work from the laptop, I can also move my office to a nearby Starbucks, or to a hotel room elsewhere in the globe.

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What hardware do you use to make your content?

I use a 2019 MacBook Air with 16 Gb of memory and a 512Gb solid state hard drive. My podcast microphone is a Blue Yeti. My cameras are an iPhone 8 and a Canon 5i.

What software?

For blogging I use a WordPress install with a custom (by me) theme and at least a dozen custom plugins. I host at Digital Ocean on a VPN (virtual private server). I run nginx as my web server and Mysql as my database. I also run BloggerBridge.com there. BloggerBridge.com is developed in Ruby on Rails.

For Podcasting I record interviews in Skype using CallRecorder from eCamm. I edit in Garageband, but in the older version because Amateur Traveler has an iTunes enhanced version which is no longer supported in the new software.

For programming I use a variety of tools. When I was working as a software contractor I was programming in Java, PHP, Ruby on Rails, or Python. My new job is in Node and React. I use RubyMine from JetBrains for javascript or Ruby development and when I was programming in some other language I would use the appropriate IDE from JetBrains.

Where can people find you online?

https://AmateurTraveler.com and https://californiatravelmedia.com for the blogs and for the Amateur Traveler and This Week in Travel podcasts.
Passport Travel Marketing & PR podcast is at http://blog.BloggerBridge.com
The Bible Study Podcast is at http://TheBibleStudyPodcast.com

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