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Goodbye to the DIFF blog. Hello Zing!

Goodbye to the Quicken Loans DIFF blog. Hello Zing!I can’t believe it.

The DIFF blog is ending today. It’s over. Done.  Finished.

That’s right, the DIFF blog is officially retired.  We started the DIFF blog over four years ago as our original foray into blogging here at Quicken Loans. We wanted a blog. And we wanted to try something different. So, as part of a recruiting campaign, we launched the blog and wrote about things we found around the globe that made a difference.

The recruiting campaign ended a few months later, but the blog lived on. We’ve had several dozen writers over the years contribute to the blog. Almost a thousand posts in 4 years.

My favorite?

Just about a month or so after we launched the blog, my wife’s grandfather died. He had such an inspiring story, I wrote about it here. It pretty much cemented me as one of the main contributors to the blog for the next four years.  Check it out: Requiem for a Warrior.

One personal note about the DIFF blog. It was my writing here that eventually led to my current position leading the Quicken Loans Brainstorm team (content team).  It’s funny how things like this happen.  An opportunity opened up that I didn’t plan, and I can thank the DIFF for setting the stage for it.

I’ll miss this blog. I’m the first to admit I haven’t always given the DIFF blog the attention it deserved. Seems like other business priorities often got in the way of spending a lot of time writing here. But I never gave up on it and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working this for the past four and half years. Interestingly enough, I’ve never really considered myself a blogger. Just a writer working at a mortgage company that fell upon a pretty cool assignment.

So there you have it.

The time has come to say goodbye.

Goodbye to the DIFF blog, one of the favorite projects of my professional life..

Welcome, my friends, to Zing!

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Happy New Year 2011 from the Quicken Loans Blog

Happy New Year from your friends at the Quicken Loans DIFF blog. Another great year ahead of us. What does 2011 have in store? We’ll find out soon!

The Quicken Loans Blog team wishes you a Happy New Year 2011

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Tomorrow is Election Day – Vote!

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably at your wit’s end with being bombarded by political ads every time you turn on the TV. And, if you’re not like me and were oblivious to the fact they have been running nonstop for the past few days, you must live under a rock.

The good news is that after tomorrow, you’ll get to enjoy your favorite TV shows again, minus the noise.


Because, tomorrow is November 2, which is Election Day! This year is the 2010 US mid-term elections.

If you haven’t been paying attention, don’t worry. We’re not voting for the President yet, but it’s still very important.

Mid-terms are every two years, when all 435 members of the House of Representatives stand for re-election.  Up for grabs this year are 37 out of 100 seats in the Senate and 37 Governorships. You can go to your Secretary of State website to find all the voting information you need. 

If you’re a registered voter, get out and vote tomorrow! If you’re not, all you have to do is print out a voter registration application online, fill it out and mail it in. Then, you’ll be able to make a difference in the next election.  Remember to educate yourself about the candidates and issues before you make your way to the polls!

I’ll be sporting my “I Voted” sticker proudly tomorrow. Will you?


Photo Credit: blog.lib.umn.edu

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Adventures in corporate blogging – Quicken Loans Blog turns 3!

Quicken Loans blog is three!Wow. I can’t believe we launched this blog three years ago.

So much has changed since then.

Three whole years.

The original team that launched this with me has all gone on to new things, with the exception of Matt Cardwell, who actually came up with the idea for this blog and wrote the first ever DIFF post (he’s been back to the pizzeria five times since he wrote that and brought several people with him).

The mortgage industry has also changed tremendously in the past three years. I hope for the better.

When we launched the DIFF blog, it was part of a much larger recruiting campaign. When the economy went south, so did the recruiting campaign, but we decided to keep the blog going and just write about things we cared about. The emphasis of the blog stayed the same, finding things and people that we thought made a difference somehow, but the core reason to do it changed from influencing recruits to simply putting a human face on a then faceless company.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018