My name is Jeremy Blanton, but to my friends on Twitter, I am known as JB140 as for the longest of time, it was my twitter username. Nowadays, you can find me on Twitter at @jeremyblanton I am the co-founder of 210 Consulting- Social Media Advisors which helps businesses learn social media and how to implement it properly into their marketing strategies. I’ve traveled around the United States helping others understand how it all works together to increase revenue. But that’s enough about me and my corporate world. If you want to more about that, go to my business site.
More importantly than my business life is who I am outside the professional world. A husband, a father, and a Christ loving man. This site is going to be all for sharing about experiences in being a husband, a dad, and things I love being part of the male gender. On this site you might from time to time find something business wise, but the majority of content here is going to be about things I love to do & experience. I wouldn’t consider myself an avid photographer, but from time to time I see something I like and will share a photo of it here as well.
Family Life With JB140
I am the proud husband to one of the most amazing women in the world. We got married in the fall of 2006 here in Myrtle Beach, SC. We were gluttons for punishment scheduling our wedding outdoors at a beachfront location during hurricane season. The day before our wedding on a chilly Friday it rained so hard and the winds blew so strong we were not sure what we would do. But, in typical fall weather, the morning of our wedding the sun was shining and temperatures were back in the mid 70’s making it a perfect day.
When my wife & I got married we had a timeline in place for our future. The goal was to enjoy being married a year, get a dog, then after another year have a baby and begin a family. Well, that timeline changed only 2 months after being married as we added our first member to the family, our yellow lab, Hannah. A friend of a friend of co-worker of my wife had these puppies available right before the holidays and wanted them to just go to good families for free. We got Hannah, and my inlaws got her brother Beau. This was the beginning of our family.
Fast forward 9 months and while on a vacation for a wedding in Jekyll Island, Ga. My wife came to me and asked me if I would like to be a daddy because she thought she was pregnant. My heart leaped while my brain freaked. Becoming a dad was something I knew I always would want to do, I just was not sure if I was ready yet. Then, in May of 2008 we gave birth to our beautiful daughter Isabelle.
Life with her has been an amazing adventure and we have surely been blessed with our first child. She has hardly been sick in her first 2 1/2 years of life. She is easy going and a pure joy to be around. At 14 months of age, she decided she was getting tired of diapers and so my wife set her on the potty. Within seconds she began to get the hang of potty training. By her second birthday she was fully trained and diapers became a thing of the past.
Life as a dad has been wonderful since as we have added our son Jeremiah who is now 3 inches taller than his older sister and also Miriam who is three years younger than him. With three children 7 years apart in age, it is definitely an adventure in our home every day. Between school, sports, and dance, the kids definitely keep us busy.
If you see me in the morning, you will most likely find a Mtn Dew in my hands. While some have a coffee to start their morning, I prefer to go with the dew. I actually used to keep a mini-fridge in my office that is always stocked with Mtn Dew. If you visit my office, feel free to ask for one, I am always willing to share.
I am a total techie geek to most of my friends. I love trying out new gadgets and when the budget allows, picking them up. My current weapons include an iMac, Macbook Pro, HP 24″ monitor, iPads, various camera gear and too much more to list. With the additions to the family, the budget for all the fun toys has decreased, and I am OK with that.
I also can be somewhat of a gamer at times. In the early 80’s I had a huge addiction to the Oregon Trail. Luckily over time video games improved and now my console of choice is an Xbox 360. I am more of a sports game type of person than the virtual reality games. I also enjoy playing a little Mario Cart with Jeremiah as it’s his favorite game these days.
Other things I love are being outside on the golf course. I consider myself a pro Army golfer. You know, left, right, left, right, all the way down the golf course. If I break triple digits I am in good shape. I also have a beautiful slice in my shot, which I am in the process of perfecting to get the ball landing in the middle of the fairway. This works perfect, except on holes that are either narrow, have trees lining the right side, or that dog-leg right. In those instances I can find myself in major trouble.
JB140 and His Music
I also have a passion for playing music. It started early as my dad used to incorporate me into every Christmas program at church. I remember as early as 4 being involved in the productions. Then in third grade I was able to graduate to playing an instrument. My first was the violin. I remember hours of playing in my bedroom and squeaking/scratching out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. In 5th grade I decided I wanted to join the band, so I picked up the Trumpet. This was a whole new world to me that included joining a jazz band, marching band, & so many other fond memories. Throughout high school I did both of these events while also singing whenever possible.
I actually joined a professional children’s chorus that was asked to sing in front of thousands while performing with various symphonies, orchestras & more throughout the northeast. We sang before senators, governors & more. All of these musical experiences brought me to where I am today. Around 2003, my brother & I joined together to purchase a bass guitar. He wanted one to learn & record some music for a recording he was working on. I on the other hand wanted to learn it from scratch. Since it had so much in common with playing the violin, I self taught myself in under 3 weeks and began playing every Sunday & Wednesday at my church. I now oversee the band at church every week and lead the team. Music has and always will be an integral part of my life, just like family. I hope that as my children grow, it will also become a part of theirs.
JB140 and Sports
Growing up in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, I learned at a very early age that Philadelphia sports teams were going to become a passion of mine. I grew up watching every Phillies Baseball game on television even when they stood no chance of winning. In middle school I took field trips to Veterans Stadium and was allowed to take batting practice on the big field. This was a fond memory of my teenage years. The biggest highlight of that trip however was seeing Lenny Dykstra’s tobacco chew in center field on the astro-turf.
I remember watching battles at the Philadelphia Spectrum between Charles Barkley & Michael Jordan and how everyone in Philadelphia disliked Bill Laimbeer. I cheered for the Eagles since Randall Cunningham was there too. I’m not one of those people who recently became fans of Philadelphia sports just because of the success. I have been one since I can remember. You have to remember, the Phillies are the most losing team ever in professional sports. To say you loved them when I did, meant you were a hardcore fan.
This site has been a project I have had on the back burner for a long time. I’ve wanted to build this site and share information about me, my life, and other fun things that pop into my head. I hope that you enjoy what you read and will visit again!