I’m Jonathon Colman, a content strategist, public speaker, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife, Marja Huhta. This is my personal site and my thoughts here are my own.
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For over 15 years, Jonathon Colman has helped people and organizations build, find, and use the best stuff on the Web.
Jonathon has worked with organizations like Facebook, REI, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and IBM to connect with their customers, launch platforms and tools, and build communities. By leveraging expertise in SEO/Inbound marketing, social media, web analytics, content strategy, and agile methodologies, Jonathon helps organizations become better at what they do so that they can succeed in fulfilling their missions.
Jonathon helped lead a team that won two Webby Awards for The Nature Conservancy in 2009. He recently completed a master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Washington. Previously, Jonathon served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa where he worked on rural public health issues.
Jonathon has spoken at international conferences on content strategy, SEO, social media, and web analytics. He’s had the honor of presenting at conferences such as Confab, the Content Strategy Forum, MozCon, SMX Advanced, ad:Tech, eTail, the National Press Club, and many more. He’s also created and facilitated workplace-based training programs and multi-day labs/workshops on Internet marketing and strategic planning for teams.
Photos of Jonathon Colman
Photo © Erika Nortemann/The Nature Conservancy
We took this photo for a huge feature that the Chronicle of Philanthropy was doing about online fundraising. They contacted us at 4pm on a Friday afternoon asking for a high-res photo. I tried so hard to look like I knew something about the Internet, about fundraising, about anything. Not sure I succeeded, but I liked the photo so much that I use it everywhere now.
Photo © Forum One
My friend Chris Wolz runs Forum One, a company I deeply respect. He invited me to speak at an executive seminar they hosted at the National Press Club. I gave this talk two days before leaving for a three-month fellowship in Australia and then relocating to Seattle… and was even able to sneak in a Battlestar Galactica reference on stage.
Photo © Paul Gilowey
How am I even staying upright here?! Also: if you’ve never been this transparent on stage about what you do/don’t actually know, then I suggest you try it sometime. It got a big laugh and helped set everyone at ease.
Here, I’m listening to Marja read her wedding vows to me. We hand-wrote them while traveling in New Zealand and I had no idea what she was going to say. But about 10 seconds after this photo was taken, she said something that made me burst into tears. I love my wife.
Photo © Thomas Holzworth
Here Marja and I are creating a sort of human yin-yang (阴阳). Even when we’re apart, we’re still together because we’ve taken from each other’s souls and left something new behind. And yes — that’s a koru earring I’m wearing.
Photo © Jonathon Colman
Marja accompanied me on a three-month fellowship I did in Australia for The Nature Conservancy. We loved it so much that we came back for vacation just a couple of years later!
#bestdogever joined our family in December of 2011 when we found her at the Seattle Humane Society. She likes food, snorgles, sunbaths, and walks to the park. She dislikes cats, regular baths, and anytime when her humans aren’t giving her enough attention. Speaking of which…