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@NashvilleBrian@travis robertson@megan manly@nashvillelala This is a great post, Megan! It's a very interesting trend to watch because it has so many implications on the McMansion market if it continues. We're also seeing data from the NAHB that show that even they are recognizing the trend toward smaller homes and have started to see a decrease in the average home size of new construction projects.

My guess is that markets most impacted by the economy and that have larger percentages of younger, Gen Y buyers will see the largest impact of this trend. Cities like Nashville have been relatively immune from the overall economic challenges. Additionally, the home buying population trends a bit older (at least it did the last time I checked on the data).

However, as you mentioned, I think it's definitely headed your way. Communities such as East Nashville, Sylvan Park and the like are prime examples the retrofitting and "right-sizing" that younger families are interested in exploring for their lifestyles.

3 years, 2 months ago on Is Small the New Big?


@joey_strawn Dude, you NEVER have to feel like you're encroaching on "my land" - I don't think that way. We all have opinions and ideas on a lot of different topics and can learn from each other. I love hearing other perspectives on this stuff. :) I'm glad I was able to add to the discussion!

3 years, 11 months ago on Dear Boomers, Don't Be Afraid Of Social Media


@Bonnie Brooks@joey_strawn Thanks for the shout out you two! Sorry I'm just jumping in here but I've been offline most of the day.

There is a definite divide between the generations that can't be ignored. While many (like @Bonnie Brooks) "get it" - the majority are still lagging in this area when it comes to the workplace.

Truthfully, there is a lack of perceived need for them to get it. With so little time left in the workforce, their focus is shifting to the use of tools like FB and Twitter for connecting with kids, grandkids, family, etc. In fact, Boomers are the fastest growing group on FB.

I do think you touched on something, Joey, with the tone of your "letter" and that's the need for the two generations to figure out how to work together. It's something I discuss a lot because it's really the best way forward. The focus has to shift to the "soft skills" that can't be learned through Googling the answer.

Boomers have to be okay with the processes adapting to the new tools and Millennials have to be willing to learn the skills they can't Google (i.e. "How to negotiate") from Boomers. The problems usually arise when Boomers protect processes that could be sped up and simplified with new tools while the Millennials write them off as irrelevant. The common ground is definitely in the middle there. :)

Great post!

3 years, 11 months ago on Dear Boomers, Don't Be Afraid Of Social Media


Thanks, Joey! I'm humbled that you would even mention me in the same paragraph as Jay Baer and Amber Naslund.

Now, I'm off to continue my fight to cure the disease! :)

4 years, 1 month ago on Blogging in the Zombie Apocalypse


@joey_strawn @faybiz @travisro Thanks, Joey! Great post, by the way. Public accountability like this isn't easy. It takes guts, so...well played!

faybiz, if you're interested in getting some help with your goal setting, let me know. You can email me at

4 years, 4 months ago on No-Suck November Revisited


Seriously, this is an incredible post and I thank *you* from the bottom of my heart for your support and encouragement. Your a great part of the Nashville community and I look forward to rocking it with you over the next year and creating an even better Nashville Ninja tribe. :)

Thanks for the shout out and the reminder of how much we all have to be thankful for.

4 years, 4 months ago on What I'm Thankful For