The Socially Awkward Nerd in the Corner

I am John Taylor, better known as Johnny T:  a husband, father of two, cancer survivor, mental health awareness advocate, tech enthusiast, and IT guy.

I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in September of 2012, and since then I have served as an advocate and patient mentor for other patients. I have also battled mental illness for a good portion of my life. I lead several online groups dedicated to fathers who battle with mental illness, and I serve as an outspoken advocate of men's mental health awareness.

I have been a tech enthusiast my entire life. From mobile technology, to technology futures, I am fascinated by the world of ones and zeros. I graduated with my Associate's Degree in Information Systems in 2017 and plan to return to school to gain more knowledge and certifications in security, networking, and data management.

Johnny T and the Family

You can find me in the mountains of southwest Virginia with my wife and two children. My wife and I have been married for 11 years. That’s 11 years of growth, resilience, and love. Tagging along for the ride are our two children. The oldest, Little Dude, is an avid soccer and baseball player and lover of history and science. Our youngest, Little Girl, is a dancing diva, a competitive dancer both solo and group.

My Mad Skillz

Okay, so the skills aren’t quite MAD, but these are a few of the things I know my way around.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTENT CREATION

Since 2008 I have been around the web providing content for brands like UPS, Huggies, and Marvel. I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to planning social media strategy and engaging the core audience through content, both written and visual

CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SLA OWNERSHIP

Most of the jobs I have been in have involved customer service. Whether providing assistance, a service, or a good, customer service is always one of the bottom lines to driving profit. SLA Ownership falls under the same general umbrella as customer service is expected to be delivered under the terms of agreement.

PEOPLE LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK

I have managed 4 different restaurants in my time, and have led numerous group projects in school and online. Being a good leader, listener, and problem solver allows me to not only be effective as a leader, but as a teammate as well.

DATA ANALYTICS AND TREND TRACKING

A hobby that in turn has given me much to my new career. Analyzing data about different services of a business help me gain insight into the larger plan. Trend tracking allows for seeing and predicting issues or problem points before they have a a major impact.

Education and Achievement

I graduated from Lexington High School in South Carolina back in 2001. After that it would be 14 years before I found myself in a classroom again. In the spring of 2015 I enrolled at the local Southwest Virginia Community College. Two years later I graduated with my Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology with a focus in Business Systems.

GRADUATING HONORABLY

I graduated in my nest fashion, Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.8.

DEAN’S LIST REGULAR

I spent 5 semesters in college and found myself gracing the Dean’s List in 4 of those semesters.

EPSILON PI TAU

Initiated in the spring of 2016, Epsilon Pi Tau is an honorary greek society for excellence in STEM fields. I went on to serve as chapter vice president for 2 semesters.

PHI THETA KAPPA

Honor’s Society for 2-year program schools, I was initiated in the fall of 2016, capping off a wonderful academic career.

Working for the Weekend

Between 2001 and 2012 I spent most of my working years in and out of different restaurants. From cooking, to waiting tables, to managing, I learned a lot of skills that now translate into my current career and future goals. Here’s a rundown of my most recent time cards.

Northrop Grumman | Technology Services Sector

July 2017 – Current

My first IT job lands me at Northrop Grumman where I serve as a Tier 1 support analyst supporting state agencies around the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Southwest Virginia Community College | IT Intern

Spring 2017

I spent my intern hours with the IT department at the college I was attending. We worked mainly with re-imaging staff and student use computers, fielding service calls around campus, and making images to deploy enterprise wide.

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From the Blog

See the most recent posts from my blog. From technology, to mental health. From music, to baseball. These are just the things that pop into my head sometimes.

Home Server

Linux Home Server Part 1: Planning the Setup

The first post in a series that will document my new home server build from conception through full production status. Today’s post focuses on planning.

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Do You Remember: Setting the World on Fire

Do you remember that fire? That feeling that you could set the world on fire and nothing could stop you? Do you remember that?

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I’m Awkward and I’m Nervous: Being an Extrovert with Social Anxiety

I know how it seems when I always sing to myself in public. I babble on like a mad man. I know how it seems when I’m always staring off[…]

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