Frequently Asked Questions

I get asked a predictable set of questions a lot. If you have questions please read this first before contacting me. And if there is something you think should be covered here but isn’t, contact me with a suggestion.

What
Who
How
Why
Where
Miscellaneous

What

Q: I keep seeing you refer to “VoS”. What is this?
A: VoS is the acronym for this website, Value of Simple.

Q: Does your Personal User Guide template come in other languages?
A: No. But Google Translate could be useful.

Q: What do you like to read?
A: Magazines such as National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Economist, Wired and more. I keep up on current events through RSS feeds from various news organizations and read about a bazillion blogs about a number of topics.

Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: A number of different genres like alternative, hip hop, 80s and 90s pop, “stuff that rocks” and a surprising number of children’s songs.

Q: What sports do you play?
A: None at the moment.

Q: What sports do you watch?
A: Professional football (NFL), college basketball, college football (mostly just the Badgers) and professional baseball.

Q: What is your favorite place in the Midwest?
A: On the terrace at Memorial Union in Madison, WI.

Q: What are your favorite hilarious YouTube videos?
A: Star Trek: Tik Tok, Black Friday Shopping Prank and Double Rainbow.

Who

Q: Who designed your website?
A: I outsourced the work to Adil Mahmud Choudhury of Dreams Come True Inc. He’s amazing and I would highly recommend him for any WordPress website development.

Q: Who are your favorite sports teams?
A: Baseball: New York Mets. Football: Minnesota Vikings. College (Any Sport): Wisconsin Badgers.

Q: Who do you most respect in your personal life?
A: My grandpa. He is the embodiment of so many things I aspire to be.

How

Q: How long have you been blogging?
A: Since November 2010.

Q: I been banned from interacting with you. How do I apply for reinstatement?
A: There is no application process for reinstatement. I do my best not to hold grudges so the simple passing of time might be enough for re-engagement.

Q: How did you meet your wife?
A: Sophomore year of college. We lived in the same dorm and she was one floor down from me. It took me until the end of the school year to ask her out and then I didn’t call her for three weeks when I went home for the summer. Things got better from there.

Q: How do I pronounce your last name?
A: Zass-lauf-ski.

Q: Zaslofsky sounds Polish. Is it?
A: Nope. It’s Ukrainian.

Q: How tall did you say you were?
A: Six feet and six inches.

Q: What’s the best part of being borderline freakishly tall?
A: Long arms. High up cabinets and grocery store shelves stand no chance against me.

Why

Q: Why don’t you remember important details about my life, let alone your own life?
A: It’s a defect that can’t be fixed.

Q: Why have you not responded or acknowledged my text, email, phone call, message over social media or another form of my attempt to contact you?
A: I’m a firm believer there is far too much noise and distraction in the world. I didn’t respond to you because I thought your message was either not worthy of taking action, was intended to be an FYI, is lower on my priority list to get to than you would like, or because life’s been crazy lately.

Q: Why do you love Trader Joe’s so much?
A: They have unique products you can’t get elsewhere, the employees and prices are fantastic, they have wild Alaskan salmon for a ridiculous price, and they have my favorite fair trade, organic dark chocolate.

Where

Q: Where did you come up with the name “Value of Simple”?
A: It was an iterative process with about 1,000 steps to get there. I originally wanted to call this website “Simple Matters” but it would have cost me thousands of dollars to get the domain name I wanted. Looking back on it, I’m glad I couldn’t get Simple Matters because I like Value of Simple much better. I picked the name based on a conversation with my wife one night. I said, “honey, I just want people to give me a chance to see and hear what I can do for them. I just want to teach them the value of simple and help them find their big reason why positive change is so important.”

Q: Where did you grow up and where have you lived?
A: I grew up in St Paul, Minnesota, lived there until attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for four years, moved back to St Paul for about a year, spent eight years in two places in Minneapolis, and currently live in Edina, MN.

Q: Where have you traveled internationally?
A: New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Spain, Italy, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and more.

Q: Where can I find the release notes of previous versions of Joel Zaslofsky?
A: Sadly, the previous version release notes are lost in the dustbins of history. The good news is I wasn’t nearly as interesting in the past as I am now.

Miscellaneous

Q: What’s your Myers-Briggs, Carl Jung, Insights Wheel or other personality test results?
A: Don’t know.

Q: Did you really steal the other kid’s desserts in kindergarten and get away with it for a number of days?
A: Yes.

Q: Did you really get five strikes in a row bowling with your off-hand in high school?
A: Yes.

Q: Did you really get in trouble for lighting facial tissues on fire in the bathtub as a youngster?
A: Yes, but in my defense safety protocols were adhered to at all times. Plus, I was setting things on fire in a bathtub.  How much safer can a pyro be?

Q: Do you have an affiliate marketing program for your products and services?
A: Not at the moment but I’m open to it in the future.

Q: Do you believe that sitting is killing us?
A: Yes, I do.

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