Google 2009 Developers’ Conference

3 04 2010

Here’s a video in which Google team members evaluate web site performance from a money-making stand point.  I’ve got to say it, if I have consulted you on anything web design related I told you so!  But here’s another source to validate my counsel.  Enjoy and Thanks Matt for sharing!


Looking For a Blogging Butler?

9 03 2010


I can’t count the times that Exec Directors, CEOs and PR personell come to me and ask me to be their Blogging Butler

It’s like asking me to attend a party for you, dress impeccably and say all of the right things to the people that matter, serving them delectable morsels of your sugary wisdom, and then, do it over and over again, making sure not say the wrong thing, but being extra careful to come up with on-topic conversational fodder about your business or cause… I’m so sorry, but, I can’t do that for you.  I can’t be a surrogate blogger for your org because it’s unethical and potentially problematic for both of us.

I will help you set the scene at your website to entertain your Social Media guests, I will even tell you how to get the word out about your message (party), dress for the event and invite all of the right people;  however, I will not attend in your stead.  You need to start your Social Media Marketing Campaign, but not through a surrogate.  Whether you are fund raising for a non-profit cause or developing a small business… I WILL NOT be YOU for YOU

If you are not prepared to spend just an hour a week writing in your “digital diary,” what sort of commitment can you expect me to make on your behalf?!?!  I can teach you how to overcome your time management issues, but, the BEST representative of your business endeavor–your story– is YOU.

Dig deep my friendlies… Tell the truth… Exalt passionately about your cause… and then, realize that surrogate Social Media content is not really social at all; it’s a phantom of your true digital identity ~ a ghost of the substance that made your business resonate with you constituency, your clientele.  Although I am flattered that you would pay me for writing such easy things, I am equally averse to being your Blogging Butler!

North Valley Community Council Meeting 1/6/2009

7 01 2010

Today’s speaker was Bob McMullin and he was excellent.  After the event he told me that “Fund raising is like prostitution; when you get a good prostitute, s/he makes you feel like they really like you!”  All kidding aside, it was a very insightful discussion and I would love to hear more of what Bob has to say.

One point I meant to get across better to the audience about digital collaboration.  I have been coming to the Council meetings now since Summer 2007.  I was a little late getting settled in there that first meeting and to my surprise a microphone got shoved in my face… I had no idea what the heck I was supposed to say!  So I just spoke from the heart; why I was really there:

“I have a dream,” I said awkwardly.  “…to link all of us together as a community through technology.   Whether your organization prefers email or newsletters, newspapers, websites or whatever, I believe the community is stronger when we collaborate to tell our stories.  When it costs $800 for a quarter page ad in the Sunday newspaper, something has got to change.  My dream is to share our emails and newsletters and websites and all of the printed materials we make and calendared events, in one place where we can talk to a truly engaged constituency, to save money and improve results.”

I passed the microphone and I think the group was mildly stunned if not completely confused.  But the intent of that statement rings truer today than it did that late summer day in 2007.

The economy is in the toilet, cash is hard to come by and an already taxed community is facing increasing cost of living expenses.  So why aren’t more orgs collaborating, if not merging?  Why is Sunshine Kids Club competing for resources with Rainbow of Kids Club?  Why aren’t more orgs teaming up and swapping links to each other’s sites, and swapping newsletter announcements for trade in-kind?  Why can’t we share instead of spend?  Why do we re-invent the wheel instead of hopping on the band wagon?

I didn’t say it pointedly, but in my heart of hearts, why haven’t I been able to compell the local community to collaborate digitally?

Hopefully y’all have some thoughts on the matter.  I look forward to hearing them.  Please leave a comment.  Happy New Year!

Is WordPress “Too Complicated?”

8 10 2009


I am writing this post because I attended a Social Networking seminar and the speaker claimed WordPress was “too complicated…”!  Its been sticking in my craw ever since as I deliver WP as a Content Mgmt System to my nonprofit clients as my preferred solution for most.

I agree that WP is sophisticated, but too complicated?  C’mon!  My opinion matters little, so I am going to pose the question to the blogosphere:  IS WordPress too complicated?  If so, WHY!?!?  If not, tell me that too!  Please don’t get distracted by version releases because I believe WP is getting better all of the time.  And you will be preaching to the choir if you take the stance that WP is getting more sophisticated and/or complex because thats what I love about it.  But complicated?  Compare the lay person’s user experience to Drupal or Joomla and I think WP stacks up nicely.  Tell me what you think, please!

The Icky Wiki; A Moment of Reflection on the Use of Jargon and Parlance

17 06 2008

Wiki = Glossary.

Blog = (The contraction of) Web + Log

RSS = Really Simple Syndication (some of you might disagree but hey I am being concise here)

Governmental institutions love Acronyms like the Alphabet Agencies set up by FDR under the New Deal

The disciplines of science, from Anthropology to Zoology developed their own taxonomies to better clarify and classify what the heck they are talking about to one another.

So is it at all surprising that here is another domain, the Internet, that involves more new words? Moreover, is it surprising that those inside the technology realm tend to use these new jargon terms to sound smart and exclude others outside our lil-iverse?

My point is we should try to use jargon appropriately and inclusively. For those of us hoping everyone gets across the bridge (over the Gap of Understanding) we are compelled to make it easy for everyone. So I am gonna “borrow” someone’s Internet Wiki and post it here…  The Winner is Wikipedia and the entry “Web 2.0”

Any offerings are warmly invited.

New Look For This Blog

6 06 2008

Thanks to Bryan Veloso for his theme ChaoticSoul!  Also thanks to Free Blog Headers for Theme Designers, Background Desktop Images

My mantra:  “A website should be as wonderful and up-to-date as a fresh baked loaf of bread!”  Using existing open source stuff helps to mitigate design and implementation costs.  Off-the-rack solutions may seem generic or unethical, but if we trackback and give due credit, we all win.  Besides, I am just gonna wanna change it again in a few weeks anyway…

Thanks again to the open source community at wordpress and beyond for your awesome resources!