Monthly Archives: October 2012

We, the Marketing

The girl loves rice. She really, really does. She even wears it. And she’s promoting it with her face.

I wonder if we ever really realize how large a part we play in corporate and enterprise marketing for companies. Sure, that shirt “defines” us but we’re also a living and breathing advertisement for the company itself – and we paid them so that we could market it!

Seems a bit unfair if you ask me.

Currently, as I sit here, I am tangibly representing 5 or 6 brands:

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A Kind Reminder: Make Sure to Update Your About Page!

I spent the entire morning updating my About Page, significantly.

I haven’t updated that page in months – in fact, the last time I touched it significantly was in January (although I edited something small in April). I need to take a bit of my own medicine as I have told many people that editing and curating your About Page is something that needs to be done constantly!


So here is your kind reminder to go to your About page and update some of the (very) outdated information as well as add a few things that have happened since you last touched it. Don’t just say “John, that’s a fantabulous idea!” and then never get around to it – do it by the end of the week, put it on the calendar, and then comment below with a link to your About page!

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Pumpkin Carving is a Lesson on Humility


I’m pretty sure that pumpkin carving was designed to test the patience of all adults, especially male.

Or maybe that’s just me – maybe I’m the only one that spends 2 hours trying to print out the right sized template, cleaning, cutting, poking, and breaking small child-sized equipment that’s supposed to be used by full-sized adults.

Only to come away with something that somewhat resembles the original design and for your 6-year old daughter to take 100% of the credit when you did nearly 100% of the work.


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Fascinating Statistics about Your Gmail, Google Mail Habits, Stats, and More

Gmail Meter is pretty slick as it has provided me a perspective of what my life looks like in a way I never have been able to really calculate.

What Gmail Meter does is simply show you the statistics around your emailing activity – anything from volume to response time to categorization and even email length in terms of responses.

Wow! It was incredibly insightful. Here’s what September looked like for me (only one email account) in a snapshot – although it’s worth noting that I manage 4 very active email accounts and so this is just about 25% of what really comes in – I’m doing some reporting on the other email accounts as well to get a full view of what’s really happening, but I imagine that I get 3 to 4 times what this report says here.


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Blog On My Friends

This week has nearly killed me with an incredible amount of work and relationships to manage. Finding the time to sit down and write has been a very difficult challenge.

Anyone feel me on that?!?

My friends, blog on. The inspiration is there, the content is waiting to be written, the time is available (as much as you think it’s not), and your readers are ready to hear what you have to say.

Don’t forget. Don’t forget!

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Creating a List of WordPress and Blogging Professionals for Contract and Consulting Work

I mentioned this the other day on Twitter and I’ve had this challenge for a long time – I think it’s time that I actually do something about it!

There are tons of WordPress professionals, small creative design/dev businesses that focus on WordPress and I need to compile a list or create some system where I can send people to who request some of their needs for WordPress, web strategy, consulting, SEO, etc.

The reason I need to do this is because I want to serve my community here and also because I simply do not have the time to entertain much of the work that crosses my desk – this is a great problem to have!

But I hate leaving people hanging and spending the time trying to connect parties can be very time consuming.

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Testing the Bluelounge StudioDesk – The Critical Nature of My Desk Environment

I’ve been back and forth for a while with a standing desk and a typical sitting one and I’ll tell you that I still haven’t firmly landed anywhere – in fact, I’m still very comfortable with just experimenting with other options until I find that right fit.

Heck, it took me more than 5 years to find that perfect chair for my home office – it doesn’t surprise me that it’ll take me just as long, if not more so.

So, in my attempts for finding the dream desk I’ve decided to jump in and try the Bluelounge StudioDesk, a simple yet elegant solution that will certainly experience all that I will require of it!

For context, I’m using the larger XL version (59″) at home.

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How Do You Make Decisions? Is it Working?

Have you ever thought about the system that you use to make decisions, especially the ones that matter? I’ve recently reviewed it and I uncovered some fascinating insights about how I’ve made decisions historically (especially the bigger ones) and how I’ve been actively changing that system for the better.

So how have you been historically with the big decisions? Have you ever thought about taking a different approach or reviewing your thought-process and/or system?