Category Archives: Work

Friday Tip

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Go the extra mile.

If you’re hired to design something, make it the best you’ve ever done. If you’re hired to dig a hole, make it right the first time. If you’re hired to research something – spend an extra hour and write the best summary you ever have.

You may be recognized for this. It will make your life better even if you’re not.

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Klout?

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I’ve blogged a couple times, once here and once on this blog. Are you stuck on your score, measured engagement or “Clout”? I believe that engageemnt is best measured in actual conversation, not how many times you were retweeted or “liked”.

Check out the blog link above and comment either place.

As May Draws To A Close…

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US Navy comes throughWhat a month it’s been. I lost and gained a national speaker for aimWest. I almost lost a dear friend, and got her back. My dog lost a giant growth on her mammaries. Lucky I still have her too.

It’s been a hot and cold month in Michigan, but the hots have been really hot and the colds manageable. Not so with the events. Losing the USAF, as a speaker, for aimWest was really tough. I had to scramble. Gaining the Navy was awesome – if you’re near Grand Rapids MI tomorrow, you should plan on coming. Cmdr Servello of the US Navy is an awesome speaker. I am in 2 people’s debt because of it. But it doesn’t bother me. Almost losing my friend Donna was a huge mental drainer. Taking in the dog wasn’t difficult. I’m doing trade for the surgeries and she’s doing wonderfully. USAF Drops the Ball

There are various and sundry other things that happened, including some very cool things and some not so hot events. I’m not going to get into them today, however. Next month, I’m hoping for some rest and a complete lack of craziness. Wish me luck?

aimWest Is Bringing The Navy

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aimWest Young ManThis month I was able to secure the Social Media Director for the US Navy to come speak to aimWest. If you live anywhere with in 2 hours of Grand Rapids, MI, I invite you to join us for this awesome event. It’s not every day the Navy becomes transparent, with out cloaking themselves… You won’t want to miss this inexpensive opportunity to network with other marketing folks from West Michigan and hear an awesome speaker.

Today I Post To 4 WordPress Blogs

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For the organization (aimWest) I’m president of, I will post a new event. I post this article on mollaskatude. For a client I post a new form. And on my friend Jay’s blog – I commented on his Gay Marriage post.

This afternoon, however I deliver a quote to use Drupal as a CMS/Blogging Platform. I’m even considering making Evolve’s site a Drupal site. Do you use a blogging platform as your primary company CMS platform? Why did you pick WordPress? If Drupal, why? Is there something you liked better? Why? Lots o’questions, but I’m doing this informal poll.

Quick Followup on Posterous

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I have not been able to get my Posterous site up for over a week, now. It’s very frustrating. I have narrowed it down to either an issue with DNS at Media Temple or a bad IP from Posterous. I will accept any hints, solutions or thoughts on this. MediaTemple.net’s online customer service chat has been helpful, but I’m still not online.

Posterous Issues

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Posterous Spaces Issues - Is it Twitter's fault?Last week, with out my prior knowledge, Posterous changed how they handle sub domains pointing to their servers. This means if you had a blog address, namely blog.douglasmkelly.com – all of a sudden your domain wouldn’t resolve to a site. My blog, over on Posterous, effectively went down. No email was received. There was no popups or alerts on their site. When they changed their IP address about a year ago, there was an email a week telling bloggers Posterous’ old IP was going away. So here I am stuck researching how to fix this, as I’ve listed the blog in my email signature block.

I have a registrar where I ordered my domain name service (DNS) that points to my virtual server. I had an A record pointing to the IP that Posterous lists on their help section. Then on April 11th or 12th or shortly thereafter, my blog stopped showing up. You can’t even go there by using something like posterous.com/DouglasMKelly!! Posterous was recently purchased by Twitter. I’m not saying that they’re the cause, but they’re the 2nd largest social networking site – And they can’t tell everyone they’re changing their practices? Finally today, I located a help document on how to do a sub domain – one has to point a CNAME record to posterous.com. It’s very easy. There’s an article on Posterous’ site. Let’s just hope that it works. I’ll comment/update when/if everything resolves correctly.

I’ve spent the last few days changing A records on both the registrar’s site then my server and back to the registrar. Thanks Posteritter. Changing from an A record to a CNAME is easy, but does take some time for the DNS servers to update. MEH.

Google Plus Calendar

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Calendaring Today I found where google allows it’s users to post times that others can select from – to create an appointment. It’s a cool new feature, however still not as great as Tungle (See previous post).

Have you tried it yet? Have you tried Tungle?!! Go research and come back…

… done? Ok, so what do you think? Did you understand what they’re doing? Social Calendaring! Personally, I think the new setting in Google and the Tungle site are on to something. Just really hasn’t taken off. Why do you suppose that is? Privacy?

Have you used Basecamp or some other Project Management tool? There’s calendaring in these services. How is it different from Tungle?

Tungle Calendar

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From BrazenCareerist

Do you Tungle?

Tungle.me is an awesome tool, owned by RIM/Blackberry. Probably the best thing they own (duck). I like that you pick the date and time, and my calendar will just tell me to show up. It’s better than a wife. It doesn’t complain. It doesn’t nag. It doesn’t get headaches. It doesn’t remind you that you don’t measure up to her expectations – constantly. I love Tungle.

What do you use for your online calendaring tool?