Will you be attending the Emerging Technologies Conference at Iowa State at the end of the month? I’m planning on it – hope to see you there.
From the Conference site:
ETC2007 kicks off Wednesday, April 25th with the fourth annual HCI Forum: Designing Interaction 2007. The three day event will feature talks by Don Norman, Neal Stephenson, Guy Kawasaki, and Raghu Ramakrishnan. Other events include the grand opening of the Virtual Reality Applications Center’s newly upgraded C6 on Thursday and the announcement of unique new initiative during Industry Innovation Day on Friday.
Don’t miss the IgniteIT event on Thursday night.
Jesse tagged me to post about my Living Large Goals. While thinking about it, really – my mind keeps returning to something Maria Palma said to me – "back to basics"
- Engage in Conversation: If this site has become popular, the main reason is because of the engagement principles and habits I used to employ. I’ve lost some of that. (Joanna – thanks for your patience. I think about you daily).
- BlogTalkRadio interviews: I’ve been looking to schedule small business owners about their blogs. (Richard, I’m coming for you)
- Dialing 8 and Whistle Stops: These features introducing readers to the foundational posts of generous geniuses in the blogosphere are popular. Gotta get back to those.
- Read Books: I’m so far behind on my reading (skimming?). I’ve had Duct Tape Marketing just about everywhere I go, but have yet to dive in. Has someone invented an IV for books yet?
Sometimes living large means paying attention to the details. Back to basics.
Thanks to Reg Adkins’ ongoing Hero of the Week and a nomination from Ted Demopoulos, I’ve been added to a great list of blogging heroes:
Next week, everyone’s a hero!
My office is in the same building as the McLellan Marketing Group, so I should become more creative just by proximity, right?
One reason for the move includes the constant state of flux and location of our Iowa Blog Workshops. Part of the lease agreement is a shared conference room that seats plenty, so the workshops and classes become stable again.
For the first two years of my business, my office was the basement of my house. Without a window (does a window well count?), I could often be found working at Panera on University in West Des Moines.
- I have a window overlooking a new park
- I’m a short walk to the Des Moines Public Library
- Wade and Leisa can now buy me lunch at those spots they brag about
- Still a couple of suites available here if you’re looking for office space.
Hey, why don’t you come by for a visit Wednesday morning. Drew McLellan is hosting his Branding Breakfast at 7:30 AM.
I’m not sure how or why it started, though I have a clue.
Seems I’ve been branded a web developer, but that’s not what I do.
It takes me twice as long to code, learning as I go
I’ll be outsourcing this stuff from now on, but prices will grow.
I’m a Conversation Conductor, it says so to the right
I build communities of customers, if I’m not coding all night.
My fault, really – I get excited when a company says YES
They want to start a blog, so I do whatever it takes I guess.
But this model isn’t working, no coaching is getting done
I’m as guilty as others, sending them into battle with a loaded gun.
Companies are moaning that their month old blog has no success
Why? They wrote one post last week (same text as their brochure, no less).
Suggest they read other blogs, even make a comment or three.
They don’t have time. Reading other blogs waste their time, you see.
They want to ride on this bandwagon, "Please build us a blog site."
Folks the tool is not the answer, the conversation is what gives it flight.
Six Five code-heavy projects still on the table, but after that no more
Want to build a community of customers? You’ve come to the right door.
The other day, I noticed an intersting referral incoming from Google: Panera. ConverStations is in the top ten (results may vary based on geography).
For those wondering, I still visit Panera U – just not as much as I once did.
The reason we moved the location of our Iowa Business Blog Workshops is because we outgrew Panera. As the audience grew larger, I was aware that we might be impending on the comfortability of other customers.
Panera (the corporate/franchise offices – not the team at the restaurant) could’ve handled the situation better (anything is better than nothing). Maybe I could’ve also.
While the relationship has taken a hit – it’s the front office that delivered the blow. Not the team at the restaurant. Definitely not the dining room community (the real reason I go in the first place).
So yes, if you’re wondering, I’ll still occasionally see you in the bread aisle.
A while back, I asked Are you a photoblogger? and will be responding to the emails and comments received from that – but Photopreneur is more than just photoblogging, more than photo sharing. It’s a marketplace that will connect the media buyer with the photographer in a unique manner.
If you’re a Photoblogger or Photopreneur (Wikipedia def) and you’re interested in assisting us build a community, let me know.
The Web is a tool for people. A tool for people to use to research, learn, build, create…connect.
During the dot.bomb, I heard sighs of relief as dot.companies folded. "Now we can start using the web as a tool rather than a destination."
I find some are trying to recreate the dot.boom. Their theme song may be "Let’s Hang On to What We’ve Got." Old-style thinking. Time to rethink a few things.