Friday Quick Hits - 9.25.09
It's often tough to blog on Fridays. That's my day to post at Corporate Idealist. It's also the day where I get the least amount of emails. Thus, I try to schedule my office time for that day so I can get the most work done. Let that be a lesson: when you're not getting interrupted, you can get stuff done. So, figure out when your interruptions occur the least during the week, and block off that time to have some constant work time.
Nonetheless, at the request of (at least) one, I hope to bring back a format that left this blog long ago: that of the quick links, tips, and ideas I uncover each week on the Web and elsewhere. So, here goes.
- On Monday, I talked about why I didn't blog for a week. Planning time away from something can have you get better at it.
- On Tuesday, I challenged my readers to discover what the point of their life is. Only then can you figure out what you want to do for a living.
- On Wednesday, I shared one way that I try to stay smart - read a hard book at least once a year.
- Yesterday, I released my new book, Stories That Need Telling: A Nonprofit Guide to Social Media. The digital version is free until the end of the month. We've already had one glowing review.
From the Web
- Rob Robinson, after attending Chris Brogan's talk in Nashville, points out that it took Brogan eight years to get 100 readers. I think that's a powerful lesson for anyone looking to build a following. It takes time and commitment, but if you're good, the people will gather.
- Penelope Trunk talks about having a miscarriage at work. This is an important read for any manager, leader or director, especially if you're male.
- Being great once can get you into the Hall of Fame. At least for a little while. Of course, if you want to be there forever (and you should), you'll need to be consistent for a long period of time.
- About 75% of the interesting stuff I read each day is shared by Brittney Gilbert. She's single-handedly responsible for getting thousands of bloggers up and running (whether by example, encouragement, or publicity) and she's one of the best in the world at what she does.
- If you want to add one blog to your reader this week, it should be Owl Sparks, by Carlos Miceli. Spend ten minutes there and you'll see what I mean.
- I'm currently working on marketing strategies and site designs for STARS and Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. I'll unveil these here in a few weeks when they're done.
- The Digital Media Institute for Nonprofits Starts on Monday in Nashville. The complete schedule is here.
- I got to pick the middle name for my daughter (headed our way in January). I picked a letter. Not an initial - a letter.
- If you're looking for someone to do some home improvement type work (painting, plumbing, woodwork), check Craig's List. Since there isn't a lot of construction projects, you can get great work at a low price.