WordPress Trainer and Coach
Having been friends with @Danny Brown for a few years now, really enjoyed this post.
But I do have to admit I am torn. After watching him play one of my favorites songs with his pen and his teeth in the video, I'm not sure if I am even more impressed with his skills or scared that the image will haunt my dreams for many nights to come :)
8 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Danny Brown
@Dave Schneider Hey David, you bet. And thanks for checking out my site, now you will have that name stuck in your brain ;)
9 months ago on How a Five Letter Name Became a Brand
@Howie Goldfarb thanks and I appreciate you sharing your challenges. And I do so get what you are saying. For over 20 years we were Cat's Eye Marketing (or a variation of that, Cat's Eye "you fill in the blank".) When we close that down and I moved to WordPress it was huge. And I can honestly tell you that it took some time before people stopped calling me "Cat's Eye". But fortunately it all worked out in the end.
And yes, you nailed it. People love connecting with people. Cheers!
@belllindsay Thanks! And that is what it's all about. I remember in the early days of my graphic design business, I did it all. Or tried to. Eventually it became clear, even though I needed all the work I could get, it was time to start be selective and finding the people who were my target audience. Makes life so much better :)
@biggreenpen Thanks for signing up.... and hope helps with your WUP challenges :) Sounds like you also have it figured out with your name. Good for you, stick with it!
@LauraPetrolino That is so cool, and thanks for sharing. I can totally relate to people who get it or don't. And when it comes to style, I find that a lot in my training as well. It works great for some, others need a different approach. You find your peeps and that is where it all works out in the end. Cheers!
9 months, 1 week ago on How a Five Letter Name Became a Brand
@studionashvegas but have you heard me sing? maybe not :( @bobWP @Eleanor Pierce
@bdorman264 No, I pulled this one off without Judy-wup, although she did like it...
Thanks! And yes, a nice way of saying "ram it down their throats" :)
@Eleanor Pierce Thanks. When it comes to the IRS one figures it's best to just let it slide ... :)
And so true, consistency is so key. We have enough in life to remember without throwing in multiple identities!
Hey @Sheila thanks! Glad you found it so helpful. Sometimes you start on a post like this and think, well, this has been done before. But you are right, things keep changing and we are always tweaking our strategies. Cheers and thanks again!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on If You Have a Blog, Do You Really Need an Email Newsletter?
Thanks for this great post Gini. It's funny how we find the "death to Google+" posts rearing their ugly heads on and off. Anything to get the buzz going I guess. I'm with you on this whole thing and pretty much have been ignoring the naysayers. With that said, bye, bye, think I'll go and catch up on Google+ :)
12 months ago on Google+ is Not Dead. Long Live Google+!
Hey @ginidietrich what a great list... and I need to revisit some of these peeps. A few I know but your #FF is always worth the read. And yes, I am one of the silent stalkers of this blog, but maybe in 2014 I'll try to be a bit more verbal.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
1 year, 4 months ago on The #FollowFriday Recommendations of 2013
Sounds like some yummy cocktails indeed. Back when I could handle richer tasting drinks, I loved a good Hot Buttered Yukon (Jack) in those days.
But this post made me think of my days way back when I was a bartender. It was a slow Sunday, post-Christmas, and there were 4 older ladies in having dinner. We always had a drink special for the dining room, and I had yet to think of one. When the waiter was asked by them, I used my creative juices, and like many times, invented a drink. The "Chocolate Candy Cane"
A big shot of Peppermint Schnapps, a half shot of White Cocoa, cream, shake and strain into a martini glass and dribble some lines of red with Grenadine. They ended up having about 5 rounds of drinks and even came into the bar to tell me how much they loved it..... oh the memories :)
1 year, 5 months ago on #FunFriday: Holiday Themed Cocktails
Jay, I am so with you on this... I think we have all learned our lessons one way or another. And it will continue to happen I'm sure.
What really gripes me is all the people complaining about the free services. I know someone who continues to use a free webinar service, but cannot understand the blips she faces along the way. And she is a smart person :)
I could really go on and on with this one, but will stop now... thanks for the great post... hopefully it will put some perspective in peoples minds.
2 years ago on The Danger of Free Online Marketing Services
Hey Gini, thanks for the info on Talk Walker, I never was that impressed with the results of Google Alert.. will have to give it a try.
And yes, already moved to Feedblitz sometime ago and as far as Google Reader, I had switched sometime ago to the Mac app Reeder, which I love the UI. When I heard Reader was going away, I was a bit freaked, as Reeder pulls in from Google Reader. So I had intentions of moving to Feedly as I had head so many good things about it. But alas, Reeder gave me comfort that they would continue to work even after Reader is gone. Whew!
2 years ago on Lots of Changes at Google: What it Means for You
Yeah, I have to admit I was a late-bloomer to Evernote. Kept hearing things about it but just didn't pay any attention.
When I did finally dive into it, like everyone else I love it, and it's been a lifesaver.
For me, one of the best features is the copying from the web, a great replacement for bookmarking. I use it to categorize resources that before were almost impossible to find again. Now it's a dream come true...
2 years, 3 months ago on Tips for Using Evernote Effectively
This was a great conversation to hear. Back when I was doing design I also incorporated maintenance, then when I chose to stop designing, it was more maintenance, support and training, which I billed through retainers. That worked fine, but at a point I felt like a glorified IT person or VA. Now I'm just doing training which is much more enjoyable : ) Loved hearing how everyone handled it themselves, and Chris with his beyond 7-day fee ....
2 years, 6 months ago on EP4 - “Billing for site maintenance" - WPwatercooler - October 15 2012
Yep, this is a problem for so many of us... as you can see in the comments. And I'm so with you on this. In my line of work it's easy for someone to send an email and ask me, "What plugin would you use for....?" It's something I can usually answer in seconds, but what they don't realize is all the hours of research it has taken me to find the right one : ) Unless they are a good client, whether past or present, or a colleague who we regularly help each other out, I find it easy to basically tell them, but not quite so bluntly, "google it or hire me and save yourself lots of time".
Like so many of you, including yourself Srini, we have given tons of free info and advice online in other ways, and I'm sure at some level, we will all continue to.
As far as phone calls, they do pay for those consults. And since I am much better at email, these two lines on my contact page has weeded out a lot of lengthy, unneeded calls.
Yes, this is my number – ------------------, but to be honest, I’m not much of a phone person.
You will have better luck by emailing me at ------------------ or using the form below.
2 years, 6 months ago on Yes You can Pick my Brain, but I'm Going To Send You a Bill
@chrislema You bet and thanks.
I see that you mentioned you will be comparing Thesis next... interesting how they went to drag and drop in the new 2.0 version : )
BTW - how have I been missing your blog... yes, you now have a new fan and reader : )
2 years, 6 months ago on Design without Coding: Comparing Drag & Drop WordPress Themes
Hey Chris, great job here, and a excellent resource... you have saved me a lot of work. I had experienced most of these, but never took the time like you did here to really compare.
I think the drag and drop themes are great options. It's interesting though... I find a lot of them are overwhelming for the casual WP user. Even though they are "drag and drop", most have a pretty high learning curve from my experience. The people I know that use them a lot these days are designers who want to to custom WordPress sites for clients, but don't want to learn the code : )
@rdopping mmm, I think I might have confused you or not explained things right. Yes, when someone subscribes to get notifications via RSS, they obviously use a reader, such as Google Reader or Reeder, as you mentioned. And as a reader you need to subscribe.
The other part of that is people who prefer to subscribe to your RSS via email. Instead of using a reader, they are notified by email, each time you do a post. Both options are important.
Now the confusing part... yes, you can use Aweber or a similar email program to send out RSS blasts. But you still need that RSS feed to do it. What Aweber does is bascially create a newsletter type mailing for your feed, which of course, will satisfy your email RSS subscribers.
Where Feedblitz comes into the picture, is the normal RSS feed. The one people subscribe to using a reader. Feedblitz gives you so much more flexibility on what the feed looks like and also other features as well, like social share buttons, related posts, etc. Also, within Feedblitz they have tools that allow you to automatically post to Facebook and Twitter without having to use other plugins in your blog.
Finally, yes, both Aweber and Feedblitz allows you to create custom RSS emails.
So which should you use? I use Feedblitz for my RSS readers and RSS emails. Then I use Aweber for my newsletter. Why do I do this? To be honest, since moving to Feedblitz I'm not sure yet.. and still trying to figure out how to streamline it all. In fact there is a couple blog posts brewing in me once I get this all straightened out.
Sorry in advance if I have confused you even more ; )
2 years, 6 months ago on Q&A With FeedBlitz CEO Phil Hollows
Great interview with Phil! And yes, I just moved over my blog to Feedblitz and now am in the process of moving my wife's. I understand Susans concern on pricing, and the email subscribers, as we had to give that some serious thought. But I know the importance of our RSS readers, and as one SEO peep told me one time, "Your RSS subscribers are your goldmine readers". They love your blog so much that they want to be notified every time you do a post.
With all the other online services that I pay for, a bump to make sure my readers stay subscribed, was obviously worth the investment. : )
2 years, 7 months ago on Q&A With FeedBlitz CEO Phil Hollows
@franzfunky That depends on your blog and how you want to build your community.
2 years, 7 months ago on Get Your Livefyre Commenting System Walk-through
Hey Danny, yes I have watched the whirlwind of commenting systems here and in fact been doing it ourselves (on both my blog and Judy's) : )
I have been a huge user and fan of Livefyre, and will continue to be so. But currently, for my blog, I am using the native WordPress system with CommentLuv. For now that is the best solution for me.
I agree with you that commenting is going in a new and robust direction. But also, having taught tons of blogging workshops, I also see that each person has to decide which commenting system works for their blog and their readers. In fact, I am finding myself recommending Livefyre more for the bloggers who are looking to build their blog into a social community, but aren't ready to take such a big step as using something like BuddyPress. Livefyre allows interaction and community with a lot less technical setup. And is perfect if you want your commenters to be able to share, especially with the rich media embedding.
I just love the fact that Livefyre and Disqus opens new options for commenting systems, and that those options are there if they work for you.
Great post BTW : )
2 years, 7 months ago on Blog Comments and Experimentation - Or Why @Livefyre Is Here to Stay
Hey Douglas, thanks for including me in this list... very cool. It was great meeting you during #blogchat and enjoyed our conversation. Cheers and see you around the tweets...
2 years, 7 months ago on 23 Awesome People I Met in My Week of Twitter Chats
Yes, I'm in the middle of this same transition.. and looked at all options. Feedblitz seemed the best. And since I am doing this to three blogs, it has been fun : )
It was scary at first to know that the RSS subscribers would need to resubscribe again, but through their guide they have some pretty slick methods to help along the way. At least it was easy to move the email subscribers. And the features they have are awesome...
2 years, 7 months ago on Feedburner to Feedblitz – Why We Migrated Our RSS Feed
@debng mmm, besides finding the sessions that resonate with you, connect with people there. Find an empty chair at a nearly full table in the lounge and introduce yourself. Spend some time in the Expo, these people aren't just selling, they have tons of ideas to share with you. And make sure you find me and say hi!
2 years, 7 months ago on New Attendee Orientation Announced for NMX
This is so very cool. I cannot tell you how many times I have been at a conference where this could have really helped anyone attending for the first time. Your team just keeps coming up with great ideas!
@joostharmsen Happy to hear it's giving you some guidance on how to use and build a mobile via a plugin.
2 years, 8 months ago on WP Touch Pro Mobile Plugin
You are very welcome.
@wmwebdes Good question as I get that a lot. Most people I consult with I encourage starting on a self-hosted site for the many reasons I list above. But there are many WordPressers who would disagree with me, and say that for a lot of peeps, .com will do everything they need it to do. But I guess it always boils down to having more control of your site.
When I do suggest WordPress.com is when someone wants to test the waters and see if WordPress is the right platform for them. It serves a a great sandbox to play around in and really mess up things if you want to. : )
2 years, 8 months ago on What You Should Know Before Choosing WordPress.com or WordPress.org
@Brad Dalton Exactly, that's why I also use it for my site, and recommend it so much. Those two plugins are wonderful. Thanks for dropping in : )
2 years, 8 months ago on Give Your Blog Some Interior Design With These 5 Tips
@wmwebdes Thanks, analogies are always fun : )
And still hanging in here with Livefyre... had a few glitches happening, but it seems to have smoothed out. From experience I have learned not to jump the gun so quickly on things.
Also, when we were doing research on Disqus, it was also a new version and people were seeing bugs here and there. But that is probably smoothing out just as Livefyre seems to be.
@joostharmsen Oh man, don't get me started on that... I could write a whole post ranting about that ; )
2 years, 8 months ago on When I Land on Your Blog, Please Don’t Make Me…
@MichaelTaylor2 Actually this works much better for blogs that have a common theme. Then you can always do a redirect to the category page with your URL.
But if they are both very different, I would recommend separate blogs. I have three, so I have three separate WP installs. I normally don't recommend Multisite unless you are planning on doing a lot of different sites or blogs. It's pretty much overkill for just 2 or 3.
2 years, 8 months ago on How to Easily Add Two Blogs to A Single WordPress Site
@Blane Jackson Yes, some interesting points you made here, but not sure exactly what it has to do with my post on a bloggers creed, but appreciate your thoughts and this certainly could be a bases for another debatable blog post. : )
2 years, 8 months ago on Values-based Blogging: 5 Ways a Blogger's Creed Can Set You Apart
Yes, she does over-analyze movies when we are watching them, but again, that's just Judy.
But this is a great idea that we both have used in our posts. With mine, which are often WordPress related and more focused on tutorial based posts, with all the new releases, it can be an ongoing sequel : )
2 years, 8 months ago on 5 Hollywood Sequel Tricks to Turn Your Sizzling Blog Post into a Series
@WordsDoneWrite You are very welcome. I think it would be interesting to see on other blogs, and how people feel about sharing. I know the term "transparent" is often overused, but this gives a whole new meaning to it. Thanks and will look forward to seeing yours!
@web designers Houston TX Thanks. Yes, I have been using Fetch for so many years, that I have just become to use to it, but as you said, FileZilla, is a great tool and I have found it easier for non-techie peeps to understand and work with.
2 years, 8 months ago on Need to upload or download files from your server? Learn how to use FileZilla.
@crownpendant So sorry, we tend to throw out those acronyms and don't think before we do.
SEO - Search Engine Optimization - that's the process of improving the blogs visibility in search results. Of course, it's much more complicated than that, but good content is a huge plus for that.
RSS - Really Simple Syndication, or in other words it's that, often times, orange button you push to subscribe to a blog. Once someone has subscribed via RSS, they will be notified every time you do a new post.
These are pretty simple explanations but hope they clear it up a bit for you.
2 years, 8 months ago on 7 Reasons Your Blog Post Might Not Be Ready to Publish
@mduncanmoore You're very welcome. Like the saying goes, "it's all in the details". And I have to continue to even remind myself on this : )
@ConversionChamp Yeah, I agree, don't get obsessed : ) And yes, with writing it's always good to do a draft and come back to it later. I just wouldn't recommend the later being after it's published : )
Also, the backward thing works best for really misspelled words. It won't work, for example, if you typed neat, and meant meat... you still need regular proofing for the rest....
@WordsDoneWrite That's perfect... and just have to share this quote with you.
"I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o' clock every morning." William Faulkner, novelist
2 years, 8 months ago on Why “Blog When You Have Something to Say" is Bad Advice
I am so with you on this one. And as @Erin F. says, it's not having to blog everyday, but instead, sticking with a schedule.
Besides what you have listed here, another overriding characteristic of this mentality is "it's my blog, I'll blog when I want to" which often drips with ego and a self-serving attitude. ; )
@OmId1 okay, just to clarify... you are saying that when you click from a site on the Facebook icon, when you land on Facebook you are logged out? If that's the case I'm not exactly sure why that is and don't' believe it would have anything to do with the plugin...
2 years, 8 months ago on How to add a Facebook like box to your sidebar
Wow, this is looking very cool! Have played with it a bit in Beta on a site or two, but now comes the true test : )
Lots of good stuff, and really interested in the expanded moderation tools. Can't wait to dive in...
2 years, 9 months ago on Blog Commenting just got a lot more social
@Yaco Roca very cool, and I think the other thing is most folks just have 2 or 3, which set on one line and doesn't have that affect so much...
2 years, 9 months ago on A Very Simple Social Media Widget
@Yaco Roca if you want one that allows you to use your own icons, I believe Social Media widgets allows you to do at least 4 or 6 custom icons
@Yaco Roca that's an interesting observation... I see what you mean but have never really thought about that. Never has bothered me ; )