Business Blogging Basic Resources

I was browsing Debbie Weil’s blog and came across this link to a page titled Business Blogging Basic Resources on "Duct Tape Marketing, a site aimed at small business.  This is a page work bookmarking.  It has a host of info on different blogging services, advertising options (AdSense and BlogAds to name two), search engines and even aggregators and news feeders.

Tips for Consultants

I came across this list of consulting tips on "the [non]billable hour" which lead me to the original post by a guy known as ‘Joe’ on Google Groups.  The original post made for really interesting reading and came at just the right time for me (as things often do) as I was considering handling some of my activities as a consultant.

Here are some of the highlights for me:

So, what do I do to get this fast growth?

First, I’m not your typical computer geek.  In our town which is
predominately NASA and tech companies, most out of work geeks are just
that – geeks.  Very little social skills.  I worked retail
management for 6 years and business to business sales for 7 so I’ve been
forced to interact with people every day, and I have sales experience.

I always take the approach that no problem or question is stupid.  And I
make sure the client knows this.

I always give a verbal summary of everything I’ve done in as plain of
English as I can when I finish a job.

I always leave two more business cards with a client when I finish, and
explain that I’d appreciate any referrals they could give me.

I do NOT do cold-calls.  I don’t do cold-visits.  I DO targeted customized
letters to business owners, but that only accounts for about 15% of my
business.  The rest is referrals and repeats.

I particularly like the last one.  I have a block against cold calling (mainly because I am unsure of myself and my ability to do something other than the work I have been doing the last 6 years – a habit I intend breaking).

The list goes on:


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Mardi Gras

2017562803gaI have been fascinated by Mardi Gras since I found out about the practice of flashing guys for beads.  It turns out that the Mardi Gras in New Orleans isn’t quite the most explicit one around.  Rather the Mardi Gras in Rio is the place to be if you are looking for bare chested women and other fascinating people, that is the place to be.

For one thing, just take a look at the artwork on this woman.  Impressive stuff!

This isn’t to say that the New Orleans Mardi Gras is no fun, simply take a look at This Is Mardi Gras and you will quickly see that this is not the case at all.  It must be quite a lot of fun being there, especially if you are the lucky sod with armfuls of beads!!

Excesses in a Starving Nation

Well, he is at it again.  King Mswati of Swaziland has just bought ten BMWs for his wives at a cost his poverty stricken nation can hardly afford.  IOL reported on this yesterday afternoon:

Swazi king buys 10 BMWs for his wives


Mbabane – Swazi King Mswati III has purchased 10 new BMWs for
the royal household – two months after buying a super-expensive sedan
for himself while his subjects continue living in abject poverty, a
newspaper reported on Sunday.

Africa’s last absolute monarch spent some five million emalangeni
(R5-million) on BMWs for his wives, the Mbabane-based Times Sunday

"It is true that new cars have been purchased for emakhosikati (queens)
to his majesty… This is basically an upgrade of the ones they have
been using," the chief executive officer of the king’s office, Roy
Fanourakis, told the newspaper.

This comes after it emerged in December that Mswati had bought himself
a $500 000 (about R3-million) Daimler Chrysler flagship Maybach 62 as
his debt-ridden country continues battling Aids and crippling poverty.

It just blows my mind that a king can be so blind to the suffering of his own people.  If ever there was a reason for an intervention, this is it.  Is King Mswati’s behaviour any better than Saddam Hussein?  Perhaps when the motivation for such interventions is to safeguard human life and not oil and economic benefit we will see a stronger response (or any response, for that matter) to such a flagrant disregard for human life.

The article does continue …
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Wow! Thank you!

Wow!  I am really impressed.  It has been about four days since I discovered that I had reached the 2000 hits mark.  Tonight that jumped another 1000 hits to over 3000 hits since I launched this blog in January 2005.

Thank you to everyone who visits this site!!!

Mark Jen Saga Continues

In the aftermath of the Mark Jen Saga, a couple people have some advice for our famous ex-Google employee and blogger.  Scobleizer offers the following advice for bloggers now looking for work and to Jen in particular:

I told Mark pretty much the same thing. He has quite a bit of fame
now and everyone is watching to see what he’ll do. I’d translate that
interest into a media thing.

If I were Mark I’d focus on a niche. And own it. Talk about it 15
times a day. Link to everyone in that niche. Demonstrate that he can be
professional (hint: that means proper capitalization on sentences Mark!
Seriously, that really is hurting your image. I’d fire you just for
communicating that way). Demonstrate that he can be passionate.
Positive. Helpful. Accurate. Informative. Friendly.

Think about the attribute you want in your coworkers. And live that.
I want to hang around geeks. People who love building things. I’ve made
my entire career about just that.

The proprietor of Make You Go Hmmm had the following to say:
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“Dear Führer Hitler”

Now here is an interesting news titbit.  I always understood that Germans are generally pretty efficient people.  The Telegraph has reported on a story that really takes it a step or two further:

Post office goes by rules and delivers Hitler card

By Kate Connolly in Berlin
(Filed: 11/02/2005)

German post office has displayed its adherence to the rulebook by
delivering a card addressed "Adolf Hitler, Reichstag" to the current
seat of government in Berlin.

postcard – sent from Britain and addressed to "Führer Adolf Hitler,
Reichstag, German Parliament, Berlin" – was forwarded to the Bundestag
this week.

The post office had efficiently stamped it with the remark: "mail corrected due to wrong address, please alert the sender".

It had printed the "correct address", Deutscher Bundestag, 11011 Berlin, on the base of the card.

mail sorting office of the Bundestag, which is housed in the revamped
Reichstag building, once the seat of Hitler’s government, thought that
it was on the receiving end of a poor post office joke.

a spokesman for the Deutsche Post said he thought post office staff had
acted correctly. "We are under obligation to deliver every piece of
mail if possible, but we are not moral arbiters concerning who a letter
is from or addressed to," said a spokesman, Dirk Klasen.


It does get better …
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The Colour Bar

Colour_bar_5Last night was an experience.  G and I went off to a relatively new restaurant called "The Colour Bar".  It is part of a very funky complex called "The Mills" in Newtown.  There was an article on this development in August 2004 in the Sunday Times.  This is a little bit of what they had to say:

Downtown is Funkytown. Yet another extension to Newtown has developed into a hot spot for trendoids.


The Fuel Café, a martini lounge by night, coffee bar by day, is
the latest just-out-of Newtown hangout that’s become a favourite
weekend nightspot.


The club is located in the newly renovated Premier Milling building, which was ravaged by fire in December.


Known as The Mills, the landmark building, on the corner of Carr
and Quinn streets, has extended Newtown’s party zone to the
less-frequented parts of the area.

On the other side of the city, Milpark, which has become another trendy
hangout with spots like the Colour Bar at 44 Stanley Avenue, is to be
bolstered with a fashionable development at the old gasworks nearby.

There hasn’t been much else about The Colour Bar except for a mention in the "Coffee-Shop Schmuck" who seemed to be a little more focussed on this girl, Jeanette’s, breasts.

I took a couple pictures with my trusty phone to give you an idea what the place is like at night.
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