If you’re looking at this from your RSS Reader then the first thing you need to do is visit the site because you are seriously missing out; our new look is smokin’ hawtness.
There’s almost too much to actually share and talk about so I thought I’d make a video but then I realized that no one would watch it since they’d be exploring around the site.
At least I tried.
There is some seriously cool functionality that we’ve added in this revision that I’d like to highlight.
Google has released a Mac version of their Email Uploader which enables transition to Google Apps even easier. If you’re a Windows user you’ve had this capability for a while already.
Since we’re going to be launching a new network (The 8BIT Network) which is going to include a number of blogs and online properties we’ve been looking at ways to combine RSS Feeds into one single feed.
The biggest need is so we can begin populating a lot of our properties with just one feed instead of several. This makes perfect sense as well for things like Facebook Fan Pages.
I’ve already written about how I’ve used Yahoo Pipes to do this here so that’s one of them. I’ve included 2 more which have worked well too…
So, I’ll just throw it out there: Is there any practical and realistic use for the new Apple iPad in a ministry context and environment?
Another question (just because): Are you going to get one and why?
Your turn. Let the madness begin.
You know, I’ve never been interested in getting overt praise or anything like that, but rather being understood and recognized. I think most people can agree with that.
And being a “web guy” it’s been even harder, at times, to feel like the rest of the organization really “gets” what we do (or even cares).
Now, I’ll admit, I’ve had a distinct pleasure (and fortune) to work in businesses that do understand the value that myself and my team bring to the organization but I hear too many stories of that “uncelebrated web guy” doing great things day in and day out without the slightest bit of notice.
Yes, we are a weird bunch and we speak in a language more foreign that Hebrew and our jokes are stupidly-not-funny at times… but we’re human beings first, just like you!
Please, take a moment and give your web guy a hug; give him a Starbucks card or something, let him know that you appreciate his work at keeping the web in check. Don’t let your web guy go uncelebrated.
Keeping things in perspective can be the most challenging thing for me because at times I can really get it all twisted.
You know, if I were to be completely honest, there have been times where my blogs (and blogging) have been pretty close to being categorized as my “online mistress.”
And that’s just my blog, not to mention my stats! I want to be “successful” as much as everyone else and their brother but not at the cost of having more of a relationship with “it” than real people.
How have you done in this regard? Too extreme for you? Perhaps it’s because I’m bent as an extremist.
Yes. It is true. I have created a Fan Page for the 8BIT Network.
Please join it!
Anyone who joins within the next few days will automatically be entered to win some free loot!
We’re giving away 500 Business Cards!
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Kevin recently asked me if I could provide him with some tips and suggestions on how to make a case for WordPress within the context of a ministry and non-profit organization. I told him a few Fortune 500 companies that use it for their online properties but I then shot him this list of government organizations that leverage WordPress.
This is exceptionally cool since not only do these organizations believe in the feature set of WordPress to handle their needs but also in the ability to make them secure. If you’re trying to make a case for WordPress then you could probably start with this list:
- Air Force
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- Coast Guard
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Department of Energy
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of State
- Department of Treasury
- Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
- Marine Corps
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
- National Reconnaissance Agency
- National Security Agency (NSA)
WordPress is growing. It’s here to stay. There are other great Open Source platforms out there as well but WordPress is definitely worth a look.
Good luck on developing your “case” Kevin!
I would have to imagine that I’m not alone in the fact that I am sometimes very curious of my Twitter usage, growth, and general tweetstats.
Most services are pretty lame and do the exact same thing, but here are 3 services that I actually find interesting and useful:
I like tweet stats because it gives a visual of how much and how often I tweet. It even shows when I tweet the most (which is on Thursdays). Very cool.
This one’s pretty much the best one out there. Not only does it show your growth over some set periods of time it’ll also show you your average growth per day.
It’s been fascinating to watch how the growth changes depending on a number of different factors such as if I auto-follow everyone who follows me.
I have found this to be useful a few times when I’ve wanted to connect with some of the larger twitter users in a local area (like when I goto a conference, etc). This one’s more of an ego play, but hey, isn’t Twitter narcissistic intrinsically?
Any more that you like?
There she is.
I’d like to humbly announce the launch of the new 8BIT Network! We’ve been working on this for months and are super excited to finally reveal it. This is essentially the beginning of an attempt at world domination…
The 8BIT Network is essentially going to be a number of blogs, web properties, and software applications that will provide the best-in-breed content and resources.
The branding and logotype is obviously a battery; the idea is that the 8BIT Network and it’s properties will “resource” and “energize” it’s visitors with valuable content, community, and conversation.
ChurchCrunch (redesign coming very soon) is the first of five properties that we expect to launch this year, including coverage in these areas:
- Information Technology
- Creative: Design, Video, Multimedia, Production
Stay tuned. Seriously. We’re going to announce later this week more information on the other sites and how you can become a significant resource in terms of contribution.
Join us and be a part of something incredibly unique and exciting.
Oh, and we have a new Twitter too. Follow 8BIT. <~~~~ Seriously, could there be any cooler handle?