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On the Origin of the CMS Career

People have been talking about their entry into the Content Management world. Pie started it. Lee Dallas followed, as did others. They’ve all got a common thread to their stories – getting sucked into Content Management completely by accident. So I thought I’d join in.

Saving Bob Dylan, or How Not To Do User Research

You’re not going to believe this. I’ve been getting some criticism. “Your posts are too long”, some people cried. “Lose the Twitterfeed”, shouted someone else. “Your Southpark Avatar is so 15 year old” claimed an anonymous coward. Hey man, I made that avatar myself. That hurts. But seeing as I work for an agency that prides itself on its insight and user research, I decided it was time to do some user research of my own.

My First Embedded Google Wave

I got my Google Wave sandbox account not so long ago, so figured I’d try an embed.

Follow Forty Twitter CMS Gurus In Three Clicks

If you are into Content Management, here is a list of people you should follow on Twitter. And an easy way to follow them all in a few clicks.

My Second 50 Days of WordPress – Part II

I’ve now been live for about 100 days. This post talks about a few new plugins, further validation, authoring, SEO and traffic driving.

Twigger Happy Self Promotion

Twitter is a good traffic source for clowns like me that have just started a blog. How many times is one meant to announce the arrival of their latest and greatest blog post on Twitter before they look like a knob head?

Full Service Digital Agencies For Dummies

What exactly is a Full Service Digital Agency? What services do they offer? And how big does an agency need to be to credibly offer them? Who are the big boys? Does size really matter? Read on …

My First 50 Days of WordPress – Part I

It’s been about 65 days since I started this blog, and about 50 days since I moved from hosted WordPress.com to a self-hosted version. Since gaining my freedom, I’ve learned a lot about blogging, WordPress and various tools of the trade. For some reason, I’ve struggled to find resources that list all of the nice tips and tricks out there. In this post, I’m only going to talk about how it is built – the on-site stuff. In Part II I’ll talk about how the off-site pieces – things like Twitter, Directories and external checking tools.

Goodbye WordPress.com, Hello Freedom

We’ve moved. After a few beers I thought hosted WordPress.com was the way forward. Picked the theme that I disliked least from the 17 or so available, and sprouted my first post. Worst mistake I ever made, and I wasted $45 too.