Archive for June, 2009

Recession Webinar

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Mark Hovind will join us on July 21st to discuss his analysis (deeeeep analysis) on recessions, and his insight into this recession and where we are headed.

You can learn more about Mark at Job Bait.

My site is JibberJobber.com – you can sign up for a lifelong free account to organize your job search and track your personal and professional relationships (it is a personal relationship manager, much like a customer relationship manager, but for an individual).

Also, if you are on LinkedIn, you need to check out my LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD.  You can see the menu here, and testimonials here and here.

Look forward to seeing you on the webinar!

(I wrote this blog post to be the landing page after you register for the webinar… if you haven’t registered, you can do it from here)

simple UI changes

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

UI -> User Interface… we still get the occassional email that says “I have NO idea what JibberJobber is/does!  What is it?”

I’ve lived in this world for too long to be unbiased, so we take this feedback seriously and work on little tweaks to help people get it.  Here’s the old home page (the stuff in the YELLOW is what we were changing – it wasn’t really YELLOW!  Also, I think this is the 3rd or 4th version):

And here’s what we just changed it to (one minute ago):

What do you think?

The evolution of a blogger’s ego

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I started blogging three years ago this month.  It was a fantastic environment where you had your own “bully pulpit” … a place where you were in charge, you had the mic, and you could say whatever you wanted.

I soon learned that bloggers had quite the ego.  They used their bully pulpit to talk about boring stuff (that we were supposed to be interested in) as well as though leadership or subject matter expert stuff.  Bloggers had enough rope to hang themselves with – and some did.  Others became fantastically popular (Seth, Guy, Michael, Chris Brogan), and even internet celebrities.

One of the most empowering, ego-feeding things for a blogger is the comments – or, NUMBER of comments.  When someone leaves a comment on your blog it means (a) you have readers (aside from your momma), and (b) you touched someone intellectually to the point they wanted to weigh in.

Getting comments on a blog fed a blogger’s ego like Golden Coral feeds a hungry boy scout.  There are even bragging rights associated with getting comments.

Read a blog that doesn’t get comments?  You might just be the only reader of that blog.  Obviously, a blog with a few comments (if there are consistently a few), or dozens, or hundreds, or even tens of thousands, really validated the blogger.

And fed their ego.

Fast forward a bit and we come to the evolution, or perhaps the problem (if your ego is tied to your comments): the introduction of other social platforms where discussion can happen.

For example, three years ago I might have written a thought-provoking post and gotten 15 comments on the blog post – my ego is fed, I’m validated, and everyone knows I’m a force to be reckoned with.

Today, however, it’s different.  I write a blog post, and tweet a link to my Twitter followers.  I get NO comments on the blog.

But my tweet gets RT’d 6 times.

And 4 people reply to my tweet with their thoughts.

And 7 people comment on my “status” on Facebook, since my Tweets become my Facebook Status.

There are two problems with this scenerio:

The first problem is artificial… it isn’t really a problem, although it crushes the blogger’s ego.  If you get no comments on the blog, you start to look like a chump… right?  What happened to all of those validating comments?  Maybe you should QUIT BLOGGING?

You might have heard that blogs are dying (they aren’t!)… I think people who see the conversation go elsewhere wonder why they still blog and are somehow convincing themselves they should follow the discussion (as it travels through various platforms), as opposed to continue to initiate the discussion (on their blog).  I think this is a shortsighted mistake.

The second problem is what really irks me.  It is that someone who reads my blog post WILL NOT get the benefit of the wisdom of the crowd.

I try and write my blog posts from my perspective, and always wonder what other smarter folks would say – either agreeing or disagreeing – I don’t care their position, but I do want to get a well-rounded discussion.

It’s no one’s fault, but when people respond a little bit here (Twitter) and a little bit there (Facebook), and even in Facebook they respond on the Wall and/or the Notes section, the conversation is fragmented, and NO ONE can follow it, except me.

It makes me sad that the wisdom of the crowd gets lost amongst the platforms, and no one else can get the value of the conversation.

Are blogs dying?  No.  But there is an interesting evolution of where and how the conversation happens…. and this is an evolution that hasn’t been fun to watch :(

Business ADD

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

I have a weird brain.  I have been told I am a “unique” thinker… which usually means I’m thinking of weird or off-the-wall stuff…. ideas that don’t always fair well in a corporate setting.

I also need to multi-task.  For example, today my goal is to get my inbox down by a couple hundred (a great task to do while healing my torn calf)… but I had to take a break to do this blog post.  Because I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and because now seems like a good time.

Today I will also contribute to the design of JibberJobber, sales and marketing of my LinkedIn DVD, writing one of the three books I’ve started, and probably another blog post or two.  And a few tweets here and there.

I came up with my 10 revenue streams, and work to move each one forward as appropriate (some are on the back burner where they wait patiently, others are on the front burner where they are simmering).

When I’m sitting I need brain candy.  This is either Internet, work, TV, movies or reading.  Last night before bed I started Harry Potter again – I can’t just “go to bed….” must have something for my brain.

I wonder if I’m ADD, but I don’t want to insult anyone and self-diagnose, since I don’t know much about ADD.

I do think that in order to be successful down the path I’ve started, I need to have some level of “Business ADD.”

How else would I be able to work on multiple things at once, making progress on them, without the ability to pull out of one project and go into another project, time after time, throughout the day?

Would I be more successful if I could just focus on one project?  Not sure.  But I’ve chosen my path with 10 revenue streams, and I feel like I need to be able to jump around.

Maybe I need professional help – thoughts?