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Polishing Resumes and Creating Plug-and-Play Websites

Resume Work
I have a Certificate in GIS and I spend a lot of time on Hacker News, so a lot of the resume work I do is for folks with technical careers. However, I also worked at Aflac for a few years, so I have corporate experience and know something about things like HIPAA.

Website Work
I do a bit of website work for a local non-profit, among other things.

I've run my own websites for years, so I have some experience with HTML, CSS, design principles and content development. My job at Aflac exposed me to the award winning work of their in-house publisher Communicorp.

I have some experience with Word Press, but I currently mostly work with BlogSpot.
Recent posts

Thoughter website copy

A little over a month back, I had an exchange with someone on Hacker News about their project. I fairly often write website copy (as a ghost writer) for pay. I gave them a few suggestions on the website copy for their project.

The project is called Thoughter and this is a copy of the original opening paragraph from the site that I was critiquing:

What Is This?
The first project out of Aytwit's software research labs. Sometimes you want to ask someone a question or tell them a secret and you suspect or hope they're thinking the same thing, but it's uncomfortable to bring up. This is why Thoughter was created. For example let's say it's the holidays and a father and son had a fight a few years ago and haven't spoken since. The father pushes a thought to his son like "I miss you #reunite" that lasts one week. If the son pushes a thought to his father within that time containing the same hashtag then they will both receive an email containing the oth…

Promoting Your Work Via Social Media

Social media marketing is a space you can spend a lot of time studying, but that doesn't mean you have to spend years studying it to benefit from it. Here are a few tips for how to use social media, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, to promote your work for free.

In order to actually promote your work, your social media account should have some means to connect people with your work. This might be a link to your professional site listed in your profile so that if people get really intrigued with the kind of work you do, they can find your work and some means to purchase it.

Keep in mind that it is a social space. In other words, people participate to connect with other people. You can use it to promote your work, but you don't want to be too sales-y.

While you don't want to be too aggressive and sales-y, you also don't want people to have to ask you for essential information. You should make it easy for them to find it.

Here are some good practices: Be…

How To Do A Comic On BlogSpot

I have an old comic from a few years that I would like to get back to doing. The old comic is called Lil November and it is on one of the older BlogSpot themes, a theme that is not mobile optimized. Most of the comic isn't very good.

This is the "above the fold" view of the first page I want to keep as seen on Lil November:


Compared to the new site, it is cluttered and the comic is cut off when you first go to the page. You have to scroll down a bit to see the whole comic.

This is the same page as seen on the new comic:



Goals: I want to rename it, keep the only story arc I like and move it to a mobile optimized theme.

A few months back, I chose a new name for the comic: The Cute and The Dead. It grew out of me and my sons cracking jokes about something.

Initially, I was stymied. I thought it wouldn't be possible to do a comic on one of the mobile optimized themes. But I stuck with it and eventually found the following combination worked:

Soho theme. I went w…

Blogger No Longer Supports OpenID

Today's yellow bar announcement in my Blogger admin interface is that Blogger will no longer support OpenID. It includes a link to a post of theirs that talks about a lot more things that are being either retired or updated. Here is the exact text, including the link:

Blogger no longer supports OpenID. Existing OpenID comments and your OpenID settings may have changed. Learn more.

I have never had a lot of comments on my blogs. As far as I know, this doesn't impact me. If you are starting a new site, you probably don't really care too much either. You most likely will not miss what you never had.

BlogSpot and the GDPR

I love Google. I log into my BlogSpot account today and I have this notice showing at the top of all blogs:

European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used and data collected on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent.

As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to explain Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies, including use of Google Analytics and AdSense cookies, and other data collected by Google.

You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you. If you include functionality from other providers there may be extra information collected from your users.

Learn more about this notice and your responsibilities.

So, I took their advice on one of my sites and changed it to blogspot.fr (instead of blogspot.com) to see the notice …

Actionable Content Marketing Tips

This is a TLDR of Content Marketing Tips from Experts at First Round Capital and A16Z (found via HN). The original podcast meanders a lot, which makes it hard to extract actionable tidbits from it. Some pieces of this TLDR are direct quotes. Others are paraphrased. I have made no effort to indicate which is which.

First, how do you measure the effectiveness of your content?

This is not a solved problem. But, there are some obvious measures you can look for, like page views and time on site. However, you really need to look for a metric that ties it to goals. Ask yourself what are we trying to measure and why? How does it fit our strategy and our goal? Stronger measures than page views are time on site, engagement and uptake.

And so, to make that more specific, what is a good (metric)?

What is the amount of length that you actually need to convey the point? It’s more about information density to me, like how many insights are you conveying? Are you really packing it in, or are yo…