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You just wrote an insightful and thought-provoking blog post. You can’t wait until you can share it.  Before you do, please consider some things that might make your blog post just a little nicer and more effective. Select Images Take your time and select images for your post that help to illustrate your point or make it more appealing to the eye.  Make sure they are of the proper size and align it the way…
Frenchman Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a writer, WWII pilot, and general designer-of-things.  Perhaps you’re familiar with his quote, “‘Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  I think about this quote a lot in my work, and it informs our product decisions at LexBlog.  In fact, I’d estimate that about 10% of my working time is spent removing things, and I enjoy this…
“What’s in a feed? That which we call a feed By any other name should work the same…but not always. “ While attempting to add a new blog to our network last week, I encountered an interesting issue. As part of LexBlog’s efforts to build and advance the world’s largest community of legal bloggers, publishing team member Chris Grim reached out to a law professor who blogs passionately about the intersection of culture, leadership, and innovation…
The first half of my life was spent in rural Idaho. At one point, my family lived down the street from a slaughter-house and my father worked for one of the biggest farms in the state. I would sometimes go with him to work. I can still remember the smell of mint fields, the taste of a fresh picked onion on my tongue, and hear the sound of leaves rustling in an apple orchard. Back…
This week MySpace announced that, in addition to other content, over 50 million music tracks were lost.  How did this happen?  According to MySpace: As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from MySpace. We apologize for the inconvenience. The statement almost seems glib in its drabness.  50 million audio tracks is not a small…
I rarely look at C while at the office. In many ways, it’s a language of a bygone era, especially when you’re talking about web application development. Sure, we take advantage of C every day, but write in it? Never.  However, I’ve become fairly proficient in it these past two years and have grown to appreciate the language for what it is: Blazing fast and fine-tuned for several specific use-cases. Unlike JavaScript (my language of…
I am for the most part a solo podcaster.  For better or for worse, when you’re listening to my show, you are hearing only my voice. A lot of podcasts follow the lone person behind a microphone formula. I would like to talk to you about a different type of podcast that is a lot more popular, the Bantercast.  A Bantercast is podcast where a group of friends or associates get together, chat, make a…
As a podcaster, I like to see how my podcast looks on various platforms.  So I have a bunch of them installed on my Android phone.  Recently one very popular one, Pocket Casts, has had an update that is drawing a lot of negative attention on Twitter.   One change I would like to discuss is their use of the term “Archive” when they mean “Delete.”  It is a dangerous switch.  One that trivializes deletion and…
Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women around the globe through the centuries. Yesterday, I talked to my wonderful mentor, Jennifer Ransom, and we reflected on the incredible sense of community that women create within the business world. We help, nurture, and inspire one another without prompting. We support and build each other up to new heights for the sake of seeing the other shine. In my short…
It is pretty easy to make fun of pop ups and interstitials.  They interfere with the web experience and for the most part are annoyances.  But people continue to utilize them, because they work. I spend a lot of time looking at lawyer’s websites.  Lawyers are group of people who eagerly seek out work.  Like all businesses they are trying to capture online users right away.  Get them to the site and hit them with a…