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As a kid, I stayed at a Howard Johnson’s Motel with my family. I was fascinated with the entire operation and started asking the Manager tons of questions and eventually followed him around. One thing that stuck with me after all these years was how he would “walk the grounds” of the motel at least twice per day. With his own eyes and ears, he was able to keep tabs on a large operation and…
One of the reasons many of us blog is to share our experiences and knowledge in an open environment. While doing do, it is helpful to pick a niche to cover. Unfortunately, this can lead to writer’s block as the blogger exhausts what they are comfortable discussing. This often leads to the blogger broadening their niche. While this can be a healthy way to grow your blog and acquire expertise, it is not always something…
Many scholarly works have been written about the power of positive language to help improve your mood and attitude. Ever since John Eccles won the Nobel Prize in medicine 1963 for finding specific signal transmissions among neurons in the brain, people have been looking at ways to explain human behavior. According to Christopher Bergland: Eccles believed that the volition neurons of the self-willed mind were always ready to fire. Just triggering one of these…
In 1937, Mass-Observation was founded in the United Kingdom. It aimed to record everyday life in Britain by recruiting volunteer observers to maintain diaries and answer questionnaires about what they saw around them. At the same time, other people were paid to anonymously capture what was going at the workplace and public events. The work was kept up until the mid-Sixties, had a revival in the Eighties, and has been used during historical events since…
Recently a fellow podcaster and I got into a discussion about if it mattered where people listened to a podcast. As more podcast platforms introduce statistics, watching your numbers has become a new favorite pastime for podcasters. So my fellow pod jockey insisted that he would only put effort into getting his show on platforms with good statistics. I countered with the idea that it doesn’t matter where and how someone listened to your show,…
In just a few months I will have been podcasting for ten years. I went into podcasting reluctantly. I had a blog and everyone around me encouraged me to start releasing audio versions of the stuff I talk about on my blog. When I started, I was terrible. The audio quality was low. The talent was even lower. But I was committed and that first year I released a show every week. I was doing…
When people ask me what they should do to get started on blogging, I rarely talk about technology or even blogging. While those are important elements of blogging, they are the next steps. Things you do after you decide you want to blog and have found your tribe and your voice. Ask yourself this, when you decide you want to start blogging. Who am I blogging for? If your answer is everyone, you are not…
I enjoy cleaning. When I have a clean environment I just feel more organized. So it is part of my regular routine. While working from home and sheltering in place, I have indulged my tendency towards cleaning. While doing so I asked myself two questions: How can I make this more efficient? How can I make this more fun? It quickly occurred to me that I could probably do both. I needed a plan. So…
As a company, LexBlog has a firm understanding of how to blog. It is our core strength. Over the last year we have been taking what we know about blogging, RSS and WordPress to build a new product, Portals. Portals are syndication engines that can bring together other publications under one domain. Our pilot example is our own site, LexBlog.com. Portals started because we wanted to help shine a light on the work…
Economic laws and theories are useful to explore when trying to come up with ideas about how you organize teams and companies. Over the last few years, I have started to embrace the ideas in the Law of Comparative Advantage to help guide my decisions when it comes to managing and organizing at work. So what is Comparative Advantage? According to Wikipedia: The law of comparative advantage describes how, under free trade, an agent will…