Organizing My Organizing Blog

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The main benefit to being organized is that it makes your life easier. Life is easier when you know where your stuff is and you can get to it quickly. The less stuff, the easier to organize it. I try to keep my blog layout organized and uncluttered, although everyday it seems like there's some new cool link or tool or information I can offer my readers. 

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I went to a meeting about blogging, organized by my lovely Ladies Who Launch group, and was reminded that clarity and ease of use are important elements of a blog. That means explaining things that might not be obvious to everyone.

First, if you want to leave a comment, you don't need to register or join my site. Click on the word "Comments" below the post and type your comment into the box. You just need to add your name and email address and then type in some characters to prove you're a real person and not a robot. I would love to hear from you!

Second, you can have my blog posts sent to you via email or via a reader. Those links are at the top of the right column. The first option is dead simple: just fill in your email address and then respond to the confirmation email (again, to prove you're not a robot).

You can use a reader to collect blog posts from all the blogs you read in one place. I use Google Reader. You have to set up an account, but it's free and very easy to do. Then go to a blog you like to read and look for the orange or blue subscribe button, like the one on the right.

Click on it, then find your reader on the next screen and click on it. For Google, click on Add to Reader. And you're done. No technical knowledge necessary. Bookmark your reader page in your browser and go there to read your own "magazine" of personally chosen blogs.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo Da Vinci

Helping the Help Desk

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It’s been a long slog moving my blog (mmm, alliteration!) from Typepad to WordPress, but the thing is finally done. Oooof. I did most of it, except for some initial heavy lifting, myself. Now, why did I do that, when I’m always harping on people to delegate or outsource what they’re not great at doing?

Well, I’ve always been a do-it-yourselfer. Some things I like doing, some things are more time consuming to explain than to do myself and some things I want to learn about because I know I’ll need to use that knowledge in the future. That knowledge will also help me ask better questions and therefore get more useful information next time.

The initial job of moving all my posts looked pretty daunting, and I don’t plan ever to do it again, so getting help made sense (thanks again, Shannon!). But the next bits; where stuff is in the domain manager, the database password and why I might ever need it; this is good stuff for me to know. I am still a babe in the woods regarding the technical end, but I’m better at not getting into trouble.

I still ask for help. In the past few days I logged about 3.5 hours with the GoDaddy support system. Some of the support unfortunately made the problem worse, but I learned a heck of a lot about what was going on. By the third call, I actually sounded kind of expert-y.

That third call was really short. I explained that I needed to recover my database password. The support guy asked me why. I told him. He said, “That’s a great reason! Okay, let’s get started.” He explained that people often ask for specific information and then completely mess things up. We quickly went through the other issues I had and got things to work. Badda bing, badda boom.

He complimented me on knowing quite a bit about how things worked. It wasn’t just a compliment, though, because he said that my knowledge made it easier for him to help me.

I realized that one my my goals with this blog is to make it easier for me to help my clients (and help potential clients become clients). Whenever a client comes to me and does the four things listed below, I can help them (or it’s obvious right away that I can’t).

Is it clear to you what I do? If not, give me some advice in the comments! We strive to please over here.

  • Know what you want
  • Express it clearly
  • Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions
  • Speak up when things start going south