NetworkSolutions – Solutions Stars Videos

At BlogWorld Expo, I was interviewed by Network Solutions to answer a few questions that their customers might have. There are a serious of almost a dozen videos up now, with some major big names in social media, but with my ego being monstrous, I’ve only linked to the ones I’m in 😉

The whole series is pretty good though, and if you have a few minutes, I recommend them.

Start with Listening
Strategy Drives Outreach
To Blog or Not to Blog
Rising Above the Noise

Genius at BizTechDay

BizTechDay is October 25th at the Hilton in San Francisco. Tim Ferris, of 4 Hour Work Week fame (you may have seen my own praises for his book here), is the keynote, and if he was the only speaker there, the conference would be worth more than the $250ish that it costs. Of course, he’s not the only speaker though, the lineup is fab (below).

The organizers are setting up a genius bar, much like the Apple Stores’ famed guru corner, and I’ve been asked to be the Blog Monetization genius (woot!). If you are thinking of attending, but are still on the fence, let me know as I have a significant discount for 5 people (significant=discount of $150).

Full speaker list is here:

ONE FULL DAY of latest Web 2.0 Business Ideas that you can apply to your business right away. Here are just a few of the experts presenting at BiztechDay 2008:

Tim Ferris – New York Time Best Seller and Author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
George Wright – VP of Marketing, Blendtec (WillitBlend – one of the most successful Business YouTube Campaigns – 700% increase in Revenue)
Megan Casey – Editor in Chief from Squidoo.com
Scott Heiferman – Co-Founder of Meetup.com
Alex Craddock – Head of Small Business Marketing of Visa
Stephan M. Spencer – SEO Guru & Founder of Netconcepts.com
Christine Comaford – Mighty Ventures & Google Angel
Nish Nadaraja – Marketing Director, Yelp.com
Dan McComb – Co-Founder, Biznik.com
Adriana Gascoign – Director of Corporate Communications, hi5.com
Stu Carty – Regional Development Director, Constant Contact
Jack Mardack – Director of Marketing, Eventbrite
Vincent Lauria – Co-founder of Lefora.com
Jason Billingsley – Co-Founder Elastic Path Software
Scott Sigler – Pro-Podcaster and Author of INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS
Ian Griffin – Pro-Podcaster and President of National Speaker Association
Yaniv Bensadon – Founder of Fixya.com
Nicole Nicolay – Founder of MyTechOpinion.com
Christian Perry – Founder of Room Full of People
Ann Evanston – Regional Director of eWomenNetwork
Nancy Tubbs – Founder of FullCalendar
Patrick Schwerdtfeger – Founder of Tactical Execution
Angie Chang – Cofounder of Women 2.0
Robyn Tippins – Community Manager, Yahoo! Developer Network
Chris Pareja – Founder of B2B Power Exchange
Cesar Plata – Founder of EveryCircle.com
Pam Strayer – Awarding Winning Journalist and Media Creator
Rick Rochon – Founder of AdSymetrix.com
Elsa Chang – Community Manager, Yahoo! Local and Upcoming
Hazel Grace Dircksen – Social Networking Expert

Dadomatic – BlogHim?

After seeing a series of tweets from a broad range of cool men, I stumbled upon Chris Brogan‘s newest site, Dadomatic. The site is a range of posts from men who are taking fatherhood seriously.

From Eric Peterson:

Children can be so inspirational. It’s neat to see how they grow and develop, and even teach adults important lessons. So, that was my toddler taught adversity lesson. Or maybe it was actually a lesson on “independence” or “perseverance” or “toughness.” At any rate, it’s another valuable lesson from a special child!

From Scott Wilder:

In the pursuit of evaluating my stewardship of time; I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve allowed deadly toxins to invade my schedule. Toxins in the form of people and activities that impare my ability to lavish love and attention on my bride and forthcoming child.

From Joe Hage (on a subject we’re also dealing with at home):

Four-year-old Lukey got in trouble today.

Hitting at school. This after yesterday’s “pushing game” at school and the day before’s “spitting at school.”

This site gives a voice to a segment of people who rarely get to really talk about parenting. We applaud women as mothers, single mothers, females in general who blog, but when do we pat men on the back for the roles they play in our children’s lives? My husband is an amazing father, and I’m so glad to be able to show him this site and give him a way to speak out on the amazing things he does with our kids.

My only suggestion is to have the author’s names link to their home blog so when people (like me) quote this blog, we can link back to them correctly.

Thanks Chris, for giving men a community like

Rickrolling McCain

This is great. Even as a repub (yeah, I know, the only one in Cali) I think this is so funny! Kudos to Hugh Atkin and Alastair Corrigall who edited this altogether on YouTube. (via)

Great Ad Campaign – Cathy’s Book

As someone who was intrigued by the I hate Sarah Marshall campaign, if mildly disgusted with the blog, I did a double-take when I saw this google ad for Cathy’s Book:

Cathy's Book

If you are not familiar with Cathy’s book, it’s an alternate reality game book that was released with much success in 2006. While mostly aiming for teen readers, the plot is engaging enough that many adults have fallen under the author’s spell as well. Learn more at the Cathy’s Book Wikipedia entry.

The ad is likely to get people excited over the second book, Cathy’s Key, which comes out in May. But take a look at the ad. The copy is intriguing and the call to action is clear. The curiosity it created was overwhelming and even this cynical customer had to take a look.

Cathy's Book

I was presented with well done site, that again hinted at much but gave little away. Take a look at the video that was done.

The whole campaign was beginning to make me think that I would finally be forced to read first Cathy’s Book and then Cathy’s Key.

But, I had to know more. I clicked the ‘chat room’ link and got this page.

Cathy's Book

At first, I was thinking that this was a grade-A boneheaded move to release an ad with a site that was under construction. But, after viewing this little part, I knew this was part of the campaign.

Stock Art Funny

A little research turned up the answer. Of course, I’m not going to share it with you. Suffice it to say, if you’ve read the book, you’ll know it has something to do with a painting that Emma thinks is worth $600k and that hangs on Victor’s wall. Enough said…

When you are through with the riddle, you can view some of the evidence you got with the book and additional evidence that has ‘since been found’. It also gives you access to the forums, where over 1000 other Cathy’s Book readers can discuss theories.

The overall campaign is really smart, even the makeup deal (read the wikipedia entry), and it’s given teen girls a way to find out about a really cool book. Kudos to the marketing team (and authors). This book is now a must read for this old lady in her thirties.

Buy Cathy’s Book or Preorder Cathy’s Key today.

More Prayers Please

Can I ask for your prayers tomorrow as I learn if my heart condition will require surgery. I have mitral valve prolapse (left valve) and a congenital heart defect called a bicuspid atrium (right side), and these have not bothered me until recently when I began fainting and having chest pain.

I know I sound vain but when I first learned they were considering a valve transplant I was most worried that I would have an ugly scar on my chest at the ripe old age of 32, but as they’ve recently curbed my ability to exercise I’ve gotten more worried about important things like actually surviving the surgery…

I can’t help but be a little scared as I think about Marc today. Worst case scenario I’ll end up with a valve transplant and be on blood thinners for life, but after today, that doesn’t sound so bleak. I thank you in advance for your warm wishes, and I promise to get back to real blogging after this post. I think I’m just a little worried and wanted to reach out to all of you for supports. Hugs.

Marc Orchant Had A Massive Heartattack

This morning the blogosphere was shocked to learn that popular blogger Marc Orchant had suffered a massive heartattack on Sunday.

According to Sue Orchant, Marc was up early Sunday morning as is his normal custom. Sue told me that he was working in his office from about 7:30 AM until 8:10 when Sue says she heard a strange noise in Marc’s office. When she went to investigate she saw that Marc was not sitting in front of the computer like he normally does and was slumped over between his desk and a small couch that is in the room.

Initially, Sue said, she though he was leaning over doing something to their Golder Retriever but then she realized that he was not conscious. Fortunately, Sue has basic medical knowledge and after verifying that Marc was not choking and had a clear airway she began to perform CPR while their son, Jason, called paramedics.

Many of my friends have been silent on Twitter today because their world has been rocked by this news. My heart goes out to the Orchant family as they go through the hardest time in their lives. This makes me scared, as Marc was a young guy (40s?) and it’s just another reminder at how we shouldn’t take any days for granted. Please keep the family and Marc in your prayers. We are all hoping he has a speedy recovery.

I can’t wait til’ he’s back to normal so he can see the outflowing of love and support he has received in his time of need. I think it will warm his heart. Keep watching Oliver at Blognation for updates. His post also has the address to send any flowers. Don’t forget Marc as you go about your writing today.