links for 2007-12-08

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.

Buxr.com’s Public Release Is Coming Up

Yan was nice enough to let me play around with Buxr a week or so ago and while I’ve only skimmed the surface, it warrants your attention. I’m not supposed to leak screen shots or anything, but if you do a little research you can see that some people have been a little more open on the subject already 😉

Yan talks specifically about Buxr’s differing approach here, but I still don’t feel comfortable giving you more details until it releases. Anyhoo, you can just wait til tomorrow and check it out on your own when it goes public.

Good luck to Yan as he attempts to make a dent in this crowded market. He’s been a pal for a while and he’s got a good idea of how online advertising works, especially from the publisher’s point of view, which is very important for those of us who are publishers. I’m looking forward to seeing more about Buxr tomorrow when all of you have had a chance to take it for a spin. Let me know what you think!

New Zimbra Book

For those of you who have fallen in love with Zimbra, or just want to know more, you may want to check out this book from Packt Publishing.

They sent me a copy to review a month ago and it’s jam-packed with all kinds of nerdy goodness. For someone that just wants to find out more about Zimbra, it’s good, but for those of you that want to put it through it’s passes, you’ll love this book.

I think it runs around $40 normally, but you can get it on Amazon for around $30.

An SEO Christmas Present – Giveaway

Update: Contest is open to all. This contest is not US only. Yay!

A few months ago I decided that I wanted to do something special this Christmas for my readers and for some kids. While I’ve still been pondering what to do, I got a cool email from a friend over at one of my fav magazines and an idea was born. Boris over at Search Marketing Standard has graciously offered to give away a 3 year subscription to his magazine for the winner of my little contest (more on that in a second).

In the spirit of Christmas giving though, he’s also offered to sweeten the pot with a discounted rate for my readers and a charity match to one of my favorite charities. You’ll get a 67% discount off the price of a year’s subscription. It’s usually $15 per year and for the next 15 days you can get it for $4.95 US ($6.60 Intl) by using coupon code HOLIDAY67. (subscribe here)

Bonus: He’ll match each subscription that comes through with this coupon code with a dollar to Toys For Tots.

The Contest

So, how do you win? Well, it’s actually fairly easy. I want to know what you are doing this Christmas to change the world. No, not the whole world, just your little part of it. Just post it on your blog and ping back here to enter (trackback). At the end of next week I’ll go through the trackbacks or comments and compile a list of all the entries and make one big list. I’ll post the full list here and will choose the winner. Of course, if you have one that you think really shines, I’ll take that under advisement. I don’t really want to try voting on this one, but if there’s one that just really amazes you please let me know.

So, if you are doing anything special, from soup kitchens to Operation Xmas Child, please let me know. I want to be inspired. How are you changing your corner of the world?

Google Sucks

Well, not really LOL, but I’m trying to see if I can rank for that. I love the fact that I am #4 (page one no doubt) for the term “Google enemies” for the post I wrote this week, “Google Makes More Enemies“. I am enemy #4 😉

I’m not really an enemy as I am a big Google user (gmail, calendar, adsense, adwords, etc.) but I do chafe under the search blanket at times. Regardless, I love to rank for funny terms. I am also page one for “Elvis has left the building”. I think that was for the post when Eric left MyBlogLog, but either way, as a major Elvis fan, that’s really, really cool!