Creative Community Bulletin 19 June 2009 Through 24 June 2009
These are the articles, blogs, and resources I found interesting and worthy of sharing for 19 June 2009 through 24 June 2009:
- 7 Perfect WordPress Portfolio Themes - If you don’t have a portfolio site yet or are looking to create an easy to update, fast loading and slick looking portfolio than you should be using WordPress. Traditionally WordPress is a blogging content management system, but recently it has been used to be the back end for many cool types of sites such as portfolio sites for photographers and designers.
- Learning To Say “No” Nicely — How to Keep From Burning Bridges - Saying “no” could easily upset them, and it’s very possible that they might even get mad at you. For all you know, they might write you off as a freelancer — never to call on you for work again.
- 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make on Twitter - Twitter is a great tool, not only for making connections with a large amount of people, but it is also a great tool to promote yourself, build your brand and help others while you’re at it. However, some people get it all wrong. I’ve done a few items on this list too, and have worked to change it and hope by the end of this article, you’ve picked up a couple tips on how to better your twitter experience as well.
- The 10 biggest mistakes people make on StumbleUpon - Stumble Upon is a great place to find and promote awesome content. Not only is the use of stumble upon very easy with their tool bar, the community is great (for the most part). There are some mistakes people are making on a daily basis though that could drastically effect the way they’re perceived and the effectiveness of any marketing efforts they’re making. Below are ten of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen people make on stumble upon.
- Ludicrous! #WordPress Forces Images 10px Wider! - I noticed this problem in one of my own designs. If I set the post width (class=“entry”) to be 600px wide, and uploaded and inserted through WordPress 2.7 and up an image that was 600px wide, WordPress wrote this directly into the caption div: “style=‘width: 610px’ ” . Thus my 600px column was being forced to 610px wide, overreaching it’s bounds, and forcing a float drop of the sidebar.
Fortunately I found the solution in the linked WordPress Forum post--use the CSS solution at the bottom of the discussion, not the core file hack mid-way through.
- The Bits and Pieces X: Training in Practice -- Good read for anyone involved in in-house proj mgmt and training - There are many ways to train people to use complicated new software. You could sit down with each new user individually and show them what to do. Because you have 300 people on staff full-time to do that. The training might be a live demo of some of the processes, or one of those movies. It could be a series of online modules that take the user through various steps of various workflows. There might be a quiz at the end. Everybody likes quizzes.
We chose a variety of training approaches. This is a nice way of saying we didn’t really have a coordinated training approach. Our training started out with the best of intentions, of course. Unfortunately, our system was pressed into service before it was really finished, so the training program was REALLY not really finished.
- Enterprise 2.0: Confronting Social Media’s Dirty Little Secret [Yet Another Columnist Talking a Lot w/o Saying Anything] -
- 43 Must Read PHP Articles and Resources - Whether it be a new tip to better organise your code or a way to speed up your scripts, this list hopes to be essential reading for both the PHP newbie and the the experienced developer.
- Think content is king? Sang Kim from Ripple6 says Audience is King - I spent an hour with Sang Kim, CEO of Ripple6 (who sponsored our Inbound Marketing Summit events). It was time well spent, as Sang hails from the good old days
- How to Explain Your Production Process to Clients #Design #Freelance #Freelancing - Being able to define your production process comes in handy when you’re dealing with an important group of people. They’re the people who have the audacity to ask such questions as, “What am I paying you for?”
Giving your clients a good answer will go a long way toward boosting their happiness with your work. It also will work wonders for your happiness as a freelancer.
So, how do you figure out what your production process is?
- Faces in the Sand Sand Sculptures - Check out this artful crop of sand-crafted expressions come to life