May 2007

How To Blog While Away

by derek on May 19, 2007 · 13 comments

Since I am still trying to figure out the best way to pack for my upcoming trip, I thought I would take some time to prepare for keeping the site updated while I am away. The last time I traveled I had every intention to blog in the evenings after I returned to the hotel. […]


Why Is Packing So Difficult?

by derek on May 18, 2007 · 26 comments

In the next couple of days I will be faced with the challenge of packing a suitcase for a business trip. Maybe it is because I do not travel all that often or because I pack too many pair of underwear but everything usually comes out a wrinkled mess. Speaking of underwear, why do they […]


I Follow, Do You?

by derek on May 17, 2007 · 25 comments

One of my blogging goals for this month was to remove the *nofollow* tags on all links. I’m happy to report that this goal has now been completed. Do Follow Earlier this evening I installed the DoFollow WordPress Plugin and will now be sharing the link-love with all of the readers that take the time […]


A friend of mine just sent me a note about a McDonalds in the Chicago suburbs where a man and his three children received a little something extra in their Happy Meal. Apparently one of the employees stashed a lighter, pipe and a bag of marijuana in the Happy Meal box that was delivered to […]


Long Tail Contest

by derek on May 16, 2007 · 8 comments

As I mentioned in my discussion of unique long tail search hits, I want to give a small reward to the most unique long tail reader submission. What Is The Prize? Awhile back, Derrik Dyka from fulfilled my desire to be a t-shirt whore when he sent me one of his shirts. Unfortunately, there […]


Most Unique Long Tail Search Hits

by derek on May 15, 2007 · 31 comments

Many bloggers spend a considerable amount of time analyzing their website traffic and statistics in an effort to learn what works and doesn’t work in terms of SEO and reader enjoyment. One of the tools that I use in that process is HitTail, which helps me analyze the more obscure keywords that readers have used […]


Speedlinking – 14 May 2007

by derek on May 14, 2007 · 9 comments

As I mentioned in my monthly goals for this blog, I plan on posting one speedlinking post per week to highlight blogs of interest. From week to week the source of the speedlinking posts will be a little bit different. Some weeks it will be posts from the top commentators on this site or from […]


Happy Mother's Day

by derek on May 13, 2007 · 0 comments

After my kids and I spent a weekend with my wife to try and share our appreciation for all that she does for our family, I’d like to take a moment to wish all of the other Mothers out there a happy and healthy Mother’s Day! Hopefully everyone was able to share a few moments […]


The last couple of days I have been working on my annual goals and personal development plan at work. Part of that process is re-evaluating my short-term and long-term career goals. This afternoon I was chatting with my Dad about career goals and the differences between being passionate about your career versus simply having a […]


When I wrote about my two keys to Kontera success, I was only looking at the implementation of Kontera on your blog. Now that I’ve been using Kontera a little more, I’ve discovered an issue with the user interface used by publishers to review their account. While it is not a serious issue, I do […]