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More Video, But Not My Own

Eric Brightfield (father of Luke Brightfield) is putting together and sending over a higher quality version of Lazy Monday – Oak Park Version. I added a link to the SEO contest blog, yesterday, but I contacted him about getting a higher quality version than what’s hosted over at YouTube.

Honestly, I think this is one of the best video mashups that I’ve seen. The fact that two 11-year-old kids put it together and made it happen is the most interesting part. Like I said in the post, over on the contest blog, it’s not the original, but it’s definetly good!

I’m telling you this because I plan to upload an iTunes compatible podcast version of it, here. I’m not sure on the file size, yet, but I’ll be as easy as I can.

These kids know what’s happening in the future, whether they realize it, or not. I’ll find out if they have a copy of Darknet yet, and if not, they’ll both get one from me!

I Don’t Have Time For This

Well, I think I finally hit the “too many blogs, not enough time” level. That’s what I get for entering into contests that I would possibly be better off without, and for volunteering for things that get really big, really fast. I’m missing quite a bit of sleep, again. I try to sleep, but can’t.

There’s quite a few personal things that are going on, right now, that I don’t mind keeping to myself, either. That might become the topic on another day. Maybe even a topic for another domain… oh, wait! I need to quit that!

Big Improvement!

I’ve been using AdGenta ads, for a while, not, and I’ve had a pretty good experience, overall. Since the start of 2006, the CTR started to fall off…way off. I attributed it to the end of the holiday season, and less people being online. Although this might have been partially true, I realized that I hadn’t been using the program to it’s full potential.

AdGenta is different from other advertising programs, in the fact that you don’t have to edit anything in your templates. There’s no “script” to add to you site. The ads consist of (mainly) just an anchor and an image tag. Because of this, the ads can be placed in a lot of different places that you normally wouldn’t be able to place advertisements.

The imaginary light bulb in my head lit up on January 19th, when I realized what I’d been missing out on. From January 1-18, I only averaged a sad 48 impressions per day. Since January 19th, the average daily page impressions have been just over 3200.

You may have noticed some of the advertisements in the comments, over at Webfeed Central. I’ve also started using them in other places. When I realized that this could be done, I was kicking myself because I hadn’t thought of it, earlier. There’s a lot of other places that I want to try these, now.

The nicest thing about them, is that I can pop in the keywords for whatever the topic is. It also doesn’t violate anybody’s TOS.

Make Your Themes Stand On Their Own

I’ve been slowly working on a new site that will feature blogs that cover different topics, from all kinds of different categories. The new site is not using the MU (multiple user) version of WordPress, and all of the different blogs are being installed, manually. Each of the different topics will have it’s own theme, which I’ll be customizing for the site, though. I’ve done quite a bit of work on themes and templates, in the past.

I recently had a chance to do some work on themes for a different site (a blog network), where all of the themes had been created or customized by somebody else. They wanted me to add some features to the themes that would help their site with “cross-pollination” for increased revenue, across their network. I realized, shortly after starting work on the themes, that there was absolutley no way that I could change things in them, without breaking “something”.

Their themes (most of them) had been customized to work on the domains that they were used on, and would not work correctly on any other domain. I’ve always used a live server to verify the changes that were made to the themes, so I uploaded all of them to a brand new WordPress installation, that would be used, just for the purpose of this job. I verified that I had all of the files that were dependent on each other, and any custom files that they had in the root directory that were created for their sites.

Four or five of the themes seemed to work, but the other 15 or 20 just wouldn’t fly.

A sugguestion for “anybody” that makes themes for “any” blog or CMS: DO NOT make them dependent on the domain that you’re building it for! Make them portable. Build them so you could take the theme directory, drop it into another domain, and it would just “work”. Include all of the files that are needed for everything in the theme or template within the theme directory. Do not hard code any HTML of PHP unless there is absolutely no other way.

If you do start hard coding any part of a template, document your changes and keep the records within the theme directory, so that the next person working on it will know what was done. It will also help “you”, in the future, if you need to change things back to the way they were.

Because of the way that the themes that I was asked to work on were built, I’m not going to be able to do it (unless I was given access to the live domain, itself…and I’m sure that won’t happen). The work and time that I would have to put into them would cost a whole lot more than what I would have to put into them. Regretably, I’ll have to pass it back to the original author, and also pass on the money that I could have made by doing this.

I would have loved to have pointed to specific domains and blog networks in this post, but I think that keeping “some” things private are more important.

Looking For Input – First Thoughts

I’m just looking for some input on a thought that I’ve been tossing around in my head. If you have any ideas, suggestions, thoughs, or concerns about this, please let me know.

I’d like to put something together that will be done, later this year. The initial idea popped into my head as “ND Geekfest 2006”. It wouldn’t nessecarily be just a “bloggers” get-together, but a larger “conference” for the whole geek community, in ND. I can easily arrange the meeting space, meals, and drinks. I can also do a huge part of getting the word out to the geek public who may not see anything, here.Ads by AdGenta.com

At first, I thought about doing something like this, more locally, and promoting the gathering to the general public (non-geeks) as well, just as a business opportunity for the geeks. Promoting services from local citizens, covering a wide variety of different areas of technology to a larger percentage of the public who aren’t technically inclined, seems like it could be a good idea. The general public would be able to contact any member of the group, requesting assistance is whatever area they need help with, and we could pass the request along to the person with the most expertise in that specific topic.

Now that I’ve typed this, I’m realizing that this might just be two different ideas that should put together, seperately.

Anyway, let me know what you think. Would either of these ideas be worth putting together? Of course, I would have to expand the details in each of these to make it worth attending or joining. I’m just looking for some initial input, right now.