I think blogging is one of the best ways to market yourself and show the world your ideas. It’s also a great way to get your resume or cv in front of people.
Since I started the latest incarnation of this blog, I’ve had over 450 views on my resume. When is the last time that you handed out 450 copies of your resume?
So… get out there. Show the world that there is an amazing thinking bright human being inside you. Give it time, work hard, and people will notice.
In a recent post on Facebook’s corporate blog, Carolyn Abram talks about how Facebook users should not be listening to rumors about Facebook that are passed around via chain letters, Wall messages, and third-party applications.
So… let me think about this…
If you’re transparent about what you’re doing and actually give people real information, why would they spread rumors?
If Facebook actually talked more about what was going on people wouldn’t spread stupid rumors. They’d be talking about all the amazing things Facebook has going on.
Doesn’t this make sense?
WordPress software rockstar Matt Mullenweg wrote something in a recent blog post at WordPress.com which I thought was worth calling out:
We haven’t done as good a job as we used to about blogging the constant improvements being made to the site. (We deploy changes to the site anywhere from 5 to 20 times a day!) It’s something I think we can do better in the rest of December, and hopefully keep up the good habit through 2008.
I’m a big BIG fan of WordPress and all the things they’re doing. Generally, when companies I like do cool things, I like to tell people I know. I’ll blog about, pownce about, tweet about it, and talk about it. I’m a cheerleader for companies that have served me well.
I think WordPress realized something BIG. If they’re not transparent with what’s going on in their company and their product, when they do cool things, their cheerleaders and fanboys can’t advocate for them, which is exactly what they want.
I wonder how many companies work really hard and wonder why no one notices. Could it be that you’re not telling people about what you’re doing?
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be Transparent.
Today, I was on the Web site for the Facebook application maker Slide Inc. They say “Slide’s ‘Top Friends’ has more than 3 million active daily users.” The same thing is said in the Facebook Applications Directory.
If you’re not familiar with the application Top Friends, you say who your top friends are and thats it. You display that information on your profile.
How on earth does that give Slide 3+ million daily active users? What is there to use? You set your friends and then you forget it. How is this an engaging app?
Someone explain this to me.
LOLCats are like a virus. Once you start getting into them, you can’t stop… ever. They make me smile. Hopefully they’ll make you smile.
This photo is courtesy of I Can Has Cheeseburger?
One of my favorite additions to this blog has been my sidebar widget for MyBlogLog. It makes such a huge difference to be able to put the faces with the names of people who read the blog. It does a lot to contribute to the community feel.
Community is really what a blog is all about. It’s building a community around a set of ideas.
So… don’t lurk in the shadows. Sign-up for MyBlogLog. It will allow you to get to know the author and fellow readers of your favorite blogs better.
Continuing on the “Life after BarCamp DC” meme and echoing Russell’s comment, I really think that you all should check out Ross Karchner’s site DC Tech Events Weekly.
It’s a weekly overview of all technology events that are happening in the Washington DC area.
Ross does a really great job of being clued into what’s going on with the DC technology community and listing it on the site. He will often have events on there that I’ve never heard of.
There is a RSS feed for syndication. Hopefully there will be hCard support sometime soon.
So there is really no excuse to be bored at home. There is always something going on for you to check out. This site is a key resource.
This is what bloggers had to say about Saturday’s BarCamp DC:
“If anything, I think it was too full — or too short. There were so many great topics to cover and good people to lead discussions, I felt like we could have filled 3 days.”
“Not since the heyday of Netpreneur have there been so many people in one DC room so excited about what’s happening online. This was evidenced by the high level of conversation, the community-willingness to share, and the pure geekery of the attendees (everywhere I turned were MacBooks, iPhones, live bloggers, and people uploading photos to Flickr).”
“There were so many interested attendees that many had to be turned away at the door. Wow! I guess the DC tech community has been secretly yearning for a BarCamp to pop up in the area… I had a blast at BarCamp DC and can’t wait until they hold another one (I think I heard the next one would be in January), hopefully in a bigger space. I already know what my next topic will be.”
Jesse Thomas – “BarCampDC was awesome!!!”
“This weekend at the downtown offices of Fleishman Hillard, 100 or so geeks gathered for BarCamp to talk about matters technological. I know what you’re thinking already, “Geeks, inside on a weekend? Shocking!” But it’s more than that. So many things are happening on the web these days, the advent of the true mobile web, the adoption of portable identities, people creating content and sharing, and a lot of that is happening here in our backyard as well as out on the west coast.”
“Attended my first (as well as DC’s first) BarCamp. It was an awesome experience. Not only did I learn a lot, but I met a great crowd of people. It was fascinating to discover a small but thriving community of similar web-heads…”
“This weekend, Jesse and I attended the [first?] BarCamp held in DC. Met some super cool people, learned some very useful things (namely, at the: Google Analytics session, the widget session a la Clearspring and the Grids/systems session)… “
“Overall, there were about 118 people attended. It was intimate. I’m proud to say that 200 OK were one of the sponsors…”
To celebrate our success, a bunch of went to get Maryland crabs for lunch today.
Today was really an amazing day. BarCamp DC went so well. It was a HUGE event for us, the tech community, and for the city of Washington DC. I’m so excited to see what’s going to come from the event in the weeks to come.
BarCamp DC was a complete success. We really couldn’t have done with out so many people who helped out and sponsored the event. BarCamp is really a team effort.
Everyone I talked to wanted to know when the next event was going to be and how they could help to take the event to the next level. That rocks!! If you do have comments on the event, put a comment in this post or send me an email.
Expect more thoughtful analysis of BarCamp DC soon but I wanted to shoot off a post before I sign off for the night.