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I’ve finally admitted to myself that I need a single place to archive online all of my conference presentations, workshops, tutorial materials and such.

So I've set up Adele: Rolling in the Geeks at adeleshakal.com.
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This article caught my eye this morning: 10 Reasons Your Small Business Should't Start A Blog at Entrepreneur magazine.

I've also been thinking about all the personal SEO stuff that flies around whenever a new social media site launches (yeah, G+ included, stuff 'n bother... and the now-obligatory (ugh) Facebook...). I think many of the items on the list for small businesses also hold true for personal web-presence-type marketing.

I'd rather make a conscious choice about where and why I have an online presence rather than leaving a trail of disused blogs and sites lingering... I wonder what percentage of the internet is sites and blogs that haven't been updated in six months, a year, three years.

Food for thought over my coffee this morning, that's for sure.

/yawns sleepily
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Last night I imported my [livejournal.com profile] shakal LJ into my shiny new DW, except for memories. Gosh, that importer tool is fantastic!

I've also figured out how to choose a new style and began customizing by changing some fonts, basic options, and I've fiddled around a bit with the number and placement of modules, but I fell asleep last night with my laptop next to me in bed, visions of fonts dancing across the inside of my eyelids. Whoops. :-)

I have a bunch of large and small things still to do related to decluttering and enhancing my web presence... (Am I the only person who has lists of her To Do lists? This is one of six lists I'm currently tracking, unrelated to my day job...) Most of the web-presence-related items are things that in the long term will simplify upkeep and reduce linkrot and manual duplication of content, but in the near term, it means pesky fiddling to get things the way I want them.

0. Let my LJ Flist and readers at the Wordpress adeleshakal.com site know where I've moved to, and offer them DW codes.

1. Go through my posts here and update any hard-coded links in my content that go to the version of my other posts on LJ. Scour out the linkrot, too. Oh, and update the Profile.

2. Decide to keep up my del.icio.us bookmarks organizing, or shift it to Google Bookmarks which won't make them available publicly, grar. Perhaps some other option?

3. Decide what to do with my LJ memories, and then just do it.

4. Revisit my iGoogle homepage tabs and clear out the tabs and gadgets I am no longer interested in or which have gone defunct. - Done

5. Because iGoogle gadgets there are a much easier way to skim news than the old system of filtered feeds in my LJ that I used to use, some of the feeds I set up here last night should be transitioned into being feeds on my iGoogle tabs. Also, add in PMI-related feeds into my Workaday iGoogle tab, since that tab is currently only stuffed with sysadminning, web design/standards/usability and computer security things.

6. Re-categorize my feeds and groups here, and continue to customize the style and modules of this DW.

7. Figure out how I want to host images associated with a custom style here (and possibly a custom style for my iGoogle homepage tabs)... I really like the look of the main page of adeleshakal.com and I will miss that once its gone. Yes, that is my photograph there, but not my theme. I do like the fonts and graphic design of that Wordpress theme from Rob Goodlatte.

8. Transition content out of the wordpress install I put up on adeleshakal.com... blog content goes into this DW, Contact page goes into a Google Profile, and my resume needs a home. Low priority: Learn hresume markup, and figure out where (aside from LinkedIn) my resume should live in that modern format.

9. Don't forget the LOPSA blog I set up... I keep forgetting it's there, so I forget to post to it.

10. Figure out how to back up the stored files directory on shakal.org locally. Retire the content at shakal.org and turn it into a Google Apps domain for the family. Make sure not to break my primary non-gmail email address in the process.

11. Point adeleshakal.com to this DW, and then close down that hosted Joyent Accelerator server, which I wasn't really using for much anyway. If I want a place to develop new Wordpress plugins or themes, I should get a cheaper dedicated place to do so.

12. Tidy up the stupid Facebook, and figure out a way to tie it in with the rest of my web presence, because I need to check it at least every couple of days.

13. Consider learning more about Google Reader and transitioning some of the feeds currently going into iGoogle tabs into it. - Done.

14. Tell the family how to use the Google Apps domain.

15. Learn the DW styles system, get creative, and contribute some new DW styles.

16. Dust off the rust and become a DW babydev, learn the coding system going here, and get patches committed.

17. Finish my application to PMI to take the PMP certification exam. And finally take the darned thing. And then don't forget to update my resume with all my shiny new skills and experiences; it's out of date already as it is. :-)
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(I've been doing system administration, technical documentation and project management more than webmastering for the past few years, so some of these organizations may have shifted in the meanwhile.)

Webgrrls International: http://www.webgrrls.com/ (see comments for why this is struck-through)

The HTML Authors Guild: http://www.hwg.org/ (I think I let my membership lapse, it's been a while,; but they do have decent online training opportunities.)

International Webmasters Association: http://www.iwanet.org/

Webmaster Organization: http://webmaster.org/

World Organization of Webmasters: http://joinwow.org/


Webmonkey, the web developer's resource: http://www.webmonkey.com/

Jakob Nielsen's Website: http://www.useit.com/

Lynda.com's online training library: http://www.lynda.com/products/

CSS Zen Garden: http://www.csszengarden.com/


I've been hauling around various editions of these books for years, referencing them as needed:
Webmaster in a Nutshell by Stephen Spainhour and Robert Eckstein
Web Design in a Nutshell by Jennifer Niederst
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites by Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville
Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity by Jakob Nielsen
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data by Stephen Few
The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web by Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag

plus various CSS books by Eric Meyer:
CSS: The Definitive Guide
Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
More Eric Meyer on CSS

plus I've picked up whatever O'Reilly, Peachpit, and No Starch Press books were appropriate to my immediate job and/or sanity needs.


Do you know of more good ones? Please enlighten me!

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