Well I just found an old RSS feed for my blog and imported it. Wish I hadn’t, what a bloody waste of time that was, there are hardly any posts and what I have look like a dogs breakfast. Joy.
The rest of the performancing guys are livin’lavidaloca in Chicago at the SES show. Well, they are also working but this is my blog so I will whine if I want to. Had I been working in an office I would probably have noticed the silence a great deal more but as it is I have only MSN and Email to communicate with them anyway so it’s just like everyone is busy.
When Clare is pottering about I have someone to talk to, otherwise it is just me and The Cats. The office banter isn’t quite so good with those two. Here is something they pointed out earlier though.
So we just booked a last minute trip, woohoo I can’t wait!
Work is a bit hectic since I jacked the marketing agency job in to start my own business. Got to take these opportunities when they arrive. After Christmas there is lots of activity, who knows what it will be like after that.
So we are going and soon! Guessed where yet? 😉
Yeah, Canada again. Will be our third time this year. Back to Calgary (my birthplace) and Banff this time. Get the feeling we would rather be there than here, eh?
This time we are taking along my mate Damian. It is his first long haul flight so should be a really good adventure for him. We are both camera nuts too so expect to see some pics posted.
Until I next post pics you will have to make do with my Alberta Flickr set.
How cool is this? The best. zombie. movie. evaaah re-enacted in knitting.
How many blogs have I had? I have lost count.
My first was probably static HTML, a personal website. My personal sites have lived on a few hosts but after 1998 they will have been on chrisg.com or .org .. mostly .org I think.
Had a “blog” on most of them. They weren’t called blogs until … well, I dunno. Probably around the time “blogger” started. I do recall they were called “weblogs” and “journals” for a while before “blog”. My site definately had a “journal” because the index was called journallist (.cgi, .asp, .jsp, .php, etc).
My first blog that I didn’t code myself was the most recent, various versions of DasBlog. Which is a fine piece of software, it just hates me. Which is partly why I am starting all over again, the other reason being I lost my server and everything on it all of a sudden. Don’t ask. Really. Don’t ask.
Which brings us to WordPress. I did some reviews and WP came top. I thought I might as well take my own advice. I am also starting two or three other blogs over the next couple of weeks, they will be multi-author blogs and therefore will be Drupal based. Could this be the end of my infatuation with Microsoft platform software? We will have to see ..
While I get some content back you might want to visit Performancing.com
So the dust has settled, my desks are finally clear so now I have no excuse for not updating you with how our trip went.
I loved it.
No suprises, I love Canada and really wanted to like Manitoba, but I really did like the place and the people. All good so far.
Now the bad news. For now we are not moving. Too complicated to go into but much to my dissapointment we are staying in the UK for the time being.
Would we move to Winnipeg if we were moving to Canada? After considering all factors (everything from house prices to job opportunities), I don’t think so. While we could buy a house outright out of our equity, which is a very big incentive, there was just NOTHING (and believe me I looked) happening on the new media job market while Vancouver (which I really
really love) has a thriving web scene and beautiful scenery to boot.
Don’t get me wrong, Manitoba has some real nice bits
It’s just that the majority of it is so flat. I kept expecting to see a mountain .. or at least a hill.
And bloody hell is non-winnipeg bits rural?? I am too much of a city boy to think driving an hour to find a hospital that is A) Open (!) and B) Would see us (“Sorry the doctor (singular!) is on holiday“!) is ok (and yes, we needed a hospital unfortunately).
The skeeters were a problem, we like outdoors, poor Karen got bitten over 20 times in one day. Clare, Amy and I were a lot luckier in that regard.
What is with Winnipegs water? Smelt like it came right out of the river – yuk.
All that aside, I did love being there and hated that we had to come back. Will definately like to go back. Should probably go back in fact, I think out of the week we probably spent about 5 minutes with family and visiting family was meant to have been the whole point!
Talking of which, I did take lots of pictures of JP and Gels wedding (over a thousand) with my trusty 350d and think they came out ok but will not be uploading them, think it is only fair that the couple decide who sees their wedding pictures. The rest of you will have to make do with my holiday pics 😉
So we landed in Winnipeg. So far so good. Not been bitten by blood-sucking insects yet any way! Which reminds me, thanks to reading WinnipegDamsels blog I tried Perogies for the first time. They were good 🙂
As yet we haven’t ventured further than the airport, our hotel and the forks but we have enjoyed the little we have seen.
Oh, Dean and Damian, as you can tell if you follow the linked image above, it is not “Aboot”. (Thanks to Gillianic Tendencies for the link, another of my “canada-related daily reads”)
Ben McConnell talks about being suprised by a 29% hike in price for his print on demand service. Their provider said this
was due to absorbing price hikes in paper over the period. The company did a good thing but came off as money-grubbing gits as Ben recovered from price-shock.
It’s easy to see in retrospect, had the company in question kept in good contact with their customers they may have been able to mention in passing what nice folks they are to be cushioning their customers from the fluctuating price of paper. After a
while they could say “re-order now, we don’t know how long we can keep the prices so low” and then finally “get your final orders in before the price rise on xxx date”.
No shock, plus a great call to action – everyone’s a winner! 🙂
PS. About the title – I had to use that phrase as the title, one of my ex-bosses invented that tag line for BT and is very proud of it 😉
Scoble has some interesting thoughts about what works and what doesn’t in viral marketing. Worth a read.
I have to agree. Without saying anything that might get me fired, anyone involved in creating virals, particularly in the brainstorm and proposal stages, ought to read his list.
Just because you call it a viral does not make it one. Sending it to hundreds of thousands of people also does not make something any more viral, it just annoys more people.