Archive for March, 2008

A thought from the shower

Redesigning a Web site without any attempt at rethinking the content is like…

irish setter soap

…taking a shower and lathering up with a fistful of dog feces.

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Todder, what Twitter is really thinking…

todder

Todder is a disservice to all of your friends, family, and co-workers who always want to communicate non-important, frequent answers to one pointless question: What are you doing?

Give Todder a try >>

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CASE Abstrat – 2007 Technology Innovations Category

Some people dislike award competitions – I was in the same boat, until I began my work in higher ed. Now, I realize that the boat I was previously on was set adrift far from land and without any supplies, not to mention the hole that welcomed water at a fast rate – at least in a university setting.

Truth is, a webmaster (yes, I hate the title) in student affairs has a job that requires many hours well past the standard 40-hour workweek. It also plays second fiddle to many things on campus. While it’s fun and always a challenge (that’s a good thing), it falls somewhere between light bulb changer and wall painter – read: not very valued in the minds of those considered the really big fish on campus.

So what can you do to make the trophy fish look in your direction?

Use really good bait — win awards.

What is the best award to win?

From my experience (please note I’ve only been in the game 5 years) it is without a doubt a medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE’s) Circle of Excellence Awards competition.

Why?

Because when you win, CASE sends a letter to your institution’s president congratulating them on the win. It’s like tooting your horn, but from someone else’s car. And, from my experience, it makes your unnoticed work gain more attention, and therefore makes your position in the food chain a little more valuable.

Here’s my “video” abstract I submitted last year. I’m pretty sure that it was never viewed by the judges, but it took some time to create (at home and off the clock). I thought I’d recycle it and create a post around it so that anyone following this blog would know that I haven’t fallen off the edge of the world (I promise to post once a week now that the ice shanty has been removed from the lake, and hopefully in a video blog format, or vlog as I [and others] like to call it).

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