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Work in Progress

Posted by Paula on May 29, 2008

Last week I wrote about the name change for my little ol’ blog, Social on the Web.ย  I had some suggestions and traded several emails with a few different people, and I am excited to announce that I am in the process of moving Social on the Web over to a self hosted site.

Additionally, I have three people who have agreed to help me with blogging!ย  We have picked a theme, although I’m waiting to surprise those who were helping me narrow down the theme choices.

Our topic, of course, will be social media, social networking, personal branding, and the like.ย  Knowing that I am only good for one post every week or two, I cannot expect more from the others, so if there is anyone else who might be interested in participating in this new blogging adventure, please let me know through the comments, via Twitter, via StumbleUpon, or email!

Before I wrap this up, I want to give a very special thanks to everyone doing so much to help me with this project:ย  dOgBoi who came up with the idea and has agreed to be a blogger, GemStar38 and Murple who have also agreed to be bloggers, and Timbury who is helping out with the hosting!


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Introducing SocialOnTheWeb.com

Posted by Paula on May 23, 2008

Social metro in Paris

Originally uploaded by baraka27

A while ago I bought a domain name and never did anything with it: SocialOnTheWeb.com Well today something possessed me to do something and I linked my domain to my blog that is currently hosted on WordPress.com. My ultimate goal is to get a hosting account so I can have a real WordPress blog with all the neat bells and whistles that WordPress.com won’t let ya have!

So, now this blog is more than just about Hawksdomain but something that hopefully more and more people will be able to relate to. For anyone who is already linked to this blog, no worries – I will be paying the extra $10 a year to make sure you can still access the old URLs!

Plus, I am hoping to be able to talk a friend or two into writing some posts here too… That way, hopefully it won’t be quite as long in between posts!

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Monday’s Musings

Posted by Paula on April 7, 2008

First and foremost, WTF did they do to my WordPress? GAH! Guess those of us at wp.com got the 2.5 upgrade, too. It does look much more web 2.0 -ified, but…. Now I just gotta learn things all over again. I don’t know about that…. Main question so far is where the heck is my stats? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Seems that Dan Zarrella is up to something interesting…. He’s wanting people to stop by and take a survey. I’ve followed Dan for awhile on Twitter now and I have to say, my first impression of him was not exactly favorable, but he’s taking my hobby of social networking and really putting some science and hard facts with it. It is interesting to see why people do what they do. If you haven’t yet, check out his post from last week.

A new site I have joined and not had much of a chance to check out yet, is Shouldi. I don’t know if you need the invites, but I got ’em if ya need ’em! I’ve only answered one ‘Shouldi‘ so far and it was someone asking for relationship advice. Of course, these types of sites always have people asking silly questions, such as What is Google – my guess is if you don’t know what Google is, I doubt you would be on this site! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If ya sign up, be sure to find me and friend me! ๐Ÿ˜€

For some reason, I have been claiming all of my feeds on the social sites today at Technorati. I don’t really know why, just seemed like the geek thing to do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would like to mention a couple of blog posts this morning that I found interesting. First, Steven at Daily Blog Tips posted a great article for Part Time Bloggers. Then, Seth Godin gave some basic tips on telling us how to Write Like a Blogger.

Jayhawk Last, but of course, not least. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS!! I told a friend in Kentucky earlier that Jayhawks eat Tigers for breakfast. Of course it’s usually Missouri Tigers, but I’m sure we can handle Memphis Tigers as well!

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What Exactly is this Blog For?

Posted by Paula on March 22, 2008

OK – There is so much I want to talk about, so many interesting things that I’m finding that I am simply not getting to everything, and I know that there are sites that I am forgetting all about by not being able to check out every site out there. Part of my purpose for this blog is for it to follow my usage in the different social networking sites, and to be able to be my opinion of how it works.

I know, there are a lot of sites out there that review these kind of sites, but I am not going to try to providing their level of insight. In fact, I can’t even promise the same regularity of posts as the bigger sites. I am just wanting to give the opinion of someone who is fascinated and addicted to the many sites that seem to be popping up non-stop. They are all centrally driven. Driven by people. People like me, my family, my friends, my coworkers and you.

I’m not any type of an IT person. I know a bit of HTML and I’m trying to find the time to really get to play with PHP so I can get this blog moved. I work 40 hours a week for someone else so I can eat, sleep in a warm bed, and drive a decent vehicle. Such is the American way of life, right? I tried to do my own thing once. It was difficult. It was too unpredictable. Technologically speaking, it was several lifetimes ago, too!

Now, I just like to play around with computers. Sometimes I play the cheesy games, to clear my mind, and more recently I have become intrigued with all of these social communities popping up around the net. In reading blogs, I have come across a few that have truly struck a chord with me. I am realizing that some of these people (LOL, no, not all – at least not yet!) are also no different than me. I was recently asked why I started following someone in several different applications. I guess this person did not realize that he already gave the impression that he was of the caliber to have ‘groupies’. OK, that sounds super cheesy, I know, and I am sorry…. but that is truly the easiest way to explain it. Why do all of these people follow Robert Scoble, Steve Jobs, John Chow, Seth Godin, and Jason Calacanis (I’m hoping I win the MacBook Air!)? They are all groupies of one kind or another…. Geeky groupies, but fans just the same.

I hope you enjoy my blog, even if I am unable to post every day.ย  I do promise to do my best at making a post once a week at the very minimum.ย  I can always use this quiet time before the house wakes up on Saturdays!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jason Calacanis – Just the Opinion of a Simple Kansas Girl

Posted by Paula on March 8, 2008

I read a couple of the responses to Jason Calacanis’ post on saving money and running a startup. I have to admit, I threw up a little in my mouth when I read this post by Jason yesterday. It truly made me think of the one person who drives me the craziest in this world…. MY BOSS!

I love working for a small up and coming company. It is the greatest thing in the world to be part of a company that struggled to make payroll a few years ago and made more than 8 times the profit in 2007 than it did in combined profit for 2002 – 2006!

However, in Mr. Calacanis defense, in looking over his post again this morning after reading all of the responses from blogs I admire like CenterNetworks, TechCrunch, Tech Confidential, Venture Chronicles, 37 Signals, and Sean Percival, there is method to this madness.

I work for a company where the owner/president works at least 12 hours every day. I’ve given up on telling him that he needs to find other things to do. He expects his staff to work as hard and be equally dedicated. We all work hard, but until there is more profit sharing involved, I can guarantee you that the dedication level varies. In order to compete with the big boys in our industry, even the president takes home much less than he would working for anyone else.

Yes, it does seem that Jason Calacanis does give quite a few more perks that my boss, but also consider that Mahalo has backers and is in LA.

Paying $50 per person for email? Ummmm no, but we do have company email addresses. We each have our own phone on a small phone network (but yes, our company is less than 10 employees). Everyone has everyone else’s cell phone numbers, too. If you are needed and you are not in the office, we gotta be able to talk to you.

by AMagill

There is one significant thing that I am glad my boss does, or I would not have a job there! The outsourcing of Human Resources and Accounting??? GAH! My official title for the company is ‘Business Manager’. In four years, I have cut costs, reduced outstanding receivables, gotten the business aspect down to an art, created and implemented an employee handbook, researched and learned as much about our industry as I could find. I am there when the boss wants to know something (sometimes not even remotely close to our industry) and I am expected to find the answer. Of course, I get extra points if I can give the answer in 120 seconds or less. I gather the info that is needed by the company and put it in a logical location for other employees to find. Other things that I do but are really not issues once you have a system developed include the electronic and paper filing and maintenance of the website… I’m also the one who answers the phone, but as Jason mentioned in his post, most communication is via email in the business world now.

With all that I do, and because I have perfected my job functions so well, I have found the time to create this blog, do a lot of surfing, work on creating a social site presence, and chat away on my cell phone.

I have seen a few people leave… people who were not cut out to work for a small company. Many times I have thought of changing jobs myself. Yes, I do have a fairly easy work life, but more than three times a year in the last couple of years, I have had to correct the accountant. I have worked to cut costs by getting vendors to cut their profit down significantly (I’m almost worried that one may even be paying for our business now!). I am good enough to know several things off the top of my head, plus have such a filing system that I am able to pull up the answer 90% of the time within that 120 second limit.

Though his list of ways to save money sound frightening and the ‘fire people who are not workaholics’ opinion is not popular, it is how business is run in this country and not just in Los Angeles or New York. Jason Calacanis pretty much hit the nail on the head with how our company is run in Kansas.

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Contest at Feed Flare

Posted by Paula on March 6, 2008

Collin at Feed Flare is giving away some awesome stuff this month to introduce his new blog to the world. Obviously, that is why I chose to write about it today! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In looking over his site, he has provided a great explanation of RSS feeds that internet newbies may want to check out.

Some of the sponsors offering these great prizes are:

1- Blogging Cents

2- My Radical Blogs

3- Jason Boom

4- Dat money

5- Graphic Identity

6- You Can Learn Series

7- BlueFur.com

8- BidVertiser

9- Firewalker Designs

10- The Prompt Writer

11- Self Made Chick

12- Revenue Canada (my tax return)

13- My Radical Blogs

14- One Buck Wiki

15- Unique Blog Designs

So, any bloggers out there wanting to get a great prize, (personally, I’m hoping for that $500!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) be sure to go by Feed Flare and get entered!

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So many thoughts and so little time!

Posted by Paula on February 19, 2008

I started this blog because the dynamics of the social web has thoroughly intrigued me. That I can connect with a person living in Italy simply amazes me, but yesterday I did just that. I emailed with talented blogger Antonio Lupetti about my blog and how I am working on setting up a permanent home for it with it’s own domain.

This is the problem. I do not want to ignore this blog, but at the same time, I want to figure a design I like that I feel fits with this blog so I can move it permanently. There simply are not enough hours in a day. That I have such flexibility within my day job to be able to surf the net and work on my blog in my free time, is amazing. I am so lucky to have this freedom. However, my day job must always come first, at least during the day! By the end of the day, I have little interest in sitting at a computer, or if I do, family obligations often overrule.

I think that perhaps I should go back to the simple one or two paragraph posts until I am able to get things moved. I do have a lot to say about sites I have surfed the past week or so.

For those of you who may have been more interested in my ‘Personal Social Networking History’, I do promise, I will get Part III done about forums. I just can’t promise when! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Be Sure to Vote for the Eighth Annual 2008 Bloggies

Posted by Paula on January 23, 2008

Honor. Prestige. Wealth. These are some of the things that a Bloggie won’t bring you. But that won’t stop the Web from voting, because this is the annual non-profit competition that determines which blogs are the best of the best. Get ready to find out who the 2008 Weblog Awards are going to.

Be sure to place your vote on some very awesome and difficult choices at Eighth Annual Weblog Awards: The 2008 Bloggies

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Check out Blah, Blah Tech’s WP plugin “Socialize Me!”

Posted by Paula on January 23, 2008

Imagine one of your articles has been submitted to StumbleUpon. Youโ€™re getting a steady stream of visitors to your blog. With this WordPress plugin those visitors will see a simple message when they arrive: “Hi, thanks for the visit! Wayne’s on StumbleUpon, too!” with a link to your profile. It also works with Facebook, Digg, Pownce, Twitter, etc.

What I find to be even more exciting is that the people I generally want to ‘friend’ or follow don’t necessarily have their info showing on their blog, so with more people using this awesome new plugin, I have an even better chance of being able to find those people on the other social sites! For all of you bloggers out there, grab this plugin so I can follow you better! LOL yeah, right. But it was certainly worth trying, right?

You can download the plugin and learn all about it at Wayne’s blog, blah, blah technology.

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