Aug 262012
 

If you’ve read much of what I’ve written, or if you’ve ever worked with me directly, you know how much I hate the phrase “It’s just a new spin on old technology.” Sometimes we use that phrase when we meet something new – so that we can explain it in terms of other things we know – it can help us build metaphors and more quickly embrace the technology. Sometimes we use the phrase when we want to downplay the significance of something that appears like a fad to us. [read more…]

Jan 152012
 
Beyond dodging the bullet

Whew! Sometimes we get lucky and unexpected situations don’t take us out of the game. After we dodge the proverbial bullet, conventional wisdom suggests we ought to figure out what happened and find a way to prevent it in the future if we can. Even more powerful wisdom suggests that we find ways to learn from the situation as part of a continuous improvement discipline. Either way, it pays dividends to have the courage to act beyond the self-preservation of dodging the bullet. In this post, I want to highlight two [read more…]

Aug 092011
 
I swear I'm gonna turn off Google Analytics...

This post takes a lighthearted and self-deprecating look at analytics and metrics. I will use myself as the first example (not the woman in the picture), because I recently caught myself in a surprising analytics story. I will also get more serious toward the end. As many of you know, I took on a recent project to move my blog to self-hosted WordPress. One thing I learned in this move was how I had slowly become addicted to analytics: How do Page Views (on wordpress.com) change when I posted various kinds [read more…]