This past week, I have (pretty much) finished moving into my new house in Boulder, which seems to make all the animals happy, and spent some time thinking about the concept of the Second Click. There is something there that really needs to be explored. When I was an SEO, my favorite line always was “I am just a party promoter; its up to the site to sell the beer.”
Now, with Lijit, I am selling the beer.
Also, I was talking with Chris Brogan this past week, and he does something very interesting. He has a page called “Rockstars” where he lists all the folks he follows. He then periodically posts things from those folks.
(I used to work at a non-profit called CASE in Washington, DC. We joked that it stood for Copy And Steal Everything. Just a random thought).
So, with Chris’ permission, I am going to Copy And Steal Everything about his Rockstars concept. I will add a page to this blog that lists all the Friend’s blogs that I follow. Again, these are folks that I have had some personal interaction with (For example, I finally met Ryan McIntyre at the Foundry Group‘s Happy Hour over a healthy dose of MacBook Air, so I added him to my list. Check out his review of his favorite vegetable.)
The list is going to be long, so it will probably take awhile to build…and I need to figure out a good name, since Rockstars is taken…
On to my favorite posts of the week:
A CEO Moment – Todd openly discusses a choice he made that in hindsight, he might have done differently. Right on, Todd!
New WordPress.com Feature: Prologue – When I saw this post on Raanan’s blog, I thought to myself, cool a twitter for a closed environment. Do a search on Google for Prologue. Geez, it seemed to push some strange buttons…
2008 New year’s Resolution 2: Get My Life Back Together – Jenn takes a moment to step back and reflect. More people should do that more often.
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So my move to Boulder is 99% and nothing seems to have been lost or broken (although one of my cats hasnt been seen in a day. Hopefully, that will change tomorrow.) Its funny how when one is hyperfocused on one particular problem, there is bit of an expectation that the world stops until one finds the solution.
But real life is always there to remind you of the falseness of that belief. And my friend’s blog posts are empirical evidence to the contrary as well.
Whoa! – Tyler Willis spends a huge amount of time each day pouring through Tumblr posts, and reblogs the best on his. While I am not a big fan of the political stuff, Tyler has a knack of finding what we call in NorCal, hella cool shit. This is no exception.
The value of split testing – Josh Fraser, one of the founders of EventVue, and a developer by trade almost backs into a practice that us marketing folk have known about for years. Its great to see that I know about ONE thing that a big brain like Josh doesnt. With the post, though, the list gets shorter…
FiltrBox is hiring – Cool company, interesting product, founded and run by two people I am proud to call friends, Ari Newman and Tom Chikoore. If you fit the bill send them a resume. If you dont, tell someone who does.
Long Week in Technology Last Week -As some might know, I met John at StartupWeekend DC. A nice unassuming guy with a quiet demeanor. Then you hear him talk about things he is passionate about, and he blows you away. Take a look at what he did last week. Me? I moved to Boulder.
Maybe I am the famous Dave Taylor WWE wrestler after all - Dave Taylor is somewhat of a legend around these parts. He runs AskDaveTaylor, speaks at various conferences, and certainly can be considered a leader in conversational marketing. But, do you want to know the man? Read the last sentence of this post. It is the quintessential Dave Taylor, and exactly why I am glad to call him friend.
He is one of the few people that if he said, ?Micah, I have an idea and I need your help/cash,? my head would be nodding before he finished his sentence.
Now that I am done singing Alex?s praises (no cash exchanged hands, by the way, you damn cynics!), why did I bring him up?
One of Alex?s plugins is called Popularity Contest. It basically allows you to understand which posts are read, commented on, linked it, etc., not just viewed. Combining that with the stats that the Lijit plugin provides plus Google Analytics, you get a very interesting view of your content.
My Top 10 posts of 2007:
- Relationships Can Be Based On Money – Makes sense. It got picked up in Business Week.
- Confessions of an Apple Fanboy – This one was interesting. It hit the front page of Digg?s Apple page. Who knew it would be interesting to people?
- Its Alive! And It Has Babies! StartupWeekend is Six Weekends Old – I have met many people through StartupWeekend, and this post half way through StartupWeekend?s season seemed to be well received.
- Maybe the Weird Science Guys Had It Right – I was really surprised at the response at my post on my perfect woman. In the sense that 1) there was a response and 2) it was positive.
- Micah Goes Lijit – The news of my return to the Startup Life was also well received.
- Confessions of a Failed CEO – I actually thought people would find this one more interesting that the angel investing one. It got picked up on MSNBC.
- Taylor Checks Out The Neighborhood – My dog made the top 10? Jeez.
- It The People Stupid – Title says it all.
- The Unthinking Environmentalist – As a new blogger, I wanted to know what the effect was of participating in a world blog event. I chose something that was interesting, and here it is on my top ten.
- First Denver Smart Boot Recipient – Yes, there is humor in the fact that in something I was first in, it appears last on my list.
My Top Ten Incoming Searches:
- iphone flip
- iphone flip phone
- micah baldwin
- First Flip Phone
- hot yoga chicks
- startup ceo
- denver boot
- learn to duck
Which would believe that my post on losing my iPhone, The iPhone Flip Phone – First Look!, which was written both in jest and as an experiment on linkbaiting, would be my #1 post, or at least make the top ten. I wonder if there is value to the concept of “popular” being integrated into the concept of “relevant”?
Have a great 2008 everyone!