As some of you may already know, I like Beer!! And if you didn’t, well, you do now! Not just any beer, but good quality microbrews, craft beers, and foreign treats. You’ll never find Budweiser mentioned here – well… except for that, but it won’t happen again.
A little more than a year ago, I decided to start a weekly Beer O’Clock ritual by selecting a different brew each Friday to feature and share thoughts about it with friends online. Let me state from the start that I am in no way a beer snob, expert,Â aficionadoÂ orÂ anythingÂ else along those lines. I just like beer and want to experience as many different kinds as I can and try to learn a little more about the different types of brew along the way.Â I’ve even tried adding my incrediblyÂ amateur opinions / reviews with selections when I can.
Up till now, I used flickr, twitter and facebook to post weekly selections. But now it’s time to graduate to something a little more permanent, so I have set up a posterous page to post weekly selections to. The good thing about posterous is that the Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook updates will still continue.
So, if you like beer and want to check out what’s being featured each week and share your own thought and opinions about them, head over toÂ http://beeroclock.posterous.com
Posted via web from Friday Beer O’clock Selections
Saw an email today soliciting “Cheap & Easy Social Media Management”
For the most part I don’t pay too much attention to these claims, but this one hit a nerve. Below is a the excerpt that sums it up.
… Most of you are too busy to do it all yourself and donÂ¹t want the hassle of fussing with the technology. Some of you have thrown up your hands in despair.
So here’s the good news: We’re going to do it for you, and it’s not expensive. For a limited time, you can start for as little as $XXX.xx  a month. Our new business, [removed] , will review and setup all the components of your social media infrastructure. We’ll even extract and write your blogs, or edit your original blog posts. We’ll twitter for you and maintain your connections. Without breaking a sweat, you’ll be a master of the new social media.
The Bold parts are what I have a problem with. The Red Bold part is what put it over the edge for me. Really? I can be a Social Media Master by letting someone else pretend to be me and do all the work? Who knew it was that easy?
I was always under the impression that this Social Media thing was about being a real person, with a real voice, with real ideas and opinions. Conversing, interacting, engaging with and getting to know other real people. Is it possible that I had this all wrong the whole time?
Is this sort of thing now common practice? I would think there are a great number of risks involved if your exposed, or when the service agreement ends. What happens then? The more I think on this, the more questions I have about it.
I don’t claim to be a Social Media expert or even a “Master” and I know there are legitimate business out there that help other businesses and brands build and create Social Media profiles and identities, but their claims just seem wrong regarding Social Media.
Posted via web from Ed Stafford – Mobile Mutterings
Well here it is. My first post to this blog. I just finished installing WordPress to my server after using Blogger for quite a while. Why the change? Well, I like having control over my own â€œstuffâ€. Donâ€™t get me wrong. Blogger is a fine platform, but I prefer to have my things organized under the same roof and not have to manage a handful of different services across the web.
After searching for a new blogging solution, I looked at a number of different releases for both Windows/IIS and Linux/Apache platforms. I finally decided on WordPress for a number of reasons.
1. Support and stability – WordPress is a proven solution and has a large user base, which also means a lot of peer support.
2. Ease of use – It was easy to set up and ran on my server without any additional requirements.
3. Control – WordPress has built in controls for managing posts and comments, and theyâ€™re easy to use. I donâ€™t have to fuss over design and (X)HTML if I donâ€™t want to and still get a nice clean page. On the other hand, If I do want to get into altering page design and (X)HTML, I can do that to through the built-in CMS tools.
4. Organization – One of the features I like best is the categories. Categories allow me to organize posts into groups and categories/sub-categories making it easy to find the topics that interest you most.
All in all, The set up was actually pretty simple and I had a working blog in a matter of minutes. The next step is getting the layout and visual appeal to my liking.