Simplifying the vote

The Republican meltdown has made my job as a voter easier.

Previously, I spent some time weighing the merits of the various candidates. Sure, I ended up voting Democrat anyway, but I spent a lot of time giving the Republicans a fair shake.

This year and for the foreseeable future: Straight party ticket. Even on local races. I’m never voting Republican. Ever.

Saves lots of time! Thanks, GOP!

The blogging experiment: A big change

The short version: I’m no longer posting links here. I’ll occasionally update this blog, but I’m doing most of my posting on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr. You can follow me on Twitter, Google+, or Tumblr without joining those services; just bookmark the pages and check them regularly, as you would do with any Web page.

The long version:

I was explaining to a friend the other day how I post links to this blog first, scheduling them in advance using the Auto Post Scheduler WordPress plugin, and duplicating content to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr using the Social Networks Auto Poster plugin.

Then I reviewed the conversation in my mind later that day and had an insight.

What I’ve been doing is stupid.

It’s an awful lot of busywork. SNAP is a fine plug-in, but it’s primarily designed to publicize WordPress posts, not for duplicating posts on multiple services. It can do what I want it to do, but it requires a lot of mousing and clicking to get it right. And much of the time I miss a setting, and the posts come out wrong on one or more of the services.

Also, sharing links over mobile to WordPress is about a thousand times harder than using Facebook or Twitter. With Facebook or Twitter, you just tap the share button, type a few words of comment, and go. In WordPress, you copy the link, write a post in Markdown, and then slide and swipe and tap around to get all the publish settings right. It’s a pain in the neck.

Another problem with sharing links here is that it makes mitchwagner.com awfully busy. I’d like to see fewer, better posts here.

And, finally: I don’t get many readers here. About 95% of the action is on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Mainly Facebook. I also get a little activity on Tumblr — not a lot, but I have a real-life relationship with at least one of the people who reads me there, and I like keeping that connection.

So effective immediately I’m not posting links to this blog anymore unless they’re very special. I’m going to share links directly on Twitter and Facebook, using Buffer to automate some of the process. Facebook posts will automatically get copied to Tumblr using IFTTT. I’ll share to Google+ manually.

None of this is permanent. The sharing tools are now easiest on Facebook, and that’s where most of the people are. That will inevitably change, and when it does I’ll change with it.

Cloudify this

I love the word “cloudify” and I’m man enough to admit it. Even better: “Cloudification.”

I’m looking forward to the inevitable backlash against the cloud, when we will have “anticloudification.”

“What’s your elevator pitch?” It’s not just a cliche

I’ve learned recently that “what’s your elevator pitch” is a phrase with powerful magical powers when dealing with PR people.

Related: A few weeks ago I was at Light Reading’s NFV/SDN conference in Denver and I got on the elevator on my floor and another guy got on the elevator on another floor and I asked him if he was with our conference and he said yeah and I asked him what company he was with and he told me and I hadn’t heard of it and so I asked him what the company did and he told me and he got off the elevator, after riding a floor or two, and I said “HOLY CRAP I HAVE ACTUALLY RECEIVED AN ELEVATOR PITCH IN AN ELEVATOR!!!!!!”

Inappropriately directed PR pitch of the day

I heard from a PR woman who said she represents many companies in the marijuana industry, and if I need any interviews she can connect me.

My life has come full circle. I’m once again hearing from people who have connections and can hook me up.

And why not?

Colorful David Willmott, publisher of Suffolk Life, was an icon of Long Island journalism

Andrea Aurichio, Hamptons.com, wrote Willmott’s obituary in 2009:

Suffolk Life was a stomping ground and training school for many young journalists who found their way to Willmott’s office on the Highway in Westhampton. The always busy Willmott spent a lot of time in his office, where he kept his head down working for hours before he would surface, sometimes strolling over to his newsroom to see what was going on.

“Stick around,” he would say, “we’ll talk about this later.” He would buy lunch for the entire staff at least once a week. Sometimes huge buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken made the rounds, other times pizza or six-foot sandwiches were the feast de jour for his reporters, advertising sales reps and production staff. Reporters logged miles as they drove around the East End from town to town covering Little League games, town hall meetings and chicken barbeques that highlight the everyday lives of the regular people that were Willmott’s faithful readers.

He wrote his own editorials dubbed “Willmott’s” and “Why Nots” ending each of his opinionated segments with his famous “and why not?”

When he closed up shop and put out his last newspaper in 2008, he knew he had quite a ride. “I enjoyed every minute of it,” Willmott said and laughed, adding for one last time, “and why not?”

Dressed to kill

I realized this week that my customary conference attire — a business suit — is highly inappropriate for an open source conference. Alternatives I’m considering:

  • Dark jeans, Oxford shirt, nice shoes and navy sports jacket.

  • Star Trek uniform.

  • Kilt and luchador mask

Discuss.