Retired? Close, but not quite...

A lot of things have happened in my personal life since my last post. Changes both professionally and personally. I haven't totally disappeared just changed focus' somewhat. As a result this blog has, for the most part fell by the wayside, collected dust, whatever you want to call it.

That's the way that it's going to stay, at least for a while. This blog is just one spoke on the wheel of my online activity. If you're interested in something a bit more regular, you can check out the hub of that activity either at Friendfeed or Facebook. All other spokes, including this one, will feed into there.

Updates here, at least in the immediate future will be infrequent at best. You never know, if something else strikes my fancy that I actually feel like sticking up here in a public place I may just at that.

In the mean time, I thank you for your time and attention, you know how to reach me if you need to.


Trying Something New

Real Estate Rainmaker: Trying Something New

Don't disregard something new as being impossible to do or a waste of your time.


Keeping it Clean

Real Estate Rainmaker: Keeping it Clean

Thoughts on correlation between email productivity and a clean inbox.


The Extra Mile, Literally

Just this past weekend, my wife and I moved. Probably the most disorganized and complicated move for us to date, though through no fault of our own. As everyone knows, the common accepted currency among friends helping friends move is pizza and beer, I wanted to introduce everyone to this great place near by that we had discovered a month or so ago. My purpose was two fold however, as it was also to say good bye to the pizzeria, as in our move, we were no longer in the delivery area.

Since discovering this place, we've been back about once every two weeks, and on a few occasions, several times within a single week. As I was picking up our three extra large pizza's from the owner, I told him that this was for our moving crew, and that we were not outside of his area. He asked where, and then had me come over to their large delivery map on the wall. I showed him where we had moved too, and then realized as I was doing so that we were literally less than a mile from their delivery boundary. So close, yet so far! Maya, the owner then told me that not to worry, I should just call and ask for him and he would make sure that we would get our pizza.

Did he have to? No. Was it that big of a deal? Not really. But, to me, it was huge. He made a small concession on his part, and in doing so engendered even more loyalty in someone who already thought they were the best around.

A lot can be learned from that example, what ways can you go that extra mile for your patrons and customers?


Automatic Searching

Q - What do the following services have in common? Backtype.com, Blogsearch.Google.com, Search.Twitter.com

A - They all allow updates, either via RSS or email, whenever your particular search term is found.

Between the three of them, you can be notified if someone mentions your name, your company, your competitors, or even your current gadget love interest, be it in a blog entry, comment, or even a tweet. We all have something that we enjoy reading about or knowing about, why not give them a try? Subscribe to their alerts via RSS or email, and let the updates start rolling in.

(note: News.Google.com has RSS feeds for their search terms as well, if you are looking for mainstream news outlets)