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Introducing Ben Barreth, Community Builder & Software Developer at GWB

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:42:21 GMT

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(image) Please extend a warm welcome to Ben Barreth as the new community builder and full-time software developer at Geeks With Blogs. We've been wanting to add some cool features to the site but haven't had the opportunity until now. Adding Ben to the team should give us a big kick in the right direction.

Ben has several years of .Net development experience and is heavily involved in the startup community in Kansas City, including the KC Startup Village as well as his own startup initiatives: Homes for Hackers and He loves working with people even more than coding and is excited to serve the GWB community in any way possible.

Ben originally met Matt Watson as a beta tester for Stackify, the software company that gives developers the safe & secure access to troubleshoot in production. Jeff Julian and Matt are old friends and recently decided the site needed new ownership to carry it forward and build the enhancements it deserves. The site management transferred in October and Matt quickly began looking for a full-time community builder to lead the charge.

Ben bumped into Matt once again at a Tech Cocktail event at the Boulevard Brewery where Stackify was presenting and an alliance was forged. Yes, the beer really IS that good!

Which brings us to the biggest question of all: Where do you want Geeks with Blogs to go next? As a contributor to the GWB community, now is your chance to be heard! What are we missing?

Features on our radar:

    1. New templates
    2. Add a code "formatter" to posts
    3. Add categories to blog feeds
    4. Re-skin the site and redesign the logo

Feel free to contact Ben with further questions and ideas below. We need your help!

Cell: 816-332-9770

(image) Influencer Programm

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:09:42 GMT

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Recently, @StaffOfGeeks announced to a select group of bloggers, the Influencer Program.  Here is a little detail about the program.

Description (from Influencer Page): is a community of bloggers passionate about contributing information to the world of developers and IT professionals. Our bloggers are some of the best in the world and receive honors on a regular basis for outside companies (such as the Microsoft© MVP Program).

The Influencer Program is our way as Staff of Geeks to show our appreciation for those bloggers who have the greatest influence on the site. Each influencer in the program is awarded by the amount of posts, views, and comments they receive on their posts in the previous quarter. Each quarter, we select the top 25 bloggers of influence and give them special access to products and services we have obtained through our network of partners.

Here is how it works.  Each quarter we select the top 25 bloggers bases on the amount of posts that created in that quarter, and apply points to the views and comments those posts receive.  The selection is purely off of the numbers, we do not select any based on any other basis.  In fact in the first round, several of our key bloggers did not qualify in the top 25.  Though they are still loved dearly, we wanted a program that anyone could be a part of if they put in the hard work.

This said, the first quarter ends at the end of March and we will have another round of influencers joining us.  Keep the posts rolling and maybe you will be selected as an influencer!

Visit the influencers page to see who has the greatest influence on Geekswithblogs right now.


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GWB, Show us your desk?

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:52:37 GMT

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If you are a fan of Lifehacker, they publish photos of their reader's desks all the time, and we always enjoy seeing how other people work.  So we want to know what your desk looks like?  Snap a photo and document what we are looking at.  This could be at your home or work or really where ever you get your best work done.

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Load Balanced and Loving It

Wed, 08 Nov 2006 07:44:00 GMT

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I would like everyone to welcome Box3 to our community.  Box3 will be handling traffic along with Box2 and load balanced (using hardware, not software) to direct traffic correctly.  So everyone, welcome Box3!

This puts us at 2 web servers and 1 database server.  Each machine is dual-core dual-Xeon servers with enough RAM to make everyone salivate. 

Please let me know if you see any problems or slowness in the site.  If you to, report it to



Issue Fix: Specified Cast is not valid

Fri, 17 Feb 2006 02:21:00 GMT

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Post operation failed. The error message related to this problem was as follows: Specified cast is not valid.

I have fixed this issue in the system, so if it shows up again, please let me know. (image)

New Feature for the Holidays

Sat, 10 Dec 2005 19:50:00 GMT

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Just in time for the holidays, we have released a paging feature for the homepage of Now you can see what you missed if you didn't check the feed or homepage in time. Next up, fixing the duplicate posting issues with aggregators...


I found the duplicate post cause!!!!

Mon, 28 Nov 2005 16:49:00 GMT

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Once I installed the new version of RSS Bandit, I had my blog repost everything. I have been trying to recreate this problem for some time. RSS Bandit seems to be calling '' and then later ''. This www and no www problem is becoming a major problem with GWB (images get messed up). So, I am on it now finding a solution to this problem.


Welcome Members of the Faculty Advisory Board for Microsoft Corporation

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 20:33:00 GMT

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Yesterday, working with Daryll from Microsoft Academic, we added 10 new bloggers from the Faculty Advisory Board (K-12) for Microsoft. I would like to welcome these new members to our community.

Here is a list of the members: