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Spring Cleaning 2017

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:11:28 +0000

As if anyone follows this nearly abandoned blog anymore, here’s what I’m up to: First, I’m mostly blogging about product management in a Lean and Agile context over at with the same sprinkling of technical goodness and wacky humor y’all … Continue reading

Bad idea design poster #10 – Feature Creep

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:22:56 +0000

The misguided notion that somehow more is always better. Main Entry: Feature Creep Pronunciation: /fee-cher,kreep/ Function: intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English feture crepen, from the act of over-building something Date: December 24, 2009 Remember folks, flee from temptation to ‘gizmo’ … Continue reading – a nice little script to ID bots bugging your website site

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:31:53 +0000

Already demonstrating earlier this week how to block spambots and rogue spiders. Today I'm completing the lesson with a nice little bash script sample that can help you identify some of these non-browser 'candidates' by parsing your access logs and placing the results in an easy-to-read text file. Continue reading

What if Starbucks Marketed Like a Church? A Parable.

Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:45:57 +0000

What if Starbucks Marketed Like a Church? A Parable: I think I encountered this particular ‘brand’ of Church marketing when I first moved down to the Raleigh burbs of Apex. It does inspire me to want to ‘reel-off’ a parody … Continue reading

Turning Spam Pings into a HoneyPot

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:58:59 +0000

Originally posted February 7, 2005, pushed up a bit because it’s a fun and nerdy way to take on spam pings. As the BrownPau reports, the Trackback Ping Spammers have been relentless – expending hours and energy figuring out new ways … Continue reading

Church Marketing Sucks – An Infographic of their Top 10 Posts for 2012

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 13:30:20 +0000

As your church &/or charity finalizes your communications strategy for 2013 -- assuming your organization plans such things in advance -- I thought it might be helpful to create a colorful handout of Church Marketing Sucks top 10 posts for 2012 so you could better identify targets for tactical textual content. If you aren't a regular reader of, then either you like wandering in the church communications wilderness, or you just haven't had time to add their RSS feeds to your aggregator ... go ahead ... we'll wait. Continue reading

Social Media is for engaging in dialogs, not a platform to pound the pulpit!

Sat, 01 Dec 2012 15:12:03 +0000

Dear social media BFFs, if you use FB & G+ like blog, then don't get upset when I 'defriend' & 'uncircle' you. Continue reading

How to block spambots by user agent using .htaccess

Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:23:12 +0000

Spambots and spiders that ignore robots exclusion file can kill your site both in bandwidth and by potentially exposing information you don't want 'harvested.' With that in mind, here is a quick-n-dirty guide to blocking spambots and rogue search engine spiders by using .htaccess. First the essential example codeblock, followed by a working example: Continue reading

Digital Marketing is about Vision, Strategy, Tactics and Activity – in that order

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 13:29:58 +0000

Successfully marketing your charity in the digital domain is more than adding a "Like Button" to your blog. Continue reading

What to do when your Twitter Account gets Compromised

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:23:50 +0000

Despite employing strong passwords that I change regularly, despite deleting unsolicited Direct Messages (DM) and mentions with links to unknown destinations, a simple “fat finger faux pas” event lead to me granting a 3rd party Twitter application permission to spam … Continue reading