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Recent Comments Added

Just wanted to point out a new feature to Brett’s Blog. I’ve been reluctant to add the recent commenters widget to my sidebar in the past, but when WordPress made it avatar-enabled, it was just too good to pass up. So, keep up with who’s talking here by taking a quick glance to the right. Or, make a comment and experience all the fame and notoriety that comes from being associated with this simple little blog.

By the way, even if you don’t have a blog, you can still set up an account with WordPress as a user. There, you can set up an avatar (picture or graphic) and a user name, and use it on any WordPress blog.

Long Time, No Blog

Hey all – I’m fresh from an Alaskan Cruise capped off with 3 days in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to the guys who had some guests posts on here while I was out.

Lots of stuff has happened over the last 2 weeks, which will heavily affect my posts in the near future. So, here’s a head’s up:

  • I’ve got a new job. After almost 5 years working in marketing and promotions for AdvoCare, I’m moving on. I’ll be Marketing Director of US Packaging for a company known as NCH, a chemical company. If I knew more of exactly what I’ll be doing, I would tell you. I do know it’s a solid company, and my growth potential and mentor potential there is very high, and that is what excites me most. For those of you I’ve met via AdvoCare, it’s obviously not an easy move for me to make, but I’m confident it’s the right one. And do be reassured that I’m leaving AdvoCare for my own career development, not because I’ve lost any belief in the company. In fact, the new President & CEO Richard Wright seems to be great, and I think he’s really going to help AdvoCare move forward. Be looking for posts on the job search process and all that implies, cuz I’ve had lots to think about along those lines over the past several months.
  • The Alaskan Cruise – I’ll share some photos and traveling notes over the next few days for those of you that care.

More to come.  . . . .

And I’m Out . . .

 . . . at least for a while.

I’m heading on vacation for the next 10 days. Enjoying a little Alaska, then a little Vancouver. Don’t know if I’ll do any posting or not while I’m out, but I do have 2 pinch hitters guest posting for me over the next few days. So, stay tuned, and enjoy a break from me whipping you down.

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Small Business 2.0

We know that the web is changing everything, but I think it’s the most exciting in the area of small business. Especially mom-and-pop business. Seth Godin has a must-read how-to for how the smallest of businesses can take full advantage of it.

A few observations:

  • Design is important, but it’s also oversold these days. Just like musicians really don’t need a record company to be successful anymore, you don’t need a bigtime web designer to get your company online and functional. You might need them once you start doing more-than-basic stuff, but not to start.
  • The list is so simple. I’m gonna do it myself. The only thing I would change is I suggest using WordPress as your blogging service – it’s free.
  • Squidoo is a pretty amazing¬†service (and another Seth Godin project). Spend a little time checking it out.
  • Don’t worry about doing it the wrong way – you’re not doing it at all now, so it won’t get any worse.
  • I can’t think of a business/church/charity/anything that can’t benefit from blogging.

The Big Idiots Want “The Big Game”

OK, I was put off by this everything I talked about in this post.

Now I’m just pissed off by this article.

What is the NFL thinking? As if keeping everyone from saying “Super Bowl” isn’t enough, now they want to keep us from saying “Big Game.” It’s idiotic, and it makes me hate the NFL.

Plus, it doesn’t make sense. It’s short-sighted on their part. Their advertisers who pay $1.6 million for a 30-sec spot during the game are probably the same people who will be affected most about this trademark issue.

One of the best quotes . . .

. . . I’ve ever read. And he was a college roommate. Go figure.

Here’s the quote:
“Bottom line, invest in tums as we prove once again that while individuals might be smart, people are dumb and democracy is the absolute worst form of government with the single exception of every other kind. ”

And here’s the source. Thanks, Harris.