Find a Barrier and Destroy It

Find a Barrier and Destroy It

This article is written mostly with a web site in mind, but you can apply the same basic philosophy to pretty much anything in the world and your life. The philosophy is this: things will never get better until someone (hopefully you) finds where the problems are, identifies them as problems, and removes them. On a web site we have the distinct advantage of being able to see pretty much everything that happens within its borders. By using analytics software like Google Analytics, Coremetrics or (my favorite) Omniture SiteCatalyst it’s…

Is There a Point to Web Conferences? (Yes, I’m @ SXSW)

Is There a Point to Web Conferences? (Yes, I’m @ SXSW)

I’m sitting here on the floor at Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference, waiting f0r the next panel discussion on my schedule to start, but as I sit here I wonder a bit what the point of coming to these conference really is.  Sure, there are a lot of smart people here, and for the most part the panels have some great ideas… but are they ideas I couldn’t have acquired by simply reading sites like Mashable, Internet Retailer or other tech blogs and news sites? The answer here…

Plan to Sell Your Creation? Then Be a Business and Claim Your Tax Deductions.

Plan to Sell Your Creation? Then Be a Business and Claim Your Tax Deductions.

Whether you’re an author, musician, artist or any other kind of content creator, one important thing you need to think about is whether you create as purely a hobby, or if you intend (or hope) to someday make money off of your creations. For many creators, this intent becomes obvious once you’ve decided to go beyond creating for yourself, friends and family and taking the big step into offering your creations to the rest of the world (with an intent to make some money while you’re at it.)rec If you’ve…