Category Archives: Notes

Alaskan Adventure Continued

Having worked so many hours on computers that my eyes were starting to play dangerous tricks on me, I wanted to get away from it all. I was determined find a cabin in the Alaskan woods where I could be by myself, surrounded only by nature, with no distractions, books, or cameras, and especially no… Read on…

Workplaces Illustrated

Back in the 1980s, when personal computers first became available, they seemed destined to become ubiquitous in the workplace. My friends and I wondered how we would ever learn to use these things. We were out of school and in the workforce, but opportunities to learn the new computer technology were nonexistent as far as… Read on…

The eyes have it

Even after staring at computer screens for decades, thankfully my eyesight is pretty decent. Things were much worse back in the ‘80s. In my full-time job I formatted text for teams of computer programmers. I spent endless hours — including overtime — working with thousands of lines of monochromatic text on screens. On evenings and… Read on…

My career as a filmmaker

In my 20s, I wanted to be a filmmaker. I had written a full-length film script about an animated character who leaves her hometown to go to college in a real, non-animated city. Over the course of her studies and experiences, she learns to believe in herself and her abilities of self-expression. The film would… Read on…

It’s not your fault

When it comes to a technological challenge, have you ever said to yourself “I’m such a dummy”? I’ve had clients say this about themselves, or apologize to me for not understanding something about technology, or even for making a mistake when editing their own website. As someone well acquainted with technological change, I’m here to… Read on…

Action Needed: Oogle Poogle Google

While the title of this article is a bit nonsensical, the upcoming changes to Google Analytics are not. Many of you already know that Google is upgrading its analytics software from version 3 to version 4. However, there is no way to move the statistics you gathered using version 3 into version 4. As a… Read on…

How do I know if you’ve read this?

If you’re reading this newsletter on my website, I don’t have a way to know if you’ve read it. Using Google Analytics, I can see statistics about how many people view this page and how much time they spend on it, from which I can infer how many people might have read it. But I… Read on…

How do I find you?

Before you can decorate your living space, you need a place to live. Before people can visit you, they’ll need directions to your location. Before people can write to you, they’ll need to know your name and address. For security, it’s a good idea to lock your doors. Before you can build your website, you… Read on…

Congrats on your website. Now what?

Now that your website is up and running, how do you let people know it exists? If you don’t already have a blog on your website, I highly recommend writing regular blog posts as a way of providing timely information about who you are and what you offer. For more details, visit my post, “Keeping… Read on…

Will you disappear from Google?

Google announced a significant change in how websites will be listed — or won’t be listed — in their search results. Google says they will only use the mobile version of your website for their search results and will no longer take into account the desktop version. A few clients have contacted me worried that their websites will disappear… Read on…