A move to Posterous in 2010?

My efforts to revitalize my blog were hit & miss in 2009. It has been 7 years since I started blogging. 7 years. Wow.

My blog has always been my playground. I can change the hair color and give it a tattoo, make it walk backwards for a while and it is whatever I decide it is. Nothing has stayed the same in 7 years. Blogging is no exception. It evolves and grows up, just like I have.

No matter how hard I tried to make it easier, blogging is still a chore. When all is said and done, the last place I seem to share content that interests me is here. I’m not alone…it seems many formerly active bloggers are now sharing most of their content everywhere but a traditional blog.

Part of the reason I don’t post to judisohn.com as much anymore is in my frustration with this site. It’s slow. Way too Slow.

Google agrees:

// I think I need to move to a new server, and I don’t have the time or energy to focus on the change. And now I’m not sure I should bother. My email has been hosted by Google for years. The domain is mine regardless. But do I have to pay a hosting company hundreds of dollars a year to have a place to call my own with my name on it? Not anymore.

I keep thinking back to Steve Rubel’s adios to blogging last year. I’m not sure I’m ready to call what I’m leaning towards “lifestreaming” as he does, but I think I now get where he was coming from and why he did it.

I used to be really concerned with ownership. I’m not so much anymore. Ownership is a pain in the butt. Maybe I want to rent for a while.

I’m going to experiment with Posterous. It’s easy to get content in. Easy to share out.

My posterous has its own RSS feed so feel free to subscribe if you want to keep up with me. For now, I’m going to leave the feeds separate although if this works out, I’ll redirect my established Feedburner feed there. I’ll figure out how to archive this blog in such a way that I no longer have to pay a monthly fee for it but the history will remain. That’s a bigger challenge that I don’t want to worry about at the moment. I’m taking it day by day. For now, if you want to follow me I suggest you subscribe to the Posterous feed as that will be more actively updated. (update: I changed my mind and I am auto-posting my Posterous content here for the time being. I have until November 2010 when my hosting contract renews to decide a longer term solution. This way, if you are subscribed to my Feedburner RSS feed you will get the latest content regardless of where I post it).

I’ll still post about Salesforce and Convio and knitting and everything else. Cool software I’m trying. Things I’m buying and probably shouldn’t. But I want it to feel more natural. Like when I see a link I like and I post it to Facebook with a couple of sentences. That feels comfortable to me. Blogging in the traditional sense isn’t coming naturally to me anymore.

Here’s to change in 2010.

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Dreamforce day 1 report

I could be watching a Black Crowes concert right now at the Moscone Center. Instead, I’m back in my tiny hotel room looking forward to spending the rest of the evening knitting on Laini’s sweater while watching Glee. Much better plan. Long day.

Before I kick back for the night, here’s some of my thoughts/impressions of the day.

The nonprofit Salesforce community rocks. I love spending time with these people. Consultants, fellow nonprofit staff members, vendors, Salesforce Foundation employees. Doesn’t matter. More great conversations than I can count. Thank you. Looking forward to tomorrow and Friday once the nonprofit track sessions begin. Continue reading

It's conference week! Dreamforce and Convio Summit

There are only 3 conferences I make a point of going to each year if I can: Convio Summit, Salesforce Dreamforce and NTEN NTC.

Wouldn’t you know that this year, Convio Summit and Dreamforce were the same week? Originally, I was only going to go to Dreamforce. Not to say that the Convio conference isn’t excellent. I just feel more connected to the Salesforce nonprofit user community. And let’s just say that Marc Benioff knows how to put on a show. At least next year, Convio Summit will be in Baltimore in October, while Dreamforce will be in December in San Francisco.

Convio invited me to present at a Common Ground session at their Summit and made it possible for me to do both conferences. I flew out to Austin, Texas on Monday afternoon. I was honored that C3 received a notable mention in the CRM/Common Ground category at Convio’s Innovator Awards on Monday night. I prefer to call it the, “what you can do with Common Ground when you have a small staff and no budget for custom development” award. :-)

I presented in a panel with Astadia’s Jerry Huskins and Convio’s Tompkins Spann on Tuesday morning. The focus of the session was the wide and wonderful world of the Force.com platform beyond Common Ground. We live-demo’ed how easy it is to install an app off the appexchange, and I showed some real-life use cases for some of the applications and integrations that C3 uses.

It was wonderful to finally meet the great folks on the Convio Common Ground team that I hadn’t already met. I’ve said it before: they’re taking this very seriously. This is no side project. I have no regrets whatsoever for making the switch. I enjoyed talking to people who approached me who were either on the fence about Common Ground or just beginning to roll it out.

I arrived in San Francisco late last night, only to find that I had been bumped from my hotel. “Despite your confirmed reservation, you were the last guest to arrive and you have been eliminated.” They put me in a cab at 11 pm to Villa Florence on Powell Street. Okay location but the room is freezing (circa 1980s wall unit air conditioner is making noise and blowing cold air but it’s set to “off” and at the warmest setting), the wifi sucks, it has no windows and I have to climb over the double bed to get to the bathroom. Welcome to San Francisco.

I hope to post more about Dreamforce later this week. I don’t know for sure what will be announced later this morning, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of “Pro” offering for Twitter powered by Salesforce, along with better integration of Twitter into the Salesforce UI. Which is good, because I find the current Salesforce/Twitter offering to be a bit ho-hum.

If you’re in town for Dreamforce and would like to say hi, drop me a note on Twitter.

Common Ground/Salesforce Fall Updates

In addition to Winter ’10 from the mother ship, a lot of good stuff has been happening this Fall in our little ‘ole Salesforce database. Best of all: we haven’t had to spend an additional penny for any of it, since it’s all about tools we were already using.

To me, this is what the cloud is all about. Different logins, different purposes, different data…all coming together to work the way we need it when we need it.

So what’s new?

All 3 solutions were easy to implement. Here’s a look.

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Convio Common Ground launched!

If I knew that I could make the switch from the old Salesforce nonprofit Starter Pack to Convio Common Ground in less than 6 weeks, I would have made this move months ago.

Yes, it was time consuming, but not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I ended up using just under 7 billable hours of consulting support time. Now it’s just about tweaking little things that may not work right, and figuring out where we’ll need some Apex or VisualForce to smooth rough edges. Other than that, we’re fully up and running.

Here’s another techie-geeky and “won’t be interesting to you if you don’t know Salesforce” post… promise I’ll keep them more general in the future.

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