Who Breaks Their Nose Playing Tennis?

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Me. That's who. Running cross court to return a ball with my back hand, I slipped on some pine needles, and landed face first. No, I didn’t put my hands out to break the fall (I was apparently still holding on to that damn racket, hoping to get that damn ball!) and took 100% of the impact on my nose and forehead. Blood everywhere, excruciating pain, nausea. My tennis partners were really good in a crisis. I quickly had cold water and paper towels, and decided not to call 911, but be driven home instead. Thank you, Lois Alter Mark! You know your tennis partner is a blogger, when … [Read more...]

What is a CDN?

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A Content Distribution Network (CDN) is an easy way for busy websites to make their site both faster to load and cheaper to run. And with MaxCDN and the free WordPress plugin W3 Total Cache it also VERY EASY to implement. I've been using MaxCDN since April, 2010 ... and it was probably just a few months after that I discovered the W3 Total Cache plugin for my WordPress sites. How a CDN Works A CDN makes your website faster by taking static files (such as images, CSS, and Javascript) and distributing copies of these frequently used (and often very large) files on their worldwide … [Read more...]

Attention, Bloggers! You Need These Books!

I've got a couple of great books sitting on my desk that I'm giving away this week to one lucky winner. I've met the authors, and you should be prepared to be blown away. Here's the deal. Amy Jo Martin is a social media pioneer who figured out that her passion was teaching people to do hard stuff, just like her Dad taught her to ski the double black diamond trails when she was little. That's why she has two black diamonds tattooed on her wrist, to remind her of her passion. Amy Jo (or do her friends call her "Amy?") was a powerhouse speaker at BlogHer '12, which was how I happened to … [Read more...]

How Many Tweets Is Too Many?

Do you follow me on Twitter? A few years ago I stopped tweeting about Surfnetkids resources for calendar events, but I am going to start again. Yay! The Surfnetkids Calendar includes both the obvious (Martin Luther King Day: Jan 16, 2012 http://bjf.me/xKchG1) and the obscure (Nellie Bly Returns From Her 72-day Trip Around the World: Jan 25, 1890 http://bjf.me/ABiIBJ). But I have a question. Should I tweet all the events in the Surfnetkids Calendar? That might be 2 or 3 a day. Or should I limit myself to 5 or 7 per week? Your thoughts, please! I wonder how many tweets is too … [Read more...]