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Fuck you 2007

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

2007 has not been a nice year for me. It took me months to recover after I got my heart broken. I really didn’t think I’d be so fucked up and depressed for so long. But I was. Then I had bouts of nasty chest infections throughout the year. In the same year I’ve had a lot of serious issues with my day job. And then there’s the cause of the numbness and pins and needles. I was on a blog and email holiday the past few days but being fully transparent the reason for it was that I was admitted into hospital on Wednesday. After x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and a lumbar puncture (yes they fucking hurt) they’ve discovered I have two inflamations inside my brain causing my left side to go numb and go all pins and needles-like. It will be another two weeks before they can confirm what it is that I might have but for now I’m to take solace that I don’t have an aneurysm, a tumour, HIV (they tested me due to my “lifestyle”, how nice), meningitis or the usual viruses that infect the brain.

Still, some highs in 2007 were being asked to write for the Tribune, running the blog awards, managing to get into 3rd year law by the skin of my teeth after an appeal, having a deus ex machina come in and wake me the fuck up around the end of July 🙂 and losing 30lbs in the past few months when I started to watch my diet and take care of myself. Paddy’s Valley was a cherry on top of the good aspects of the year. Overall though 2007 has been one of the suckiest years ever. Glad to see it gone. Fuck you 2007, roll on 2008.

Pause the fan mail

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Damien is away for a few days and won’t be checking his emails or updating his blog. The question is though, if you had access to a top blogger’s little corner of the internet and could play around with it in his absence what would you do?

The author of this post might even be open to bribes…

Green Minister “Sandal John” U-Turns on Stag Hunt

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

A little birdie told me that Sandal John* (That’s John Gormley to you not with it cool kids) got into a heckuva lot of trouble with his FF counterparts about even suggesting banning the Ward Union Hunt. In short and possibly four letter words, good ole Sandal was told you can’t ban the Hunt and withold their licence. So no surprise today that he is allowing the hunt but in a “limited capacity. Yeah right. “limited capacity” or “attached conditions” = total u-turn with facesaving gofasterlikestripe political accessory. Another another Green U-turn. At least we still know who the real bosses are and it seems at the cabinet table John and Eamo are reminded of this, a lot. Though it seems Eamo is even laughing at the FF in-jokes now. Bloody shame that Myers was right though.

I’m sure there’ll be a redefining of what a u-turn is now. They’re redefining everything else. How’s about: “Redirecting of resources to face down rather than run with the existing momentum.”

*Yes, like a Green Minister’s lies, say it and believe it enough and the thing will stick.

The Ireland Caucus

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Richard Delevan has released The Ireland Caucus, a place where Irish people can gather and discuss their preferences for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election. While most Irish can’t vote, we can influence and the way recent elections have been, every single vote will count. America might be over there but they have a hell of a lot of influence on us over here and the rest of the world.

As Richard says:

But despite being directly affected by the result, 95% of the world’s population is, of course, disenfranchised. Shouldn’t you get a vote too?

So head over to The Ireland Caucus and bookmark it. Nice one Richard.

Merry Christmas from all at Mulley Communications

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Heh. Include the sound of a record scratching here. “Mulley Communications”. I think I’ll keep that name but hire Bill O’Herlihy to head it up. Okie doke.

Anyway, my Christmas present of a sort, to some of you. I’m being generous, mark the calendars. I normally charge a lot (and I’m worth every penny) to teach people how to blog for their business and I’m good at what I do but I want to get even better. So I want more practice. Real proper live practice. So an offer to all who read this blog. I’ll give a half day class on business blogging (which I think is worth a few hundred euro each) to the subscribers/repeat visitors here if you are a business and want to start a blog and do not already have a blog. I’ll offer it to 12 people max (one per company) and will do it in a venue in Dublin in early January on a Saturday and another one in Cork perhaps in late January or early February.

I’m not going to choose the venue, someone else can go away and find one. Power of the people etc. The venue has to have computers with net access. If a company wants to sponsor this, fine with me. It needs to be accessible though and I’d prefer somewhere in the City Centre. Of course the company can sit in if they’re being so generous.

Some rules:
If you have or had a blog, no soup for you.
If someone in your company has a blog get them to teach you. No soup.
If you are just an individual, no soup for you. Sorry, businesses only for now.
This is my gig, no sponsor can bill it as their gig and I will not do this as part of a bigger day. No soup for you. (For now)
The sting: If you pull out after committing and do it with very short notice so someone on a waiting list can’t be offered a space, you give your word that you’ll donate 100 euros to a childrens charity that is not the ISPCC. Myself and others will be putting a lot of work into this. We deserve some respect.
The main bit: Email me and explain why you should avail of this training and tell me about your business. Depending on entries, 12 (or less) people will be chosen for each one. State Dublin or Cork.

So what’s my ulterior motive? Well it’s Christmas so I’m in the mood and if there’s a lot of good progressive companies applying for this it would be nice to be the person that helps them to communicate with the web world and introduce them to the Irish blogging community. If they grow they may remember me for giving me blog and paper exclusives, they might ask me to refer work to other companies I know and hell if they’re the next Amazon I can brag and brag about knowing them when they were just a wee company. Also as stated, the better at training I am, the more I can do training and the more I can charge.

Opening up my LinkedIn – Want to connect with my contacts?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I sent out an email a little while ago to those I’m connected with on LinkedIn letting them know that I would be sharing my LinkedIn connections so that if someone asks for a connection/intro to someone, I’ll make it. The Valley attitude to doing business is taking root in my mentality. Paul Walsh (mynewbestestfriendevur) 😉 had a little to do with it too as he’s been very generous with sharing his address book without asking. Same goes for Fergus Burns who’ll be mentioned in yet another Paddy’s Valley blog post in the next while. Over there introducing people is good for you and good for them. I have about 300ish people connected to me on LinkedIn, most of the people are business people of some sort and are always looking to do business with new people and make connections.

If you want to connect with people on LinkedIn via me, then email me or Facebook me or contact me in any format and ask. You should be on LinkedIn so the person at least knows something about your business background and experience before they say hello back once the intro is made. This is my LinkedIn profile and am happy to do intros for the most part on Facebook too. My Facebook profile.

The exception being recruitment companies or people I don’t know myself. If you’re a stranger to me I’m not going to do intros. Also, quick tip, add your email to your profile name or blurb so it can be found easily by people and they can connect to you that way. Then you don’t need others to do intros, people can come to you.

How we use LinkedIn
I got about 90ish replies to my email to those I connect to on LinkedIn and I also asked them a few questions about whether they use it for networking, had they gotten any business with it, was it more useful than Bebo and Facebook. What I found most interesting was that very few actually used the search function to actively search for connections and find knowledge champions/thought leaders/experts, they instead stuck to just connecting to people they had already interacted with in other circles. A few people suggested a way to improve LinkedIn would be to have groups like Facebook groups so people can chat/discuss issues in their business segment and then meet people in the same area and connect that way. Another suggestion was that organisations should be able to pool/group all their connections together so everyone in the same group can see all their colleagues connections too. Not sure are most businesses that open yet.

Do you find LinkedIn useful or is it just another place to store the CV and your connections?

It’s not always the PR companies…

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Funny story. I once saw someone try to solicit a PR company by promising to slyly drop their product names into “conversations” on blogs, blog comments, twitter and some podcasts, in return for some free products or money. One would think that a PR company would all be for that kind of idea, getting their product details injected into conversations between thought leaders. Viral or whatever term they use now. A sneaky way of doing things. Natural conversations is where it’s at these days, right? The PR company told that person where to go instantly, citing their prefered use of traditional and transparent methods. There’s hope yet for these PR companies. Although there’s despair at some practioners in “new media”.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday December 18th 2007

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I meant to blog this ages ago. They Never Froze Walt Disney. In Cork. In January. See the trailer at the end of this too.

Dickheads of the year (2007) Irish Edition, who are yours?

Joel writes a nice piece on how to demo software.

LIFT looks like a good conference. Any Irish going to it? Or the venture evening?

Russel Davies has made a list of some very good conferences to attend. Conferences are the new music festivals, though without the terrible toilets and bug infested swamps camping grounds.

Seth from Meebo who we met during Paddy’s Valley talks about Venture Capital.

Animal lovers will no doubt write in en masse.

NES emulator for the iPhone. I might install it. On. my. iPhone.

Vista biggest crock of shit in 2007? Whudda thunk it.

Ribbit allows you to add voice/telephony to any webapp. Clever. What I like though are the demo videos they made to explain it. Much better than a blog post.

Tailer for They Never Froze Walt Disney:

The Facebook IPO – Every Facebook member to become a shareholder?

Monday, December 17th, 2007

We all have bad memories of IPOs in Ireland, eircom’s one in particular. It’s looking likely that Facebook in the near future will go the IPO route. Facebook, not one for doing things the conventional way, even if the convention is about 3 years old could do something unexpected again. Imagine if they gave the members of Facebook options to be shareholders? They already listen to their people and even after all the hulabaloo over Beacon (which was more about a lameass “democrat” organisation finding a new target. MoveOn.org you’re tossers) and other issues, they amended things to keep people happy, they just caught Google out by checkmating them on OpenSocial and they have a few more clever things on the radar to make their users happy and make money from it.

It almost makes sense they’ll do what Google did and have a dutch style IPO but also offer cheaper shares to their users or give them options to buy.

What would that do to their stock though? Would 50Million shareholders mean that their whims, if tweaked, could see the stock go up and down like a yoyo or would it mean they just ensured 50M people are devoted to making the site work and recruiting everyone else? Would the stock would remain very stable as each shareholder feels they have a connection to each other and the Facebook board? What about the traditional institutional investors?

Whatever whichway, I bet the Facebook IPO will be fun.

Blog Awards 2008 – Some more details

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The categories for the 2008 Irish Blog Awards are below. I’m looking for sponsors again, previous sponsors pay the same price as last year whereas new sponsors pay a little more. Prices to be finalised in the next few days. While last year the goody bags were secret (and were near empty as a result), this year I’m seeking goods to put into the goody bags. If you work for a company or know of a company that wants to put some of their merchandise in the bags for free, give me a shout. Leaflets are a no. Ideally we’ll need about 400 items per company. Nominations will start fairly soon too so be ready. This year the process is going to be different as you’ll see. Keep a look out!

* Best Blog
* Best Blog Post
* Special Recognition Award
* Most Humorous Post
* Best Photo Blog
* Best Arts and Culture Blog
* Best Political Blog
* Best Group Blog

* Best Personal Blog
* Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog
* Best Technology Blog/Blogger

* Best Designed Blog
* Best Sport & Recreation Blog
* Best News/Current Affairs Blog
* Best Specialist Blog

* Best Newcomer
* Best Business Blog
* Best Music Blog

* Best Food/Drink Blog
* Best Crafts Blog
* Best Popculture blog
* Best Blog from a Journalist