The Definition of a Great Blog, Example #1

I am such a fan of Jack Vinson’s blog, Knowledge Jolt with Jack, which covers knowledge management and work practices.
Here’s how good it is.
Jack writes a post called Annual Ammonia Symposium. Not only do I look at it, but I read it, think about how it might have application to me, and now I am blogging about it.
For me, Knowledge Jolt with Jack is a blog that matters. Jack has earned my confidence and trust with his consistently excellent posts and now I’m ready to follow his interests wherever they lead. That’s a pretty damn good blog.
Today’s example: The Information Snowflake and Snowballs.

My Post on “Vita Triptych Drub” is #1 on Google

A week ago, I posted about a spam message I received with the subject line: vita triptych drub.
One week later, a search in Google on “vita triptych drub” shows my post as the #1 listing.
Two (and a half) simple questions:
1. How much are you paying your search engine optimizer and what results do they get you for that money?
2. How many shares are you planning to buy in the Google IPO?
The concern that I have is that people are relying too much on search engines that can be “gamed” and paying search engine optimizers for results that can be obtained for nothing.
The real skill in search engine optimization, by the way, is not to get a high ranking on an obscure phrase, although I applaud Anil Dash’s prize-winning efforts. That’s almost a parlor trick. It’s getting a #1 rank on a commonly-used phrase for a brand new site. That will impress me.

A Sneak Preview of My CaseMap 5 Articles – and Special Treatment for Readers of this Blog

I’ve been working on a couple of articles about the new version of CaseMap, CaseMap 5. Suffice it to say, that I think that it continues its firm hold as the most valuable and innovative litigation software program. Unfortunately, the articles will not appear in print for a while.
However, I want to give one preview. Keep your eyes on the new ReportBooks feature – it may well revolutionize clients’ expectations on how information about there cases should be presented to them.
As you may know, CaseSoft will give readers of my blog a free license to its NoteMap outliner tool. However, I now have lined up something even better for my blog readers – a personal contact. I’ve talked Danielle Carwell into be the CaseSoft contact person for readers of my blog. Call Danielle at (904) 273-5000 x237 or email her and let her know that you are a reader of this blog and she’ll take care of your questions. She’ll get you set up with a free license to NoteMap and, assuming that you are as impressed with CaseMap 5 as I am, she’ll assist you in purchasing the number of licenses for CaseMap 5 that you need.
I love this quote about CaseMap from David Beckman and David Hirsch: “CaseMap is a must. It is like a spreadsheet for organizing facts, people and issues, as well as documents and other tangible things. Any lawyer who walks into a courtroom without it would be crazy.”

Getting Things Done Zone

For David Allen fans (like me):
A group of Microsoft bloggers has ceated the Getting Things Done Zone. Check out the welcoming letter.
Here’s the kind of welcoming language I like to find:
“In fact, if you do a search at Google or Feedster, you’ll find a wealth of posts about how the GTD Natural Planning Method has helped a bunch of really smart, articulate, and technologically sophisticated people become more productive and less stressed.”

Great Collection of PowerPoint Resources

McGee’s Musings has long been one of my favorite blogs.
Lately, he’s posted some great stuff.
1. A pointer to Michael Hyatt’s fantastic collection of PowerPoint resources.
Let me emphasize this one:
Beyond Bullets�This is great Web site on how to use PowerPoint more effectively. The content is very stimulating�and will challenge your presuppositions. Guaranteed. This is not a collection of more templates and clipart. Instead, it presents serious thinking about the way you use PowerPoint and how to improve your effectiveness.”
When you decide to get serious about your presentations, you have to be subscribed to Beyond Bullets. It gets my highest recommendation.
2. A pointer to Michael Shermer’s paper about “twenty-five fallacies that lead us to believe weird things.”
3. A discussion of Martin Roell’s recent presentation on blogs in KM.