Is it just me, or is everything feeling very strange lately? Good friends are literally being beat up online and their reputations taking serious blows.  I visualize a slight breeze, picnic lunch with wine, beer and good friends under a big spreading oak tree and deciding which puffy clouds look like cows in the sky…

Marketing Right Now

Barry Welford has a series running called “Marketing Right Now” (or MRN) running at the Cre8asiteforums Blog, Cre8tive Flow. His latest post is MRN – The Blog. If you would prefer to start at the beginning of the series, MRN starts here.

From Barry’s introduction:

This series of articles provide the essential information you need to do successful marketing. There are seven articles in the series and each is about 1000 words long. The guiding principle has been to give you what is essential, to cut out all unnecessary prose, rather than to have you read a huge tome.

Speaking of Cre8asiteforums, we have implemented two new items. Due to the enormous problem of bot spam, ALL new members are required to pass through a 3 pronged validation process, with the final step being Admin approval. All new members must have no prior record of spam history.

The second addition is attractive to those of you seeking inexpensive advertising. Cre8tive Community Announcements & Jobs Board is a fee-based forum for classified advertising. The fee you pay goes into our “give back” revenue, where we support conferences, “camps”, “unconferences”, scholarships, course, and much more. We provide 2 URLS and 100 word space. (No-follow links but posts are indexed.)

Interesting Finds

Discussion: A World Without Search Engines

Key Relevance Covers Emetrics in Washington, DC, coverage by Li Evans.

Also by Key Relevance was this personal account, by Christine Churchill on SMX East recently.

Lee Odden’s Top Rank blog has a good post called Corporate Blogging Trends, Insights and Events


I was invited to join the writing team for the “Just Behave” column at Search Engine Land, where I join Lance Loveday, Shari Thurow and Gord Hotchkiss. It’s an enormous honor to be joining book authors and esteemed industry leaders.

And….In The Nobody Cares Kim Department

An alien appears to have taken over my college freshman daughter, Arielle. She lives at home still, while working at nights and taking a full-time college course load. In her spare time, she’s been organizing ALL the closets, the entire kitchen, food shopping for me and not only doing everyone’s laundry, but folding it! Our most deepest and heartfelt thanks to whatever planet You sent this one from.

May we keep her?

Those on Twitter and Facebook have already put up with me yesterday about this but I’m still in awe, so bear with me, please. My 14 year old son (he’ll be 15 next month), Stefan, won the gold medal in his class (age/weight) in the USAPL Northeastern USA Power Lifting Championship Regionals. I posted pictures of him here.

Nine tries and successfully completed all 9 attempts. Final totals for him:
Squat – 285 lbs
Bench Press – 155 lbs
Dead Lift – 340 lbs

We have weight room and exercise equipment (courtesy of generous family members who support Stefan and his sports stuff). Last evening Stefan taught me how to Dead Lift using proper form. I did 70 lbs!

Better yet, he didn’t laugh at me.

Lazy, Greedy, Incompetent: Marketers, Management and Web Developers
The Secret to Persuasive Design is in the Invitation


Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

My Online Course: Web Site Usability 101


American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Information Architecture Institute

Usability Professionals Association (UPA)