Greetings and welcome to this week's Carnival of the capitalists hosted here at the CaseySoftware blog (shameless plug below). As you can probably tell, CotC was delayed this week due to the July 4th holiday. For our US audience, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend, got to enjoy some time with family and friends, and maybe got a refresher on history. For our non-US audience, I'm sorry that you had to be at work yesterday.
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Update: There were three entries initially missed on first publication. The first is called “Q2 ends – what now?” in the “Misc” category. And the second is “Mistakes lead to success” in the “Personal Development” category. Finally, the third is “A Gross Fallacy” in the “Fake But Accurate” category. My apologies to all.
Well, it's obvious that Debt is on people's minds this week. We got a great series of posts about various debt reduction principles (read: NOT schemes).
We have a plea from Searchlight Crusade about getting your documents together prior to getting your mortgage.
We also have a guy who's been there, done that, and has a paid-off T-shirt to prove it. Passed along from Free Money Finance, we have a story of a gentleman who wiped out $12000 of credit card debt in just over a year. Impressive demonstration.
In the “Fake But Accurate” category:
Gongol raises some questions about Live 8 and asking the proper questions in Live 8 Team Claims Preposterous Number of Viewers. 3 Billion viewers, huh? With that many people working, African poverty should be gone within a week right?
Next, in the “Personal Development is Professional Development” category:
We have a great article from Steve Pavlina about Working in Unsual Places and how changing the environment/distractions can make huge changes in how you focus. Some friends and I worked out a name for this years ago – Shower Thoughts. It's when you're standing in the shower with your eyes half closed and that epiphany hits you. Just remember: don't bother trying to write it in the steam.
No one enjoys taking criticism, but at some point we have to get over it and ask the hard questions. Secrets of Going Solo has some some questions to ask yourself, your customers, and your industry.
Datum offers us a perspective on different leadership styles around the world in Attitudes towards leadership : Asia, America Europe and how the styles are interacting… or colliding. What is your leadership style?
Learning how to say Thank You to those special people in your life can be one of the hardest things to do. Jane does this in “Jane Gives Thanks to Dads” in a tribute at Lip-Sticking in honor of Father's Day and her father.
Next, in the “Marketing is not a four letter word” category:
We have a great post from JSLogan called Read This Post And All Your Business Dreams Will Come True which describes how effective marketing begins with the title. You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can convince people to not give it a second look.
Most people think of marketing as something that can be done exlusively for a business, but Slacker Manager points out to us that a Full Frontal Personal Marketing Assault can make or break a job offer. He shares a great story describing a personal success in this area… immediately after failing to get the opportunity once.
I spent Thursday attending a conference and wish I had read Revenue Roundtable and come across To Booth or Not To Booth, That's the Question in advance. Jim raises some great tips about “going guerilla” to make and grow contacts without breaking your budget.
Many people out there are using blogs to give their company, project, or themselves a public face online. This doesn't do any good if no one reads it, so Marketing eYe has some tips on Marketing Your Blog. Now I have to add some of these to my ToDo list…
We have three posts hammering on the customer experience. Why do so many organizations not get this? First, Big Adventure Marketing points at it in a way applicable to everyone – online or off – in What's Your Story? And then Talking Story shares a similar frustration in Do it right, or don't do it at all. Finally, PhotonCourrier describes where “synergies” weren't very “synergistic” for the customers in The Costs of Synergy. One of the things you must consider when developing your blog or your business is: what is the customer's experience?
Don't believe that press releases, conferences, etc are the only marketing that you do. Guerilla Consulting reminds us that Proposal Writing is also a marketing experience in The â€œSeven Deadly Sinsâ€ of Proposal Writing.
Finally, if you've been drowning in a deluge of content from your RSS Aggregator, Ripples passes along a post encouraging bloggers to start categorizing their posts around some basic categories. Makes sense… some people seem to have a Random Topic Generator for their blog and they just go on and on and on and on… Oh, sorry.
Next, in the “Maybe marketing should be a four letter word” category:
Multiple Mentality points out how the greeting card industry has created holidays out of thin air and now preys on our consciences to get us to buy the biggest and best card out there. I still remember dating someone ten years ago and not knowing what in the world “Sweetest Day” was.
In the International category, we have some interesting stories:
In the “Your Rights For Sale Here!” category, we have some commentary about our lovable black-robed overlords:
Accidental Verbosity shares a short description of Kelo and “Fair” Value point of view. How is a price defined without the market? Food for thought.
As a secondary point, a friend passed along the proposed House Bill: HR3073 called the “Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act of 2005″ which would allow Congress to overturn a SCOTUS decision just as they overturn a Presidential Veto. Read it yourself from Thomas: The Legislative Search Engine.
In the “Intro to Economics 101″ category, we have some theory, some real world application, and a smackdown on display:
Liberty Cadre shares with us How eBay spreads understanding of markets, the importance of reputation, and other good things. While we can never have perfect information on the market, Ebay offers one of the closest approximations we've seen so far.
Interim Thoughts points out an interesting scenario which is seeming more and more likely as time goes on in Lenovo now, America Tomorrow. He tracks the same model that numerous companies have used over the years to the logical conclusion…
Have you ever noticed that when there are multiple lines, quite often one of them is significantly shorter than the others? Why does this happen?Big Picture Small Office tries to determine the economic basis for this in Wendy's Queuing Theory.
Finally, Coyote Blog – one of my personal favorites – feeds New York Times' “economist” Paul Krugan to the wolves – er.. coyotes – over a complete lack of understanding of economics in Anyone Remember the Eighties?
In the Misc category, we have some interesting tidbits:
Cash is King. Of course, when you're waiting on customers to pay, you might pull out your hair, lose some sleep, and generally be a bit tense. Facteon acknowledges that Cash Flow Pressure is something that nearly every small independent business faces.
Digital IQ shares an interesting story about a new project where Florida kids spend summer in front and behind the camera. Sounds like it's great experience and could be fun.
In the “Not Work Safe (NWS)” category:
Just as a warning, some may find the bikini/lingerie/mud-clad images of women questionable and/or offensive – I got a number of posts from My Blog Site. I'm not going to post all the individual ones here because every single post since June 27th was submitted.
Some interetesting facts on the demographics and cash flow of Internet Poker. Wow, no wonder I see so much poker comment spam.
Finally, since this is a software company blog, I was happy to see some technology issues raised:
Have you ever heard the Words to Chill the Soul of a Web-Based Business? It's when you find out that the software package, web server, or even hosting company has a huge gaping security hole… and people are starting to get hacked. Who handles your updates? Do you have a plan in place?
The Stalwart points out that huge advances in healthcare have come from IT, yet industry-wide spending in this area is still tiny. In The Case for Healthcare IT some details are giving on why an increase may be necessary.
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