Back in August I launched the CTA Alerts with my brother Kevin over at www.ctatattler.com. Since that time, 406 people have signed up and made hundreds of posts. Here's a look at the things I've learned from CTA Alerts:
There's more to learn, one message at a time.
As I said upon the launch of Derivative Works, I am interested in web technology trends, but there's no reason for me to blog about them because other people do such a great job of it. Keeping up with the day job, family, and various projects, my life doesn't include a trip to for the International CES show, where so many partnerships, launches, and other exciting news has been announded. Luckily, Richard MacManus of the Read/Write Web has been posting excellent analysis of everything. Read Main Themes of Internet Companies at CES, which is an excellent summary of the important things that happened last week that will be affecting our internet lifestyles soon.
Finding You in Stuff
One Session: Saturday, January 28th
Time: 10am - 12
Taught by Daniel X. O’Neil
Limited to 12 students, grades 2-4
Who are you? This workshop will use Stuff to show how identity can be drawn from everything around you as well as the thoughts inside of you. Each student will bring his/her backpack - unorganized and full of random notes, journals, receipts, books, worksheets, and homework - and use these materials to create poems with a collage on the back showing the original materials from which the poem was constructed.
13 families happy now.
12 by sunup.
SAGO, W.Va., Jan. 3 - Forty-one hours after an explosion trapped 13 men in a West Virginia coal mine here, family members and a state official said that 12 of the miners had been found alive Tuesday night.
"We've got a lot of hope that we'll find these men," Gov. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia told reporters just before 11 p.m.
Earlier in the evening, the body of one miner was found 11,200 feet from the mine entrance, within a few hundred feet of a vehicle used to transport the workers deep into the mine, company officials said. The miner was not identified, and the cause of his death was unclear.
UPDATE 2:14 AM Central
The cruelty of news
-- Despite earlier reports, family members in West Virginia now say
only one trapped miner brought out alive. All 12 others dead. (CNN)
One of my 2006 goals is to grow some of my websites into viable, stand-alone revenue makers. When I say "Google Adsense, Amazon Associates, Ebay Affiliates, RSS tools, and other progams to see how they can be applied for clients as well as to generate enough money to justify their existence.", I'm not talking quit-your-day-job money. I just want to experiment more with
Toward that end, today I relaunched my website, www.wesleywillisart.com. I started it in November 2003 and have never really done much with it. I started it because I thought it was a shame that lots of people knew of his music but few knew of his art.
It has consistently ranked #2 in Google for "Wesley Willis" and has gotten enough attention out there that I really think it's made a difference.
In looking at the myriad comments on the site, I notice that the thing people are most interested in is where to buy Welsey Willis Art and how much it might go for.
So I provide direct links to places where they might find Wesley Willis Art through by Ebay and Amazon affiliate accounts. I also placed some more contextual Google Ads on the site near each post. I had them there before, but nothing has ever come from it. I only had a tall banner ad in the sidebar and most of the ads are Chicago-oriented instead of art or folk-art oriented. I am going to pay more attention and try to influence the ads that are displayed. I'll report back the results here.
One original goal of my site was to become a compendium of images of Wesley Willis Art. Some people have uploaded their images, and I give directions on how to post to the site, but it has never caught on. Flickr has changed everything on that front-- allowing people all over the world to simply tag their images and share with us. I use Feeburner's Buzz Boost feature to display all images tagged with "wesleywillis" in the right-hand column on the site.
Go there, and for God's sake, if you or someone you know has images of Wesley Willis Art, tag away!
So, um, I have a pretty unpopular weblog. 10 hits per day. Not the stuff of legend. One of my major goals in 2006 is to change all that. That means I have to link to other blogs, comment on interesting posts, and actively attempt to get people interested in my ideas. I've done none of that, ever, in my 3+ years of blogging.
Anyway, I'm pretty proud of the stuff I've come up with in the last year. One ingredient to a popular wblog is quality content, and I've had that covered pretty well, I think. Maybe an underappreciated yet high quality 2005 can help lead to a mildly appreciated and high quality 2006 output. Here's a recap:
And some other web content I've helped other people with this year:
New for 2006:
Happy and healthy 2006 to all.