Are You Into Nerd Stuff?

I like linking to neat blogs or sites that offer something fresh or different. Here’s another one:

ForeverGeek Nerds Are For Dorks

I *used* to be cool! I swear! 😆

This blog has a little bit of everything and it got a mention today because the Napoleon Dynamite references lately have had me giggling and the Liger/Mac OS picture still has me laffin.

Mac OS X 10.8 Liger
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Giggles aside, the blog is a nice addition to your feed reader. And it also gives you a bit of a geek edge up on the competition – know what I mean?

Look Who Spent A Day With Seth Godin

Todd over at stuntdubl.com writes about his day with Seth Godin:

Calling Cards, and Condos, and Cows… Oh My!

The Stuntdubl blog is a newer find for me and really – that blog has teeth. Todd if you’re reading this – I ordered Seth’s book The Big Red Fez since you recommended it here so strongly, just waiting for Amazon to ship it. Also pre-ordered the upcoming new release – All Marketers Are Liars (oh that’s scandalous! :lol:). I admit I’ve become quite smitten with Seth and his work, he has a new disciple on his hands. [note to Seth: be afraid :lol:]

Todd’s blog entry confirms what I’ve been speculating about lately, that SEO is fun and fine (and sweet when it goes your way) – but it’s not stable baby. Hits like the Florida update and GoogleBowling may take you out in a blink. Time to grease up the rusty brain cells and figure out some mad marketing methods.

Let’s watch and see if Todd oozes anything Seth Godin-like in the next little while that we can learn from.

Martha Stewart’s Poncho

What can you learn from Marth Stewart and a poncho?

Martha Stewart Poncho

MSNBC: Martha’s Poncho: An Amazing Yarn

You might call it the Martha Effect. In the 127 years since Ruben Blumenthal founded Lion Brand Yarn, the New York-based company has never quite experienced a frenzy like the one set off by Martha Stewart’s post-prison wardrobe selection. On March 3, the night the domestic diva was released, TV networks around the world broadcast images of her — over and over again — walking to a private jet in a hand-crocheted poncho. The garment set off an enormous wave of interest among knitting fans, says Ilana Rabinowitz, Lion Brand’s director of consumer marketing.

Lion Brand recognized that Martha tipped a hand knit poncho – so it made sure those hungry knitters found a pattern – on THEIR website:

Lion Brand Yarn

After receiving the largest number of requests ever for a single pattern, Lion Brand has created a new, free Homespun® pattern to match the poncho that Martha Stewart wore upon her return home. Click here for the free crochet pattern (en Español). Click here for the free knitting pattern (en Español).

I used to watch some guy over on eBay (years ago) who paid attention to the media, gossip and talk shows. He’d post auctions based on what the ‘chatter’ was about at the time. Sales? Who remembers. But he sure gained a following. 😉

ZabaSearch

I missed the news on this, but ZabaSearch is one freaky people finder engine. Pulls up satellite pictures of your house, your birthdate, your address, your phone number. More detailed background checks can be purchased.

Here’s an article discussing more weird stuff about ZabaSearch (including a reference to the Heaven’s Gate cult):

It’s impressive, scary to see what a Zaba search can do

Everything that’s great and everything that’s frightening about the Internet can be summed up in a single word.

Zaba.

That’s Zaba as in ZabaSearch.com, a so-called people search site that allows you to quickly track down the whereabouts of just about anyone, free of charge.

Thanks to John Battelle’s Searchblog for the link.

Are Forums Dying Or Is It Just Me?

For some time now I’ve noticed something ‘different’ about various forums that I’ve followed for quite some time. I’m talking affiliate boards, webmaster and seo boards, the biz stuff. I could never quite put my finger on ‘what was wrong’, but I realized something last night.

Many of the forums I have been visiting the past year or so just aren’t as active. New threads aren’t created as often. Discussions don’t seem to go as long. Long time favorite posters aren’t around or if they are, not as much.

Many of the new threads are more ‘newbie related’ and the ‘more advanced’ or original/unique stuff is less and less. The newbies are keeping the forums somewhat alive. I’m looking at a handful of forums and when I take away the ‘newb’ questions, there’s not a whole heck of a lot left. And no – don’t ask me what forums I’m looking at cause I won’t say. But you’re probably familiar with at least some of them.

One affiliate board that I could count on for some good dish – has pretty much stopped cold. Maybe 5 or 6 posts a day, if that. And topics of great interest just aren’t there any longer. Another affiliate board is somewhat more active – but again it’s mainly newbies holding the place up. One SEO type forum that I’ve always been fond of, the ‘real’ discussion just isn’t happening. Take away the siggy link option and I’m sure that forum would topple over and die.

I’m not getting a whole lot out of forums anymore – in terms of learning. News flashes – sure. But the stuff that stretched and pulled you into thought and discussion and growth, mostly gone.

So what’s happening to the forums? Is it the blog movement? Has everyone moved to blog stalking and posting? Is it private forums? Have we all moved off the big boards and into our own little quiet corners with trusted partners? Or are people just done and bored with forums and cranking out more work?

I don’t think it’s me that’s changed, I think the forum crowds have shifted. I remember days of two full forum pages of posts. Now it’s a quick 5 minute check through all the forum folders and I’ve moved on. I’m not complaining, it’s just an observation I’ve made and wondering what’s changed.