Powerful punchy prose, big hit blog

Word Hero sounds familiar doesn’t it? I had bumped into the title here and there. I finally picked up a copy when I realized it was by the same author as my recent favorite Thank You For Arguing – Jay Heinrichs. Turns out his title inspiration was Guitar Hero, and therein lies the secret to …

Opportunity a day – career risk at bay

Free Agent. Stress Test. Avoid Sameness As the globalization juggernaut rolls on, it continues to create more Detroits. Skills and perspectives quickly become obsolete. What to do in the face of such change? [quote]Small fires prevent the big burn[/quote] So there’s your quick answer. Get the book if you want more! Some related material: why …

Social Scoring with Klout, Kred & PeerIndex

Klout, Kred or PeerIndex… What’s with all these new social scoring sites? I wanted to know the answer, so I picked up a copy of Return on Influence. Schaefer’s book is not intimidating, it’s a short 180 pages plus a short appendix with a primer on all things social media. Upon first opening the book, …

Pro Blogging with the Pros

I picked up a copy of the Problogger book and flipped to the Blog Promotion chapter.  In it they recommended – Create compilation pages. I tried it I crafted a new post, selected some of my blogs most popular material, organized it with nice punchy one line summaries, and after about 20 minutes posted it.  …

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Habits. We all have them. The good ones we celebrate, but the bad ones we struggle with. Duhigg’s book may introduce some ideas to those of us less familiar with behavioral sciences but it fails to effectively teach us how to form good habits and break the bad ones. Filled with pages of stories from …

The risk of living in a filter bubble

I’ve been looking for this book for a long time. Or maybe I should rephrase that. I was pondering this topic and had been looking for a book which covered it for a while so I was pleased to come across The Filter Bubble. Digging into search engine optimization and analytics while building my own …

A handy guide for PHP and MongoDB Web Development

What makes a beginner’s guide handy is when it speaks to your intuition. It anticipates the burning questions that follow from a newbie trying to grasp new concepts and it quickly answers them. PHP and MongoDB Web Development – Beginner’s Guide is one such guide. I hadn’t heard of Packt Publishing or Rubayeet Islam before …