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Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides - Smashing Magazine

Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides - Smashing Magazine
Advertisement A few years ago, you might not have pointed out during a meeting with a potential client that you maintained a blog. Over time, though, blogs have evolved from the being a personal hobby to a serious work tool. In fact, today, web designers are supposed to know much more than just how to design and build websites. Customer’s expectations have increased, and unless you are in position to choose your favourite clients, meeting these expectations requires hard work. Hence, it’s important to keep learning about the variety of design-related fields every single day — be it marketing, psychology, business, copywriting, publishing or blogging. Image credit1 Good news: you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you are about to start and run a blog. Compiling a list of brilliant posts waiting to be published is not enough, though. Editorial Calendar An editorial calendar outlines the editorial content that is planned for the coming few weeks. Why Is It Useful? Drawbacks Purpose

How CEOs Will Use Social Media in the Future This series is supported by Gist. Gist provides a full view of the contacts in your professional network by creating a rich business profile for each one that includes the most news, status updates, and work details. See how it works here. Today's CEO is not social. While one can only speculate about the future of CEOs and social media, there's no question that social media plays a huge part in life and the world as we know it right now. As younger CEOs replace older ones, news consumption habits change and social media continues its trend towards ubiquity, there's little question that the man (or woman) at the top will need a firm grasp on social media — whether that be for recruiting, scouting, public engagement or social CRM. The Next Generation of CEOs When it comes to CEOs, there's a vast disparity between the young ones heading up startups and the more seasoned CEOs running the world's most powerful companies. Let's have a gander at some stats on the status quo. CEOs and the Future

Craftsmanship in Designing Websites With high pressure from clients and crazy development schedules for web designers, it is easy to forget to spend the proper amount of time crafting a design. In the interest of speeding things up, it’s tempting to skip over small details. This is an easy pitfall to which to succumb, but in the end, it can hurt your overall career. This article will share methods and simple tools for building better portfolio pieces, having happier clients, and imbuing your work with more value. Professional Pride and Value If you do not take pride in your job, strive to build better value, and feel rewarded in your work, this article is not for you. Regardless of whether or not the subject is close to your heart, as a designer you should always be proud of your work. Love your craft and it will pay off. Naming and Organization Many designers do not think of file naming, organization, or conventions as a craftsmanship issue. You may be thinking that naming and organization is an internal issue. Texture

Why Does ‘Twitter API’ Keep Asking for My Password? | Epicenter Sites around the web are getting splashed with a mysterious dialog Tuesday, thanks to a change in the way Twitter handles user authentication. Some website visitors see the dialog box shown here when visiting any of this site’s blogs. It states that a username and password are being requested by Twitter, with the unhelpful message, “Twitter API.” The same dialog has been spotted on ReadWriteWeb and even on Twitter’s own website. In addition, users of some Twitter apps, including Twitter’s own Tweetie and BlackBerry apps, Tweetdeck and Twitterrific, have complained of Twitter login problems. In the case of the website dialog, entering your username and password doesn’t do anything useful, and won’t make the dialog box go away. The cause of the trouble appears is a change in the way Twitter handles user authentication for remote sites and programs. However, now that Twitter has switched, programs and sites using the old authentication method are not working properly. See Also:

10 Reading Revolutions Before E-Books - Science and Tech 1. The phrase "reading revolution" was probably coined by German historian Rolf Engelsing. He certainly made it popular. Engelsing was trying to describe something he saw in the 18th century: a shift from "intensive" reading and re-reading of very few texts to "extensive" reading of many, often only once. History, of course, is rarely so neat, and other historians quickly found counterexamples of extensive premodern reading (Cicero and his letters) and intensive reading today (the way the Romantics brooded over The Sorrows of Young Werther, or our contemporaries over that very different contemporary Werther, Harry Potter). 2. But first, let's apply a clean explanatory schema or three to the print revolution to see how each one fits. 3. This fusion of orality and literacy helps explain the potency of classical Hellenic culture. 4. 5. 6. 7 & 8. 9. And that's the common thread to all of these revolutions. 10. Images: 1.

The Case for the Commons: Reclaiming our Shared Resources Divided We Fall When politicians talk about getting the country "back on track," what does that mean? When did we ... This article is part of a series of articles on the commons. For more, read The Science of Cooperation and A New Political Dawn. The first three times I heard the word commons, I had no idea what it meant. Although it is often associated with Britain and its colonies, the commons as place and process can be found in societies from Central America to South Asia and, most recently, cyberspace. The term “tragedy of the commons” was coined by microbiologist Garrett Hardin in a 1968 Science article, in which he asked what happens when individuals compete for a scarce resource. In many ways, Hardin’s world looks a lot like our own, as we destroy it at a pace made more frantic by the recession. Scratch the surface, though, and Hardin’s arguments blame the victim. It’s important not to romanticize the idea. The barons rebelled.

27 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed A new Digg, a new school year, and a new weekly roundup of essential resources. In case you were too busy buying pencils and calculators for yourself or a young 'un, we've pulled together our top posts from the past week or so. Check out our updates on Digg, or our infographic on the state of the Geosocial Universe in Social Media. Tech's your thing? Looking for even more social media resources? Social Media 7 Cool Chrome Extensions for TwitterThese feature-rich Chrome extensions can make Twitter's homepage as powerful as any desktop app.20 Cool Twitter Accounts for Daily Fun and Inspiration [PICS]In addition to real-time news, Twitter is great for daily doses of inspiration, education, entertainment, and most of all, fun.The State of the GeoSocial Universe [INFOGRAPHIC]Wondering what the big picture looks like when it comes to location features and social networks? Tech & Mobile Business

a brief guide to life | zen habits ‘A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.’ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson By Leo Babauta Life can be ridiculously complicated, if you let it. I suggest we simplify. Thich Nhat Hanh’s quote, which I’ve stolen as this site’s subtitle, is the shortest guide to life you’ll ever need: “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” If you live your life by those five words, you’ll do pretty well. And as always, these rules are meant to be broken. the brief guide less TV, more reading less shopping, more outdoors less clutter, more space less rush, more slowness less consuming, more creating less junk, more real food less busywork, more impact less driving, more walking less noise, more solitude less focus on the future, more on the present less work, more play less worry, more smilesbreathe

5 Web Design and Development Tools I Simply Can't Live Without (and Why) In recent years, there has been an increasing need for scholars (in some domains in particular) to be at least passingly familiar with the principles and processes of web design and development. You might be building a course website, building (or hacking) a CMS tempate (for a platform such as WordPress or Drupal), deploying a project website, or just being able to know enough to hire the right web developer or designer your project. Web design and development is a big part of my scholarly life (teaching, research, outreach—you name it, web design and development has always played an important role). As such, I’ve accumulated a set of indispensible tools that I use for my own web design and development needs. And what better thing for the next installement of my “5 Things” series than to share these tools. As always, some caveats. Coda Coda’s editor is elegant and quite powerful (and allows real time collaborating using the Subetha Engine). Transmit Kuler Notebook Return to Top

Texas Launches Antitrust Investigation of Google It has been revealed that the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is conducting an investigation of Google over complaints of antitrust and anti-competitive behavior, and the search giant is responding. According to Search Engine Land, the state of Texas' investigation is focused on whether Google manipulates its search results to the detriment of its competition. The investigation was sparked by complaints from vertical search engines Foundem, SourceTool/TradeComet and myTriggers. While none of these companies operate out of the state of Texas, they only need customers in the state to help spark an investigation. Google has since responded to the report via a blog post from Deputy General Counsel Don Harrison. In it, Harrison addresses the questions about the "fairness" of the Google search engine while providing background on Foundem, SourceTool/TradeComet and MyTriggers. What do you think of the investigation?