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Archives by Month: May, 2001

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during May, 2001.

Thu

31

MAY

2001

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

You’ve probably heard before that life is too short to have a job or career that you don’t absolutely love doing and for which you feel great passion. When you do something that excites you all day long, you have a far better chance of excelling, you’ll have a lot more fun, and you’ll get paid in the process. It’s amazing, though, that so many people DON’T do what they love doing for a living. Keeping a roof over the head, paying the bills, getting side-tracked with various obligations, and other distractions can too often get in the way... (178 words, 1 link)

11:58 am, pdt31 May, 2001

Categories: Web Biz

Thu

24

MAY

2001

CSS Experiments With Column Layouts

WebReference’s Andy King has generously shared some of his adventures with the evolution of the WebReference.com site design and development. The latest experiment dated May 18, 2001 uses CSS for the main page’s three-column layout. Didn’t think it was possible? Check this out. His experiments work with several of the latest browser versions. Interested in seeing more CSS info or experiments with using CSS for layouts? Check out WebsiteTips.com’s CSS section, where you’ll find plenty of CSS resources, including free templates for layouts using CSS. A List Apart’s CSS Forum is also compiling a listing of sites that use CSS instead... (109 words, 5 links)

03:43 pm, pdt24 May, 2001

Categories: CSS

Tue

22

MAY

2001

The Meta Tag Myth, Continued

In the recent column here, The Meta Tag Myth, I wrote about the importance of keeping meta tags in perspective with search engine rankings—they’re important but not the ONLY thing to do. If meta tags aren’t the great one-and-only saviour for search engine rankings, what else can they do? Scott Clark wrote a very informative, helpful article about some of the other meta tag uses, in addition to their help with search engines. Didn’t know they did anything more than search engine rankings help? Well, check out this new article at WebReference.com. The article reviews several helpful... (180 words, 2 links)

09:34 am, pdt22 May, 2001

Categories: SEO

Sun

20

MAY

2001

Checking Out The Competition (and Usability)

Evolt.org always has new and interesting articles, and checking out their site for the latest each week is one of my routine stops. This past week Paul Nattress wrote an article on the why and how of checking out your competitors' sites, Researching Web Sites. Nattress provides a checklist of what to consider and why in a casual, easy to understand manner. Worth checking out. Continuing to explore, I naturally went on over to the author’s Web site, ia-uk, a site centered on information architecture, usability, and design. Also worth a check. Among his Links section are more very... (161 words, 5 links)

09:11 am, pdt20 May, 2001

Sat

19

MAY

2001

Zeldman’s New Book!

Taking Your Talent to the Web: Making the Transition from Graphic Design to Web Design, by Jeffrey Zeldman is out. (As of this writing, however, Amazon.com still says it’s on order.) [Thanks to Digital Web for the link - this particular link gives some further change to the author, too.] What’s all the excitement about? Read WebReview’s interview with the author, Zeldman: Taking Your Talent to the Web by Molly Holzschlag and download (PDF) a sample chapter to get an idea. Or read chapter excerpts at WebReference.com’s Taking Your Talent to the Web. A List Apart also has quite... (115 words, 8 links)

10:41 pm, pdt19 May, 2001

Categories: Design

Thu

17

MAY

2001

A Little Glitch

A family emergency has taken me away from this week’s updates to Brainstorms & Raves. Stay tuned for more within the next few days.... (25 words, 1 link)

09:03 pm, pdt17 May, 2001

Categories: Personal

Wed

9

MAY

2001

Good Copy Matters

How many times does such good copy attract your attention that you stop in your tracks and read it? All the time? Once a month? Twice a year? With so many Web sites online, the percentage of those with great copy is pretty low. If you’re planning a Web site or a redesign, would you consider hiring a professional copywriter? Most people I ask respond that they don’t want to spend the money or don’t have the money, that they can write something up themselves. Unfortunately, the value of a professional copywriter is often misunderstood. Although I’m on the design... (600 words, 12 links)

11:48 pm, pdt 9 May, 2001

Categories: Content

Thu

3

MAY

2001

A Positive Spin On DotComs

John Audette of I-Sales fame recently started a newsletter, The Adventive Report, which spotlights Internet success stories each Wednesday: “While many deadpool websites continue to monitor the failures of the high-profile flops, the aim of the Adventive Report is to highlight the companies that are persisting in the face of an Internet slump. Through testimonials, examples, and editorials, our newsletter showcases a myriad of achievements in an evolving industry.” Unfortunately the news reports continue to ring of gloom of doom; however, e-commerce continues to grow, and there are plenty of businesses that are continuing to thrive. While Adventive’s subscribers... (359 words, 9 links, 1 image)

12:31 am, pdt 3 May, 2001

Categories: Internet

Wed

2

MAY

2001

Edward Tufte’s Website

If you haven’t yet discovered Edward Tufte, you’re in for a major treat. Whenever I read about him or hear someone mention his name, it’s always with such admiration and respect. That in itself caught my attention about a year ago, and I had to go check out who this person is that so many admire. Bob Stein, the man behind VisiBone, is one of many who’ve mentioned Tufte to me. Bob recommended Tufte’s book, Envisioning Information, which I promptly purchased and have loved every page. Considering Tufte is not only known for but also revered for being an... (188 words, 8 links, 1 image)

12:22 am, pdt 2 May, 2001

Tue

1

MAY

2001

An Angel In Our Midst

This day’s column, May 1, 2001, is dedicated to my mom, Jeanne Miriam Evans Jones. She left this earth 2 years ago today. Her presence, her love, her wonderful hugs, and her great cooking are sorely missed. Mom, you were and remain an angel in our midst. Lived on this earth from September 14, 1920 to May 1, 1999 "In the end, only kindness matters."—Jewel... (64 words, 2 links, 2 images)

01:12 am, pdt 1 May, 2001

Categories: Personal

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