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Sachi and I have an ongoing discussion that I want to share with you, dear reader, because I want to hear your feedback. When I was a consultant, people would ask me what subjects are appropriate for a blog. Inevitably I would say that it should reflect the person behind the blog and what is important to them. It should be multi-faceted and provide personality along with on-topic content. I would also say that context matters - company blogs deserve special care, for instance. So here I... Continue Reading
Subscribers to the Common Craft Blog may have seen a strange message today about licensing that included the line "Your application will be reviewed." This is a mistake - you should not have received this message. We created a new page and for some reason, the introduction on that page got included in the messages that go to subscribers. We'll make sure it doens't happen again. Sorry to confuse you - we'll be back to normal programming this week.
We are blown away with the response to the recent post "What Videos Should We Make?" Not just the quantity (over 50 comments and lots of email), but the quality. It's exciting to see suggestions that have opened up new ideas and ones that fit with a couple of the themes that have been top-of-mind. As I've told Sachi recently, it feels a little like we're at the edge of a pool, preparing to jump in. We're confident that we're on the right track, but the content of our future videos will... Continue Reading
Our big transition is almost complete and we need your help. The new Store is up, we're finishing up the last custom projects and now is the time to plan what videos we'll offer in the Store over the next year. We have lots of ideas, but we really want to know what you think. We want to make videos that: Help professionals and educators increase awareness and create change at work Have a positive impact on the Web A good example of this is our video "Wikis in Plain English", which is part... Continue Reading
I'm not sure how this happened, but there is an error in the original version of the "Electing a US President" video. The original version says that there are 3 congressional districts in Kansas. As we discovered today, via a nice email from Gerry Deman of Kansas, there are actually 4 districts. Here's what we're doing about it:We have created a new, corrected version of the video. It's embedded below and we have replaced the video on the original blog entry (and embed code) with this new... Continue Reading
This evening we've taken the wraps off the new CommonCraft.com and we'd love your feedback and help. The biggest change is the new and improved video Store, which is fashioned after the shopping experience on sites like NetFlix. As I've said before, we see the Store as the centerpiece of our future business and we're so excited to have a foundation on which we can build. To go with the new Store, we've made a video (below) that explains the way our video licensing works. "Common Craft... Continue Reading
Dear SSPR,You have been sending me emails for months now, apparently from someone named Sarah who always has a "Story Idea:" for me. Since then I have asked three times (including a voicemail) to be removed from your distribution list. What happened today? I received another email from Sarah about another awesome "STORY IDEA". I've given up trying to stop your emails. You obviously don't care about my requests, or care that you're proving to me and a lot of others that you accomplish the... Continue Reading
It's true, Common Craft (the company and blog) is 5 years old today, or sometime around now. I recently went back to the very first blog posts I wrote in 2003. One of first was called "My Intentions for this Weblog" of June 24, 2003. Here are two quotes: This weblog will be written in the language of a lay person. I feel strongly that a key to my success is being able to relate technology and technical concepts to people that are not educated or well-versed in technology. I think that the... Continue Reading
We're often asked how we got started with our videos. Here's the story. It all started with an online community. It was the latter part of 1999 and I was working in a healthcare data company called HBSI (which was eventually merged into non-existence). The customers were asking for a way to work together across hospitals. So, a few of us started an email group on eGroups, which is now Yahoo Groups. Through this experiment and the online community that grew out of it, I discovered my... Continue Reading
Well, as of today it has been exactly one year since all this video craziness began. On April 22, 2007 we published RSS in Plain English. We never guessed these videos would take us so far - it was just a problem that begged to be solved. Did you ever see a blog post with the same name from 2004? Since our work is in front of people often, we both feel a little self conscious in talking about the numbers behind the videos. We don't want to seem ostentatious or too self-promotional. But, at... Continue Reading
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