A Somebody Nobody

I was talking to some folks at an art gallery last weekend where I knew one of the artists being featured. The topic of what I do came up and how long I’ve been doing it. When I mentioned Cre8asiteforums, its being a global community and the huge membership, it sounded really impressive and cool.

I saw their eyebrows go up. There was that familiar, “Wow, she must be famous” look on their faces. I explained that while I’ve been around since 1995 and in the Internet public eye, I’m nobody at home. Though I’m the volunteer head webmaster for my town’s Little League web site, when at games, I’m just my son’s mom. Hardly anyone cares what I do for the League and I don’t talk about it at games.

Locally, I’m the volunteer webmaster for web sites belonging to two popular people in my community, but nobody would know it unless they somehow read my bio.

I wanted to explain to those people at the art show that I’m a nobody/somebody, but they’d never understand.

This week I was turned on by:

Chris Garrett’s, When to Answer Critics.

The first thing to determine is what the intentions of the criticism is. Some criticism is meant to help, some to just to vent, other times criticism is more about the critic than the criticized. It’s impossible to mind read but you can try to work out where the critic is coming from. The more crazy the attack the less likely you are to find any logic but it is worth trying.

I saw someone call dissenters “children” the other day. Whenever someone feels their opinion is the only one that matters, the conversation is over.

Why Do People Whine by Neil Patel gets into it too.

You’re more likely to succeed if you think about things from a logical perspective instead of an emotional whiny perspective.

Why Consumer Data Isn’t Telling You What You Need from Holly Buchanan on “smashing stereotypes” is a great read.

Feelings? I loved this. Getting Emotional With… Lorraine Justice interview on the topic of design and emotion.

I have been very critical of a lot of American design mainly due to the corporate view of design and the lack of support for design in American universities. There are some wonderful designers and some wonderful design firms, but they never get a chance to “fly”! By the time corporate America gets done with a design, you have in some cases “technology meets marketing” substituting for what the designers can actually do. It is such a tight fisted waste of what could be going on in the US in design.

Need another shove off the couch? Try inspireUX . It may trip your trigger.

Conscious web developers may like How to Build a Green Business to get new ideas.

Breaking Down the Silos: Usability Practitioners Meet Marketing Researchers is almost as good as a back massage for usability folks.

I once proposed to a financial services client that I present the results of a recent user experience evaluation to the broader marketing team and the Web teams of other divisions whose sites were tackling similar UI challenges. “No one is going to show up to that meeting,” he replied. “I can send them the report, but they won’t read it.” Not only did the product marketing team not care what was going on in usability, the sister site’s Web division didn’t care about issues that were directly relevant to the overall design and presentation of similar content on their site!

The next Internet Marketing Ninjas SEO Class will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland and be taught by some highly esteemed marketers like Ammon Johns, Brian Turner, Barry LLoyd and more. Having taught a usability class for them, I can vouch for the perks of smaller learning environment, contact with the instructors, relaxed environment and advanced content.

Finally…stay tuned for my next web project. It’s called “Akesana”.

I may be getting older, but I’m just getting started.