Moving Right Along

What a wild year. I hit an age milestone and one child has grown up and is training me on how to be the mother of someone who has her own car, job, boyfriend and still never makes her bed.

School is almost out for the summer. Already my son finished the baseball season for team number one, and now he’s on his second team, where they play into July. They’ve only lost one game so far. Freshman high school football camps and practice for him start the week after school ends. Hockey in the morning for him ends this Friday. No more waking up at 5:30 am! Yay!

We’re replacing carpet, painting rooms, building another deck, and making way for a hot tub given to us by a friend.  I still haven’t finished the veggie garden, so we’ll have harvest in December.  No vacation or trips to conferences, but I’m helping to plan a local SEO gig for the Fall.

While home life is complete chaos and I’m officially “old” and not sexy/attractive anymore (according to marketers and porn sites), I’m still working and supplying web site usability support to search engine marketers and web site companies and enjoying my volunteer local web site projects (doc.).

As some of you may know, I’m also creating and building a new web site called Akesana.com. A MySpace page for Akesana was set up to blog on the progress.

A wee bit of a tease…

Akesana.com is the brain child of Kim Krause Berg, aka “Cre8pc”. World weaving requires an open mind and the capacity to love. We’re not just talking about selective open minds. We’re not talking about regulated love. To understand Akesana is to walk into a world where touch and connections are not taboo and energy is creative, curious, and welcoming. You may be surprised to find string theory, art and web site design – all in one site. Few will understand Akesana. Some may have the courage to visit but few will remain there. Because what we’ll create is going to be painful.

My friend, Donna Fontenot, has some new projects going too. One of them is for SEO and related bloggers.

Do we still need Meta Keywords?. I just about forgot we ever used them. Ammon Johns delights with:

There is a (sneaky) use of keywords however. You use it to deliberately mislead your competitors keyword research.

Did you know Cre8asiteforums has a Tech News Reporter?. We never stop trying new things there. This idea was started by a member and we supported him.

Of course, you have to still believe in forums. I do.

The May 2008 issue of the Journal of Usability Studies is out now.

The Search Engine College has a new course Article Marketing and Distribution! (And will have more if I ever get my act together and write the two I proposed, in addition to my existing Web Site Usability Course.)

I’m Reading (Thanks to a lot of birthday gift cards from those who know I’m a bookaholic!)

The Elegant Universe. Weird how this book came into my life. I have no recall on how I came to know the book but it fits perfectly with what’s been going on in my head.

Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and A New Earth, because so many people recommended them.

Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks by Luke Wroblewski. I couldn’t wait to buy his book. Nobody knows forms better than Luke.

Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6.

In the “Nobody Cares Kim Department”

I love to stir-fry and my step-son chose a new Wok to give me for my birthday. This pork stir fry idea turned out well. If you have any favorites, I’d love to hear about them. It’s the easiest way to get veggies into the kids. Except for zucchini. The youngest one thinks I’m trying to kill him when I make zukes.

Graduation party on Saturday night with family. Then “senior week”, where my kid opted to go to Canada rather than the beach. (Free place to stay sells.) I squished out more funds to help her buy her first car. A 1995 Saturn coupe with 50,000 miles on it. It’s not the Eclipse she wanted. Poor baby.

Her college forms are almost done.

Can hardly believe I’m sending a kid to college who begged for a Hannah Montana Toothbrush last Christmas.

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