Archive for April 2007

The Third Pig Detective Agency

April 30, 2007

Several months ago, when I wrote a column about social networking resources for writers, I had help from one such author.  My friend Bob Burke writes children’s fiction and he’s given me a real insight into the world of the aspiring novelist.

It’s no surprise that it’s an ideal building ground for an online social network.  The best site Bob has found is supported by the Arts Council of England and it’s called YouWriteOn.Com.

Described as “X-Factor for books”, the homepage explains:

The YouWriteOn premise is simple: you review and rate another members opening chapters or short story and then your opening chapters are sent randomly to another member to review and rate.

Top rated chapters are referred for consideration to affiliated leading literary agencies including The Christopher Little Literary Agency and Curtis Brown, whose authors include J.K. Rowling, Ed McBain, David Lodge and Margaret Atwood.

As Bob explains it, members contribute reviews of each others work and, in so doing, make their own work eligible for review.  The real value is the opportunity of professional feedback from experts such as Michael Legat, who reviewed Bob’s chapters after his peers had voted them to the top of the monthly chart.

Bob’s submission to YouWriteOn.Com is a story for pre-teens which recounts the continuing adventures of the clever hero of “The Three Little Pigs”.  What happens after “happily ever after”?  How does a clever pig make a living in day-to-day Grimmtown?

It was another slow day in the office. Actually, it had been a slow week in the office. No, if the truth be known, it had been a lousy month for the Third Pig Detective Agency. That’s me by the way: Harry Pigg, the Third Pig. Where did the name come from? Well, I was the pig that built the house out of bricks while my idiot brothers took the easy route and went for cowboy builders and cheap materials. Let me tell you, wood and straw ain’t much use when Mr. Wolf comes calling. Those guys were pork-chop as soon as he drew in his first breath and filled those giant lungs of his. Blow your house down, indeed. (more…)

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Please State Your Complaint – I’m Sorry – Time’s Up!

April 25, 2007

Hugh Green comments that Eircom have come up with an inspired strategy for dealing with customer complaints. The online complaints form on their website has been modified to take no more than 400 characters of complaint. If you can’t say it in 2.5 text messages, then tough!

It would appear that this bears all the hallmarks of management at work.

Watch This 3-Minute Video – Save Yourself Hours

April 24, 2007

I’m long overdue a post here, and I have lots to talk about.  I planned to post about something else entirely today, and then I saw a tweet from Robert Scoble about something more important.

This is important because it will save you time.  If you already use a feed reader, or an aggregator, or you know what RSS is, then you can skip on to the next item in your aggregation.  I would say “come back tomorrow” – except you don’t really come “here” at all, do you?  😉  Anyway – you’ll find something new from me in your feeds tomorrow!

If you don’t know what RSS is, or how it can help you to follow the news from multiple sources on a single page, then please click on this link and take 3 minutes to look at this video.  It will save you hours at the computer and free you up to spend more time outdoors, meeting real-people and collecting real-life experiences for your blogs and flickrs.  😉

By the way, here’s a link to the RSS feed of this site.  Sorry it’s one of the crappy-looking ones (unless you’re using IE7 which styles it – why don’t wordpress.com put a little CSS in the basic feed?).  I plan to move this shortly to a Feedburner feed, and re-design the blog as well.

Podcasters Of The World

April 11, 2007


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Originally uploaded by jagelado.

Thanks to Jose A Gelado for posting this picture of a group of us at a London restaurant while attending at the European Corporate Podcasting Summit last month. Podcasters from Israel, Spain, USA, Ireland, UK and Denmark.

Diary Of A Startup

April 11, 2007

Last week I left my “day-job” and became a full-time entrepreneur.   Months of conflict and job-juggling has come to an end and, once again, this website takes a new direction.

What started a year ago as an experiment in blogging in English, soon became an important platform for me to develop my ideas with the help of others.  That is still very important to me, and I intend to follow in the tradition of blogging entrepreneurs who continue to inspire me.

However, for the last few months I’ve been making unfair demands on this blog.  It’s a personal blog and, although it is about my business rather than about my private life, it is not a company website.  What I write here is of interest to colleagues, collaborators – and maybe even competitors.  Some of it is useful to customers – but not all of it.  Edgecast Media needs a site of its own.

Watch this space for further developments … and in the meantime: welcome to “Diary Of a Startup”!