Waaaay back in April of 2003, I set up a blog site for the Club 95 restaurant in Hixton, Wisconsin, working with then-owner Steve Kirschner. Jerel and Jen Gunning bought the restaurant from Steve in 2004 and Jerel took on the blogging duties.
In September 2009, I set up a blogsite for Re-Pete’s Saloon & Grill in Black River Falls, Wisconsin which Jerel and Jen had recently purchased. Jen has assumed blogging duties there along with one of her employees, Jamie Bailey.
We’ve now revamped the Club 95 blogsite, converting it from Blogger to WordPress and using the Atahualpa Theme by BytesForAll. Jen and Jamie will likely be taking over blogging and web upkeep duties.
I’ve been working with First Congregational Church of Cannon Falls Pastor Barbara Martin and her technology team to convert their web site to a blog site.
The site is build on WordPress using the Atahualpa Theme by BytesForAll.
We created three custom banners from parishioner photos. The banners randomly display as one clicks on different pages of the site.
Rev. Martin began blogging on March 15.
Two years ago we worked with Upper Midwest Gourmet (UMG) to put up three companion blog sites and we’ve recently revamped one of them, Flamenco Organic Coffee Company.
Northfield web designer Sean Hayford O’Leary took a design from UMG staffer Alan Erbach and, working with another staffer, Michael Applen, created a special WordPress theme and navigation bar for it.
See the UMG Coffee Portal for all their coffee-related sites.
I’m working with my Gallomanor colleagues, Shane McCracken and Mary Reid, to deliver a series of one-day community leadership blogging workshops in the UK called Empowering Voices Online (EVO) .
Shane and Mary will be delivering the face-to-face sessions while I concentrate on the coaching and feedback via various tools, including the Interactive Learning Environment (ILE) on Blogging for Leaders.
First up on the 6th of February: participants from the city of Dewsbury in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England. They’ll be meeting at the Ravensthorpe Community Centre.
I’ve been working with longtime client Trials Training Center (TTC) in Sequatchie, TN to ratchet up their use of social media.
This week, we launched the Trials Training Center Twitter account and the Trials Training Center Facebook Fan Page.
We put this collection of linked icons on their sidebar to make it easy for site visitors to not only follow them on Facebook and Twitter but also to follow the TTC blog via email or RSS and to view their videos on YouTube and their photos on Picasaweb. If you are trying to grow your YouTube channel, click here to see how you can buy views on youtube.
I’ve been working on a blogsite with Gretchen Falck, owner of a fitness studio in Northfield called Forza! Building strong bodies and minds one core at a time.
Forza! features classes that “use Kettlebells, TRX Suspension Training, Resistance Stretching, and Body Weight Exercises.”
Back in 2004, I helped Rochester, MN neighborhood group, the Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association, set up a new website with a blog using Blogger.
They asked for an updated site this summer so we converted all the old Blogger posts over to WordPress. We gave the admin keys to local volunteer Pam Gjertson who’s been learning WordPress on her own and experimenting with various WordPress themes… currently using one of my favorites, Atahualpa.
I’ve been advising Mike Tikkanen on making some changes to his blogsite, Invisible Children. It’s the blog for his book by the same name, as well as for Kids At Risk Action (KARA), “a non-profit advocacy network focusing on issues related to neglected and abused children.” I first coached Mike back in 2005.
I’ve been working with MN Senate 25 candidate Al DeKruif, setting up a campaign website with a blog and a companion Facebook page. His blog posts automatically get published to the Wall on his Facebook page as well as to an RSS/Blog tab. And his Facebook updates automatically get posted to a Fan Box widget on his website’s sidebar.
For over a year now, I’ve teamed up with a UK-based colleague of mine, Shane McCracken (his company is Gallomanor) to work with a federal agency of the British government called the Department for International Development (DFID), now also known as UKaid. It’s “the part of the UK Government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.”
We’ve been coaching a growing group of DFID staff in several countries on how to use blogs to highlight the local work their office is doing. See the DFID group blog for more. We’re about to launch a new crop of DFID bloggers this fall.
Although we work with several DFID staff at their headquarters in London, our primary colleague there is Simon Davis.
Simon and Shane had a meeting last Monday in the plaza outside the DFID office and I convinced them to take a photo and send it to me. Splendid!