Love. Love is the cure to our sore hearts. Without love, there is nothing to live for. A lot of us feel so lonely, even being surrounded by our loved ones. If there is something to fight for today, let it be love.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
On this day of Saint Valentine’s Day, may you feel loved by the air and the clouds, the sun and the moon. May passion conquer your heart.
The inspiring Kimberly Bryant is the creator of Black Girl Code, a program designed to change the face of technology by offering a future to young girls of color in technology.
The inspiring American business woman Ursula Burns was the first female Black CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She is currently the chairman and CEO of VEON, a senior advisor to Teneo, and a non-executive director of Diageo as of April 2018.
October 12, 1925 – November 16, 1995
He was an American playwright, actor, director, and educator. He was the first African American to win the annual Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and he devoted much of his professional life to the pursuit of multi-racial American theater and racial unity.
“I am. Transfeminist, black, cuir (queer), sureñx (southern). I exist I live with music and stories. I am the sum of all my ancestors and the experiences of my contemporaries. It’s not my job, it’s my language.” – Dania Warhol
Dania Warhol and a group of amazing strong women have created a Transfeminist platform called EspicyNipples.
“Media technologies and art are tools that we use for collective liberation, to heal generational violence and to connect our diverse nuances. We want to be a citizen journalism platform, taking into account our experiences and our bodies. Where we can count being ourselves, where we can grow collectively while telling our stories, and where we can be part of a safe space for queer life.”
Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles – Pratriarca de la Bomba y la Plena
“The bomba grew out of the colonial African slave experience. In its style of drumming, singing, and improvisational dancing, it resembles several other West African-derived forms of music and dance in the New World. The plena emerged as a local popular music during the last decades of the nineteenth century.”
Tendenci – The Open Source AMS Gains Ground in Global Market Share
It is great to see an independent third party rank Association Management Software from a global perspective. As a part of the Tendenci AMS Community, we will let the summary from HTF on market growth and Tendenci’s Global Share speak for itself:
The scope of the report extends from market scenarios to comparative pricing between major players, cost and profit of the specified market regions. The numerical data is backed up by statistical tools such as SWOT analysis, Porter’s Five Analysis, PESTLE analysis and so on.
Company Profiles: Cvent Event Management, TOPS Professional, in1touch, Raklet, Book-It Membership Software, Tendenci, Personify360, Aptify, Dashboard & MASS Global Association Management SoftwareMarket by Types: , On-Premise & Cloud-Based Global Association Management SoftwareMarket by Applications: Small Business, Medium-sized Business & Large Business
Rapid Growth Factors in the Global AMS Software Market
In addition, the market is growing at a fast pace and the report shows us that there are a couple of key factors behind that. The most important factor that’s helping the market grow faster than usual is the tough competition.
THANK YOU to all of the developers out there who are contributing, translating, updating and maintaining a very complex piece of software. AMS software that is inclusive of other languages and cultures, and a team that believes in security and privacy.
OUR MISSION IS TO CONNECT AND ORGANIZE THE WORLD’S PEOPLE. DO GOOD.
We posted 66 blog posts this year on the Schipul blog about topics ranging from web marketing tips and tools, social media strategy, nonprofit marketing, and general geeky fun! Our top posts of 2012 cover topics from web analytics, new social media tools, client spotlights, and some Geek Love. We’ve put together a list of the top ten posts of 2012 for you to enjoy again!
At Schipul, we love to spend our time researching what’s new and innovative and the “next big thing” in web technology and online marketing. We are super-pumped to uncover all the awesomely geeky web-tech coming in 2012 – and wanted to take a moment and reflect on what You thought was the best and most interesting news in web marketing in 2011 before we ring in the New Year – from our mobile phones, of course!
Our SEM team pulled up our analytics reports and took a look at what You were reading and sharing in 2011. Here are the most popular blog posts visited on the Schipul blog and the most shared posts on Facebook in case you missed one.
Posts with the Most Reads on the Schipul Blog in 2011:
Drupal and WordPress at SchipulCon – Drupal’s Founder, Dries Buytaert, joined the stage with WordPress’s Founder, Matt Mullenweg, for an awesomely open chat about Open Source, website CMS software, and how they got where they are today. Read the blog post and then check out the video from SchipulCon 2011!
5 Ways to convince your Boss to Buy You an iPad2 – Want an iPad and want your company to pay for it? Check out our 2011 blog post with tips to help you demonstrate the value of having an iPad2 for business use to your Boss, plus find links to great iPad business apps and accessories for your iPad. Leave a comment and let us know if your Boss bought you an iPad2 after reading this article too!
google+ is here and why you should care– Google+ is 2011’s newest big thing for online social communications and so it’s no surprise it made both our top 5 2011 Posts with the Most lists. Here are 3 more great guides to help you fully utilize all that Google+ has to offer in 2012:
With what seems to be about a gazillion blogs in internet land, how do you ever wonder how they started? Or how each blogger developed a blogging strategy? It can be a bit overwhelming to think about, especially to someone new to the blog world and may be looking for advice.
Schipul’s own JJ Lassberg knows that effective blogging takes strategy, focus and a fundamental knowledge of blogging basics. She has even composed a presentation on “Effective Blogging” for rookies that include her “Lucky 13” blogging tips, blog basics and methods. Check out the entire Slide Show for a really terrific “How-to” on Blogging!
The world of the internet is an awesome (umâ€¦ and really giant) sharing platform; a way for everyone to share, like or favorite almost anything possible, right? And sharing is an excellent way for products, Websites and brands to gain exposure and increase their company’s following and reputation.
But what if you’re not a large company?
What if you don’t even sell anything? Many companies and personal blogs belong to a certain niche. Gardening. Watercolors. Specialty Pet Food. Business Management Techniques. The most widely used method small niche blogs like these use is social media; and social media takes time. Lots of time if you want to do it well, interact with your followers and build reputation and influence. New bloggers sometimes have a hard time with this.
Here comes Social Blogmarking.
Social blogmarking is exactly what it sounds like. Similar to bookmarking a site, social blogmarking sites allow you to write a post, submit it to a blogmarking site and allows users vote it “up” or “down” or to the front of the page depending on how well they enjoyed the content.
Blogmarking is great for niche websites.
Social blogmarking can be utilized to draw more focused attention to your blog. The traffic you try hard to target through social media may find you on their own through a blogmakring site. It is also a great way to network with other bloggers and explore possible competitors.
Many social blogmarking sites, such as Blogengage and DesignFloat have navigation menus that allow you to search other niches, read and vote. This is not to say at all that social media is better or worse. Social media works amazingly for brand building and connecting to your audience, but takes far more time and dedication than blogmarking.
Personally, I believe good results should come from good, hard work’ so more hours poured into Social Media outlets should return favorable results. Realistically, however, not everyone has just a few extra hours laying around everyday to promote themselves properly.
Social blogmarking in the end…
Using both methods of social media and blogmarking may work well for some. If you have written a blog, share it with Social Media like Facebook or Twitter! Let others spread it across the world for you and shout it from the mountain tops! And while you’re at it, submit it to a social blogmarking site.
I suggest Blockube; so far I’ve found this site to be more stylish and easier to navigate than other blogmarking sites . It’s simple to blogmark your own posts and let others vote on its relevance, content and readability (less of a popularity contest, more focused on content). Also, remember to pay attention to the votes you get; you can use social blogmarking sites to learn what you are doing right or wrong by what kind of votes you receive.
This weekend marked the very first Wordcamp Houston event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. As well as being a Community Sponsor, the Schipulites were active participants as coordinators, speakers, volunteers and excitable (what’s new?!) attendees.
Didn’t get to make it this year and wondering what you missed? Here are some of the highlights of the day at HMNS, in the Schipulites’ own words:
I was honored to be given the chance to speak; it was a pleasure leading the WP 101 class, setting up Monica (aka Cosmopolitician) and Chris Eversonâ€”two incredibly talented peopleâ€”for the 102 class. I felt honored to teach some new people from the Houston Zoo, Noah’s Kitchen, Reliant Energy all about how user-friendly WordPress truly is. The class was lively, had some great questions, and was genuinely curious about how to further their WordPress knowledge. Since it was the inaugural WPCamp Houston and it sold out quickly, I can only imagine what it will look like next year!
Kelsey Ruger is a genius and I heard a lot of people agreeing with that statement.
I saw several people including Matt Mullenweg wearing ‘toe shoesâ€
April Kyle I really enjoyed having HMNS at the host. It was such a neat backdrop for us; and as part of being there I personally was exposed to things in the museum I’d never seen before. In the break times and lunch; we got a chance to play around a bit and have some fun’ totally cool for breaks as opposed to had we been in just a conference center or hotel. It was just super neat seeing the kids learning, and we played around with the exhibits too. Plus, there was a shark.
Eloy Zuniga My favorite moment was sitting next to Matt Mullenweg during a session simply because I said “I saved you a seat”. He is ridiculously nice and humble. I’m glad he’s a Houstonian.
Derek Key (who led a great panel with client Susan Saurage) My favorite sessions from WordCamp were Kelsey‘s ‘Rebirth of Slickâ€ and Bill Erickson’s ‘WordPress Beyond Bloggingâ€. Kelsey’s was incredibly fun as always and made me think about websites in general, not necessarily WordPress, and Bill’s was very informative and relatable to what we do for clients.
I think the two biggest takeaways are:
Shopify‘ ecommerce solution for WordPress that can be easily updated graphically to match a site and is easy to manage on the client’s end (from Roby Fitzhenry’s session)
Custom post types and custom taxonomies in WordPress (from Bill Erickson’s session). Allows for more than just pages and posts so you can actually call different content different names… very Drupal-esque.
Not sure how I didn’t know WordPress founder @photomatt is from Houston. Makes it a perfect home for Urban Houstonian
Chris Minor (our fearless intern and videographer)
My favorite session was Kelsey Ruger‘s presentation about design called ‘Rebirth of Slickâ€. Kelsey weaved his valuable insight into designing a website with a multimedia experience featuring music like hip-hop and jazz that made his presentation not only enjoyable but relevant and understandable in our society. WordCamp was also the first time I have been exposed to a real-time Twitter conversation. Many times I found myself staring at my twitter feed watching all the participants sharing what they were learning and I gained valuable brain-candy from the many passionate developers and users of WordPress.
Katrina Esco The major takeaway I got from Wordcamp: We understand things in story so we should be able to tell a meaningful story about a brand or company.
Kelsey Ruger’s preso was a highlight, and in a slide asking audience which of many companies listed had the ‘cool factor,â€ Schipul client IKEA was one of the few (along with Virgin Airlines, Zappos, and more). Best PHYSICAL takeaways: nifty, comfy, stylin’ T designed by Ben G and boasting Schipul on the arm and the bounteous bags of M&Ms provided by the blogger track’s ‘Whose blog is it anyway?â€ session.