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Infographic: What Should Your "About Me" Page Include?

Crafting a perfect about me page

You probably haven’t thought about your About Me page in years. At least, if you’re anything like me.

But you’re doing this at your own peril. Statistically speaking, your About Me page is one of the top 10 most visited pages on your site.

That’s why I want to share with you the tips to make yours become a productive power page.

Your “About Me” page of your website should serve several purposes. For starters, it should introduce you to potential new readers. It should show off a bit of your personality and writing style, explain why you are someone who knows what you’re talking about, and simultaneously entertain and educate your readers. Sounds like a big task, right? Because it is.

Writing a solid About page isn’t easy, especially when you consider the dozens of other jobs that any blog maintainer already has on a given day.

But putting in a little bit of effort and making sure to include a few things will take your About page from a zero to a hero in no time.

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Off Topic: Smart Water Sprinklers more affordable with Blossom 8

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Just in time for Spring. A review of the Blossom 8 Smart Watering Controller.

A few years ago, I wanted to replace the water controller for my lawn's sprinkler system. To my surprise, I found even the most basic controller was too expensive to justify replacing my failing system. Then came along Blossom. I found Blossom's original Smart Watering Controller was not only smarter than traditional controllers but also competitively priced. So in 2015, I bought the Blossominstalled it, and smartly watered my lawn all summer long. To date, it is one of the best investments I've made when it comes to lawn care.

This year Blossom is introducing its new, eight-zone Blossom 8 Smart Watering Controller. Featuring Wi-Fi connectivity and a sleek, slim, low-profile design, Blossom 8 is a highly reliable, simple, cost-effective solution that takes the guesswork out of controlling your sprinklers and simplifies your life. Blossom is continuing its efforts in changing the way we water our lawns. They're doing this by moving away from conventional watering controllers that don’t take actual water needs to a smart system that waters based on vegetation type and rainfall numbers into account.

Tapping into the power of cloud computing, Blossom 8 self-programs existing sprinklers based on local forecast and daily data from thousands of weather stations and satellites – combined with user feedback – to create the ideal watering schedule. Blossom’s technology helps ensure that each section of a yard is specifically watered based on layout and vegetation.

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Bryan Ruby Says Goodbye To CMS Report

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Over the years, I've told people that CMS Report is a side business. While I would never become rich from this blog, I've been lucky enough to have been able to put a little extra cash in my wallet from this website's ad revenue. In truth, what has actually sustained CMS Report is not money but my passion for information systems. I absolutely love this magical process where people, hardware, software, and infrastructure come together to improve the business or organization. A decade ago, I could find no better example of information systems in the real world than the content management system. I decided to write about CMSs and created a blog and website to host those articles. After spending ten years as this site's founder, editor, and primary writer I've decided it is time for me to move on to some new challenges.

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Umbraco 7.4 focused on the User Experience

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Niels Hartvig recently posted that Umbraco 7.4 has been released. With much focus on improving the user experience, this new version of Umbraco is being subtitled as the "Content type editor update".

Features and improvements highlighted in this update includes a new content type editor, some UX improvements, media library improvements, a password for the user panel (no dashboard), and a model builder.

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6 Keys to Improving Your Video Optimization for Mobile

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The ubiquitous spread of mobile devices has reached a fever pitch, and, yet, it still shows no signs of slowing down. Over 6 billion smartphones are projected to be in use by 2020, which means your website — and anything related to your online presence — better perform amazingly on a mobile device. Text, graphics, calls to action, video — it all needs to make sense and load quickly across a variety of smaller screens and operating systems, or you stand to lose out on traffic and dollars. Especially since video content continues its meteoric rise in popularity over other types, the need for optimized video is especially crucial.

Regardless of whether you're a marketer, a small-business owner, a blogger, or a YouTube star, the time for making great video — LAI Video can help with that — and optimizing that video to ensure it's easy to watch on a mobile device is now. Here are six keys to improving your video optimization so it works and looks great across the mobile spectrum.

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The Costs of Content and Why You Should Pay Up

Content Marketing Notes

Content marketing remains essential to a business’s success. Nearly every Internet-savvy business owner is well-aware of the necessity of producing content to gain visibility and grow brand awareness. However, as content floods all corners of the Web, businesses are beginning to see that not just any content will satisfy their hungry audiences ― only fresh, exciting, high-quality content will do. Unfortunately, high-quality content comes at a cost.

While setting up a company blog may take five minutes, filling that blog takes years of effort, and in business, time and money are forever linked. New businesses just taking their first tentative steps into the content pool would do well to understand just how much they should spend to produce the content they need to succeed ― or they might drown in expenses before the year is through.

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How To Turn Any Second-rate Content Into A Smarter Campaign Asset

Photo courtesy of 9355 via Pixabay.

When people reuse and recycle things, they are seen as environmental warriors. But when content marketers repurpose content, are they just being lazy? A big NO.

Every single piece of content that we consume online is a product of someone’s genius, creativity, and time. Content creation is not for everyone. Creating content that is relevant and creative remains one of the greatest challenges that marketers face, the Content Marketing Institute said in a study [pdf]. It’s not only about finding the right topic or inspiration, but also finding the time and pulling all resources. A recent survey by TechValidate reported that 43% of content marketing professionals take four to six weeks before their teams or organizations can come up with a content strategy that works.

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Tech for the Hungry: Why Technology is Key for Feeding the World

What a great irony it is that we live in a world where there is more than enough food to feed all seven billion people, yet statistics show that 870 million people go hungry every year. One person out of every nine lacks the daily nutritional requirements to “be healthy and lead an active life.” At this point, ending world hunger depends not on getting more food, but on improving technologies that identify where it is needed most, and get it distributed there quickly and efficiently. New big data technologies such as cassandra vs hadoop are saving impoverished, starving populations especially in eastern, central, and southern Africa. Research shows that half of those in need are in Asia and the Pacific, and another quarter are on the African continent.

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Big Data Predictions 2016: The Big Four

It's that time of year again; time for technology experts and service providers alike to make their top predictions for 2016. It's no surprise that big data ranks highly yet again, as companies look for new ways to leverage this resource and make sure they've got the right staff for the job. Here are four of the biggest big data predictions for the coming year.

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Agility CMS updated with December 2015 Release

New Agility Media and Documents feature within text editor

A few days ago, the Agility CMS Team released an update that includes new features and bug fixes. This is the first update since the "big upgrade" threee months ago when Agility introduced a significant rebuild and redesign of its content management system's interface.

Among the bug fixes, probably the most annoying one to me was a bug hat prevented users from being able to delete a linked content item from within grid view. Previously, a user was required to click on the "Edit Content" button in order to remove an item. Before the fix, the work-around was sufficient but annoying due to the changes involved in the expected workflow. Overall though, as a user of the Agility CMS, I've been pretty impressed how much Agility got right in the redesign that the waiting time for the fix was acceptable to me.

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