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Comments or Conversations? A Comments Evolved Project

Screenshot of Comments Evolved Plugin

Several weeks ago, I quietly closed the comments on the ConverStations site. I asked if Comments are Really Necessary.

Plugins and other alternatives were researched and considered as I pondered the question – not just for this site, but also for the businesses I work with to help in building their business presence.

The conversations can be larger and last longer if the the boundaries extend beyond the comments section beneath a blog post. With so many social networks available for conversations to carry on, why confine a conversation to the comments section?

By implementing the WordPress plugin Comments Evolved, I’ve been able to carve out a path for the conversations to branch out. I can choose any combination of Google Plus, Facebook, WordPress, Disqus, Livefyre, and trackbacks.

At the outset, I’ve chosen Google Plus and Facebook comments, though I may re-connect Disqus in the near future. By allowing for the conversation to move out onto these platforms, improvement is possible in several areas.

There are some types of business who might choose only to use Facebook comments, while others might choose all the platforms available.

Note: This plugin is very easy to install. In my particular case, I deactivated all other themes and then reactivated those necessary so the Comments Evolved plugin works properly. Depending on the theme and plugins you have active, you may need to do likewise.

Need a Hand?: If you want this implemented on your site and need an assist, contact me and I’d be glad to help (it would a Basic Track).

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Pulling the Thread Together

a common threadIf you’re like a lot of small business owners, you wear many hats – and sometimes, all the hats.

You might work with the front-end (with customers), the back-end (administrative), the public (marketing, networking), and the private (human resources, vendors) – all in the same day, maybe in the same hour.

Maybe you’re good at delegating or outsourcing, adept at balancing and managing your time. Whether the list is never done or you stay on top by picking just one, putting things together so they fit is a talent that often comes with experience.

Some have learned that by sectioning big projects into smaller pieces, all the while preparing for the thread, the improvement remains continual as business climates change.

As you divide your large projects into smaller pieces, think about how and when they will come together. Find a common thread among your pieces that will allow bringing each piece together, but also for easy modifications in the future.

The tie that binds will be stronger because of your preparation and planning.

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Preparing for the Thread

woman's hands sewing a stitch

There may be a stitch or hemline holding different roles or departments of your business together. Sometimes, the stitch needs adjusting, depending on other variables.

With a dress, variables may include the season, the type of event, the personality of the person wearing it, or the shoes that will be worn with the dress.

With business projects, variables may include the season, the people working on project, the product the project is centered on, the customers targeted, the medium carrying the message.

The variables need to be considered when putting a business project together – or stitching a hem place.

It’s one of the reasons we believe Every Project Gets a Scope.

Photo on Flickr by Steven DePolo w/ cc

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Driver’s Ed (Thoughtography)

Young Boy Steering


Our first experiences getting behind the wheel are pretty mechanical and methodical. As we learn, we improve. We begin to find a flow and think more clearly and creatively during the process.

The same is true with many things as adults and in business. A continual learning, improving, flowing, and thinking.

Photo on Flickr by Alex Proimos

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Starting to Use WordPress (Video Lessons)

Many business owners are learning how to compose and publish on their own web site.

If you are using WordPress on your site, here are some simple tutorials on how to create and publish a post onto your site. In many cases, the tips here are probably similar to the tool you’re using (if not WordPress).

Another resource is the ConverStations Blog Posting Mantra (2014 update).

Adding a Post

Editing Posts and Pages

Using the Visual Editor (WYSIWYG)

The videos above are produced and made available by WPMUdev, a team of programmers, developers, and web support whom I rely upon heavily.

As a youth, Saturdays were filled with visual candy of cartoons in the morning and movie matinees in the afternoon. In 2014, we’ll be sharing Saturday videos from TED, subscriptions from YouTube, and other videos shared via feeds.

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