Hello World! (Moving blog to Medium edition)
Here we see a very young me (I’m pretty sure I’m four years old) with my sister Karin (who would have been 23). Don’t we look young and happy and (at least in my case) sun-stroked?
I almost forgot to mention that today is the 15th anniversary of schafer.com. I registered the domain for personal use back in 1996 and it’s had something on it pretty much ever since. It’s been a resume for me, a list of links, a corporate site for while I was […]Continue Reading →
I’ve been really happy with my Hug Bunny experiment and now that I’ve got a better handle on WordPress, I’m moving my personal blog (this one) over to WordPress (hosted at Page.ly) too.
One clear result of the rise of Twitter and Facebook is the ever-growing number of abandoned blogs out there. Blogs have always had a high abandon rate. It’s “cool” (well it was) to have a blog and it’s dirt simple to start one. Much harder is the task of keeping […]Continue Reading →
Earlier this week I was reading a post on Fred Wilson’s blog and clued in to the fact that he’s been using Disqus as a substitute for the TypePad commenting system he used in the past. I really liked the Disqus approach to commenting and, given that this blog runs […]Continue Reading →
Earlier this week I was quoted in an IT Business article about the possible acquisition of Yahoo! by Microsoft. Here’s what I had to say: The two main things going for Yahoo is brand and massive audience, said Ken Schafer, vice-president of product management and marketing for Tucows Inc. Tucows […]Continue Reading →
(I got a poem from Lucy for Christmas and — with her permission — I’m sharing it here) Twas the night before Tucows, launched their domains, Ken Schafer was stirring, simply going insane; The plans were all there, displayed on his macable, In hopes that domains, will soon be unhackable;
It looks like everything is moving smoothly post migration to Typepad. DNS propagation took longer than I expected but my goals was to have everything in place for the end of the year and it looks like that is the case. I’m sure I’ll be fiddling more with the look […]Continue Reading →
I took a few hours this morning to move all the posts I did on the WordPress version of my blog over the last six months to this TypePad version of the blog. I’m pretty happy with the move (back) to Typepad and I’m looking forward to playing with the […]Continue Reading →
I’m thinking about it. I like my WordPress blog well enough but it’s probably more horsepower than I need. 2008 will be (once again) a year where I focus on simplifying and going with what I care about rather than what I “ought to do”.
Nestor E. Arellano (the “E” is to avoid him getting confused with all the other Nestor Arellanos out there — sorry Nestor I couldn’t resist) interviewed me on Thursday for an ITBusiness.ca article called “Good Vibes Stem The Tide Of Talent Turnover”. One of the things I’ve learned as a manager is […]Continue Reading →
When I started healthyken.com I didn’t think that anyone would really read it, let alone want to comment on the details of my eating habits. Turns out though that folks are reading it and quite a few have commented on the fact that they want to comment. Unfortunately tumblr doesn’t allow for comments and I’m still not sure I want to move my health posts to this “official” blog.
Therefore I’m opening up a comment thread below for anyone who wants to comment on anything they read over at healthyken.com.
Update 2007–12–26: I changed my blogging platform at the end of 2007 and unfortunately one of the things lost in the move were the 23 wonderful comments people had left on this post. Thanks for all the encouragement folks! You know who you are!
I decided not to clutter up this (ahem) “official” Ken Schafer Blog with details of my progress on going from Fat F__k to Healthy Ken, but if you are interested in my plan and how I’m doing on it, you can find all the details at healthyken.com.
Well, that took much longer than I thought! Since I sold One Degree a few months ago I’ve been on a blogging sabbatical. My goal has been to reboot the blog I ran at schafer.com from 2001 until 2005 and at the same time bring together a lot of the […]Continue Reading →
833 days ago I did a “first post” to One Degree — a classic Hello World. 1430 posts, 1351 comments, and 40 plus contributors later it’s time to say goodbye — or maybe more accurately, “see you later” — to One Degree and the community that has grown up around
I’ve long been a proponent of a “go big or go home” approach to display advertising. Last week I realized we weren’t practicing what I preached here at One Degree. When we announced our Whole Site Sponsorship package a while ago we offered leaderboards at the top and bottom of […]Continue Reading →
Last week “One Degree contributor”, “blogger”, and “Twist Image President” Mitch Joel was nice enough to interview me for “Six Pixels of Separation”— his latest incarnation as a podcaster. The podcast covers a bunch of interesting topics including “CaseCamp” and “Second Life”. My interview is about 15 minutes long and
If you look to your right, and down the page a bit you’ll notice something called “sidebar”. That’s all the links I find around the web that I want to share with you. I’m doing this by posting a sub-feed from my del.icio.us account so that the whole thing is seemless seamless. Ooh, seemless seamless. Sweet.
I’ve been blogging for a long time (well a long time for a new communication tool, not long time as in “the long now” long). My first “hello world post” was on July 4th, 2001. Between then and last year about now I blogged on a semi-regular basis and managed […]Continue Reading →
This is a slightly awkward but, given my role as Publisher and Contributing Editor of One Degree and “background in the industry” it does seem appropriate that One Degree break this story. Pardon me going all Michael Bolton and talking in the third person. “Dave Woroch”, VP Sales & Marketing […]Continue Reading →
It was nice to see that this month’s issue of The Server Room newsletter from Canadian domain registrar webnames.ca had some nice things to say about what we are doing here at One Degree: One Degree’s tagline is “where Canadian Internet Marketers gather” and Ken Schafer (One Degree’s publisher, contributing […]Continue Reading →
Ah, the things you find in your web stats. We started getting some traffic from a new site yesterday and in checking out the link I found Ogilvy BlogFeeds. Here’s how Ogilvy characterizes the site: The Ogilvy PR BlogFeeds are our feeds from some of the most influential blogs out […]Continue Reading →
I have been invited to speak to the Council of Communications Directors for the ministries of the Ontario Government tomorrow morning. The topic is “The Big Six For ’06 — The Six Big Internet Trends In 2006″. Here’s the list I’m working from: Blogging Feeds Findability Search Marketing Simplicity Moving
To follow on from my “Getting Clients Involved In Less” post, I thought I’d share what I’ve done with my corporate site at “schafer.com”. My site has gone through many changes in the just under 10 years I’ve been running it (the site will be into double digits in January). […]Continue Reading →
Seth Godin’s latest ebook is called “KNOCK KNOCK, Seth Godin’s Incomplete Guide to Building a Web Site That Works”. For less than ten bucks it is most definitely the deal of the day. Go, buy it now. In the “CMA E-marketing Certificate course” I teach here in Toronto we use […]Continue Reading →
I haven’t been posting much over the last few months and most likely it will continue that way. Three reasons for this: 1. Business is great! I’ve got more clients already this year than this time last year, and last year was our biggest to date. It’s great to be […]Continue Reading →
“AIMS” has just announced the inaugural event in their Think Tank Series will be on April 27, 2005. This is an interesting new twist for AIMS as it is a premium breakfast event. Network with your colleagues and hear what the CEO’s of two leading Global Internet Services firms are
I’m at “SXSW” this week, enjoying the warm weather and (relatively) interesting sessions. I’m still not really used to people in the audience having their laptops open surfing the web wirelessly. It looks like more of a distraction than a benefit and most people seem to use it to check […]Continue Reading →