In between working on stuff for my awesome clients, selling our house, podcasting and other fun stuff I decided to do a quick refresh of the Lemon Productions site.

I’m still stamping out a few bugs, spelling mistakes and typography styling issues – but since I believe a website can be a more organic document that changes, adapts and improves I thought I’d push the redesign live.

Plus there’s nothing like a live audience to tell you when you’re fly is undone!

So poke around and let me know if you see anything amiss. And also let me know if you find things you do like and want to incorporate on your own website – it’s what I do, after all.

Chris

In 2008, Merlin Mann was on the CBC Radio show Spark talking with host Nora Young about the hows/whys/whats/whos of blogging – whether it’s personally to talk about your cat or if you’re looking to setup a blog for your business to reach new customers.

2+ years later, the advice definitely holds up for anyone looking to start a blog today. I particularly like the advice from part 1:

Identify 10 humans beings whose names you know that you wish read your blog. Then imagine, imagine if only one person in the entire world read your blog. Who would that be?

Rather than just trying to “attract the internet” to your blog – imagine what your ideal reader is like. Then write to try and impress that imaginary (or real) reader.

Topics Covered

  • Prelude: What Makes a Good Blog?
  • Part 1: Consider Your Audience
  • Part 2: Manage Expectations
  • Part 3: Get Better
  • Part 4: Attract an Audience
  • Part 5: Q & A

Listen and Learn

You can listen on the site directly or grab the entire series in one zip file.

Something that I’ve been quietly working on for the last while is finally ready for you to check out.

SSKTN.com is my podcasting network. Right now we just have a couple of shows we’re doing but I’m hoping to add more as time permits. You can read more about the backstory on where SSKTN came from on the about page.

Shows

  • Welcome to the Internet is a weekly(ish) podcast where I’ll be interviewing folks involved in technology and the arts. Our first interview launched this morning with Hemant Naidu of Naidu Photography – be sure to check it out and leave a comment.
  • Surviving Survivor is a weekly podcast that I am doing with my wife, Sue, where we chat about the television show Survivor. It started out as a way for me to test the waters of doing a podcast, talking into a mic and setting up a show – but we have lots of fun doing it each week so we’ll continue at least until the show is done this season.

I’m hoping to attract some sponsorship/advertisers to some of the shows we’ll be doing to help cover costs and build for the future. I’ll be sure to chat about that whenever I can.

Like what you hear? Got an idea for a show? I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a note on the contact form and we’ll chat.