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Archive for April, 2008

Need money help?

It’s funny how life works sometimes. Six months ago I never would have imagined I’d be reading “Rich dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki, but several unrelated paths have converged over the past few weeks to bring this book to my attention. I’m very glad they did. Although I haven’t had the time to implement many of these ideas (nor have I completed the book just yet), I’m very thankful for the new perspective Mr. Kiyosaki has given me on money. Now I can begin focusing my attention on building assets and wasting less of it on liabilities. It’s interesting how obvious some of these ideas can be once they’re explained. Unfortunately, most of us are never taught, especially in the US, how to pay ourselves first and use our money wisely.

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The web application I’ve been building, Marketing for Mavens, has taken another giant step forward as it is now up and running on the hosting server. I’ve noticed some additional bugs after the migration that need to be resolved but overall it is looking very good. By the end of the week, I should have it integrated into marketingformavens.com so you can see what it looks like from a “citizen” perspective.

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Recently, I talked about a new web app I’ve been building for the past month and half, Marketing for Mavens. I wanted to provide you with a quick update (more details are available on the Marketing for Mavens blog). I’ve never been able to get my ideas translated into code so quickly and I have the Ruby on Rails framework to thank for that along with Rails community.

Anyway, I’ve been making some significant progress and I hope to have the beta available in May. For those unfamiliar with Marketing for Mavens, it’s a web application which combines content management with web analytics to give you the power to distribute custom web content to your visitors based on how they use your web site. It isn’t meant to be a full-blown content management system or web analytics package. It is purely for storing and distributing custom content. Statistics and trends are recorded for each visitor (called citizens) so you know who your top prospects are. In return, your citizens receive content which helps them better find the information they need. The goal, reduce the amount of “be everything to all people” content and increase the communication with your visitors. If you’re interested in learning more please check out the blog.

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After working with Ruby on Rails for about a month now, I feel like I’m finally over the hump. I really love working with RoR but I had a difficult time getting into the mindset of working within a framework. Besides taking a few years off from coding, most of my experience had been working with PHP and before that ASP. The problem I had was that I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how to do it with PHP but with RoR, usually there was a simpler way but I wasn’t always sure what that was or how to find (RoR 2.0 examples can still be hard to find).

Now, I’m about a month or so from launching my new web app in beta but the progress I’ve made with RoR still amazes me. The same could probably be said for using a PHP framework or any framework but I’ve really enjoyed learning a new programming language and have found RoR to fit all of my needs.

For those that are interested in finding out what I’ve been building over the past month, feel free to stop by www.marketingformavens.com. It’s currently a placeholder for when the beat goes live but as more progress is made on this project, additional details will be made available. You can also follow the progress on Twitter.

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