Can’t contain my joy that I have not one, but two (!) opportunities here in Phoenix to meet content strategists that I have admired and talked to from afar.
First: Kristina Halvorson, author of Content Strategy for the Web, will kick off the first-ever Phoenix content strategy meetup with cocktails, conversation and a casual Q-and-A. We’ve got a fledgling community, and this is a great way to get people interested and energized. The event is free, but RSVP today
Second, Phoenix is hosting the 11th-annual Information Architecture Summit, and a bunch of content strategists will be in town. Thus, it’s another great chance to meet informally and talk about that most important of business assets: content. If you’re up drinks, let me know!
P.S. If you have no idea what I mean when I say content strategy, check out the background knol on the subject. Why is it so important? Well, if you build Web sites, have a Web site or write for Web sites, and you’re sick and tired of disorganized, headache-inducing content, you need to learn about content strategy. And if you what you read strikes a nerve, join us for more.
I’ll be presenting all you ever wanted to know about style guides at March’s Commpose group, and I’m stoked. I wrote an intro to Web style guides in September and I’ve got even more to add now. So, to recap:
Who? Me, talking to a bunch of cool, local copyrighters
What? ’Bout style guides
When? at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 16
Where? at the offices of Terralever in Tempe
In my post about my favorite movies seen in 2008, I predicted I’d be able to see 100 in 2009. Ha! I didn’t even reach 50 (see the list below). But that’s OK! I’ve been happily busy in my work, and that’s a great thing to have had during ’09 especially.
Throughout 2010, I’ll continue to maintain a running list of good movies in the right-hand column of this blog. And since I’m part of what Wired calls “the cult of the somewhat delayed,” (via Kottke) I plan to be seeing a lot of 2009 and 2008 releases during 2010. I’ll start with Roger Ebert’s picks for best picture of 2009 (I haven’t seen any of the 10 mainstream or 10 independent titles listed), best ’09 animated films (I’ve seen 3/10), best ’09 foreign films (1/15), <EDIT> (I left this link off) best ’09 documentaries (0/10)</EDIT> and best films of the decade (12/20), because I like his approach to lists, recognizing that it’s a subjective process and that the “top 10” is an arbitrary number, and his blog gets good comments. Maybe I’ll start doing some reviews or ratings here too.
If you are into movies and want to connect with them through filmophile social networks, you can find me on Netflix Friends or The Auteurs.
Paris, Je T’aime
Saints & Soldiers
I Served the King of England
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Synecdoche, New York
Rachel Getting Married
The Big Lebowski
Being John Malkovich
Sita Sings the Blues
Divided We Fall
My Wife Is An Actress
Much Ado about Nothing
Waltz with Bashir
Tokyo! (but only Gondry’s Interior Design and Bong’s Shaking Tokyo, not Carax’s Merde. Fast-foward.)
Rudo y Cursi
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Sólo con tu pareja
2 Days in Paris
This is England
Kristina Halvorson just tweeted something I have been thinking of too: there is an exponential growth of content strategy posts being published. I have a list of more than 200 posts from just these fall months piling up in a WordPress draft, due in part just to my blogging slackerism. What used to be a manageable group of new links every few weeks is now growing much faster in the same period of time. Which is great! But what is the best way to share? I should take my own advice: people’s meaningful sorting is superior to an unsorted dump. Now, there’s a strategy!
Considering Erin Scime’s recent superb article on the content-strategist-as-curator, I am trying to do just that: showcase the best around a theme. An upcoming post will be social media-themed links. Today, enjoy the theme of informative content strategy graphics:
- The Velocity B2B Marketing Tube Map by Doug Kessler. I could rename this a content map.
- The Big Picture: End-to-End Content Strategy by Shelly Bowen. Love your in-the-moment illustration!
- Web Site Migration, Implementation, or Redesign in Five Steps by David Hobbs. Really comprehensive yet simple break-down of that process.
- The Three Spheres of Web Strategy –Updated for 2009 by Jeremiah Owyang. Balancing business, community and technology.
- Common questions from the content creator by Richard Ingram. What a cool graphic for a hot topic.
- Time & Our Focus on Content by Colleen Jones. Not gonna lie. Kind of hurts my head. ; ) But important to recognize.
- Jobs in the Interactive Media sector by Skillset. Two graphics: what’s your take on related professions and experience around content strategy?
- Updated: Web Content Cogs, latest graphic by Richard Ingram. He just keeps coming up with good ones. (See his past Flickr uploads.)
Please, if you have any other good content strategy graphics to add, let me know! And I look forward to publishing more themed link lists, more regularly.
A fortnight has passed since my last article round-up. Here are some articles from the last two weeks, divided by topic:
The Discipline of Content Strategy
- A Content Strategy Primer, by Rahel Bailie
- The Value of Content, Part 1: Adam Smith never expected this, by Melissa Rach
- Content Strategy for the Web Professional, by Jonathan Kahn
Social Media Strategy
- Avoiding web white elephants [assessing time, team, budget, and heart for an effective social media presence], by Richard Ingram
- Social Media Outsourcing Can Be Risky, by Jakob Nielsen
- Metadata: Defined, by Rachel Lovinger
- Are you my Elvis? on the NYT digital index, by Rachel Lovinger
- Where to put the keywords, by Jesper Åström
- Content First: Step One in Web Marketing, by Rick Allen
- The Changing Face of Communication according to IBM, by Joe Pulizzi
- The end of aggregation? by Jevon MacDonald
Other recent activity of note on content strategy sites:
This is the fourth in an ongoing series of content strategy link round-ups. From most recent to least, see part 3, part 2, and 1. Thanks for stopping by!