Deeds https://bryanruby.com/tags/deeds en I purchased an EGO Power+ Self-Propelled Mower https://bryanruby.com/i-purchased-ego-power-self-propelled-mower-2016 <span property="schema:name">I purchased an EGO Power+ Self-Propelled Mower</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Image</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/field/image/EGO_20180313_0.jpg" width="2874" height="1608" alt="EGO Power+ 21 in. 56V Lithium-ion Self Propelled Mower - EGO LM2102SP" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-03-24T15:35:22+00:00">Sat, 03/24/2018 - 10:35</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For the past couple years I've had an obsession with battery-powered cordless tools. While I've bought a number of cordless power tools and even a cordless snow blower...what has been missing in my garage is an all-battery lawn mower.  For the past couple years, I've had my eyes on the <a href="https://egopowerplus.com/collections/power-self-propelled-mowers/products/21-inch-self-propelled-lawn-mower">EGO Power+ 56V Lithium-Ion Self-Propelled Mower</a>.</p> <p>The trigger for me to buy the EGO was Home Depot's recent price drop of $100 on the LM2102SP mower which brings down the price from $599 to $499. There is <a href="https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/-100-price-drop-on-the-21-self-propelled-mower-crazy-ego-prices">some discussion</a> whether this sale price is permanent or not.  Last year, Home Depot's "New Lower Price" dropped the mower's price by $50 only to go back to its original price within a month or two. I never saw a lower price for the mower at Home Depot the rest of the year.</p> <p>This year, I didn't want to take a chance so I bought the EGO mower in March with South Dakota snow still on the ground. The salesman at Home Depot said this was the first mower he personally sold in the 2018 season. Needless to say, I have at least a month to go before I see enough green on the lawn for the first cut of the season.</p> <p>Before I bought this mower, I was considering a few others based on reviews I found online. One mower I was considering was from the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CA4Q2QY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=poweredbybattery-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01CA4Q2QY&amp;linkId=895272b9b71becbcbdb6bb7494c647f6">GreenWorks Pro 21-inch 80V line</a> (although the self-propelled version is a hard find). I also considered the Lowes exclusive <a href="https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-volt-Self-propelled-Brushless-Lithium-Ion-21-in-Cordless-Electric-Lawn-Mower-Batteries-Included/1000309351">Kobalt 80V Self-propelled</a> currently priced at $549 (and as far as I can tell is actually a GreenWorks under a different brand name). Another mower on my radar is the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074KNZMWG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B074KNZMWG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=poweredbybattery-20&amp;linkId=c5a1993fd2275d3e76cb8be8cb9f5b25">Yard Force 22-inch Self-Propelled Mower</a> running on a <em>120V</em> Lithium-ion battery.<img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1" src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=poweredbybattery-20&amp;l=am2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B074KNZMWG" width="1" /> Unfortunately, the Yard Force mower is so new that with so little reviews and at a steep price, my wallet said "no".</p> <p>For those of you that aren't comfortable with buying a mower with a "polymer composite" deck, you should consider taking a look at EGO's 20-inch lawn mowers with a steel deck. Both the 21-inch and the 20-inch mowers come with a 5-year warranty on the mower and a 3-year warranty on the battery/charger. When the weather gets warmer, I plan to review my new EGO mower in detail.</p> <p><em>This article was originally posted at <a href="http://www.poweredbybattery.com/2018/03/that-ego-power-self-propelled-mower-is-finally-mine/">Powered by Battery</a></em></p> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/i-purchased-ego-power-self-propelled-mower-2016" st_title="I purchased an EGO Power+ Self-Propelled Mower" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/i-purchased-ego-power-self-propelled-mower-2016" st_title="I purchased an EGO Power+ Self-Propelled Mower" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/i-purchased-ego-power-self-propelled-mower-2016" st_title="I purchased an EGO Power+ Self-Propelled Mower" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/i-purchased-ego-power-self-propelled-mower-2016" st_title="I purchased an EGO Power+ Self-Propelled Mower" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/i-purchased-ego-power-self-propelled-mower-2016" st_title="I purchased an EGO Power+ Self-Propelled Mower" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2016&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="EgQ116W7tQ8b7sjP6zOpbBqxXr33wfdWRbpFVWb62J8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/95" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Battery Powered</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/technology" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/97" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Outdoor Tools</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:35:22 +0000 Bryan Ruby 2016 at https://bryanruby.com My 2018 Digital Projects https://bryanruby.com/my-2018-digital-projects-2015 <span property="schema:name">My 2018 Digital Projects</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Image</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/field/image/industry-2630304_960_720.png" width="960" height="640" alt="Industry Web Projects - CC0 Creative Commons via Pixabay" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-02-18T21:23:53+00:00">Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:23</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Two years ago, I made an attempt to <a href="/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990">distance myself from </a><em><a href="/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990">CMS Report</a>.</em> The ability to shutdown ten years of work proved more difficult than I thought so I eventually compromised by <a href="https://www.socpub.com/articles/cms-report-now-socpub-15375">rebranding the site to socPub</a>. Since then, I've been working on a number of additional side projects. I'm still trying to throw new ideas against the wall and see which ones stick. </p> <p>For those curious, these are the personal projects I'm working on for 2018:</p> <h2>More Thoughtful Posts</h2> <p>Beginning this year, I wanted to challenge myself to write one thoughtful article a week. While I could have done this at socpub.com or bryanruby.com, I find both sites have too much baggage to allow me to write as freely as I want. That's where <a href="http://fiftytwoposts.com/">Fifty-Two Posts a Year</a> comes into the picture. So far, I've enjoyed writing articles there and have been pleased with the response to the articles I've written. In order for the writing to remain fun and not a burden, I'm using the site's theme of one article a week as a guideline and not a rule.</p> <p><em>Bonus: </em>The website is also using WordPress for its content management system which is also forcing me outside of my Drupal comfort zone.</p> <h2>A One Year Evaluation for socPub</h2> <p>The month of April will mark the one year anniversary of rebranding CMS Report to <a href="https://www.socpub.com/"><em>socPub</em></a>. For all the work I've done with the website, the number of visitors to the site are no more than I had in the final year of <em>CMS Report</em>. I need to take an honest look at the numbers and determine if my current vision of expanding the site beyond its content management niche has been a good move or not. Currently, I feel the website is just surviving on its past legacy and isn't exciting a new generation of regular site visitors. Something is still missing with the site and additional work needs to be done.</p> <h2>Powered by Battery</h2> <p>Last year, my teenage son and I talked about building a website focused on battery powered tools and devices. We're still working on the concept, but limited time has prevented us from implementing this father-son project. I'm really fascinated with the electrification of tools and vehicles that have traditionally been powered by gas. One of my goals for 2018 is to get <a href="http://www.poweredbybattery.com/">Powered by Battery</a> off the ground with the appropriate articles and product reviews.</p> <h2>Less Time Spent on Social Media</h2> <p>For the past year, I've recognized that the more time I spend on social media, the less time I spend doing more creative things. While I enjoy the connectivity that social media allows, I'm not sure it's the best use of my time. Instead of trying to abandon social networks such as Facebook or Twitter alltogether, I've decided a better approach would be to become more efficient in how I interact on social media.</p> <p>Currently, my plan is to use my websites' RSS syndication to post articles and fan them out to the social networks through the use of <a href="https://dlvrit.com/">dlvr.it</a>. I've been using the free subscription for a number of years, but  decided to go "pro" so I could post to more than three social accounts. My idea isn't a unique one as there is a <a href="https://indieweb.org/POSSE">POSSE</a> movement that has adopted a content publishing model where you "Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere". There are POSSE purists that will only push content out via their website but I'm not one of them. If it's simpler to just go ahead and post something directly on a social network than via a blog post, I'm definitely going to do just that.</p> <p><em>Challenge:</em> As I mentioned on <a href="https://dri.es/my-posse-plan-for-evolving-my-site?#comment-134766">Dries Buytaert's blog</a>, I'm finding it is a tough balance and a lot of work to figure out just how much to rely on automation for reaching out to social networks. While the goal is to focus on the blog and let software worry about social media, I'm finding I'm still doing a lot of policing of social media than I'd like. Plus, I haven't quite figured out the best way to manage and respond to comments and other feedback found only on social networks in response to my articles.  </p> <h2>Dakota Imagery</h2> <p>My wife's photography website is in need of a refresh. It's <a href="https://www.socpub.com/articles/the-photographer-s-cms-wordpress-3-5-plus-photocrati-4-5-4978">been awhile</a> since I've worked on her website beyond a few tweaks here and there. Her focus in photography as a business has also changed so I'd like to redesign the website to reflect her more current goals with her business/hobby.</p> <p>---</p> <p>So this is where I sit during these cold and snowy months of February. These are the projects things I'm currently working on or I'd like to work on in 2018. We'll see just how distracting the warm more inviting days of a South Dakota summer will allow me to complete these projects. If I decide to go for a bicycle ride instead of spending time in front of a computer, I'm fine with that. There is always next winter go get these projects done.</p> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-2018-digital-projects-2015" st_title="My 2018 Digital Projects" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-2018-digital-projects-2015" st_title="My 2018 Digital Projects" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-2018-digital-projects-2015" st_title="My 2018 Digital Projects" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-2018-digital-projects-2015" st_title="My 2018 Digital Projects" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-2018-digital-projects-2015" st_title="My 2018 Digital Projects" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2015&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="eYnSlz-hl3IH4P-qTFZ2WZqEqM3Ss7kkMGMn0dImmzk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/social-media" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Social Media</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/content-management" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Content Management</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/goals" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Goals</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/content-strategy" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Content Strategy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/design" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Design</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:23:53 +0000 Bryan Ruby 2015 at https://bryanruby.com A final goodbye to CMS Report https://bryanruby.com/final-goodbye-cms-report-2006 <span property="schema:name">A final goodbye to CMS Report</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Image</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/field/image/CMSReportLite_1.PNG" width="955" height="759" alt="CMS Report Lite" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-12-01T01:23:23+00:00">Thu, 11/30/2017 - 19:23</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Effective immediately, CMS Report has been shutdown with socPub designated as the website's full replacement.</em></p> <p>Two months ago, I introduced <a href="/introducing-cms-report-lite-2002">CMS Report "Lite"</a> as a slimmed-down version of the original website. Since our rebranding from <a href="https://www.socpub.com/articles/cms-report-now-socpub-15375"><em>CMS Report</em> to <em>socPub</em></a> earlier this year, a number of content management professionals expressed the need to cite reputable CMSReport.com for their information and were uncomfortable with referencing an "unknown" website like socPub. With limited success since bringing this nostalgic website back online, I decided this it was time to: let the past go; redirect all remaining traffic from CMSReport.com to SocPub.com; and to shutdown the website for good.</p> <p>While I had hopes that mirroring the content would be a win-win for both website...the analytics showed otherwise. I was prepared to see a decrease of visitors at one website in favor of another but in reality most of my intended audience targeting North America, Europe, and Australia continued to view content their content at socPub. CMS Report on the other hand attracted less than 12% of my targeted audience with instead 85% of the audience coming from India in the form of bots trying to look for weaknesses in my content management system. </p> <img alt="Google Analytics Showing Location of CMS Report Site Visitors" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="da013d8d-553f-4e17-bdcb-50d0aef6c8e3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/CMSReportVisitors17.PNG" class="align-center" /><p>I want to be clear, India's citizens are always welcomed at my websites. I have a deep respect for content management and information technology professionals from India and some of our best article contributors have come from India. Unfortunately, it was not IT professionals from India that CMS Report was attracting but hackers and bots. Over 98% of the "users" that accessed CMS Report's login screen originated from India. While none of the login attempts breached the website's security...it's a little unsettling that CMSReport.com was being accessed not for it's content but as a target for hackers.</p> <p>With most of our previous CMS Report legitimate audience now visiting socPub, I see no reason to continue to support two websites with similar content. Once again, goodbye CMS Report and hello socPub.</p></div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/final-goodbye-cms-report-2006" st_title="A final goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/final-goodbye-cms-report-2006" st_title="A final goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/final-goodbye-cms-report-2006" st_title="A final goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/final-goodbye-cms-report-2006" st_title="A final goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/final-goodbye-cms-report-2006" st_title="A final goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2006&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="X_GdBJQt1bKTDKsC6amj-3Rjms6bQoeK0jZ4KnWUn6w"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/content-management" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Content Management</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/system-administration" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">System Administration</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/seo" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">SEO</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/security" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Security</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 01:23:23 +0000 Bryan Ruby 2006 at https://bryanruby.com Introducing CMS Report "Lite" https://bryanruby.com/introducing-cms-report-lite-2002 <span property="schema:name">Introducing CMS Report &quot;Lite&quot;</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Image</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/field/image/CMSReportLite.PNG" width="955" height="759" alt="Screenshot of the new CMS Report" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-09-24T22:19:09+00:00">Sun, 09/24/2017 - 17:19</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Earlier this year I <a href="/introducing-socpubcom-1690">rebranded</a> the website C<em>MS Report</em> to this site, <em>socPub</em>. The website's new identity has allowed me, article contributors, and our readers to explore topics well outside the norm of conversations surrounding content management systems. Although we're going through a bit of growing pains with establishing a new identity under socPub, I'm fully committed to this new website. The change has been good for me and I'm once again inspired to write on topics that interest me.</p> <p>Nevertheless, there is a very loyal segment of longtime readers that want CMS Report back. While some readers want the old site returned for personal reasons, others have expressed a professional need to cite articles from reputable <a href="https://cmsreport.com/">CMSReport.com</a> for their information and are uncomfortable with referencing an "unknown" website like socPub. For this reason, I've decided to introduce a new slimmed-down version of CMS Report. Moving forward, all new <a href="https://www.socpub.com/content-management">content management</a> articles we publish at socPub will also be found at CMS Report.</p> <p>Within the next two weeks I plan to publish a follow-up article that talks about "lessons learned" from the rebrand. This article will also better explains how CMS Report fits in as a "channel" for socPub. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them below in the comment section.</p> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/introducing-cms-report-lite-2002" st_title="Introducing CMS Report &quot;Lite&quot;" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/introducing-cms-report-lite-2002" st_title="Introducing CMS Report &quot;Lite&quot;" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/introducing-cms-report-lite-2002" st_title="Introducing CMS Report &quot;Lite&quot;" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/introducing-cms-report-lite-2002" st_title="Introducing CMS Report &quot;Lite&quot;" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/introducing-cms-report-lite-2002" st_title="Introducing CMS Report &quot;Lite&quot;" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2002&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="z4hlGKcBA8Ffd0JDPUNJJ-DLeVw10CKnpsdqX40042g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Disqus</div> <div class="field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Introducing%20CMS%20Report%20%22Lite%22&amp;1=https%3A//bryanruby.com/introducing-cms-report-lite-2002&amp;2=node/2002" token="EQ7jU9qcCUXQDZHlDazJwffqbj1K20lGz423VAgoqe4"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/content-management" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Content Management</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/system-administration" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">System Administration</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/content-strategy" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Content Strategy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:19:09 +0000 Bryan Ruby 2002 at https://bryanruby.com My Son's Fool https://bryanruby.com/my-sons-fool-1995 <span property="schema:name">My Son&#039;s Fool</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-04-02T17:13:50+00:00">Sun, 04/02/2017 - 12:13</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Yesterday, I was the victim of an April Fool's prank. When you have a young teenager in the house, I suppose it's inevitably going to happen. I walked into my office and found Teletubbies on the screen. If there is a children's show I have to pick as my least favorite it is the Teletubbies. To make things worse, as the IT expert at both home and work I couldn't figure out how to get the video off my screen.</p> <p class="text-align-center"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bJv6ZB4VKnQ" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Well played my son. To be honest, this is the first of your April Fool's pranks that I didn't see coming. Now that I'm aware you're getting smarter and more devious, I'll be better prepared for you next year. </p> <p>For the record, growing up it was the character Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street I liked the most. Let's not also forget another one of my favorites, the Adventures of Letterman via the Electric Company.   </p> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-sons-fool-1995" st_title="My Son&#039;s Fool" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-sons-fool-1995" st_title="My Son&#039;s Fool" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-sons-fool-1995" st_title="My Son&#039;s Fool" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-sons-fool-1995" st_title="My Son&#039;s Fool" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-sons-fool-1995" st_title="My Son&#039;s Fool" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1995&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="zneEAoxpkNFWHwu4JReyw2adcq4nL25mlzF8-OsF3LE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Disqus</div> <div class="field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=My%20Son%27s%20Fool&amp;1=https%3A//bryanruby.com/my-sons-fool-1995&amp;2=node/1995" token="onT8x_PELfFG6egxgUmhHVB86MiOEqWd5WsxSWR7X3g"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/family" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Family</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/humor" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Humor</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Apr 2017 17:13:50 +0000 Bryan Ruby 1995 at https://bryanruby.com Recovering from Blogging Burnout https://bryanruby.com/recovering-blogging-burnout-1991 <span property="schema:name">Recovering from Blogging Burnout</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Image</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/field/image/ExtremeHeat.jpg" width="3200" height="2368" alt="Getting burned by the fire" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2016-08-27T20:10:00+00:00">Sat, 08/27/2016 - 15:10</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>I don't think I want to do this anymore...</em></p> <p>After three or four decades of being immersed in the digital lifestyle and blogging on a continual basis for 15 years, I found myself puking at the idea of spending more time in front of the computer outside of work. It's not that I don't still like technology and content management, but I didn't recognize until it was too late that the lack of topic diversity would eventually lead me to digital burnout. To fix this, I seriously tried not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. In the end that's <a href="/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990">exactly what I did</a>.</p> <p>Having walked away from <a href="https://cmsreport.com">CMS Report</a> earlier this year, it's taken me months to recognize that the problem wasn't being bored with content management systems. The problem is I didn't do it in moderation.  Between my day job working in information technology and the evenings spent blogging and running personal websites, there were days I spent close to 16 hours in front of a computer screen. For someone like me that can be over enthusiastic in pursuing my interests and activities, I never considered my computer time as work. As odd as it sounds, it became a great shock to me that my body both physically and mentally still perceived it as work.</p> <p>I know there are others that have dealt with job burnout, but this wasn't just my job it was my hobby. Until recently, writing blog posts always brought me great joy and satisfaction. Steven D’souza in a recent <a href="https://hbr.org/2016/06/dont-get-surprised-by-burnout">article</a> published at <i>Harvard Business Review</i> wrote about going through something similar. In the article he discusses the dangers of not recognizing work we love as still being work.</p> <blockquote><p>Why was I so oblivious to being on the edge of burnout – or, more accurately, descending further into burnout? Perhaps because I love my work and often don’t frame it as “work.” If this is a “problem,” I reasoned, it’s one lots of people would love to have. I feel very lucky to do work I am passionate about, and I like the people I get to work with.</p> <p>And yet such positivity, I’ve learned, can backfire. Because I love and appreciate my work, my mental “immune system” had nothing to reject. It had become too much of a good thing; the axiom “a strength overplayed can be a liability,” leaps to mind.</p> </blockquote> <p>There are a number of articles focused on job burnout that suggest a number of methods to <em>fixing</em> this. For instance the <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/burnout/art-20046642?pg=2">Mayo Clinic suggests</a> to resolve job burnout you "take action" by doing such things as: </p> <ul><li>Manage the stressors that contribute to job burnout.</li> <li>Evaluate your options.</li> <li>Adjust your attitude</li> <li>Seek support</li> <li>Access your interests, skills and passions.</li> <li>Get some exercise</li> <li>Get some sleep</li> </ul><p>Frustratingly, none of this worked for me. It's not that I didn't try. Long time readers know I love the outdoors and this year I upped my game. I've done some really cool stuff this summer including hiking up to Grinnell Glacier during a 10 day family camping trip in Glacier National Park. Through the summer, I regularly rode 25 to 30 miles on my city's fantastic bicycle trails. Nothing. I'm still burned out from blogging and unable to do so with any consistency.</p> <p>So why don't these burnout solutions work for me? Most of the prescriptions to burnout actually encourage you to "run away" from the problem. On my return, I still found when I resumed to my work that I still suffered from burnout. I've reached the conclusion that I can't rediscover my love for blogging by not blogging. Running from the problem might offer temporary relief from burnout, but it's not a solution in itself. Perhaps it's all about getting down back to basics for why we originally blogged and did social media in the first place. We originally did this for ourselves and not for marketing purposes.</p> <p>Recently, I came across Bryan Collin's article, <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/3038545/4-simple-remedies-for-burnout-backed-by-science">4 Simple Remedies For Burnout Backed By Science</a>. Three of the solutions presented I've already tried, but the remaining solution resonated with me.</p> <blockquote><p>1. BECOME MORE SELFISH</p> <p>In 1943, the American psychologist Abraham Maslow explained an individual can only be happy if they are able to express themselves and achieve their potential.</p> <p>He called this self-actualization and cautioned that "the story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short."</p> <p>If you spend your working day responding to the demands of other people or if you work only on projects only because you are told to, burnout is inevitable.</p> <p>Leaders of successful companies recognize the importance of self-actualization, and this why many of these give employees time to work on their favorite projects through hack-athons and "20% time," which allows employees to take one day a week to work on side projects.</p> </blockquote> <p>I've decided to start blogging again and this time <em>I will be selfish</em>. How is this going to work out?</p> <p><strong>First</strong>, I'm not going to accept advertising revenue on my websites nor do favors for anyone. There are just too many marketing traps that remove you from the joy of blogging when it's being done quid pro quo.  <strong>Secondly</strong>, I've decided not to write articles for others but solely for my <a href="http://bryanruby.com">personal blog</a> mirrored on <a href="https://medium.com/@bryanruby">Medium</a> (I have some work to do before this happens). That's not to say, I'm not open to seeing my articles republished elsewhere by request...but it won't be my primary motivation to write a post.</p> <p>I think if I do these two things, I might just recover from this horrible digital burnout I've been facing. 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While I would never become rich from this blog, I've been lucky enough to have been able to put a little extra cash in my wallet from this website's ad revenue. In truth, what has actually sustained <em>CMS Report</em> is not money but my passion for information systems. I absolutely love this magical process where people, hardware, software, and infrastructure come together to improve the business or organization. A decade ago, I could find no better example of information systems in the real world than the content management system. I decided to write about CMSs and created a blog and website to host those articles. After spending ten years as this site's founder, editor, and primary writer I've decided it is time for me to move on to some new challenges.</p> <p>What an amazing and crazy ride this has been for someone that started his career as a meteorologist and now works full time in government IT. This was supposed to be a one year exercise for feeding my hunger to learn more about CMSs. Instead, this became a ten year project that tapped into a community of developers, marketers, analysts, founders, executives, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. It has been a joy to have met so many creative, smart, and hardworking people through this website. I received more than I gave. But in the past few years, my passion to write only about CMS topics has diminished and I'm not happy that my articles lack the shine they once had. After considerable thought, I've decided it's time for me to pass the torch to another.</p> <h3>What are my plans after CMS Report?</h3> <p>In the short term, I would like to spend a few months away from blogging and minimize my computer time. I've done this <a href="blogging-still-matters-1945">before</a> and found it beneficial. Given that it is my nature to write, I suspect in my weaker moments I'll want to write about something and will use my personal website to post the articles. You're welcome to join me there.</p> <p>In the long term, I have some new projects that I'm trying to get off the ground. As far as websites go, I'd like to startup a website that reflects my broader interest in technology, social networks, and entrepreneurship. For the past few years, I've been holding close to my chest a domain that I've always thought would be perfect for a rebranding of CMS Report. If I do move forward with the project, the earliest I would bring the new website online is Fall 2016. I'm also not opposed to the idea of being a guest writer on another website. I may even allow myself to become available to do consulting/analyst work for those that need me. Again though, I'm not making myself available to do any of this until I've had time to take a break from it all.</p> <p>If looking back I find that CMS Report was the peak of my online success, I'm perfectly fine with this. I still have a gratefully busy work life as an Information Technology Officer in the National Weather Service. Prior to working in government IT, I was a meteorologist forecasting the weather, accessing a multimillion Doppler radar, and issuing countless lifesaving warnings in my weather career. Outside of work, my time with my family and my community is what I value most. I'm not even 50, yet I have already done things that people still dream about doing. So, you ask, what are my plans? To follow my passions wherever they lead me with absolutely no regrets.</p> <h3>What is to happen to CMS Report?</h3> <p><strong>Starting today, the cmsreport.com domain and/or website is for sale.</strong> If you're interested in making an offer, please let me know. If I do not get a reasonable offer for the domain, I have some other options including transferring the domain to someone I know would be a good steward for this website. I could also merge as a rebranding the traffic from this site to that "new project" I talked about earlier.</p> <p>Until further notice, we're going to put a hold on publishing new articles here at CMS Report. However, we will continue to actively manage our <a href="https://twitter.com/cmsreport">Twitter account</a>. With this Twitter account, I have a long history of advocating for the ideas, stories, people, and companies that do "good work" in the CMS industry and would like to continue to do so.</p> <p>As we put the website in "dry dock", our content will continue to remain available to read and source. Don't be surprised to see the presentation and layout of the website change even if we don't publish new articles. I just can't help myself trying new things out with the CMS that runs this website. Once a CMS enthusiast, always a CMS enthusiast. </p> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990" st_title="My Personal Goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990" st_title="My Personal Goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990" st_title="My Personal Goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990" st_title="My Personal Goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990" st_title="My Personal Goodbye to CMS Report" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1990&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="Q2Mms4yLFAD7yDHR-bdHrd861fFUjZupLxNZDjllRmY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Disqus</div> <div class="field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=My%20Personal%20Goodbye%20to%20CMS%20Report&amp;1=https%3A//bryanruby.com/my-personal-goodbye-cms-report-1990&amp;2=node/1990" token="O3kBUKbaGJXLN1yK1ws916nu_75_3z3BwaJBO0NbQtw"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/content-management" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Content Management</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/system-administration" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">System Administration</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/information-system" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Information System</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/business" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/family" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Family</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/vacation" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Vacation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:44:17 +0000 Bryan Ruby 1990 at https://bryanruby.com The eZ Publish Show: Don't forget about Editor Experience https://bryanruby.com/ez-publish-show-dont-forget-about-editor-experience-1978 <span property="schema:name">The eZ Publish Show: Don&#039;t forget about Editor Experience</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2015-06-03T17:00:00+00:00">Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:00</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Last week, we started a conversation on The ez Publish Show hosted by Netgen's <a href="https://twitter.com/ilukac">Ivo Lukač</a>. The <em>we</em> included Ivo, Digital Clarity's <a href="https://twitter.com/marianne_ua">Marianne Kay</a> and myself. The odd question that started the conversation: Did modern CMSs sacrifice good editor experience (EX) for improving customer experience?</p> <p>I'm not sure how well we answered the question, but the show was an acknowledgement that while CXM may get a lot of attention these days in the CMS world, there is still plenty of room for improving the EX too. I'll let the video speak for itself, but if you prefer an overview, then you can checkout <a href="http://www.netgenlabs.com/Blog/The-eZ-Publish-Show-25-Did-modern-CMSs-sacrifice-good-editor-experience-for-improving-customer-experience">Ivo's re-cap</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9VP80yP39jM" width="560"></iframe></p><p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/ez-publish-show-dont-forget-about-editor-experience-1978" st_title="The eZ Publish Show: Don&#039;t forget about Editor Experience" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/ez-publish-show-dont-forget-about-editor-experience-1978" st_title="The eZ Publish Show: Don&#039;t forget about Editor Experience" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/ez-publish-show-dont-forget-about-editor-experience-1978" st_title="The eZ Publish Show: Don&#039;t forget about Editor Experience" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/ez-publish-show-dont-forget-about-editor-experience-1978" st_title="The eZ Publish Show: Don&#039;t forget about Editor Experience" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/ez-publish-show-dont-forget-about-editor-experience-1978" st_title="The eZ Publish Show: Don&#039;t forget about Editor Experience" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1978&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="tCA37Ra2YkErnU9vd4BQUMa_ugEhbVk920B9qzlBAdQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/ez-publish" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">eZ Publish</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/video" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Video</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/information-system" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Information System</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/information-technology" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Information Technology</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000 Bryan Ruby 1978 at https://bryanruby.com Argus Leader inverview for #dontjerkanddrive https://bryanruby.com/argus-leader-inverview-dontjerkanddrive-1971 <span property="schema:name">Argus Leader inverview for #dontjerkanddrive</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Image</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/field/image/keep_calm.jpg" width="551" height="360" alt="Keep Calm and Don&#039;t Jerk the Wheel" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2014-12-13T04:42:35+00:00">Fri, 12/12/2014 - 22:42</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I was recently asked by the <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/12/11/jerk-drive-campaign-stirs-discussion/20240607/">Argus Leader</a>, a local newspaper in Sioux Falls, to give my two cents on the controversial South Dakota <a href="http://dontjerkanddrive.com/">#DontJerkandDrive</a> campaign. Since then the article has been syndicated out to <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/12/12/sd-to-pull-dont-jerk-and-drive-campaign/20337555/">USA Today</a> and other publications. It seems that I caught the attention of a reporter when I labeled the campaign as "brilliant" on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><p>This campaign. Brilliant. &gt; RT: <a href="https://twitter.com/DriveSafeSD">@DriveSafeSD</a> Winter driving is hazardous. Whatever you do <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DontJerkandDrive?src=hash">#DontJerkandDrive</a> <a href="http://t.co/v4LELoebiq">http://t.co/v4LELoebiq</a></p> <p>— Bryan Ruby (@MrBryanRuby) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrBryanRuby/status/542388112672825344">December 9, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The word on the street is that the State of South Dakota is pulling back on this specific campaign. I can't say I'm surprised. I understood the gamble Lee Axdahl, the Director of the Office of Highway Safety, was taking when he signed on to this marketing strategy.</p> <blockquote><p>Bryan Ruby, owner of the web consulting business CMS Report, was impressed with the campaign from a marketing standpoint. Online, he called it "brilliant."</p> <p>"I thought it was a bold move for the state of South Dakota," Ruby said in a telephone interview. "It definitely requires a sense of humor, and that's the risk you're taking. But if the point is to get the message out, this does it."</p> </blockquote> <p>For those that would call this campaign a failure, you would be mistaken. Most likely the risks and reactions were understood and expected by Mr. Axdahl and the marketing company behind this campaign, Lawrence &amp; Schiller. In fact, I suspect the folks involved in this campaign would have been disappointed if there had been no reaction from the public. For the first time in my life and countless others included, we visited the website for the <a href="http://dps.sd.gov/enforcement/highway_safety/">South Dakota Department of Public Safety</a>. Even if the campaign ends as quickly as it surfaced it has fulfilled its purpose.</p> <p>On the surface, critics of this campaign may believe "someone is going to get into trouble". Most marketers and social media experts know the opposite is happening. Careers are being made here. And if South Dakota is lucky, lives are being saved the next time a car veers off the state's icy roads.</p> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/argus-leader-inverview-dontjerkanddrive-1971" st_title="Argus Leader inverview for #dontjerkanddrive" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/argus-leader-inverview-dontjerkanddrive-1971" st_title="Argus Leader inverview for #dontjerkanddrive" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/argus-leader-inverview-dontjerkanddrive-1971" st_title="Argus Leader inverview for #dontjerkanddrive" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/argus-leader-inverview-dontjerkanddrive-1971" st_title="Argus Leader inverview for #dontjerkanddrive" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/argus-leader-inverview-dontjerkanddrive-1971" st_title="Argus Leader inverview for #dontjerkanddrive" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1971&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="zW648e2bxs9J8YXfzEbLZayXhIyegI242_08i8e98xA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/sioux-falls" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Sioux Falls</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/south-dakota" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">South Dakota</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/marketing" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Marketing</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/social-media" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Social Media</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/newspaper" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Newspaper</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:42:35 +0000 Bryan Ruby 1971 at https://bryanruby.com My CMS-Connected Review of Magnolia CMS https://bryanruby.com/my-cms-connected-review-magnolia-cms-1940 <span property="schema:name">My CMS-Connected Review of Magnolia CMS</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/bryan-ruby" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bryan Ruby</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2014-05-14T22:24:55+00:00">Wed, 05/14/2014 - 17:24</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to put out a plug for my review of the <a href="http://www.cms-connected.com/Previous-Shows/2014/The-Big-Data-Shift">Magnolia CMS on CMS-Connected</a> last February. This was probably one of the <em>easiest</em> shows I've done in the sense that the Internet connection was good and the rest of the show seemed to complement my own segment well. My thanks to Boris Kraft, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for <a href="http://www.magnolia-cms.com/">Magnolia</a>, for briefing me well about their product and spending some extra time with me during the demo.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rfFywqf79UE" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Magnolia is an open source java-based content management system that is used in more than 100 countries across the world, by governments and leading FORTUNE 500 enterprise. Magnolia is just now beginning to pick up steam in my neck of the woods, with 31% of their new customers coming from North America. While you may not recognize a Magnolia CMS site, I'm betting you do recognize some of their customers including the United State's Navy, Alltel, American Express, Barclays, Nissan, Texas State University, and Zumba.com.</p> <p>Some of the features about Magnolia CMS that impressed me most included their rebuild of the software for a <em>tablet and mobile first</em> design, customized apps, and their notification system (called Pulse). In Magnolia's future with version 5.3 the roadmap takes us to improvements in personalization, the content pool (content types, tagging, publishing), and digital assets management (DAM). </p> <p>Perhaps what I like most about Magnolia is that the developers appear more concerned about providing you the best content management experience and less inclined to providing you an all-inclusive suite that promises more than it delivers. There are too many small fish out there claiming they do <em>everything. </em>It is refreshing to see a company like Magnolia be very decisive and focused on which features they're willing to support in their software.</p> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-cms-connected-review-magnolia-cms-1940" st_title="My CMS-Connected Review of Magnolia CMS" class="st_facebook_large" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-cms-connected-review-magnolia-cms-1940" st_title="My CMS-Connected Review of Magnolia CMS" class="st_twitter_large" st_via="MrBryanRuby" st_username="" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-cms-connected-review-magnolia-cms-1940" st_title="My CMS-Connected Review of Magnolia CMS" class="st_googleplus_large" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-cms-connected-review-magnolia-cms-1940" st_title="My CMS-Connected Review of Magnolia CMS" class="st_linkedin_large" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://bryanruby.com/my-cms-connected-review-magnolia-cms-1940" st_title="My CMS-Connected Review of Magnolia CMS" class="st_email_large" displayText="email"></span> </div><section rel="schema:comment"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1940&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="_N4ejWVntgJVZmzo-mFIwSbUrKNwlpFQKe9OIyfC3GU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/deeds" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Deeds</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/cms-connected" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">CMS Connected</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/video" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Video</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/information-technology" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Information Technology</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:24:55 +0000 Bryan Ruby 1940 at https://bryanruby.com