Recently the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project conducted a survey of the social media user demographics related to Americans and their social media use. Not too many surprises, but interesting and useful information none-the-less. Read more
Check out lifehackers 5 best deal sites, as listed by their readers. I frequently visit many of these sites, if I’m ever shopping for something.
Technology, services, clothing, you name it; these sites have the best deals available. A few of these sites are user managed with live submissions from consumers as they reap the benefits of the deals they’re posting. And of course, a few are also corporate outlets too. Read more →
Web host and registrar Dream host is currently offering free web hosting to all non-profit organizations. Simply sign up, send them your 501c3, and you’re set.
From their site:
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“I’m a non-profit!”
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Recently the L.A. Times Travel desk approached me to make use of some of my images of Grand Falls, AZ. No compensation sadly, but the exposure is more than enough for me; especially since I didn’t do anything to get this going.
Grand Falls is a strange place. The beginning of the Little Colorado, which becomes the “big” Colorado river that cut the infamous Grand Canyon into our world. Grand Falls, or sometimes called Chocolate Falls for it’s muddy waters, actually has a greater vertical drop than Niagara Falls does.
Well, here’s the feature (I’m the first and last pics): http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-offbeat-traveler-grand-falls-in-arizona-20110902,0,6718933.photogallery
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More about Grand Falls: http://www.navajonationparks.org/htm/grandfalls.htm
Inside a small coffee shop north of downtown Flagstaff, Trish Rensink and Jamey Hasapis are leading a conversation designed to help the business of a self-described “genius” grow.
The two-hour discussion with Nicholas Allen touches on a variety of topics, from refining a mission statement for a one-man shop to determining where the young, tech-savvy artist wants to be in a few years.
The morning might seem to the casual observer to be largely an intellectual exercise, but the stakes are huge.
Seven out of 10 new small businesses survive to their second anniversary, but only about half survive after five years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Rensink and Hasapis say the mission of their company, the BelleWether Group, to help as many clients focus their direction and resources on best -serving their customers.
Their meeting with Allen started with a concrete list of the services he currently provides under the umbrella of his business, Sublime D. Zine.
He hands them a “scribble list” with various technical and creative services he has been providing to various Flagstaff clients. The neatly typed single sheet of paper lists web design and development, graphic design, search engine marketing and optimization and blog design/creation.
“Here are things I do and here are the things I don’t do,” he says.
Looks like I made it to #1 for web designers in Flagstaff on the Thumbtack.com listing site. I feel so special.
Thumbtack’s a great free and easy internet listing resource for online marketing. They have quite a bit of free options for you to take advantage of. The paid options are also a great deal. Check it out, I’m Elite!
Finally became a member of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce. I’ll be at the upcoming Good Morning Flagstaff breakfast event on Wednesday March 9 at 7am [early!]. These events are a great way to build your name and meet quite a few business owners, old and new, in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. You have a chance to speak to every business rep and to exchange business cards.
One last thing, I’m also volunteering some of my time and services to the Shadows Foundation, a nonprofit that helps families dealing with life threatening illnesses. Vicki [the founder] and Shadows helps these individuals and families with pretty much anything the insurance and other organizations can’t or won’t help with. Literally “life savers”, but even that’s an understatement.
We’re holding a couple of fund raising golf tournaments this year to help raise funds for the foundation and to raise awareness about the illnesses the Shadows Foundation and benefactors are battling. Click here to join us for some great golf or to help the Shadows Foundation.
Make sure to check out the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff Gallery where I’m showing as the featured artist for March. You can see quite a few of my photographs at the gallery, here on my site, and all of them on my Flickr page.
Being the featured artist this month, I got a spot in the Noise, a local arts & news magazine for Northern Arizona. Here’s the article text:
Making Tracks – by Clair Anna Rose
Photographer Nick Allen became involved with the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff after designing their website. Besides being a photographer he runs his own design company, Sublime Dzine.
“I seem to do best when I’m just part of the place,” Mr. Allen says, “Some other animal in the woods, or some other guy at the party, disappearing really. People are a challenge for me sometimes, I feel it’s only polite to let someone know you’re photographing them, but that changes the way we present ourselves. You have to be invisible to get that true emotion from someone else through a camera. I think the same goes for nature and animals; as soon as you make yourself known, everything changes.”
Nature tends to be his primary focus when shooting, and travel has played a big part in his photography. “My wife and I traveled a lot before we became pregnant recently, and my camera was everywhere I went,” Mr. Allen shares. “We made tracks in London, Jamaica, Mexico, DC, and all over the West here in the past couple of years. I have an Olympus waterproof point and shoot I always carry that’s survived a three story drop at the cardinals stadium, dove to about 40 feet when I dropped it in the Caribbean, and saved my leg when I crashed my motorcycle; and it still works!”
Mr. Allen is the featured artist for the month of March at the ACF Gallery, 13 North San Francisco Street, Suite 103. An opening reception will be held during the First Friday ArtWalk from 6pm to 9pm on March 4, 2011.
My Featured Set at the ACF Gallery
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