The other night I was scouring the Internet for some instructions for exporting contacts, etc. from Palm into Macintosh applications. I’ve been doing this for several months so it was with absolute relief and GLEE that I stumbled upon a very friendly, clear and amazingly accessible way to accomplish this. The wizard behind my solution is Dave Taylor and he deserves to have incredibly deserving of having as many people know about his work as possible. So he graciously agreed to a Q&A, so here we go.
A little background: Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is widely recognized as an expert on both technical and business issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed. Dave maintains four weblogs, The Business Blog at Intuitive.com, focused on business and industry analysis, the eponymous Ask Dave Taylor devoted to tech and business Q&A, DaveOnFilm.com, a film blog, and The Attachment Parenting Blog, discussing topics of interest to parents. Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs.
Here’s part two of my Q & A with Dave . . .
Leslie: I actually found you through a forum or something while looking for some information that would help so some exporting of Palm software. How did I find you, Dave, and how did you get involved with that?
Dave: You probably found me through my popular Ask Dave Taylor? free tech support site, where I now have over 2000 articles and an amazing 29,000 reader comments on a wide variety of tech and general geeky stuff. I’ve been working on the site since 2003, so it’s not like it all showed up last month!
Generally I look through the topics of the day, most popular tech support questions with major tech vendors, and reader questions, then pick those topics that I hope will be of the greatest benefit to the largest number of people. I’m glad that the Palm help is still useful!
Leslie: It seems like everyone and their dogs (now there’s an idea) have blogs. Is a blog for everyone?
Dave: Probably not. Some people are boring. 🙂 Seriously, if you have the ability to talk about something of interest to your customers or user community even once a week, a blog can be a far more effective content management system for you than a more traditional site.
Search engines also really like weblogs because by having an underlying structure that makes it super easy to add content, it actually encourages you to add new material and that’s exactly what search engines want. Not a five-page site that’s untouched for six months or longer.
Next time: part three.