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  • Blog Post: Uncompromising customer service = Bliss (Soaps)

    So, folks who have followed this blog know that I know how to make bath bombs (or fizzes), have given a presenation at Foo Camp East on how to make them, give them away to fellow social media conference panelists, and mentioned Bliss Soaps , ( http://blisssoap.com/ which is in the Capitol HIll neighborhood...
  • Blog Post: Community Tip of the Day: Commanding Presence

    One amazing thing about the Internet is that no one knows you are a dog. More than that, you can fool the Internet into thinking you are two dogs -- or three dogs, or just a hyperactive cat with a twitter account. In the last community tip I talked about having the right attitude, being able to...
  • Blog Post: Community Tip of the Day: Little Emails Move Big Mountains

    A few weeks ago I was in Las Vegas (Vegas BABY!) speaking at a CEA Industry Forum panel on Web 2.0 and social media. My comrades were leading lights, and I was honored to be there (they kept mistaking me for the VP of Comcast, which was flattering to me if completely incorrect as per my minion role)...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the XNA Community Games beta!

    So, it all begins here. Writing a game that someday thousands of people will play on their Xboxes. Or, if you are more an armchair dev, helping other people fulfill their dreams by reviewing their game. Http://creators.xna.com now has what you need to get started. You can buy a creators club membership...
  • Blog Post: XNA MVPs Rock! and Red Hair

    I had one afternoon and one evening this week with our beloved XNA MVPs and it really was a treat. Game developer MVPs are a different breed - they tell more bizarre stories on less beers. Ask George Clingerman about the mustache he doesn't have. ....I am eternally grateful to George for praising...
  • Blog Post: Thanksgiving & some Technical Thoughts of Gratitude

    Let's all give it up for the Internet. While some things on it have scarred me for life, never has the human race been able to collaborate so profoundly with such speed. Let's also give it up for the cell phone. When disaster calls, you can be sure that every cell tower will be jammed. Er, I mean...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Women's Conference 2007

    Yesterday was the first day of the conference, and before I descend into "I'm about to speak on a panel" neurosis I thought I'd mention a few of the insights I picked up at the sessions yesterday. (My panel today is on Web 2.0 with some powerhouse women from Windows Live so I hope I can hold up my...
  • Blog Post: Autumn's here and so is the Women's Conference

    Yes it's been a month since I last blogged, thereby ruining my blogging new year's resolution. Some of that is Bioshock and Halo3-related, what can you do ? :) On the bummer-to-say-goodbye-but-wish-them-well side: Bubba Murarka who I got to work with briefly while in Live Search (his team took...
  • Blog Post: Community work: the time of your life

    I'm staying up late to write a shoutout to Sandy Khaund, who is moving on to a new gig He'll be doing the startup thing in San Francisco and bringing the same energy, management skills, and no doubt baseball bat to his new team. I take great pride in being part of the fire hose and the scars part of...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at Blogher in Chicago this July

    Yay! I am going to be with a panel with other cool bloggers speaking about building online communities. (You can see the common thread to my speaking gigs. :) They do a very interactive panel, so it's not so much powerpoint decks and harrumphing but back and forth between the audience and the panel...
  • Blog Post: The difference one letter makes... Betsy goes from QnA to XNA...

    I'm back from Merrie Olde England where I got a chance to hang out with a true Blog Queen - Eileen Brown, in the UK IT evangelism team . Last time I hung out with her in England, we were on our way to TechEd Amsterdam, and readying a blogging presentation together. This time was just for fun (though...
  • Blog Post: Soggy at South by Southwest: Closing post

    So there's been some flash pounding showers here that put Seattle to shame. But I figured I'd wrap up my South by Southwest on the scene coverage with these tidbits (there are some longer food for thoughts posts I need to do once I get back). These tidbist are a mix of yesterday and today. 20x2.org...
  • Blog Post: Monday afternoon update from South by Southwest

    Well, so I did see Robert Scoble at the podtech Vloggies booth; that was fun. He has so many folks wanting to talk to him, and he's representing his startup, so I hate to take too much of his time at these things. I did manage to congrat on the fact he and Maryam are expecting, and to hand Irina a QnA...
  • Blog Post: Gotdotnet & the 7 year switch - to CodePlex!

    I had a chance to chat with Sandy Khaund today (I know, people at Microsoft actually TALKING to each other! without the aid of computers! how NUTS is that!!??!!) about Gotdotnet closing its doors in July 2007.We reminisced about the good, bad, and the bitchy (that last was me of course :) ) and what...
  • Blog Post: Betsy Does Austin: South by Southwest Interactive and 20 x 2

    I'm honored to be among the speakers at South by Southwest Interactive this year. Our panel is called World Domination via Collaboration (yes, I realized the irony of a member of the "borg" talking about world domination) and I think it's going to rawk! Jory DesJardins and Lisa Stone , co founders...
  • Blog Post: The Funny QnA Valentine

    Krista Wall led the way to send the Live QnA-ers a Valentine ...and they loved it. (Those little hearts take you to actual QnA questions; Krista spent a ton of time prepping this.) Online community work is always so full of these ups and downs. There are moments when frankly, your customers drive...
  • Blog Post: Making the blogosphere fizz a bit, or, Betsy's Blogger bath bombs (tm)

    So, I'm going to the Blog Business Summit. I'm really excited as mentioned before. First of all, when I do panel presentations, I tend not to have the same queasy sensations I do when I have to speak on my own. Co-presenting is the same way; I really don't want to hurl my cookies in a crowd perhaps,...
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