This past weekend I spent some time with a friend thinking of using a blogging platform for her website, for she knew that I had made a similar switch with my own three websites (they are now all on TypePad). Could they be slicker, and generally better? Yes, but I’ve way too much impatience to work with a webmaster who is more web-savvy than I am, unless he or she would have the time and enough responsiveness to be at my beck and call. So for now, and with this stage of my business, I’m happy as a clam right where I am.
Anyway, as we took a look at some of the traffic counters and stats programs I play with, a couple of page load numbers jumped off the screen at us both:
6 page views . . . visit length 30.19 minutes
22 page views . . . visit length 33.33 minutes
42 page views . . . visit length 102.11 minutes
2 page views . . . visit length 17.45 minutes
9 page views . . . visit length 25.06 minutes
Now for those of you who know the significance of these things, yes, these are sprinkled in with the 1 page view in less than a nanosecond entries too- lots of them. However the bigger numbers are pretty normal for both Talking Story and Managing with Aloha Online on a daily, all time-blocks basis, and it is clear that there’s a whole lot of copy and pasting going on, besides the computer screens occasionally left idling on a page.
My friend, who is also an author, thought I was nuts not to put some kind of copy-blocking on my posts, protecting my copyrights. However my attitude is, if it helps you manage with Aloha, Go for it!
I want Managing with Aloha to go viral.
I want to get the word out, so that we’re doing it instead of just reading about it.
I want people to talk more about the inherently good potential of living our values, and I want them to practice the day-to-day living with them.
I want managers and leaders everywhere to manage more responsibly, and be better.
I want employees everywhere copying my pages and leaving it on their managers’ desks, and by chance, thinking about any passages that might resonate with them on a personal level.
I’m perfectly okay with people stealing my ideas, and my sentences about them word for word, because I hope they’ll use them somehow.
And here’s a tip: If you didn’t notice the link before (right column somewhere, depending what landing page you’re on), download the 28-page MWA printable e-book I did for ChangeThis.com to make it way easier for yourself to hit print at one time, getting a short description of all 19 values and the main points of the WHY behind managing with aloha in the first place.
At some point, people will probably figure out that buying my book at $24.99 and subscribing to the RSS feeds for Talking Story and for Managing with Aloha online is way easier than all the cut and paste and printing they’re doing instead. However meanwhile, they may have learned something, used something, and had it work for them. That’s why I do what I do, and write what I write in the first place.
Tip number 2: Should you buy the book, and start to think about copying those pages, start with the Daily Five Minutes on page 145, pass it out to your entire staff so they force you to do it by asking you for it, and really get your bang for the buck.
Our Ho‘ohana this month is on Lokomaika‘i, the giving and generosity “of good heart.”