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By Pat Hammond

Pen & Paper: The Easiest Way to Avoid Overwhelm & Stay Organized

I'm a web developer, I drank the Kool-Aid and I love my technology, but when it comes to staying organized I believe that you can't beat plain old pen & paper. There's never an issue with viruses or compatibility, it's cheap and user friendly, you're never a slave to someone else's system and at the end of the day you can still upload your pages to Evernote.

That's right, even the biggest online notebook company sees enough value in old school tools that they give users the technology to make their paper notes searchable online. It's like having the best of both worlds. How cool is that?

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By Pat Hammond

What does it mean?

Whether it's holding a door, anonymously paying for someone's coffee or donating an hour of your expertise to a start up, any time you make a positive difference in someone's day with no expectation of reciprocity you are Paying it Forward.

Tip: If you are having a challenging day, take a minute to brighten someone else's.

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By Pat Hammond

Londonderry Breakfast Networking Meetup

Location: Avandi's Family Restaurant, 87 Nashua Rd, Londonderry
Date: Wednesdays 8:30 AM (check their meetup.com page for details)

The Facts:

  • price: free, cost of meal
  • atmosphere: casual professional, mainly referrals
  • amenities: restaurant setting - coffee, full menu, wifi, free parking, easy access from highway
  • content: open discussion, networking & referrals
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By Pat Hammond

Week 2 Notes

It's the second week of the month and you know what that means, it's time for the monthly WordPress Developers and Users meetup.

As a web developer I get constant questions when I go to networking events from people struggling to manage their WordPress websites. If you are having an issue, want to learn how to use more of the awesome WordPress features or even if you are thinking about taking the leap from user to developer, you should check this group out.

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By Pat Hammond

Shake up the Status Quo!

  • Have you ever been stuck, so transfixed on a specific idea or process that you couldn't move forward?
  • Have you ever had an idea that would have been brilliant, if only you could have found a way to make it work?
  • Have you ever wished that you could find a new way to use old skills?

If you said yes to any of these three things, then you might be stuck in the Status Quo.

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By Pat Hammond

It doesn't matter if you're a small business owner, start-up or someone looking for a job, every Helpful Hannah and Butinski Bob has the same advice, YOU NEED TO NETWORK.

Networking,. What a great idea, why didn't you think of it yourself?

I know it's frustrating, but thanks to technology a whole new world of in-person networking opportunity is right at our fingertips. So strap yourself in while I share a fast introduction to one of my favorite networking tools, Meetup.com.

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By Pat Hammond

Week 1 Notes

The first month of 2015 is just about behind us and February is starting to look interesting.

In addition to the usual networking and referral meetups, several groups are presenting Bootcamps, seminars and all kinds of interesting back-to-business type goodies.

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By Pat Hammond

Why does it have to be either/or? Why do people think you can't love another platform without hating WordPress?

Let me start by saying that I don't hate WordPress.

At a time when Drupal and Mambo were the only real choices for a Content Management System (CMS) WordPress hit the scene like a breathe of fresh air.

The WordPress interface was much easier for the end user and compared to its older counterparts WordPress was lightweight, easy to customize and fast to deploy which helped it quickly win the top spot as most popular CMS.

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By Pat Hammond

Reputation & Reliability

Do I really need to say this? How you honor your commitments is a reflection of your reliability and when you're a small business owner your personal reputation, good or bad, directly affects your business.

To put it another way, if you say you're going to do something you really need to do it.

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By Pat Hammond

New Year/New Feature

It took a while, but it's finally here. I am excited to announce the launch of the Queen City Buzz events page.

Back in September I said that I wanted to add an event page that links to one central community calendar with listings of all the local business, networking and tech events, but there wasn't one.

To be honest, there still isn't one.

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