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Random Bits Podcast with Eric Meyer, Part 2

Monday, September 17th, 2007

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Episode 10 – 9/17/2007

Guest: Eric Meyer, CSS Guru meyerweb.com

Background: CSS Master, Author, Teacher

Total Time: 26 minutes

This is Part 2 of the Random Bits podcast with CSS master Eric Meyer. Our guest host is Tommy Olsson of Autisticcuckoo.net. I would strongly recommend you listen to part 1 if you haven’t done so already! We concluded our talk last time with a discussion on sites built in Adobe Flash. Now enjoy part 2!

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:14 – We talk about the books and a possible next book
  • 04:56 – Eric shares some of his struggles with CSS
  • 07:42 – Let’s hear some favorite CSS tricks
  • 10:51 – We talk about An Event Apart
  • 17:09 – Getting personal

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Random Bits Podcast with Eric Meyer

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

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Episode 9 – 9/3/2007

Guest: Eric Meyer, CSS Guru meyerweb.com

Background: CSS Master, Author, Teacher

Total Time: 25 minutes

What I like about doing Random Bits is the format — it’s very different from a typical interview where it’s just a question and answer session. Instead I try to have more of a conversation with the guest and let you, the audience, ease-drop in on the conversation.

This was definitely a fun interview for me! I’ve been wanting to interview Eric for awhile now but, well, I’m only a novice at CSS so I wasn’t sure I was worthy of being in his presence. 🙂

But because I didn’t want to limit you, our audience, from diving deeper into Eric’s CSS knowledge I decided to ask Tommy Olsson, friend of Search-This and CSS guru in his own right if he would join me. That way we could represent both sides of the CSS field, that of a beginner as well as someone who is very experienced.

You will be happy to hear that this will be a two part series! So what are you waiting for? This is Eric Meyer — the CSS ninja! Start listening!

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:27 – Learn some of the things Eric really enjoyed seeing implemented over the last 10 years
  • 03:36 – Looking forward to CSS3
  • 07:34 – They dumb things down for me 🙂
  • 08:39 – We talk browsers
  • 11:52 – Is IE working with the CSS community?
  • 14:57 – Combating the “tables are ok” attitude
  • 20:21 – Are the W3C specifications too hard to understand?
  • 22:51 – Sites built in Flash *GASP*

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Random Bits Podcast with Chris Garrett, Part 2

Monday, August 20th, 2007

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Episode 8 – 8/20/2007

Guest: Chris Garrett, Blogger ChrisG.com

Background: Developer, Entrepreneur, and Blogger

Total Time: 24 minutes

This is part 2 of my talk with Chris Garrett. I strongly recommend you listen to part 1 if you haven’t done so yet! In part 1 we ended by discussing that if you build it, they will not come and made the exception for your big celebrity blog. Your average blogger, like a small plumbing company, will need to work hard at achieving an audience!

As an aside, please forgive me for not creating an intro for this episode. My microphone decided to quit working 🙁

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:00 – We talk about how a blog can benefit a business, specifically your local plumbing company.
  • 07:41 – Learn more about giving and how giving can really provide great benefits to you!
  • 19:31 – Chris tells about the community he has started for bloggers at AuthorityBlogger.
  • 21:22 – We get the juicy info on Chris….well..I tried at least but he made me edit them out 😀

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Random Bits Podcast with Chris Garrett, Part 1

Monday, August 6th, 2007

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Episode 7 – 8/6/2007

Guest: Chris Garrett, Blogger ChrisG.com

Background: Developer, Entrepreneur, and Blogger

Total Time: 27 minutes

Chris blogs numerous places, including here sometimes, and is someone who is considered a professional blogger. He and I sat down and had a great conversation about blogging tips and strategies. Our talk actually went twice as long as it should have, but it was a great conversation and I didn’t want to cut it short! So, we rambled on and I have turned this into a two-parter packed full of great information. Chris really knows his stuff and this is a great post for beginner and experienced bloggers alike!

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:28 – How does Chris keep up with his posting pace?
  • 03:45 – We discuss what kind of topics get people to comment.
  • 07:45 – How do you get people to comment?
  • 11:40 – How being a blogger can affect your life.
  • 17:43 – We talk about hosting your own blog versus a hosted solution.
  • 24:38 – The misconception of “Build it and they will come”.

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Random Bits Podcast with Craig Newmark

Monday, July 16th, 2007

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Episode 6 – 7/16/2007

Guest: Craig Newmark, Chairman, Customer Service Rep and Owner of Craigs List

Background: Community Builder, Entrepreneur

Total Time: 22 minutes

Craig took the time to have a phone call with me last week and not only is he the brains behind craigslist; but he is also the heart behind it. Craig tells us some reasons why he feels craigslist has grown as much as it has and why it will continue to do us. Listen to this interesting podcast and learn a little more about the man behind the list.

Podcast Highlights

  • 0:33 – I ask if Craig is really his name. Yes I asked this. It was a must!
  • 0:50 – Craig and I talk about how craigslist started
  • 2:41 – Craig tells us he is just a customer service representative
  • 3:41 – We talk about how the site has changed much in terms of look and feel
  • 5:53 – Craig talks about the no-ad policy at craigslist
  • 8:33 – Learn how big craigslist is now
  • 11:05 – Craig tells us about some interesting ads on craigslist and we talk about the future of the site
  • 18:09 – I get personal with Craig and learn a little more about his personality

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Random Bits Podcast with Lee Dodd

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

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Episode 5 – 7/02/2007

Guest: Lee Dodd, Internet Entrepreneur and Owner of the Earners Forum

Background: Community Builder, Entrepreneur

Total Time: 30 minutes

Lee Dodd is very well known in the web industry for being a successful community owner and has recently branched out into teaching!

Lee shares some tips on community building and gives us personal examples with which we can relate. One of Lee’s tips is to not monetize a community (or any website for that matter) until you reach at least 500 visits a day! I hadn’t really looked at things that way. Lee also talks about the elite retreat and who can benefit from attending such an event!

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:22 – We hear about Lee’s background and learn how he got started in this business
  • 1:55 – I find out what techniques Lee uses to build a strong community
  • 5:58 – Learn how and when to monetize a forum
  • 12:21 – I ask Lee about premium membership programs
  • 15:08 – Lee talks about the upgrades at Earners Forum
  • 18:25 – We learn more about the Elite Retreat
  • 27:46 – Getting personal with Lee

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Random Bits – LIVE!

Monday, June 25th, 2007

We FINALLY did it! The Random Bits Podcast main page is ALL done! Let me take just a moment to tell you about it.

For those of you just joining us, welcome, we’re glad you’re here. Random Bits is a podcast that features conversations with some of the biggest names behind the web. Hosted by Sara Smith, she discusses hot topics with guests in their respective field as well as Random Bits of more personal questions allowing you, the audience, a closer look at their personalities!

Over on the right side you will notice the Random Bits Podcast section. Here’s how it works:

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I’d like to tell you some of the names of people that you will be hearing from in the coming months on Random Bits, but Sara won’t let me! She wants to keep you all surprised. Yeah, she sucks!

If there is someone that you would like to have interviewed let us know – there’s a good chance we can make it happen.

Please do subscribe to the Random Bits Podcast below. You should also be able to find Random Bits in iTunes soon.

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