Should I list my law practice on a 'legal directory' website?

Is my law practice showing up in Searches?

If you are a Sacramento area attorney reading this article, you have probably heard a proposal from FindLaw or Lawyers.com or maybe Avvo (and perhaps others) regarding why your law practice should be listed on their legal directory website. But how do you know which listings have real value? Which ones offer a good return on investment? Do any of these help make the phone ring? Can any of these help with my Page rank? Are there intangibles to being listed? And how do you stand out on these directories?

Ramping up Disaster Hub

These are the early, early, early days of Disaster Hub.  So early, in fact, even the name 'Disaster Hub' is just a placeholder.  But its a good one so I'm going with that for now.

Before going any further with this post, I feel like its necessary to reiterate the idea behind Disaster Hub as I did in a few recent letters I wrote. I wrote this:  

But we really like our old Drupal 6 website!

It's been just over two years now since the world bid farewell to Drupal 6.  The official stop date for Drupal 6 development was February 24th, 2016. While some have followed the offramp signs and upgraded from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8, there are still substantial numbers of websites of all shapes, sizes, and industries that have stayed on the Drupal 6 path.  Why?  

For some, upgrading is a problem

Edutainment Podcasting

I just finished scanning a paper written in 2009 by someone from the University of Limerick.  The paper is called 'A review of podcasting in higher education: It's influence on the traditional lecture' and is available, like everything on the web, it can be found via the mighty Google, and appears in the 'Australasian Journal of Educational Technology'.  Even though the paper is now 8 years old as I write this, that's about 23 in academic years and about 99 in podcast years, it's still quite relevant. 

Calling all Drupal developers

Atlas fire in Sonoma County California

As a former fire fighter and northern California resident, I feel especially helpless as thousand of families and their animals are displaced by the relentless fires raging for over a week in Northern California.  The LNU Complex - formerly the Atlas fire and other fires nearby in the wine country have burned over 119,000 acres as of this morning.  Over 5,000 homes have been consumed.  Over 35 people have died in the fires and hundreds more are unaccounted for.

Bay Area Drupal Camp 2017 Summit Tracks

BADCamp 2017

Getting ready for BADCamp used to be so easy.  It used to be that an hour or two was all I needed to pick a handful of presentations.  Then I'd buzz down 80, get off at University and head up the hill to find a place to park.  Good times! Holy Blue-Drop-Guy-Icon, how times have changed.  If you're thinking of going to BADCamp this year, don't wait 'til the last minute to set your agenda.  There is so much to do and see this year, a little do-ahead work will likely save you a ton of time and you won't miss out on what you really want to get out of BADCamp this year.  

What if they only need a Half Stack Developer?

I'm a full stack developer

I was reading an article in CodeUp just now on the definition of Full-Stack Developer.  Pretty interesting but something needs a little peeling back, in my humble opinion.  According to the author,

"Full-stack die-hards would consider a full-stack developer to have specialized knowledge in all stages of software development. Thus, a full-stack developer would be proficient, if not fluent, in: