What I’ve been working on

For the past few years I’ve been working with Stephen P. Anderson on a few things.

The Mental Notes card deck is a brainstorming tool. “Each card describes one insight into human behavior and suggests ways to apply this to the design of Web sites, Web apps, and software applications.”

In addition to those, we’ve launched a few sites for a client.

After The Meeting is a site that helps you focus on what typically happens not during a meeting, but after. It helps attendees keep track of what action items they were assigned and pokes you at times to get them done if you’re running late. It’s particularly helpful to project managers who can, at a glance, get status updates. And after a few weeks, you get a report card report telling you how successful everyone’s been on what they committed to.

Part of After the Meeting is a way to make a formal agreement with someone. This is a bit stronger than a simple to-do item as there are stakes for the success or failure of the task.

Promise Play takes those formal agreements out of meetings so it’s just you and one of your Facebook friends. We’re still polishing it up, but it’s free to use.

Other than that, I’m slowly working on a redesign of this site and looking forward to a project that’s been on the back-burner for a little while.

What categories should I use for my site?

As I’m finishing up this site, one thing I’ve gone back and forth on is what categories I should create. How specific do they really need to be? For example, If I write an article on how to create some nifty do-dad in PHP, would a Code category be okay, or should I have a PHP category. Both?

After thinking about it for a little, I decided to go to a few blogs I frequent and see what categories they use. Maybe I should be consistent with what others are doing. I’m not sure how many people really make use of categories, but maybe consistency would be important.

What I found is that there isn’t too much commonality in category naming. Some people use a lot, others not. It’s obviously dependent upon the type of blog.

One interesting thing I found out was that a number of sites had categories listed with no articles attached to them. Therefore, I decided to just start with nothing and create categories as I go. I’m sure I’m not the first person to do it this way, but it just didn’t occur to me right away.