Archive for October, 2010

New Site Launch: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council


Welcome to the soapbox family, GPAC!

It was a real pleasure helping to put this site together over the last few months. I wish I could say that I was there from start to finish, but that would be untrue. Initially, Katie Guernsey was the PM for this project, before she moved on to her new gig over at the Mozilla foundation. However, before she left, Katie was able to spend a significant chunk of time conducting audience interviews and undergoing an extensive evaluation process of their current site as part of an expanded discovery budget. The hard work she put into that process made it much easier to join a big project like this mid-stream, and really helped to create a great site that would meet the needs of GPAC and their audiences.

With a big site like GPAC’s, it can be quite a task finalizing the site map and uploading all of the content necessary to launch, but the crew at GPAC did an awesome job working through it, so congratulations are certainly in order! Ryan Belisle, our lead designer, also gets a shout out for totally nailing the design. It’s clean, vibrant, sharp, all of the things the GPAC team were looking for. Great Job, RB!

I’m really pleased with the final product that we were able to deliver on this project, and I look forward to watching this great new site grow over the years to come!


Soapbox Salon – Thursday, November 4, 2010

Soapbox and Podcasts – Hitting the Internet Airwaves

In today’s mass media world, your donors and supporters are inundated with information. Cutting through the chatter and reaching your audience can be difficult, especially when you’re short on time and money. Setting your organization apart from the rest using modern messaging channels can provide you with a unique differentiator and add value to your campaigns and news distribution. One way to achieve this: podcasting.

Never heard of podcasting? Think it sounds like a fishing term? Fear not…well, unless you’re going to the “Keep Fear Alive” rally with Stephen Colbert this weekend in DC! At our next FREE Soapbox Salon on Thursday, November 4, we’ll show you the basics of creating your very own podcast, and help you make the most of this broadcasting tool.

In one short hour, understand why podcasts provide you access to a unique audience, learn how to create a podcast, and discuss how podcasting can be incorporated to your larger communications strategy

PICnet’s Soapbox Salon
Soapbox and Podcasts – Hitting the Internet Airwaves

When: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET
Where: PICnet’s DC Office – 1605 Connecticut Ave. 3rd Floor, Washington, DC (across the street from the Dupont Circle Metro station’s north exit OR ONLINE (with directions on how once you register)

What:  You bring your questions, ideas, and lunch, and we’ll bring answers and refreshments.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 3, 2010 by clicking the link below and registering for the event.

Questions?  Contact Julie Dennis at or by calling (202) 585-0273.

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We hope to see you there!


Joomla!Day DC 2010 a huge success

After months in the making, the Joomla!Day DC 2010 was an amazing success. With 5 Joomla book authors, 2 members of Open Source Matters (OSM), 3 international speakers, and even 2 presidents (okay, one was looking a little thinner than normal), the event was destined to be a good show. With a final tally of 115 attendees, it was a terrific start to the Joomla!Day DC tradition.

PICnet brought the party back home to our office in Dupont Circle afterward, because, really, what’s a Joomla!Day without an after-party?  From what I understand, everyone still made their flights home the next day.

I thought I’d include a photo slideshow of the event, and I should be able to share my presentation and keynote video soon.  The planning for Joomla!Day DC 2011 should be getting started soon!


Ryan to keynote Joomla!Day DC

Joomla!Day DC 2010There’s few things I enjoy more in the Joomla! world than having the opportunity to meet members of the community.  Between session talks and evening drinks, the conversations are amazing.

I’ve been to Mongolia, South Africa, Brazil, and lots of places in between, and the stories I hear from the Joomla community are incredible.  People’s rich background of experience, their willingness to contribute, and excitement for the future keep fueling my tank as President of Open Source Matters (Joomla’s non-profit organization).

This weekend (Saturday, Oct 15, 2010), I get a chance to bring it back to the home crowd at Joomla!Day DC.  I’ll eloquently and diplomatically sum up my thoughts in two words:  I’m stoked.

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