[tt-forum] Exhausted Nancy
- This is not an April Fools Day joke.
I increasingly find myself falling behind in my work and fear because of
the demands on my time that I will have to give up much of the web
wrapping for Troubled Times that I try to do monthly (lately can only
get to quarterly). This is not a task that can be easily delegated, and
the offers of help Ive gotten in the past have often proven to be more
of a net drain than a help. Please spare me advice on how to be more
efficient, as I am a highly efficient person. I have decided to stop all
gathering and editing of content for Troubled Times TOPICs after this
current web wrapping session is complete. If the content is delivered to
me (steps 1 and 2 below), the steps to including it in the web site
(steps 3 through 5 below) are the lesser part of the job.
For those who would fuss, let me explain that in addition to being the
web mistress of Troubled Times, I am the author of ZetaTalk, the person
whom those wanting an interview invariably contact. I am currently
turning down requests for personal Q&A and for even general answers from
the Zetas, except for broad audience such as Sightings radio show. I
would like this to be different, but have no time. I have a book out
that is already being translated into other languages and a film script
that should get produced, and on occasion spend time on these, getting
the word out. ZetaTalk and a good portion of Troubled Times is being
translated into other languages, and this invariably takes some of my
time to assist them getting onto the web or whatever. All this is
priority #1, as without the ZetaTalk message there is no Troubled Times,
and getting the message out is most important. This cant be delegated.
I am also the President of the nonprofit arm, and this involves budgets,
agendas, reports, correspondence, getting permits, managing projects,
and web wrapping the nonprofit stuff. This is priority #2, as nonprofit
solution set development such as earthworm recipes and the means to
fertilize hydroponics from home based sources is not being done anywhere
else on earth, and gathering the content for a brochure and video to be
produced by the nonprofit eventually must be done this year and next or
it wont get done at all. My home is hosting prototype development such
as earthworm recipe development, and this involves upgrading the
infrastructure and housing workers I have invited to participate. My
son is the biodome interlocking panel patent holder, a housing means
that can withstand quakes and tornadoes and support indoor gardening and
living, and I support him in his R&D work.
Web wrapping the Troubled Times TOPIC and TEAM content is priority #3,
because there is already enough content there for the public to get
oriented. 100% delegating cannot occur, as this involves access
privileges and coordination with others that cannot get dropped or
become a broken promise. Web wrapping and being the web mistress of a
large site such as Troubled Times involves a number of steps. Im
interested in having others adopt steps 1 and 2 below, for ALL the
Troubled Times TOPIC and TEAMs. Those not adopted will become static,
and not grow past this point. All the steps took about 2.5 weeks of my
spare time per month, when I was working full time and putting in 18
hour days, no personal life to speak of, etc. The pace has remained
pretty steady over the 4+ years that Troubled Times has been in
existence. Steps 1 and 2 are over half the effort, so delegating this
would be a big help to me, personally.
In the past Ive determined a low priority for certain TOPICs, and
simply stopped maintaining them. For instance, the IRC chats were
stopped and after a year or so picked up by Gerard and Jurian. We now
point to their web site of chat logs. Recently the Weather and Quake
TOPICs were stopped re documenting changes (1995 through 1999 had been
done). Euan then picked this up in his Awakening postings, which have
been very well received and appreciated. Some of the translators are
able to produce hypertext that simply needs to be uploaded. Ron has
also taken responsibility for the Radio and Treasury portions of the
nonprofit portion of the web site, and this likewise simply needs to be
uploaded. Brian also sends me updates for the Bow Hunting TOPIC that
involve very little work on my part.
The steps to web wrapping are:
1. collecting the material from the tt-forum and tt-gossip postings.
This requires reading or at least checking ALL the postings,
categorizing them, and saving them off to a text file. The text material
alone comes to several MB before any web wrapping session begins. I back
this up as to lose it is to throw away a lot of effort by our
contributors, and picking this up from the eGroups web site is more time
consuming than from e-mail delivery.
2. editing the material to remove personal comments and redundancy, and
preparing to add it to existing pages or organizing the new material
into new pages. The material for a single TOPIC may range to 40 text
pages at the start of any web wrapping, and after cleaning up and
organizing be reduced to only a few pages of actual content. Squeezed
out is redundancy, argument, social lubrication, and excessive detail.
3. including the content into the web site. This involves assigning a
page name to each new page so that each page is identified by area (such
as Energy) and TOPIC (such as Windmill). Then if an external link is
involved, a text list of those links I maintain for ease of use by the
link auditors is updated. Then if an e-mail contact is involved, I
update a list of pages for each contributor, so that if their e-mail
addy changes I can quickly locate those pages. The Whats New page is
updated as this goes along, for easy access to new content.
4. updating administrative documentation and access aids. If a new page
is involved or cross linking between TOPICs or with ZetaTalk, I update a
Power Point page of links, one page for each TOPIC. This allows me to
quickly identify and change links TO a page if changes occur for any
reason. This also involves printing out each page, in case access to the
material is required during an interview and no computer is handy, or
the electricity is down.
5. testing the new material. This involves testing each e-mail contact
on new material. If the e-mail does not bounce the mailto is OK, and
this also alerts the contributor that their material made it to the
web. This also involves testing external links, to ensure they were
posted and inserted correctly, and are still good. The final step is
ftp to the web site and putting out a tt-news notice on new additions.
6. maintenance. This involves periodically changing external web links
the auditors find invalid or dead. Perhaps 5% of the several hundred
links we have are changed monthly. This also involves making grammar
corrections located by our grammar auditor. About 20% of the new pages
posted require changing due to grammar problems noted. This also
involves e-mail addy changes and addressing any complaints about the
material on the page.
- On Tue, 04 Apr 2000 21:47:23 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
> Nancy Lieder wrote:to
> > I have decided to stop all
> > gathering and editing of content for Troubled Times TOPICs after this
> > current web wrapping session is complete. If the content is delivered
> > me (steps 1 and 2 below), the steps to including it in the web sitematerial
> > (steps 3 through 5 below) are the lesser part of the job.
> > 1. collecting the material from the tt-forum and tt-gossip postings.
> > This requires reading or at least checking ALL the postings,
> > categorizing them, and saving them off to a text file. The text
> > alone comes to several MB before any web wrapping session begins. Iback
> > this up as to lose it is to throw away a lot of effort by ourtime
> > contributors, and picking this up from the eGroups web site is more
> > consuming than from e-mail delivery.Are there any other choices
> > 2. editing the material to remove personal comments and redundancy, and
> > preparing to add it to existing pages or organizing the new material
> > into new pages. The material for a single TOPIC may range to 40 text
> > pages at the start of any web wrapping, and after cleaning up and
> > organizing be reduced to only a few pages of actual content. Squeezed
> > out is redundancy, argument, social lubrication, and excessive detail.
> we have? I am curious how many we have who feel comfortable creatingHi Mike,
> there own HTML? How many do not feel comfortable in creating there own
After reading Nancy's steps 1 & 2 above, I came away with a different
interpretation than you did I think.
The way I read it, Nancy will maintain web wrapping, & HTML duties, but
needs help gathering & editing for content only. To me, this would involve
members downloading applicable information to their Hard Drives as text
files, editing the content of redundancy, personal information and the like,
then forwaeding said information to Nancy for placement.
If my take on this is correct, then my only questions are:
1. Are specific members assigned to help with specific pages? If so, I would
assume that Nancy would make those decisions.
2. If a person has quite a bit of information downloaded to their Hard
Drive, lets say 20 Megs. worth, how does a person forward this to Nancy?
Burn CD's? Zip disks? Most files over 2 or 3 megs are not Emailed very well.
Mabe we could upload information as we work on it to a designated folder on
a server. For example, John Smith is working on the Shelter Page. He has a
folder on the server labeled "John Smith's Shelter Input", or something. As
John Smith edits his information, he uploades it to his folder, where Nancy
then picks it up for placement.
Now then, where do we get a server.....any suggestions, Gerard, Jurian?
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