News From The Middle-Line

Yes. This is another "final" post. Ha ha.

The new site will be launched soon. It’s a joint effort, not off my own back, because I wanted something special.

I hope to have it done within the next couple of weeks, as previously said.

Have been spending more time with Clarion .Net. Pretty excited about it, I’ve always liked how the C++ IDE (Visual Studio – ish) worked, and it’s nice to have a similar look’n’feel in Clarion. Looking forward to the next update.

The two halves of my role as Tech Evangelist are seeing different results.

The mediation between SV and Community began immediately. And has continued since then (a colossal, heh, 10 days). I’m having good conversations, talking to people, saying hello.

Taking Clarion to the wider development community is far more dependant on certain objectives. Like a pre-requisite at university. To get people to listen, there has to be (in my belief) a "Web Presence".

This Web Presence is obviously the new site. It’s going to be more than a blog. Still simple and clean, but providing more than opinion.

What the Web Presence should do is allow for new comers to immediately discover what they are missing in not having Clarion. It should tell newcomers that there is a strong and vibrant community as the backbone to Clarion. It should trumpet forth that .. We are Clarion. Hear us roar!

Okay, so that may be a little over the top. It’s possible.

Part of establishing a Web Presence is not just the building of a site. Once you have a site, and relevant content, you need to make people aware of it. Every time you leave a comment on a blog/site, every time you email someone, asking them to visit, every time you make the front page of Digg or Slashdot (ha ha, well, if anyone reading this has had that happen, Kudos!) .. it builds your Web Presence.

The way blogs especially work is that the more intelligent you are about commenting and getting your name out, the more virally it will spread. Larger sites will take notice. You might catch a big blogger who mentions you, resulting in a fair amount of Buzz traffic. You slowly build up a long term readership via RSS feeds, or just plain dedicated visiting.

It’s a cool and exciting time. With some cool and exciting possibilities for Clarion.