10 things that made me cry this week

Ian Lurie

I’m a sensitive guy. I cried when I saw the movie Gallipoli. Of course, my parents had dragged me to see it when I was 11, which is enough to permanently warp anyone.

This week, though, has really raised some humdingers:

  1. The new Google Reader interface, which resembles a cross between an Etch A Sketch and a 1986 Mac Plus.
  2. A web page with a record-breaking 32,000 lines of HTML code, and 5 lines of visible text. That’s bad, in case you were wondering.
  3. OS X Lion’s continued inability to run Flash plugins, in spite of me having given the entire laptop a configuration enema.
  4. The NBA.
  5. The crowd at SIC 2011, who cruelly mocked my speedy new car. Sniff.
  6. Agency growth.
  7. The fact that I still have to explain title tags, then provide numeric predictions of the increased site traffic should a developer finally deign to edit them.
  8. My continued delivery of free advice to development companies, all in the name of helping my clients rank higher, or have pages that load in under 124 seconds, or similar. Today, I gave a tip to a dev firm that, if they do it, will give all their clients a 5-fold increase in traffic. To help my one client. What. The. Hell.
  9. Google’s rapid rollout of search query ‘security’. It’s eating up so much useful information I feel like I’m in Congress.
  10. An SEO solicitation from a firm run by a ‘former Google employee’ that’s so sleazy they’re my next blog post, unless something really great happens that makes me so happy I give them a pass.

Tomorrow’s post may be angry. But it won’t be this whiny, I promise.

Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is the founder of Portent. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). Ian's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Ian is now an independent consultant and continues to work with the Portent team- training the agency group on all things digital. You can find him at www.ianlurie.com

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  1. One of the reasons I read your blog regularly is that it is quite clear you put your heart and soul into these posts.
    When it doesn’t cover no-nonsense advice, your view from the trenches of running an agency, like your post on managing agency growth, still astound me.
    When you “whine” (your words, not mine!) it’s still constructive so if it’s any consolation, at least some people still benefit from you having a humdinger of a week!

  2. 11. When a smart ass blog commenter points out an error in my post…
    —>What is this word “deign”
    I really enjoy reading your posts btw, but I will not stand for lazy editing. =]

    1. deign/dān/
      Do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity.
      condescend – vouchsafe
      Chris, did you think he was trying to write “design?” Because “deign” is totally the right word. And then you’d be pointing out an error in error.
      I’m a smart ass too. Let’s invent a secret handshake.

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