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Proof of Concept: Google Docs Mail Merge Form #wordpress #updated

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I needed a way to be able to shamelessly plug the posts I recently bundled into the booklet “Write Something“. I want to build a list, and offering something which adds value for the subscriber is a good way to do this. There is a host of good material which you can use to help, so I won’t elaborate on that in this post.

I have a hosted WordPress.com blog, which means that I can’t run a local script to collect the mail addresses and mail them, so I turned to Google Docs’ Form functionality for the entry form, naturally I give them the option to download the booklet there, and I wanted to send the subscriber a message to thank them. In the Google tutorial: Simple Mail Merge they explain how to do a mail merge using the Script Editor. I wanted to go a little further and have it send a mail with thank you note and a link to each subscriber as soon as they filled in the form.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Pssst, Chris Brogan hasn’t started a secret podcast #gtd #productivity

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January 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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Write something: Insightful #blogging

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Writing

This item continues the section “Write something:”, which I hope will inspire you to write something for yourself using the keyword. The topic for today is: Insightful.

How do I write something insightful?

This can either be an insight I had, something I learned or a thread or conversation I have been following which made me think. In the first item I wrote about my habit to jot down notes in a notepad which I carry with me. An idea is always a work in progress so I take the notes I make I put in a mind mapper and free associate, this allows me to make connections that I may not have made initially. Sometimes I leave it for a while, although often I pour the idea into a blog item and leave it to mature.

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September 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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6 Months of Security Links #2011

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I’m a regular curator of daily links, and like to give overviews of my collection of curated links and posts. This is partly as there are some good sources and articles in here and as I am working on a research project which I started based on a number of books I read.

I’m sure you’ll find something interesting in the items below – there are some gems in the list – and I dare to hazard the guess you might learn something you wanted to know. 🙂

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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My Likes #visualization #folksonomy

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I like visualizations as they make it possible to showcase data in a way which is clear. And I remember that although a picture might tell a thousand words an image needs to be framed in a context. The context for the images below is folksonomy, and as you can see from the images I love my tags.

Wordle: webhat's del.lcio.us links

Wordle: Special Brands

On the left is the Wordle graphic for my del.icio.us tags, on the right the Wordle for this blog.

Pretty clear when my interests lie. How about you? Post your Wordles in the comments below.

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May 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Write something: To translate news for people #blogging

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This item continues the section “Write something:”, which I hope will inspire you to write something for yourself using the keyword. The topic for today is: Translation.

How do I write a translation?

When I speak and read the language writing a translation looks and sounds easy, and it is when I am translating from a foreign language to one of the languages I speak as a native. However context is always important when translating something, perhaps I’ve been following a news item in a number of languages and have formed the context in my mind. That doesn’t mean that the reader of my blog post has this same context.

What I do to ensure this is to check which large news organizations have covered this, however shallow the coverage may have been, and reference these as well as the original sources in my post. You will often see the [1] citation block in my posts, and sometimes my emails, these are to clarify the source and add background to the story. This is specially important when writing a translation for which my audience may not have been able to form a context.

Another way to do this is by starting with an interesting news story from a large news organization and creating a context and a background that the organization may not have highlighted due to poor research on the part of the author or even a political slant that the news organization may have.

Finally there may be item in which I have an interest and which appear in a language I know poorly or don’t know at all, I can use an online translation tool and fill in the blanks with my knowledge and research.

When you decide to do translations of news stories on a regular basis it can be handy to use more professional translation tools to aid – computer aided translation – and to create a corpus for yourself – perhaps per subject – to help in the translation of these items.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

March 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

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Write something: To help people achieve #blogging

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This item continues the section “Write something:”, which I hope will inspire you to write something for yourself using the keyword. The topic for today is: Achieving.

How do I write something to help people achieve?

I started writing this series of items by being inspired by Seth Godin’s work to help people achieve greatness. This inspiration helped me to direct my energy to helping others achieve what they want to achieve. The first questions I asked myself are:

  • What have I achieved?
  • What do I still want to achieve?

For me the answer to the first question was: “I started companies I wanted to work for.” This is a big thing for me, and something in which I could inspire people. Which is partly where I get the idea for Special Brands. The answer to the second question was easier still: “Through innovation I want to inspire and make the lives of myself and my customers easy.” And as you can see by this series of blog items I am doing that.

The goals may be different for everybody, and the sense of achievement is the same.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

March 18, 2011 at 10:30 am

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