Many times in our lives we examine past events, we look for answers there. We even wish things could’ve been different, that we’d made different choices…maybe better choices. The simple thing that came to mind for me, that I think it’s important to share, “We cannot be smarter in the PAST. We cannot change the choices we made there. We can only do better going forward.” Think about this as you are making choices today. Make the choices that you will not regret and that will take you where you want to go going forward. Leave the past where it belongs…in the past.
Some people think that “mobile” is the wave of the future…that in three years we will be using our phones as our primary way to access the internet. I use it that way now and so does just about everyone that I know. Many small businesses are not sure about “how” to go mobile with their website.
June 28th on our rescheduled monthly SOBCon chat, we will be discussing best practices of building your mobile site with Christian Gurney of Torsion Mobile. We hope that you can join us at 1pm ET, Thursday.
Q1. What planning steps should you take prior to beginning the “going mobile” process?
Q2. What features should be integrated for mobile users?
Q3. How do you test your site prior to launch?
Q4. What are the top 3 most important features of a mobile site?
Q5. Where can you find analytics for your mobile site?
Sometimes we get caught up in the whirlwind of life and this can become even more complicated when so many social media platforms are layered into the mix. Trying to post here and there, what’s the latest trend, who is where…it can get a little frantic.
This week there is just one Keep It Simple tip…stop and look around. Seize the opportunity to simply look and notice…the things you should see will jump out at you, but also notice what’s missing. Is there someone you connected with frequently, but haven’t “seen” in awhile? Take a minute, reach out and touch base and connect.
Many times I get so busy that it takes awhile to realize that I’m not looking around. This post was inspired by something that happened to me earlier in the week. I was at a store and talking to a clerk and could hear someone talking to another clerk. It was a friend that I was standing less than one foot away from and if she hadn’t been talking to someone, I would’ve breezed right past her. It would have been a shame to miss out on the opportunity to connect, even if it was just for a minute or two. So take a minute, look around and connect. Many times those connections offer up additional opportunities for you to seize.
SOBCon, where the virtual meets concrete, is a community of people that is adept at working together to generate success. I am so grateful to be a part of this community and to be a moderator on the monthly SOBCon chat. I’ve also been fortunate enough to attend several live SOBCon events (I highly recommend it and if you’re interested, you can see coming events at www.sobevent.com). At one of those events, I met a very insightful accessibility professional, Glenda Watson Hyatt.
Glenda is committed to accessibility for companies small and large. She offers insights, compliance recommendations and tips to make websites more accessible. This includes blogs just like this one…after the chat, I will do my KIS (Keep It Simple) Series post on Friday using Glenda’s tips. It is critical to think of all of the connections you could be missing if you aren’t working towards an accessible world. I am very happy that Glenda agreed to be our special guest on the chat, she has information to share with us that can change the way we see our engagements. She has opened my eyes to ways that accessibility is overlooked and how some simple changes can make a big difference to so many people.
We hope that you will join us on the #SOBCon chat February 16th at 1pm ET as Glenda works with us to answer the questions below and if you have additional questions after the chat, please contact her directly on twitter, she’s @GlendaWH.
1. What is the number one accessibility issue?
2. Is it really important to make your website/blog more accessible and why?
3. What steps can companies take to make websites more accessible?
4. How can we make our blogs more accessible?
5. What resources can we use to make our websites/blogs more accessible?