When did you last stop to sharpen your blade?

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Today is my first day back from the winter break, probably the longest proper time off that hasn't involved chasing kids around the mountains for DofE or being on retreat since I started running the business full time three years ago. It's also the first time I have returned to work from a vacation and felt like I had truly had the chance to kick back and rest.

Yesterday a thread started in one of the local business networks I contribute to expressing surprise that business owners who had no necessity to close down until today (necessities were suggested as having children who didn't start back at school until today, for example) had kept their businesses closed. It made me wonder just how hard we sometimes push ourselves when we are running - or indeed working in - small and medium sized businesses without thinking about the consequences of not taking the time to properly rest and recover.

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Why is community important in today's society?

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Today is an important day in the Buddhist calendar - it's Sangha Day, where we celebrate one of the 'Three Jewels' of Buddhism.  The Three Jewels are at the heart of Buddhism, and include:3-jewels-triratna - Marc

  • The Buddha (The person who gained enlightenment for the sake of all beings, and shared his experience with others) - Yellow
  • The Dharma (The teachings through which the Buddha shared his experiences of enlightenment, making it possible for others to achieve) - Blue
  • The Sangha (The spiritual community who have gained enlightenment, and the people with whom we share our lives) - Red

Community plays an important part in my life, both in my Buddhist practice but also my interest and roles within the Joomla! Community, so I thought it would be helpful to unpack what my thoughts were on why community is important in today's society.

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It's been a busy few months and quite a few airmiles!

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Things have been a little busy in the past month, with lots of international speaking engagements and of course, being part of the team behind Joomla!Day UK which took place at the beginning of October.

After the experience in Kenya I was hoping that the travel would be a bit easier - and thankfully it was!  First stop was Joomla!Day Switzerland where I gave a talk which busted some common SEO Myths, followed by speaking at Joomla!Day Spain the next weekend, and running (and speaking in three sessions!) at Joomla!Day UK the weekend after that.

Unfortunately I had to draw the line at three consecutive speaking events, so when I was invited to attend Joomla!Day South Africa rather than decline the invitation, we arranged to do a presentation via Skype, which worked really well!

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Social media in an emergency - Kenyan Interior Ministry maintains calm using Twitter to communicate

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As you may know I've been in Kenya this week, speaking at Joomla!Day Kenya and carrying out some market research.  Today was my last day, so this morning when I went to check out of our apartment I was rather surprised when the reception team told me I wouldn't be flying anywhere!  There had been a massive fire at the main airport in Nairobi which started at 5am - at first I thought they were pulling my leg, but then I saw the photos ... it really is quite a miracle that nobody was hurt - but it looks like the majority of the airport has been destroyed.

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Social Media management for business owners

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Just recently I was reviewing the systems in place for managing our social media accounts, and looking at new technologies that had emerged since we decided to use Hootsuite - quite some time ago!  I came across something which has really changed the way I've been using social media over the past few weeks - so much so I thought I'd write a blog about it!

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