Personal Log 20191123

Personal Log 20191123

personal log 20191123

Arwen is getting SO BIG!

Personal Log 20191123

Taking a moment to catch my breath. It’s been a crazy week. I had a hardware class for HitachiVantara Global Learning on the schedule for some time, but then I was asked by Megan Holt of “One Book New Orleans” if I’d be interested in presenting a talk on “Personal Websites for Authors” at this year’s Words and Music New Orleans festival. I jumped on it! So, I planned the teaching week to get the lecture material for the course done by Thursday. Home on Southwest Thursday night, then out to the Ace Hotel for the festival yesterday morning.

Teaching Brits

Not a bad plan overall, but there’s often a complication. I got an email last week asking me to teach a class to a group of folks from the UK. It was a two-day class (Monday and Tuesday), via WebEx. So, it wasn’t a logistical conflict. I delivered the UK class from 0400 to 0830ish EST, from Columbus, OH, site of the hardware class. No problem, I thought, go to bed early on Sunday night, get up at 0330 Monday, do the deed. Rinse and repeat on Tuesday.

It wasted me. I’m not as young as I used to be, and spent most of Tuesday yawning. Fortunately, I was able to stay awake and coherent for the face-to-face class! I went to a pizza place down High Street from the hotel, had some beer, and a calzone, and went to bed early again. Wednesday, slept to the late hour of 0700! Anyway, I’m back on track by Saturday.

Websites for Authors

personal log 20191123

Reviewing the talk at the coffee shop, Friday morning.

The talk at Words and Music New Orleans went well, I think. This was the second time I’ve presented this material. The first was at the Jefferson Parish Library (Hi, Chris Smith!).  When I do a history talk, there’s a lot of interaction and audience feedback. Ooohs and Ahhhs on various old photos. Someone will chime in with an anectode or two.

When I present on websites, the audience is quiet. They appear to be attentive, but they’re quiet. I’m good at reading classrooms and audiences, but even the computer nerds are more animated than these folks. The feedback after the talk at the library was solid. Folks came up and thanked me for the information. Others asked specific questions, one-on-one. During the talk? Silence.

I’m thinking this topic attracts writers who really don’t know much about the mechanics of website development. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. I’m thinking this merits discussion and such here on my site.



Words and Music New Orleans Talk – Personal Websites for Authors

Words and Music New Orleans Talk – Personal Websites for Authors

Words and Music New Orleans

Words and Music New Orleans

Thanks to everyone attending today’s talk at the Ace Hotel! Click on the title graphic or here to get the PDF of the presentation.

Web Design and Consulting

In addition to my corporate training portfolio, and my alter ego, NOLA History Guy, I also do website work. If you’d like to discuss any of the ideas from today’s presentation further, please feel free to email me at


Upcoming Adventures – Talks and Signings

Upcoming Adventures – Talks and Signings

Upcoming adventures – Edward’s talks and signings.

Upcoming Adventures

A few engagements coming up, stop by and check them out!

Friday, November 22 (TOMORROW)

Personal Websites for Authors

Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans

Workshop. $10. Ticket price includes continental breakfast.

Local writer and self-described computer nerd Edward Branley will guide writers through the fundamentals of building a website to increase their visibility and marketing. Topics include website content, writing bios for different platforms, and more!

A part of Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans.

More details here.

Tuesday, December 10th

The Golden Age of Canal Street

Reception – 6:30pm – 7pm
Talk begins at 7pm.

Nunez Community College- Auditorium
3710 Paris Road
Chalmette, LA 70043
I’ll have books for sale!

Friday, December, 13th

Book Signing at Walgreens

image courtesy Commons user “MusikAnimal”

Book Signing at Walgreens, 900 Canal Street, 3pm-5pm.
I’ll be signing New Orleans: The Canal Streetcar Line, and New Orleans Jazz. There’s even a photo of this Walgreens, from 1939, in the streetcar book!
Mark your calendars!