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Mickey Mellen
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Build a WordPress landing page with a Blank Slate

There are times when you might want a page on your site to be completely blank so you can add content the way you want without headers and footers and sidebars and logos getting in your way. If you use WordPress, there is a very simple way to make that happen — the Blank Slate plugin.

http://www.mickmel.com/build-a-wordpress-landing-page-with-a-blank-slate/
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Tips for consistent blogging

This week at our Meetup (come join us here) we’ll be talking about blogging. Since my WordCamp US wrap-up post on December 4, I’ve been publishing an entry pretty much every weekday since then. In the last few weeks, my wife has been blogging most every day as well. What changed?

http://www.mickmel.com/tips-for-consistent-blogging/
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Friday Favorites

Some of my favorite things discovered in the past week, such as the "Adam Ruins Everything" podcast, "Blue Ocean Strategy" and some life lessons from soap operas.

http://www.mickmel.com/friday-favorites/
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If you’re going to delete an email eventually, just delete it now

I talk about the concept of inbox zero quite a lot on this blog. The idea is simple; get your email inbox emptied every day by properly dealing with. You don’t necessary need to do everything that your inbox is asking for, but at least address them all. This post explains the idea in a bit more detail.

A problem I’m seeing lately is that people save emails because they’re going to get to them “some day”. When you have hundreds of emails in your inbox, “some day” will never happen for #217 on that list.

http://www.mickmel.com/if-youre-going-to-delete-an-email-eventually-just-delete-it-now/
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This is what I like about Google Inbox. It's great at making Inbox Zero a reality but still retains email behind the scenes.
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Manage your email more easily with Shift

Not long ago, I told you that I made the switch from Gmail to Google Inbox. I may or may not switch back to Gmail at some point, but whatever I decide to do I’ll probably do inside of Shift.

Shift is a desktop application (for Windows, Mac and Linux) that puts your Gmail or Google Inbox (or Outlook) inside of their container. This frees up some tabs on your desktop, and also adds a few other nice features that I’ll share below.

http://www.mickmel.com/manage-your-email-more-easily-with-shift/
Not long ago, I told you that I made the switch from Gmail to Google Inbox. I may or may not switch back to Gmail at some point, but whatever I decide to do I’ll probably do inside of Shift. Shift is…
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Marco Polo

There have been a lot of apps kind of like it over the years, but I’m finding myself increasing drawn to video messaging using the Marco Polo app. It calls itself a “video walkie talkie”, which is pretty accurate. It’s not a live video chat app like Skype or Google Hangouts, but instead you can send a quick video message to a friend and they can respond back with a quick video message of their own.

http://www.mickmel.com/marco-polo/
There have been a lot of apps kind of like it over the years, but I’m finding myself increasing drawn to video messaging using the Marco Polo app. It calls itself a “video walkie talkie”, which is…
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+Yifat Cohen We use real-time chat much more often (typically Hangouts or Zoom), but this is a fun way to communication in near-real-time; the timing benefits of text messaging, with the fun of video. It won't replace real-time video, but is a neat way to communicate.
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Easy ways to find time to meet

We’ve all been there. You’re trying to meet up with someone in person, planning it via email. It goes something like this:

“Are you free for lunch on Tuesday?”
“Sorry, I can’t, but I’m around Thursday.”
“No, my Thursday is crazy. How about Friday morning?”
“I already have a breakfast meeting Friday. Let’s look at next week.”

And on it goes…

http://www.mickmel.com/easy-ways-to-find-time-to-meet/
We’ve all been there. You’re trying to meet up with someone in person, planning it via email. It goes something like this: “Are you free for lunch on Tuesday?” “Sorry, I can’t, but I’m around…
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The blogs I follow

I mentioned a few years ago wrote about how I follow over 500 blogs every day. That post has the details of how I do it, but it really comes down to two things:

1. Devote time to keep up with them.
2. Have a system to help you out.

That older post will show you the system, and the time factor is up to you. I try to allow spots of time throughout the day to keep up with them, then some longer time each week to dig deeper into some of the more compelling posts.

http://www.mickmel.com/the-blogs-i-follow/
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Security vs Convenience

You’ve heard the phrase “you can never be too safe”, but it’s not true in every situation. A good example is driving; there are more than 30,000 driving-related deaths in the United States each year, but there is a very simple solution. Flood the streets with police, and lower the speed limit to 20 mph on every road, strictly enforced. The number of deaths would drop to nearly zero, but it’ll never happen. Why? People would never give up the convenience of getting places in a reasonable amount of time.

The same can apply to securing your technology — you want to keep things secure, but too much security can create headaches.

http://www.mickmel.com/security-vs-convenience/
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How to choose a WordPress theme

While we build all of our themes from scratch at GreenMellen, using the Genesis framework, there are a lot of situations where you might want to just grab a pre-made theme, add your own logo and colors, and just go with that. If you go down that road, there’s two main types of themes that you can choose from.

http://www.mickmel.com/how-to-choose-a-wordpress-theme/
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You should be using Google Photos

Over the past decade, Google has released a number of “dud” products, but some of those products lead to awesome additions in other ways.

The oldest example is with Google Wave, the “email replacement” collaboration tool. It never took off and is long dead, but brought the amazing real-time “everybody type at the same time in the same document” features to Google Docs.

Another Google product has a similar history. While Google+ isn’t completely dead yet, it’s been scaled back a lot and will never be as big as Google once hoped. However, inside of Google+ was a brilliant photo system that is a standalone product you should all be using — Google Photos. Here’s why:

http://www.mickmel.com/you-should-be-using-google-photos/
Over the past decade, Google has released a number of “dud” products, but some of those products lead to awesome additions in other ways. The oldest example is with Google Wave, the “email…
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Brand loyalty is a bad thing

Over the years I’ve worked hard to keep my digital life in a place where I can freely move from device to device without worrying about being too locked in to one system. Lifehacker wrote an article that summed it up perfectly: Brand loyalty is for suckers.

http://www.mickmel.com/brand-loyalty-is-a-bad-thing/
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Blogger, runner, Google Earth fan, father of two
Introduction
I'm into church marketing, blogging and seo. Love my three girls, gadgets, Google Earth, and I try to run when I can.

I've created a variety of videos on the Basics of using Google+.

In addition, I run a variety of sites on my own (see mickmel.com), develop sites for a variety of clients (+Green Mellen Media), and manage a few blogs (the largest being +Google Earth Blog).  I also run a Google+ focused blog at GPlusInfo.com.

You can reach me at mickmel@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Education
  • Saginaw Valley State University
    Computer Science, 1994 - 1996
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February 11
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Married
Work
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church marketing, seo, social media, blogger, web developer, husband, father
Employment
  • Green Mellen Media
    Co-owner, 2009 - present
  • Google Earth Blog
    Writer, 2009 - 2014
  • Mt. Bethel UMC
    Web Developer, 2005 - 2009
  • First UMC, Dothan, AL
    Web Developer / Youth Associate, 2003 - 2005
  • St. Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta
    Microsystems Analyst, 2000 - 2003
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