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Archive for August, 2010

Please Save the Date: Sept 24 in San Diego

The oil spill may be capped, but the restoration is just beginning.  Mark your calendars for an evening of art, jazz, wine and conversation at the Balboa Park offices of Boom Media at Fifth & Palm. Proceeds from this LIVE ART AUCTION will benefit the National Wildlife Federation’s Oil Spill Relief fund.

Art Benefit Auction - excerpt of a painting by Kaori Fukuyama

The theme of the art is: Destruction and Restoration:
After the Oil Spill, Dreams for a better Environmental Future
.  I’m hosting the show and will be donating 2 paintings for the auction.  Here’s one of them:

Art Benefit Auction - Heart of the Gulf by Lura Lee

 
I got an 89% on my Website test

Using the websitegrader.com tool, this site scores an 89/100.  Not too shabby for a personal website!

In fact, this got me thinking…

I have a project that I’m working on right now that will be both professional and personal.  (I’ll do a formal announcement a little down the road.  But I don’t mean to tease… call me if you want to know about it.)

Anyway, at some point I will want to do real marketing for it.  Big hoopla.  But my other sites are not well ranked or established.  Using any of my other sites (L2ideas.com, LuraLee.com, BackinTime.com) would be mean adding a big SEO project to the pile of work to be accomplished.  Not much fun.

Then it occurred to me that I need to re-think my website strategy.  You see, I had previously split off Lura.net as a personal site only.   Maximizing my SEO by promoting the new project on Lura.net would combine my professional and personal personas once again.  I started out that way (almost 10 years ago), then split it up, sanitized content, went dark, came back, etc.  None of this is news.  Other professionals who have been active on the web seemed to follow the same trajectory, which coincides with the evolution of websites as powerful branding/marketing tools.

It occurs to me that I’ve arrived back where I started.  No fragmentation, full integration, thoughtful transparency. WYSIWYG Lura.net!

 
Love European Living

I live in a part of San Diego where I get to walk a lot.  It’s great! Very European.  I walk to the grocery store, coffee shop, movie theater, and pharmacy.  My dog waits patiently while I make a deposit at the bank or pick up a few pieces of fresh fruit.  The neighborhood is safe, clean, and friendly.  It’s really pretty great.  Sure, it’s not cheap… but it’s not the most expensive place I’ve ever lived either… not by a longshot.

Someone recently asked me if I was interested in moving to another spot; wondered when I was going to buy another big house inland.  Don’t hold your breath.  I don’t really want to trade what I have for another 3 car garage and 60 minute commute.  No thanks. This little slice of heaven is the closest I’ll probably come to European living in San Diego.

 


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