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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Blog recovery progress update

The new Construction Marketing Ideas blog template is taking shape and most core elements have been added. Still need to do some tweaking before launching, but may have been saved (at least in part) by . . . Google cache.

Lots of the old postings are cached. I for example recovered the blog listing directory. Images are a problem, though, and manually uploading and reinstalling the cache would be a truly massive job (and not really a wise thing for someone who has to oversee a real operating business!)

However, there may be some good news here, as well. It seems someone has developed an automated script on a program called Python. I am certainly not a web programmer, but I also know how to source inexpensive programming talent offshore. (Won't announce the specific details because of political sensitivities, but I'm currently paying someone in Bangladesh $1.00 an hour for some development work!)

Target date to "officially" launch the new is still Jan 2. You may catch some sneak previews as I work through the process.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The "gone blog" disaster -- an update

For the past few days, I've been working on the blog rebuild.  While I won't be able to recover most of the old posts, the new blog will be designed to last -- and include comprehensive coverage of 2013 Best Construction Blog competition entries.

While the rebuild is under-way, you are visiting the "old" blog, maintained since its start. Note that many links and references to specific posts will automatically redirect here -- but unfortunately, except in some rare circumstances, the original text is gone, for good.

I expect the new blog will be ready for viewing by January 2.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A blogger's nightmare . . .

I managed not only to crash the "new" blog at -- I also deleted virtually all of the blog's content and (to make things really bad), the backup system failed.

This means about three years of blogging history have gone "poof" along with relevant hyperlinks and other stuff.

All is not completely lost.  This "old" blog remains in operation, and while we cannot recover the links and content (at least unless I can get some exceptional technical help and have extreme luck), there is room for continuity here -- and behind the scenes, I'll be working on rebuilding the other blog site.

In the meantime, if you end up in an endless loop looking for something that is no more, you can try emailing me and I might be able to recover the relevant files or documents for you.  No guarantees, unfortunately.

(Fortunately this disaster doesn't impede the business's other sites and projects, which remain in place.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The best construction blog competition -- nominations open

Burgin Construction won the 2012 Best Construction Blog competition
Here is an opportunity for some free positive publicity and hyperlinks for your architectural, engineering and construction-related blog.

The annual Construction Marketing Ideas best construction blog competition nominations have opened. You can nominate your favourite blog, or your own.  All qualifying blogs receive a positive review in the Construction Marketing Ideas blog, along with relevant hyperlinks and social media references.

There's no cost to enter the competition or if your blog is selected as a finalist.

We reserve the right to decline entries if they appear to be spam-blogs (splogs) or are created primarily for search engine optimization.  The blogs also must relate to the architectural, engineering and construction community, be updated at least weekly, and have enough content to be judged independently.

Here is the nomination form.
Fill out my online form.