Someone asked me the other day if I have a “bucket list.”
For those not familiar with such a term, a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.”
Well, I don’t have one. I’m afraid that if I did start compiling such a list, that some supreme being somewhere would activate my countdown clock.
Silly ain’t it?
I couldn’t resist returning the question.
“What’s on your bucket list?”
Big mistake. For the next seven minutes I had to listen to such crazy things as rock climbing, riding a camel, elephant hunting, floating in the Dead Sea and other assorted silliness. Normally I wouldn’t think these were so far fetched, but coming from a 78 year old, they’re crazy.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful that a person of that age would be so ambitious, but are these really realistic items?
I doubt it. Especially the elephant hunting. Must not have watched the Bob Parson’s video.
If, and I mean if, I were to put one of these lists together I’d be a little more realistic. Here would be my top 5 – in no particular order:
- Learn how to fly. (With or without a plane.)
- Ride a zip cord through a rain forest.
- Work on a cruise ship for six months. (I actually interviewed for a Cruise Director job about a year ago just for the hell of it. Really, I did.)
- Live on an uninhabited island for a month with no outside contact.
If you’re compiling a list, care to share?
Now onto the mailbag:
From email: I’ve been approached by a company who offered to develop a mobile app for my eCommerce store. I already have a mobile version of my website, do I need an app too?
If you have a mobile version of your site, I think you’re doing just fine. I’m not a fan of building an app for something that works 100% flawlessly via the web browser on your phone. Unless you have some revolutionary way you’re going to present products to your customers or you’re going to redefine the mobile shopping experience, your mobile version is good enough. Some will argue with me and say that Amazon, Zappos and others are doing great with their mobile apps. But they’re Amazon and Zappos. They’re not Mary Jane’s eCommerce Store.
From email: Don’t try to sell me a redesign, I just want to know how often a site should be redone.
Well, first off… I’m not a sales person and I’m not going to sell you a redesign, a bottle of Coke or a slice of pie, but I’ll be happy to answer your question. I’ve always recommended that a website be given a fresh coat of paint every 18 months. That re-do should include adding the latest features, freshening up the graphics and layout, getting rid of old, outdated code and bringing the code up to current web standards.
From LinkedIn: I’d like to discuss a tremendous opportunity that can save you thousands of dollars on your electric bill. Can I setup an appointment to discuss with you?
This is why I hate LinkedIn. It’s like one big Chamber of Commerce meeting where everyone there is trying to sell you something even if you have no use or need for it. Unfortunately, your solicitation just resulted in being un-LinkedIn. G’day.
From Facebook: Golly, you like martini’s. What’s your favorite vodka?
The house brand. It’s the cheapest. If you want to buy me a bottle, I think Grey Goose is over-rated and over-priced. Absolut is good enough and Ketel One is smoooooth. And speaking of martini’s, I like mine shaken and served filthy with exactly four green olives (sans bleu cheese), one onion and very cold.