Newsletter Archives: 2000 FAQ: Newsletter

May 2000

California’s April showers bring May rolling blackouts. But that’s the least of our problems. During the web boom, about 1,500 startups were created. About 80% of those (1,200) will close due to lack of funding or no profits. Only 250 have closed up to now. So… the dotcom crash is only beginning. We’ve got another 1,000 companies to go…

There’s a good side: I work at a computer company that is right between 3COM (4,000 fired) and Cisco (6,000 fired.) It’s definitely improved our freeway exit ramp and we can always get a table at lunch time in the local restaurants!

The SEO (Search Engine Optimization) FAQ is very popular. Here’s some feedback:

  • It’s a great, concise wrap up of current search engine issues. This has some very current tips. I find it hard to keep up with the current state of indexing and it helps a lot. I’m definitely going to add to my resource of what I give my clients when it comes to search engine time. — Laura, web designer.
  • Wow, this is great! Thanks! — The Career Company.
  • Highly recommended. This is a really useful paper on a topic that is ignored by many web marketers but which can make an immense difference. — Webmaster, Maxim Corporation.
  • Well written and chock full of great information. Thanks! — Lynn.

It’s at faq-searchengines.html.

Poems by Mary Oliver

But enough tech stuff. Here’s a poem by Mary Oliver. Go ahead and pass it along to others.

The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver.

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

The Next Newsletter…

Every month or so, or when I get around to it, I send out a newsletter with FAQs, tips, info, stories, poems, and whatever to some 3,000 subscribers. If you want to join, add your email below. You’re welcomed to write, ask questions, and send poems. — yrs, andreas