First, my apologies for not giving fast email replies while I was out last week. For about 7 days, I was without fast access to email or the Internet.
I flew to Colorado Springs for the USA Racquetball sponsored “High Performance Racquetball Camp”. For 5 days, I lived with my 23 fellow racquetball campers in the US Olympic Training Center where a million+ other athletes have trained before (including Lance Armstrong).
Not every camp applicant was accepted, so it was an honor to train with some of the finest in the country. Technically, it was for ‘open level’ players, so yeah, I felt the pressure.
One of the ways I keep myself sane from working long hours is via Racquetball (with a triathlon, handful of duathlons, 10k runs for cross training). I’m a sponsored player thanks to TeamHead, and I’m also the racquetball trainer for the (4) local YMCA’s and I’m the assistant racquetball coach for about 15 racquetball Jr’s at our local club.
As an entrepreneur, I couldn’t have been more pleased with the way the EzineArticles behind-the-scenes team handled the place while I was gone. Perhaps I should leave more often? ;-)
If you’re mega-active on EzineArticles.com, you may have noticed a few speed bumps along the way as we’re radically rewriting the way we manage the site over the past few weeks.
It always feels like we must take a few big steps backwards before we charge forward again… and that is exactly what we’re doing.
In the past, I’ve shared almost every step along the way, but lately it feels like many of the actions we’re taking are not relevant (server changes, training systems for our editors, new quality control queues that we’re developing) to the WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) viewpoint of the author/publisher.
Here are some fun stats to share with you:
11 – Number of whiteboards that we use to track the EzineArticles projects
20 – Number of flat screen monitors our team uses to do their respective jobs
20.1″ – Smallest flat screen monitor in the office
3 – Number of new servers turned up this week
1 – Number of team members who use a trackball instead of a mouse (1 and he’s a bit of a freak)
4 – Number of refrigerators in our office.
1 – Number of volleyballs in the office.
864 – Number of times our servers were checked by a 3rd party for uptime in the last 24 hours.
90% – Percentage of team members that wear shorts to work.
2 – Number of telecommuting team members that might not wear anything to work (good thing we don’t use webcams)
6 – Number of languages spoken at the office (English, Spanish, German, PHP, PERL, XML)
1,000+ – Number of watts in amplied subwoofers in the office, sorry to the neighbors
1,204 – Number of articles approved by our article approval team yesterday.
30 – Number of new EzineArticles membership accounts created since midnight this morning
21 – Number of unsolicited requests we get daily for link exchanges that we ignore
1 – Number of times I got hit in the butt from a high speed racquetball during the tournament last week
Now that you’ve heard our selective numerical stats, what’s your number?