Three years of Resolutions about change.

Viva la resolution!It started in 2006, the year we launched ChangeEverything.ca.

We began what would become an annual tradition: our Viva la resolution! contest where anyone could come to the site, name the change they want to make about themselves, the community or the world and blog about that change at least three times.

The winners would be selected partly by user selection and partly by the moderator, Kate. The three top choices would receive a Vancity Visa Gift Card worth either $1,000, $500 or $250.

It has generated some great content for the site over the years, including the truly amazing EnviroWoman and her pledge to live plastic-free.

So this year, we’re doing it again! If there’s a change you’re interested in making, come to this site by February 28th and dig in!

I’m nominated for a Best of 604.

Best Personal Site or BlogSo evidently I’ve been nominated for a Best of 604 Award in the Best Personal Site or Blog category. Also, ChangeEverything.ca has been nominated in the Best Group Blog or Multi-Author Site category.

If you have a second, and it really only takes a second, please consider voting for azaroff.com here and for ChangeEverything.ca here.

Also, hat tip to Tony, a friend from elementary and high school whom I’m now connected to on Facebook for letting me know. Thanks Tony!

Welcome to the new ChangeEverything.ca!

ChangeEverything.caLadies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the the brand new ChangeEverything.ca.

This has been a long time in the works. Since we launched two years ago, we have identified new functionality we wanted, usability issues we wanted to resolve and design enhancements we wanted to make. With this relaunch, we got almost everything we wanted.

The site revolves much more around the people now, and not just around text. It’s easier to use. And it’s pretty too.

This project would not have been possible without Kate Dugas, who has animated this community in an amazing way. This relaunch is a testament to her vision of what our community could be.

I want to thank Currency Marketing for designing such an amazing site. And Affinity Bridge, an amazing development shop that understands how to harness technology to build community.

I hope you enjoy.

Interview with me on NACUSO blog.

The Groundswell: Credit Unions Develop Online CommunitiesI had a great conversation this week with Jim Jerving who is a primary writer for the NACUSO blog (National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations).

We chatted about a whole host of ways that credit unions can use social media to open conversations between and among their employees and their members.

Today he published some of what we spoke about on his blog in a post titled The Groundswell: Credit Unions Develop Online Communities. It’s nice to see such a good conversation turn into such a good blog post.

By the way, the purpose of NACUSO is to…

…be the catalyst for instituting collaboration, innovation, and the reinvention of the Credit Union industry.

Posts like this get to the very heart of that purpose.

Thanks Jim!

Changing Everything on ChangeEverything.ca

When we first launched ChangeEverything.ca, it was a hectic and amazing time. Not enough time to get everything done. One of the areas I felt we could do better was site usability and overall design. Kate and I always felt like we wanted to go back and make some improvements.

So this year, we blocked out some budget and started working on fixing some of those areas. Among the areas we focused on were:

  • improving the registration flow
  • improving the workflow for adding changes and blog posts
  • grouping social features together so people discover each other and interact easier
  • putting a sharper focus on the people, and not just on the text
  • making the site, well, just prettier

It was a complete pleasure working with Kirsten Hall, an extraordinary usability consultant here in Vancouver, the amazing Tim McAlpine and his team at Currency Marketing on the front end design, and Affinity Bridge a great Drupal development shop in town.

The process, like the original creation of the site, was charmed. Everyone worked together well, there were no real hiccups, and people had a lot of fun.

The upcoming design changes, including as mock-up of the new look and feel, were announced on ChangeEverything.ca today. We’re looking for Beta testers, so check it out and help out if you want.

Otherwise, I’ll let you know when everything launches in September!