A little introduction

Following Matt, Jeremy, and Mark‘s introduction posts.  It’s only fitting that I do the same.

My name is Kyle James and I am the Webmaster at Wofford College.  I graduated Wofford in 2003 with a degree in Computer Science and upon graduation stayed on at the college in the IT department as the Night Help Desk Specialist.  Four and a half years later here I am working in Communications and Marketing as the College Webmaster.  I have been the College Webmaster since the summer of 2006.  Also for the sake of completeness I’m the fourth in my family and third generation to go to Wofford.  Because of my history with the school it’s only fitting I guess that I contribute to the marketing of this wonderful institution of Higher Learning.  You can find out more about my professional background on linkedinprofile A little introductionmy LinkedIn profile.  Currently I’m enrolled at Clemson University‘s evening program working on my M.B.A.

Although I have a very technical background, most of my true passions don’t revolve around the computer.  I’m a die-hard Atlanta Braves fan and honestly obsessed with baseball.  I help coach a 13 & under USSSA baseball team for a good portion of the year and participate in a fairly competitive Fantasy Baseball league, Woco Baseball League.  I also love to hike, camp, fish, and basically spend a warm sunny day outside in nature.  I enjoy all kinds of music and movies and love to analyze them.  Figuring out what it is with music and movies that appeal to people is just part of the entertainment experience for me.  Finally, probably my biggest vice is I am obsessed with the pursuit of knowledge.  That’s probably why I enjoy troubleshooting and problem solving, if I don’t know something or have a problem then I am compelled to find out or solve it. 

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me in front of the Boston skyline for Synergy 2007

Completely unrelated, I have been working the last few days on adding some additional functionality to the site.  Have you noticed?  I increased the size of the font along with a few cosmetic and organization features, hopefully that makes it easier to read?  Going along with the creation of Blog High Ed and the mission to increase communication in the Higher Education community I’ve setup e-mail subscriptions to comments.  I’m hoping that people will not only start commenting more, but that maybe this will create a little more conversation.  Comment pictures are pulled from MyBlogLog so go setup an avatar so we can put a face to the comment!  For any other High Ed blogs or bloggers in general who would like to add subscriptions to comments I encourage you to download and install the plugin.  Besides blogging, one of my New Years resolutions is to engage more with other Higher Education web professionals and I implore you to do the same. 

I tinkered around with AdSense for a day or two on the blog, but really don’t know how I feel about that on this blog.  Does anyone have any opinion about that?  I haven’t been able to find any other Higher Ed blog that has ads, so it’s probably not kosher,  but if anyone have any strong opinions one way or the other I’d love to hear them.

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Hanging out with my BFF (best friend forever) Skip


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Kyle James - who has written 226 posts on .eduGuru

Kyle is currently the Customer in Residence at HubSpot, a Co-Founder at nuCloud and  formerly the webmaster at Wofford College. Kyle is an active contributor in the social media spectrum. Although his background is technical, he claims to know a thing or two about marketing, but mostly that revolves around SEO, analytics, blogging, and social media. He has spoken at multiple national conferences and done countless webinars on topics ranging from e-mail marketing to social media and Web analytics. He's definitely a fairly nice guy.

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4 Responses to “A little introduction”

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    Karine Joly Says:

    When I launched collegewebeditor.com almost 3 years ago, I signed up with Google AdSense and added a couple of ads. After 6 months (and earning 50 cents), I decided it wasn’t worth the real estate on my blog.

    I guess setting up an Amazon affiliate account (which you might have already) probably makes more sense with your (our) target audience. I haven’t become rich with mine, but I might have made $10, which is definitely better than 50 cents.

    Hope this helps.

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    Jeremy Wilburn Says:

    Nice to meet you finally, Kyle!

    I tried AdSense for a little bit, but decided to take it off since A) didn’t do anything for me and B) seemed out of place due to my blog being on my schools website. I’ve seen others do it and do it well though, Brad J Ward for example.

    Being a Braves fan, my step-sister might become their pilates instructor. She started with Tom Glavin and his wife, and I think she’s currently in communications with them to get on with the entire team.

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    Kyle (author) Says:

    @Karine & Jeremy - that is helpful advice. I think what I might do is look at selling some private ads to companies that we use their products. I just wasn’t sure if there was an unwritten code in the higher ed blogosphere about advertising our your blog. I do this for fun and not for work, so it would be nice to make a little extra on the side.

    @Jeremy - I just setup a new Atlanta Braves site. I’ll have to send you the link… it’s not exactly live yet, but you can tell me what you think.

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    Faith Braswell Says:

    hey juss wanted to leave a comment!!!thanx 4 kumin to BSS today.3/14/2008]].

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