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Technology Partner Wanted

It has been a crazy but wonderful year. I’m just weeks away from finishing my PhD thesis, am starting a new job in September at a university in London, and have a whole new set of plans for expanding Worldwide Breast Cancer.

For the past four years, I’ve been researching how visitors have been using worldwidebreastcancer.com. I’ve learned what people are searching for, what pages are the most popular and how it could be designed to make it even better. Over 50,000 people have been educated by the website so far, which is incredible and I want that number to grow even more!

Nearly every week I receive an email from someone who has been excited about my work, organizations that want to use the posters and people who are running events. You truly inspire me with all the work you do! I’m so lucky to be part of such a meaningful worthwhile cause.

I’ve thought of all sorts of options to build the website as a step to turning it into a real resource for people: using my savings to pay for someone’s time, looking into student volunteer programmers to help with parts of the coding of the website, running a wordpress event to code the new site, etc. After some talks with some real pros in the area, I’ve come to the conclusion that what I really need is someone who is brilliant at all sorts of web development stuff that is able to donate their skills as a partner in the project because they are passionate like me about spreading awareness. Someone that I can collaborate with over the long term to really make it succeed. The plan is to turn WBC into a global organization and attract funding to expand its efforts. Could you be the partner I’m looking for?

Here’s the kind of skills I’m looking for:

  • Someone who is really passionate about breast cancer.
  • Someone who is looking for a long-term rewarding project and has the time to donate the odd hour or two a week.
  • A fun, collaborative person who is creative and up for pushing the boundaries of web media and likes to expand their knowledge base.
  • Someone who can turn a psd file into a robust WordPress template, with all of the standard compliances using CSS, php, xhtml.
  • Ideally someone who can also design a mobile version of the site, further down the road.
  • Social media integration.
  • Experience in building a multiple language website.
  • Good at communicating.

This post would also not be complete without a big thank you to Trevor Davis, who for the last four years has been so good to volunteer his time and passion to building the website today. Without him, I would not have been able to reach the people I have, thank you Trevor! And congrats on your wedding!

Also, Andres at CartoSoft is a star. He was able to make a google map of breast cancer screening centers in the US and UK. I spent a month validating each of the 2,000 addresses (phew!) and he took the design and database and turned it into a very handy resource. If you haven’t seen the breast cancer map already, have a look!

If you are interested in joining the Worldwide Breast Cancer team, please send me an email to: mayor *at* lemonland.org

Key words: web developer wanted, wordpress, css, breast cancer, php, web programmer

How to vote for breast cancer


I’ve made a mashup project for my phd breast cancer work and need votes to get it built by a group of geeks who feel democratic.

If you have 5 minutes to spend, I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to vote for it before Friday afternoon, here’s the details:

Ok. Let’s rock the vote!

1. Please register and log in to the NetSquared site by Thursday, and pick a user name for a new account. They will email you a password. (don’t worry, they won’t spam you, these guys are good guys)
2. Registration has been automated for the duration of the voting process. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check your junk mail.
3. Click the Projects link to review project proposals.
4. Click on my Worldwide Breast Cancer Map project in the list and click “add project to ballot” at the top of my project page.
5. You must choose at least 5 (and up to 10) of your favorite projects.
6. You may only vote once for a project.
7. Once you have chosen the 5 projects you want to vote for, please review your selection.
8. Submit your ballot to cast your final votes. Once you SUBMIT, that’s it!

They request that you vote for 5 projects. I think it is to help get more than one project to stand out. So, add 5 projects to your ballot and then submit them. The voting ends on Friday at 4pm Mountain Standard Time. There are some cool mashups out there!

Thanks! Email your friends and have them vote too! 🙂

Now you can send e-cards!

That’s right, Worldwide Breast Cancer has some lemony delicious ecards that you can send to your friends, all for free. You can find them under tourism of course! Happy ecarding.

Lemonland changes its name

Well after some careful thought and planning, I have changed the name of Lemonland to Worldwide Breast Cancer. I did this for a few reasons:

  • Lemonland didn’t communicate what the site was about.
  • It could be difficult for people to take Lemonland seriously when it comes to funding and information credibility.
  • Worldwide Breast Cancer was available as a domain name.
  • Worldwide Breast Cancer explains the mission of the site clearly.

I will still keep citizens as part of the theme, with Worldwide citizenship being offered. The Mayor is also still in the picture, but now she is the mayor of breast cancer instead of a ficticious town.

I am happy about the changes and will be updating the images soon. I hope you enjoy!

The Mayor

Lemonland.org is online!

The new 76 page website is now online and ready to view. More content will be put online over the next few weeks, including myths and images about treatment in the Department of Defense. Any feedback you have is appreciated. You can also register for the site in the Citizenship section and become privy to all sorts of the latest happenings!

Enjoy lemonland.org!

The Mayor

Let the countdown begin!

Well it has been a crazy couple of months getting the new lemonland.org ready for the world. Lots of late nights, days without fresh air, and sifting through code. It is all worth it though. The new site is full of information and is designed to make it easier to explore and learn. More images, more information and new goodies will be added in the next couple of months so check back often!

I would have liked to have had it ready by October 1, but a slow server and some programming hiccups delayed the launch (not my forté!). So now I’ve moved it to a new FASTER server which is going to be so much better. You will be able to see the new Lemonland.org in just a couple of days!

Hope to see you there!
The Mayor

A new site in wordpress!

Trevor, my trusty web guy has convinced me to put the new lemonland.org in wordpress. It will be a great change to have all of the pages editable online, and better keep up with the content, built-in search and all sorts of other fun features. The new website will be online in time for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I can’t wait for the unveiling.