Hi! You have reached the online home of Michael McCallister. I write about technology, software, and the Internet in a variety of venues. At this site, you can learn more about me and my life, buy my books, find where you can see me at any given moment, and read some thoughts on the writing life. My main blog, Notes from the Metaverse, continues on at WordPress.com.

This site is not-so-new anymore, but you’ll see changes in it from time to time, with a big one coming down the road.  Watch this space! I built this site myself, with the incredible assistance of the global WordPress community. Any errors on this page are mine alone. Spot something? Contact me.

By the way, if you’re looking for the former CEO of Humana Health, that’s someone else. I’ll stop there.

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Free ‘Build Your Author Platform’ Webinar July 30

Carole Jelen and I are getting excited about our upcoming webinar, Your Author Platform: Why You Need One and How to Get Started.Cover of Build Your Author Platform

In this hour-long presentation, Carole shows you how to create the basic framework of your author platform as a starting point to growing it over time. Once you build your platform, it takes on a life of its own. I’ll be managing the chat room, and chiming in during the question-and-answer period.

Having attended more than a few of these presentations over the years, it will be interesting sitting on the other side of the mic, as it were. I think both of us are open to advice on how to do this. Feel free to leave a comment.

Please register for Your Author Platform: Why You Need One and How to Get Started on Wednesday July 30, 2014 11:00 AM PDT at:


Space is limited, so get in soon!

Can’t make it for the live broadcast? Register anyway, we’ll be recording the session, and sending you a link to the recording when it’s ready.

I think it’s going to fun for all concerned – you too!


Last Chance for WordCamp Milwaukee tickets


UPDATE: They’re all gone, folks! But you can still come to Thursday’s Meetup

There are just a few tickets remaining for WordCamp Milwaukee next weekend. I’m teaching a Foundation Friday class on “Writing Good Content,” but slots for those beginner-oriented workshops are already sold out. You’ll be able to find me roaming around the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education over the weekend, helping out where I can and soaking up information too.

Check out the full schedule for tempting sessions like these:

  • Lisa Sabin-Wilson on ensuring quality before you release your site
  • Suzette Franck on customizing your admin page
  • Syed Balkhi on monetizing your blog
  • Andrew Nacin on core development
  • John James Jacoby on WordPress Multisite
  • Alison and James Barrett: So I Married a Developer

Of course, there’s an after-party Saturday night at the Miller Time Pub down the street.

If you’re in Milwaukee, but can’t make it to WordCamp itself, come to the pre-camp WordPress Meetup. Many of the speakers (me too) will show up, and there will be a ton of informal conversations over pizza.

Hope to see you! You can follow all the fun on Twitter, with the hashtag #wcmke.