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Email: lori_greene@allegion.com, Blog: www.idighardware.com or www.ihatehardware.com


Dec 17 2015

How can I help?

Category: Beautiful Doors,General InfoLori @ 12:31 pm Comments (27)
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Canal PairJudging from the slight slow-down in website traffic, it looks like we’re already starting to coast into the holiday season (although iDH is still receiving well over 1,000 visits per day!).  I will be taking some time off starting the 23rd, but I will continue to answer email and comments/questions received on the website so don’t worry about going it alone with any code-related emergencies.  I’ll be here.

I often travel for the holidays because my family and friends are scattered all around, but this year we’re staying put.  As most of you know, I relocated to Mexico this summer with my husband, 3 kids, and our dog.  Although there were a few people who thought moving to Mexico was a questionable decision, it has been one of the best experiences of my life.  We miss our people back in the US, but for the first time in a long time I feel like we’re really living, rather than just surviving the crazy lifestyle that seems to be the norm for Americans.  Sure, there are things we have not yet found here (like Swedish Fish, Kids’ Crest, and the ingredients for s’mores!), but absence makes the heart grow fonder.  We’re thoroughly enjoying the ramp-up to Christmas and learning about the celebrations in another culture, and eagerly awaiting the arrival of some of our closest friends next week.

After working remotely for over 10 years, being even more remote has not been a problem.  My cell phone still works, I have a wifi phone for free calls to the US, and the internet has been reliable.  iDigHardware continues to grow, with more than 300,000 visits in the past year alone.  Y’all are spending about 1,000 each month reading what I post on the website – not including the articles that are published in trade journals.  This is extremely gratifying to me, so THANK YOU!  iDH will be celebrating some significant milestones in 2016 – 2 million pageviews, 1 million visits, 1/2 million visitors, 1,500 published posts, and 10,000 comments (all of these are totals since the site was created).  Who would have ever thought that a website started on a whim, as a night-time hobby, would become such an important resource for the hardware industry and beyond?

Stats

The dips on this graph represent the drop in visitors during the holidays, which is why I’m taking this opportunity to take a short break!

It has been almost 4 years since Allegion (Ingersoll Rand back then) approved my request to create a new position so I could do code-related work full-time.  In addition to writing all of the content for iDH and maintaining the site, I’m also responsible for the Allegion Code Reference Guide, code-related training, and one-on-one support.  I collaborate with our product managers, engineers, and marketing department to make sure that our products are code-compliant and that we are responding to the code-driven needs of the industry.  I also work with the BHMA Codes & Government Affairs Committee, proposing changes to the model codes to try to clean up some of the “grey areas.”  And of course, I spent a lot of time this year working on the classroom barricade device issue, and will continue to raise awareness of the concerns associated with this security method.

Here’s my question for you…keeping in mind that I am a human who has to sleep on occasion, what else can I do that would be helpful to you?  Are there any topics you’d like me to cover, or any features you’d like to see added to the website?  Do you have trouble finding certain information?  What’s on your wish list?

The doors in the photo above are one of my favorite pairs in my current hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  There are more photos of these doors here.

27 Responses to “How can I help?”

  1. Charlie Hobbs says:

    I thank you for the website. I have used it many times and have referred other people to it. It is very informative, refreshing and at times funny. Makes it worth reading every day

    Happy & Safe Holidays

    Charlie

  2. Leo says:

    Thanks Lori for all your good work!! Keep Up!!

    Happy Holidays for you and your family

    Leo

  3. Jack Ostergaard says:

    Considering that you and the site are one of my go-to- sources for hardware problems there isn’t much more. The white board presentations are fantastic – keep expanding these. Perhaps going from 101 to 102 or even 201! And all the work you have been doing on classroom security and wired glass has given me a lot of information that I have passed on to others to aid in making [the correct] decisions. Continue to keep us updated on code changes – there really isn’t another source for some of this information. And have a really wonderful holiday

    • Lori says:

      I like the whiteboard videos too! We’re just finishing the next 6, and will continue to add more as long as we can think of new topics. I’ve got a couple more advanced code videos on the horizon.

      – Lori

  4. Lisa Goodwin Robbins says:

    Lori,

    I also love your blog, and I’m hesitant to ask you to expand your coverage, but since you asked….

    I have more and more clients concerned about healthy building materials. I’m working on my third Living Building Challenge project, with others on the way. How is Allegion addressing healthy building materials and approaching transparency with regard to LBC and LEED v4?

    • Lori says:

      I actually have a coworker who handles that information – I’ll ask him to contribute some articles or help me write some.

      – Lori

  5. Louise says:

    I just checked: Mexico doesn’t allow food to be mailed into Mexico.
    Next question: anyone know how we can get Swedish Fish and marshmallows to Lori?

    • Lori says:

      Haha – the other problem is that when I get a package I have to pay 17% of the value plus a couple of bucks per pound. When I come back to the US for work or when someone comes to visit, I load up!

      – Lori

  6. lach says:

    This is such a great website and helped me to catch up on the hardware industry when I first joined it last year. Now I am a project detailer and learning more and more everyday. So I thank you for that.

    A suggestion for the site could possibly be a random article button to read random articles that you have posted in the past. Sometimes I find myself wishing I could find something new to learn about but I don’t always know what I am trying to learn about. This could help me find some articles I didn’t even think to look at but could really help.

  7. Dave Snell, AHC says:

    Great job on the website. I use it often. Love Wednesday’s and Friday’s posts.

    I once saw an IR document “LCN & GJ Reference Chart” that let you know what special templates or brackets are needed. Can you get your hands on an updated version?

    Thanks, Dave

  8. Curt Norton, CSI CCS says:

    Lori – Happy Holidays! Thanks for all you do. The blog and site are great.
    Regarding the random article generator, this Architect comic site has one right in the middle of their page: http://architexts.us/

  9. cda says:

    I am glad someone has slowed down their life. I have been trying to, been looking for an island to live on!!

    Anyway, I enjoy all the information you put out, and all the help you have given me.

    Maybe one thought, is maybe quarterly or some interval, is do a brief recap of some of the stuff you have posted. Like I ran into wired glass the other day, and trying to remember on the fly if it was allowed or not. Maybe just recap something, with links to articles you have already posted.

    Sometimes it helps seeing things every once in awhile to help jar the memory about what we should be looking for and allowing or not allowing.

    Keep up the great work, and enjoy Christmas in another land. I know it is great to experience how other people do things.

  10. Deb Henson says:

    I told you in the very beginning you were a gift to us! I reference this site several times a week and use it as my home page so I don’t miss anything. I love this trip you’ve taken us on so I’m staying on this bus! Haha! Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

  11. Rachel Smith says:

    You are an inspiration to everyone in our industry and beyond that reads your blog. I know for one I am much more aware of code violations in buildings than ever before, and whatever we can do to improve life safety and security through our knowledge and through your assistance in building that knowledge is wonderful and important work.

    I vote for you as next President of DHI. (But I know you are not running).

    If I think of any ideas for columns I will certainly pass them on. Keep up the good work!

  12. Jim Arsenault says:

    Just keep up the GREAT work you are doing.

    Thanks

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