Posts Tagged Blogging

Forgiveness and creativity

It’s been my goal to publish a new blog post approximately every 10 days. Sounds fairly reasonable and realistic, right? Professionals meet their deadlines, so it’s important for me to keep my promise to myself.

10 days ago, I missed my deadline. No post.

Read my post Forgiveness and creativity on the Glass Case Blog to find out how I’m dealing with this issue.

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The opportunity in blogging

At this point, no one can deny that Facebook and Twitter are huge. And they often can help you reach out to people who share interests in your products and services (but not always). Facebook and Twitter are great for sharing quick links and quick thoughts.

I love this, and I love what this does for blogging.

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Is blogging enough?

Hell no, it isn’t. In fact, I’d argue that your blog is worthless until it becomes a supplement of your identity. An extension of what you’re doing, not the center of it.

Let’s look at some examples and examine this a little more.

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Gravatar: A profile picture that follows you around the Web

Blank Gravatar Have you ever seen one of these little guys next to your blog comment? Have you ever wondered how you could get your picture to show up like some other commenters seem to have the ability to do?

Well, these little guys are called Gravatars. And I’ll tell you a little about how they work and how you can get one.

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Full posts now available when you subscribe

I’ve been a boob about RSS/email subscriptions on this blog. I should be showing you the whole article, not just an abstract about it. So from this day forth, you will get the contents of the entire post in your feed reader or email.

Read on for some great points on why you shouldn’t be a dolt like yours truly has been.

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Using FeedBurner? Why you should use their MyBrand

I am a fan of FeedBurner. But URLs are permanent.

What happens when you have visitors subscribe to a standard feeds.feedburner.com URL?

Read on to find out how to avoid these problems.

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Blogging and being in the right place at the right time

A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a slightly controversial blog post about an industry issue [now via Wayback Machine] just after it was posted. It generated 108 comments, and I’m sure that thousands of people viewed it. Many people read some of the comments, and mine was there first. My comment also included a link to my blog post in response, which I drafted up as quickly as possible.

Read on for actual results of what this did for the open source project that I manage.

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Social artifacts

If you’re into marketing at all (which I’m trying to teach you about), you need to be producing all kinds of social artifacts. There are a lot of tools out there that you need to be learning. A lot of them are online.

I will be sharing ideas about the more common social artifacts: video, audio, articles, presentations, blogging, and document sharing.

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For the blog-obsessed

I was just thinking about how many feeds I subscribe to (huh?) and how many blog posts I read. I almost never leave comments. But blogs are a conversation, or else they wouldn’t have the comment area.

When is the last time that you commented on a blog post that you read? It’s time to challenge yourself to have a conversation on the next blog post that you read. (It doesn’t have to be this post, but that wouldn’t hurt!)

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Am I writing to you?

Having a blog in a crowded industry is difficult and discouraging. Everyone has a blog about marketing.

I’m not the only one with this problem, and this problem isn’t limited to my industry. There is a lot of noise out there. The difference is that a lot of people aren’t even aware that they have this problem. Do you have it too?

I will cover who I’m writing to. And I hope this post will influence you take a second to think about who you’re writing to as well.

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