Month: August 2007

Blog Day 2007

This project provided a refreshing and relaxing break for me, as I allowed myself to browse freely rather than concentrate purely on the type of sites I would normally visit for research purposes. It was hard to restrict my list to five sites that interested me but here they are – not in any particular order; The Happiness Project – by Gretchen Rubin, who writes about her quest to be happier by a year of “test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study” she could find including those of Aristotle, St. Therese,Martin Seligman and Oprah. Tech Burrow by Hisham Hamdan; a young man from Lebanon who was recently introduced to blogging by a teacher. He writes about technology and shows much promise. Psych Matters: Reflections of a Psychology Tutor by Charmayne Paul. It was Charmayne’s ‘About Me’ description that prompted me to go on and read her blog. urban nomad, scholar, merry prankster. Life Clever shares tips that “make life a little easier” – design advice, productivity tips and hacks software reviews. Cognitive Daily reports on fascinating developments in cognition from the most respected scientists in the field. The BlogDay website On Technorati Please let me know if you have taken part so that I can come and take a look at your recommendations. Link-LoveSocial Networking sueblimely...

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Use of Forums for blogging – Gain Readers & Learn

I am going to talk today about the value for bloggers of actively participating in forums. I can hear you groaning now as you think that there is enough to do, peripheral to your actual blogging, without adding another element to your work load. Do not dismiss the idea out of hand though, remember moderation is the key. If you take time out to work out which blogging promotion tools and resources are the most useful to you and ditch the rest, then adding a forum or two to your ‘to do’ list will not be quite so bad. You may have noticed that I have been going through a culling process myself; my sidebar is shorter and the page is loading faster. Why use Forums? Participating in forums is a valuable means of getting you and your blog known as well as a great source of information, tips and help; whatever your blog topic. Promoting yourself and your blog: Show your site off – there are often sub forum topics specifically for posting your site details. Find people interested in your blog topic. Answer and post forum questions, show your expertise and get yourself known. Participate in link exchanges Develop contacts Learning and research Ask for reviews and feedback on your blog Get advice, tips and information Find templates and template Help Find scripts, blog add-ins and coding...

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I Follow with Thanks

I find it really encouraging to have so many comments and I thank all the following for their input and kind words. Renny – RennyBA’s TerellaWidget – Fancy GemsBlogDay 2007Blog against Abuse Kuanyin – Who’s Yo MamaBlogDay 2007Blog against Abuse Sir James Robison – Sir James Robison of Straf-WeishauptWidget -Fancy Gems Apologies to Google Sandy Carlson – Sandy’s Profile PageYouTube – Kiss it Lady Influence – Make Money OnlineWidget -Fancy Gems Sam – (The Blog Formerly Known as) TaosboundGoogle Adsense -Keywords Goldcoaster – goldcoaster Google Adsense -Keywords Colin – Colin Campbell Profile Google Sky – Fully Researched Review Sharon – ghosts in the machineblogLouder with the help of a Blogtrepreneur Charmayne – Psych Matters: Reflections of a Psychology TutorBlogDay 2007 Genius Ideas – Genius Ideas ProfileApologies to Google Les Miserable – Welcome to Wally World Apologies to Google Sir James Beiggelschwarz – Sir James Beiggelschwarz ProfileSSS 11 – How Blogging mirrors real life R’aquel – aka r’aquelSSS 11 – How Blogging mirrors real life Link-Love, IFollow sueblimely...

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New widget site – Fancy Gems

Bloggers tend to either love ’em or hate ’em but if you are in the first group here is a new site for you. Fancy Gems contains quite a few new unusual fun widgets such as a lava lamp, fancy text and banner generators. Not really having use for more widgets I thought I would give one of the more frivolous items a go, The Secret Message Scratcher. RiddleWhat does man love more than life?Fear more than death or mortal strife?What do the poor have, what the rich require,And what contented men desire?What does the miser spend, the spendthrift save,And all men carry to their graves? Answer Get Your Own Scratch Widgets, sueblimely...

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SSS 15 – Online Shopping

I have diverted away from blogging perhaps too much this week but it is Sunday and now my self allotted time to change hats and write my SSS – Sueblimely’s Silly Sunday post. Today I would like to share with you some of the more unusual items available for purchase online. How about commemorating a pregnancy with a ‘Belly of Love‘ cast kit. I could not help but wonder if the kits are cheaper earlier in a pregnancy? This product amazed me – how clever: Apparently the effect is achieved due to the viscosity of the different colors. Various clan tartans are available for order. You know I almost believed it until I saw the small print “One Coat 2.5 litre tartan paint, matt finish, low odour, washable. Contains Haggis” The web site title should have been enough of a give away. Silly Jokes, Joke and Party Shop Flush with the excitement of finding such a novelty I decided to concentrate on similar sites and came across Archie McPhee. I am so tempted to buy these BooBoo Kiss Bandages. I wonder what Sigmund Freud would have had to say about this. He would probably say as he often did: “Sometimes a lollipop is just a lollipop.” If your id is not satisfied with the image you can buy these mouth watering psychologists on sticks here (Wikipedia says that Sigmund...

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Google Adsense – Keywords with no Hex

Thanks to Malkie whose comment on my last post on Google Adsense, led me to his site and the discovery of Adsense keyword finder tools. You saved me some research time, Malkie. Google Keyword Tool Technobloggie Keyword Tool I am going to tell you no more about them as I did not find these tools myself. Instead I will refer you to Malkie’s post: Finding Profitable Keyphrases for Adsense … on his Welcome to Wallyworld site. Some of you may be interested in Malkie’s latest post which includes a video of Wanda Nara. (I thought I would do a little name dropping as part of my experiment on keywords on my adsense ads). **What a silly place to put that sentence – many male readers – and some female – have probably hightailed it out of here by now. Traffic blogging tip – Adnan, Blogtrepreneur, tells me I must not include so many outbound links in my posts as they take people away from my own blog. Traffic blogging tip 2 – please do as Adnan suggests, don’t do as I do. Maybe I should not disclose where I find details of the blog tools I mention. I could quite easily have said here that I merely discovered two keyword tools and no one would be any wiser. I do not think it particularly fair that someone has taken...

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