Month: October 2007

Top Australian Bloggers

I am so excited about finding out that I among the Top 100 Australian Blogs and the Top 50 Australian Women’s Blogs that I wanted to share the news with you. Apologies for blowing my own trumpet here but it is my fellow bloggers and blog readers who will understand how much this means. There are a good mix of blogs in this list. Unlike some, it is not dominated by professional bloggers or the “A list”. I regularly read some of the blogs listed and would like to congratulate (in no particular order): Kim at Laketrees Snoskred at Life in the country Darren Rowse ProBlogger Meg – Dipping into the Blogpond Alister Cameron – Alister Cameron // Blogologist Colin Campbell – Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe Lifehack Duncan Reilly Katie – A Byootaful Life Small Office Australia Others in the list I read less regularly, mainly because time restraints tend to make me concentrate on research rather than reading for leisure. I have discovered some new ones too – since I started writing this post. The Life of Riley by Olive Reilly, at 108 the worlds oldest blogger iCING – looks fun If I don’t stop here I will probably end up going to read all blogs in both lists but I have two GST statements to do today (tax returns) and they were due yesterday! A huge thank...

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Blogging and Community Building

Colin of Free PC Security has graced me with a Community Blogger Award which means a lot to me. I am a firm believer in the value of blogging for community building. This award celebrates people who reach out and makes the blogger community a better one. It also underlines the importance of a blogs readership community, one of the most rewarding parts about blogging. It’s the people that come back to comment, adding to the conversation, making you feel like someone is listening and interested. The social networking aspect of blogging has always been there, long before the more recent phenomena of such applications as MyBlogLog. Certainly, external communities bring people with similar interests together but on a larger scale and their emphasis is on ‘networking’ rather than ‘social’. You can build closer, more personal communities, from them but this takes time and effort and the larger they get the more impersonal they become. You are then more inclined to join micro communities (eg one based around your city, or topic area). Nothing wrong with this of course but diversity tends to be lost. We end up classifying ourselves, identifying with certain aspects of our life rather our whole person. This happens in real life too of course; more so in large cities. We get together with work mates or those in clubs and organisations we join. Cities...

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Flock – THE Social Networking browser

As I mentioned yesterday I have discovered another time saving and organization tool ideal for bloggers and this is a doozy. It was enough to set this blogger’s heart all a quiver. The application responsible, the Flock browser, is not new but it’s newly released version has surpassed itself in my expectations. with its new social networking and blogging features. I have been using Flock, almost since its inception, as a secondary browser, often having it and Firefox open at the same time. Flock is built on top of the Firefox application and the only reason I used it as second choice was that Firefox was all set up with my favorite extensions and I did not spend the time adding them to Flock. I am now making Flock my preferred browser as it is ideally suited to managing and organizing blogging, social networking, bookmarking, researching and online photos. Come to think of it, that is basically all of my online life. I do not even have to add many extensions because so many features are built in already.I could write a really long post about all the features but as it is has so much in common with Firefox I will stick to the areas I think are valuable to bloggers. Some are new, others have always been there: People Sidebar– shows your contacts and allows you to...

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How to make the most of blog comments

I have discovered two more ways to make blogging life easier! The first I would like to talk about is co.mments, a method I am using to keep track of comments on blogs with posts of interest and those that I have left a comment on myself. Bloggers who interact with their readers and develop a dialog, by responding to comments, can develop discussions that make a blog come alive. They are creating their own communities. I enjoy reading and participating in these commenting sessions because: they are helping me develop a social/friendship network they often contain valuable information that leads me to information/further research for this blog. They have been valuable for helping to develop my own readership. If you have any points to add to this please let us know.Being informed when there is a reply to a comment that I have left on another blog, or new comments on a topic of interest, means I can go back and respond further if necessary. I used to save the post page to a folder on my links toolbar but I tended not to look at the folder regularly enough. Where a ‘subscribe to comments’ feature is available I would use this but some posts generate masses of comments for a while after, crowding my inbox. These are normally the very popular blogs where I feel comments are...

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Two Awards are Better than One

My blogging mate and fellow Aussie, Kim, has been kind enough to bestow two awards on me over the last couple of weeks. From poeartica Kim honored me with her very own Southern Cross Award which she gave as a token of friendship to buddies who have regularly visited and commented on poeartica and at laketrees. I think this is a lovely gesture, thank you Kim. Kim also gave me this award for being one of the blogs she relies on for all things technical. I really appreciated this, Kim, and am pleased that I am of some help. As that is the main purpose of my blogging, it is satisfying to know that you think this. The Blogging Hits the Mark award came by way of Speedcat Hollydale Page who received the award from The Genie King. This one I can pass on. Therefore I give the Blogging Hits the Mark award to: Kuanyin Who’s Yo Mama – I hope you get well soon. Gattina – Writer’s cramps for great writing and photos to match. (You can put this award on whichever of your blogs you choose) Snoskred of Life in the Country who’s posts always hit the mark. I am eager to read the post she is going to do today; which she say’s may be the most important one she has written – “Some people may...

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8hands is better than 2

I have been trying out the newish social media desktop application, 8hands, for a couple of week or so and give it the thumbs up because it has been saving me time – in some respects at least.* 8hands lets you access your Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, and Twitter accounts from your desktop. Notification is given of new comments, messages, friend notifications and new videos. You are alerted to these with a pop up message. Notifications are also viewable from friends avatars in the 8hands window. Clicking on messages takes you to the messenger’s profile. An archive of messages is also provided, which is handy if you have not logged in for a while, but I do find this slow to load. You are able to chat with your 8hands friends and share Flickr images and YouTube videos. I have not had to trawl through emails for notifications but have relied on 8hands instead. I only visit the sites when I know there is some action that I want to take. * The reason it has only saved me time in some respects is that once on the sites I tend to get sidetracked from tasks at hand – such a writing blog posts and work. I find Facebook to be particularly addictive! Do any of you feel the same way or are are there other social networking sites...

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