Month: February 2008

50 Timeless Blogging Tips

Words of wisdom from the world’s greatest thinkers are timeless providing advice which is as relevant now as when first spoken. All of these quotes could easily be applied to blogging: Advice for Bloggers They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Carl W. Buechner When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion. Dale Carnegie Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense. Ralph Waldo Emerson The ability to speak eloquently is not to be confused with having something to say. Michael P. Hart My opponent can compress the most words into the fewest ideas of anyone I’ve ever known. Abraham Lincoln Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. Albert Einstein I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand. Louis Armstrong Research Tips First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. Epictetus Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in...

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Blogosphere News 23 Feb

Are you an A-list Bloggebrity? Check out your rating I made the B List but just take this as a bit of fun rather than something set in concrete. Reading An excellent article by Dosh Dosh (aren’t they all!) How to Become an Authority in Your Niche: Eight Content Development Tactics I recently posted on how and why to use Alt tags. Blogging Mix has also published an article on the subject Blogging Tips – Importance Of Using ALT Tags In Your Images, which includes a YouTube video by Matt Cutts Elevator statements and your blog– this may give you a lift. Groan. We Media A report on how audiences are shaping the future of news and information. Social Networking New goodies from BlogCatal Announcement of New Dashboard Andy Beard article: Blogcatalog Give Purpose To The Social Graph– MyBlogLog has a new style widget as you can see in my sidebar. Now hovering over an image brings out a pop out . You can find out who the face belongs to and bypass MBL and go directly to its blog. I would appreciate it if the widget was more customizable so that I could style it to suit my blog. Disqus . Create your own discussion forum. Bloggers can create a a widget to display their forum conversation on their blog, integrate Disqus with their blog comments system Are...

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Thank You For Your Recognition

Many thanks to Kim of Laketrees for giving me the Significant Blogger Award especially because of the wonderfully flattering reasons she passed it on. “These special friends have a sense of community and are wholeheartedly committed to spreading their message and friendship generously… these Bloggers excel in many different areas and all of them make a significant difference to my world…”. Around the time I was in the process of moving this blog over to WordPress, late last year, I was very lucky to win a sketch drawn by Kim in a competition. Here is a minuscule version of the portrait. Isn’t she so talented! I could only give her a small portrait image to work from too. Meg of Dipping into the Blogpond had kindly passed on this Be the Blog Award. Thanks Meg. It does not matter that I have received this before, it is the thought that counts not the image. Anyway this is a pink one, the other gray 🙂...

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Entrecard Above the Fold Meme

It seems appropriate after my last post to take part in this Entrecard meme. It is likely an indication of Entrecard’s current popularity that I get tagged twice for this. I find the concept fascinating and will be following the trends closely. I will be also be looking out for its Entry into Wikipedia. Andrew Boyd and Guera have tagged me for an Entrecard meme – "Chain Drop 8 above the fold". Andrew explains what "above the fold" means and why it matters- Entrecard (and other ads) above the fold… Rules- Create a post on your blog that links back to this post. Tag 8 bloggers not mentioned in this post who display their Entrecard widget above the fold and have great content. Leave a comment on this post and share the link to the post you made. I would like to tag the following who have their Entrecard Widget ‘above the fold’: Photos from Northern Norway: A photo blog Tim Christie Photography, Life And The Blogosphere Mother’s Got A Dot Com Social Networking Rocks – she has an interesting article on the Zion5 Network Website Promotion on Zion5 which I have joined for learning purposes. Schwoit – You can read about his strategies on dropping and thanking on My Entrecard Strategy Interesting Observations Fun, Crafts and Recipes HiTech Dads – say hello to Jack while you are there,...

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Yet Another Entrecard Post

The blogosphere is a’buzz with talk of Entrecard, probably because it suits a wide range of bloggers and is proving successful in bringing visitors. Credits are being sold on blogs and Ebay. Designers are springing up offering their skills to create razzle dazzle, “pick me, pick me” cards. Contests galore are being held – credits being given away as prizes for subscribing to blogs, for linking and writing blog posts…. Blogs are being set up dedicated totally to Entrecard. Example: The Entrecarder I have not seen so much action since MyBlogLog started. Blogrush promised to be the same but I notice more and more of their widgets disappearing. Entrecard has proved to be a good source of visitors for me although, apart from those who know me already, I have had very few resulting comments. Admittedly I do not comment on all blogs that I drop on. As sites are costing more to advertise on, the more site hopping I have to do to earn enough Entrecard points to pay for them. Not all blogs are of interest of course although I have found some excellent sites which I will be revisiting. I am enjoying Entrecard, there is something about the concept that appeals to me. Perhaps it is because it is less impersonal than other “link swapping” type applications; being able to see, via your dashboard, who has...

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Sueblimely Happy Happiness Writing Project

Here is my contribution to the Happiness Project Please keep in mind while you read this post that I believe that my own experiences are mine alone, everyone is different, everyone finds happiness in different forms and different ways. I am not presuming to advise anyone. As Algernon Black said. “Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one’s own way to the highest, to one’s own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one’s ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication.“ How do you define happiness? Possessing a positive attitude to life and being content with life and who I am. Gaining satisfaction in helping others, Following achievable, realistic goals Continuing to grow and learn without being dissatisfied with where I am today Being balanced in mood without any major highs or lows, Living up to my own expectations of myself not what I think I should do or be. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your happiness now, versus when you were a child? Age 1-5/now = 9/9 Age 5+/now 4/9 The missing “1” is because I have not experienced all there is to experience in life and never will – life is too short,...

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