Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

We live in an information age that’s best described as the age of digital overwhelm. We all have lives to live and very few make an income from blogging. It’s not surprising that content curation in the form of digital digests, online magazines and curated content blog posts are is becoming a popular way for hobby bloggers to filter noise and share relevant material with online friends.

Content curation is the art of selecting relevant articles on a topic of choice, briefly summarizing it, adding insights, editing,  and publishing it as a collection for sharing with like-minded people.

This is my weekly content curation article featuring brief descriptions of related articles I have selected for my readers. Please feel free to provide your feedback on the selections I have made in comments below the post.

Make people fall in love with your website – Consider whom your product targets and what that specific group of people is searching for. Then have a look at what they are searching for and at what time of year particular types of content are at their most relevant.

The Courage to Question  – Good business coaches know that uncomfortable conversations are the harbinger of professional growth; the greater the squirm factor, the larger the developmental opportunity.

8 Brainstorming Strategies for Generating New Writing Ideas -  These 8 brainstorming strategies can help you generate or organize new topic ideas, approaches and revive your stalled projects.

Blogger’s Guide to Creative Commons: In Pictures  – Even experts and lawyers are not always certain of the application of copyright law. But these comics might help you to at least get the basics.

21 Content Curation Ideas to Build Relationships and Increase Traffic – A creative way to come up with new content for your blog that is resourceful for your audience and great for building relationships with people in your industry is to curate content.

Social Media Users Say Pinterest Is as Popular as Twitter – While Facebook reigns supreme in the social media landscape, the latest study by Pew shows users are pinning just as much as they’re tweeting.

21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic (Updated 2012) – “This post is intended to be useful to all forms of bloggers – independent folks, those seeking to monetize, and marketing professionals working an in-house blog from tiny startups to huge companies. Not all of the tactics will work for everyone, but at least some of these should be applicable and useful.”

Why Blogs that Allow Guest Posts Will Be Penalized in 2013 – “Just as low-level article directories (ezinearticles, articlesbase, and others) got hurt by Google’s Panda Update in 2013, I predict that Google will hurt sites abusing guest blogging in 2013.”

7 Must-Have Legal Resources for Freelancers and Independent Contractors – Do you need legal services? What laws pertain specifically to independent contractors? And what kinds of legal issues could you face in the course of your work?

How To…”Yes, And” Your Way To Better Banter  Will and Kevin Hines of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater share ways to break out “yes, and”–along with other tools of the improv trade–in business settings.

How To…Have A Virtual Meeting – Interview of Matt Mullenweg founder of Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has mastered the art of virtual conversation. He didn’t really have a choice: Automattic employs 134 people in 105 cities. Here are 4 of his virtual meeting strategies.

Posterous to shut down on April 30th -  Twitter had acquired mobile blogging platform Posterous  a year ago, released a backup tool last December and both Squarespace and WordPress have import tools. Uuntil April 30th, members can download all of your Posterous Spaces including photos, videos, and documents by following these instructions.

How to Post for Maximum Engagement to your Facebook News Feed – Post a photo or video to your News Feed with a call to action and a Smart URL in the description field.  Quick Guide for posting your contest or promotion to a Facebook Page or a Facebook personal profile.

34 thoughts on “Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

  1. Great stuff, TT, thank you.

    I especially enjoyed 21 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic and the one about becoming a better banterer (say that three times fast!!).

    FWIW note to future readers of this post: the last article about Posting To Your Facebook News Feed includes how to schedule a FB post to “go live” at a particular date & time. I had no idea one could do this.

  2. Thanks for all these wonderfully helpful posts. I love this weekend roundup idea. One was about guest posts – do you know if there is a way we can do author boxes (even just for ourselves) on wordpress.com? Thanks :)

    • Hi there,
      I’m so sorry I missed responding to your comment. Some themes automatically provide author profiles for official authors one adds to their blog. Most don’t.

      Very few themes have an author profile designed into the theme to display below all posts as an “author profile”. See here for selection of theme that do or do not have this feature http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/08/15/author-displayed-or-not/

      For themes that do not have an author profile, you can create a draft post and create an author profile in it and then copy and paste it on the bottom of each post.

      It’s easy for the guest author to provide their own brief bio at the end of their guest post.

  3. Timethief, I found where you helped ‘echarting’ on the size of the Post Editor box back in Oct. of 2010. I have the same problem [Post Editor box too small] and followed your tip by going to Dashboard > Settings > Writing>Size of Post Box, but to no avail. The ‘Size of Post Box’ choice was absent. Can you help?? Thanks.

    • That option was removed. Move your mouse to the lower right hand corner of the text box (you will see two diagonal lines). Your mouse should change to the Resize pointer (double arrows). Click and drag and you can re-size the box to whatever size you like. hat option was removed. Move your mouse to the lower right hand corner of the text box (you will see two diagonal lines). Your mouse should change to the Resize pointer (double arrows). Click and drag and you can re-size the box to whatever size you like.

  4. There’s an error in your second link in reply to “countingducks”
    I wonder how much reading results in such a fine selection of posts.

    • Thanks for pointing out the error. In fixed it. I’m a speed reader and I estimate that I read over 250 articles every week. I’m so happy to hear you liked what I selected.

    • Hi there,
      I was happy to help you in the forum. Truth be told I spend too much time answering forum questions and I’m cutting back on how much time I spend there. Best wishes with your blog.

    • Hi Nancy,
      I’m so glad I tried this out on you readers as the feedback has been so positive. I’m looking forward to continuing for as long as readers find these to be useful.

  5. I break or ignore a lot of the “rules” for blogging, but I still look to you for ideas. Once again you’ve provided a lot of food for thought. Thanks for all you do!

    • Hi There,
      I also ignore and break rules – we all do. The difference between you breaking rules and beginner bloggers doing the same is that they haven’t learned the basics yet. After they have innovation is natural. I appreciate your support a lot, so I’m glad I’m posting some food for thought that appeals to you.

  6. I like your new format for weekends with the one-stop theme for articles of information. Cuts down on reading and gets the reader right to a specific place of interest.

    • Hi Mary,
      I am glad you find these weekly compilations to be time savers. That’s what I was aiming for.

      P.S. I love your oil pastels and have been tweeting links to your posts. I do hope they result in more traffic to your blog as you are so talented.

      • Wow Timethief! I can’t thank you enough for tweeting links to my posts, that means a lot to me. I haven’t ventured out onto Tweeting yet, although it is on my list of plans for this Spring (another whole world to learn about). I promise when I do, I’ll definitely tweet links to your posts – it’s a single source of valuable technology information out there. Thank you again! Mary

        • Hi Mary,
          I have been following your blog since we met in the support forums. I visit the blogs of every person who comments on my blog posts. I read their posts and click like buttons and I tweet links to the posts I like.

          • Hi Timethief – thanks so much. Today I noticed that someone from your tweet was referred to my blog, I’ll have to go back through prior days and see if other referrals came in. Much appreciated!

  7. Your Blog is always so amazing and helpful that I wonder if you do it for fun, or as a living. It sounds so professional. The question is only rhetorical. I have no wish to pry, but I hope you do get some reward. You deserve it

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