Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

weekend readingI had a productive and satisfying week and hope you did too. I kept to my schedule. I completed my month end contracted work 2 days in advance of the deadline. I used that time to clean up my computer files on all 3 computers preparatory to the big computer switch over, which was scheduled and cancelled once again. Being on call for the 3 computer switch over is nerve wracking because it means they must be ready to be carted off at a moment’s notice.

I published WordPress.com Multilingual Blogs  in this blog and have another under article under development. I also published Islands of Sorrow, Oceans of Grief and Re-energizing After a Lay-Off in my personal blog. In my “free time” I speed read 267 blogs. Here are some selections I made for your weekend reading pleasure.

Americans Still Spend Far More Time On Facebook Than Other Social Media – The major trend this year has seen social media platforms attempting to monetize and build reliable long-term business models. New revenue streams have led to growth in social networks large and small.

25+ High Quality Facebook Infographics and Cheat sheets

4 Ways to Use Pinterest to Rank High in Search Engines – This post isn’t your traditional post about how to use Pinterest for marketing. Instead it will show you 4 ways that Pinterest can help you find link building opportunities.

 How to Run a Poll on Google Plus - Learn a simple workaround that will help you conduct polls and surveys on your Google Plus profiles and business pages.

Using Twitter to Drive Traffic to Your Business Blog -  Facebook and Twitter are currently the top-ranking social media sites, so considering your strategy on both sites is important.

Get the Most Out of your Kindle Reader with Free Tools – The Kindle toolkit is a comprehensive list of tools and tips that every Kindle owner should know about.

Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Real Estate Blog  – Do you currently have a real estate blog (or are you thinking of starting one)? If you’ve been at this for a while, what has been the most challenging part for you?  Note: There’s good advice for all bloggers in this article.

10 Super Smart People Talk Copywriting for Conversion – When it comes to writing persuasive copy, smart writers know that the devil is definitely in the details.

The 5 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language

6 Ways to Get Others to Write Your Content – Over the last year, we’ve seen a lot of algorithm updates from Google that emphasized the importance of having unique content on a website.

The Long Term Impact of Evergreen Content – The beauty of well-written evergreen content is that it will continue to naturally attract visitors, links and social shares long after its initial publication and promotion. The thing to remember about measuring the success of your own evergreen content is that it takes time.

50 Traffic Tips for Content Marketers [INTERACTIVE] 

 

13 thoughts on “Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

  1. One of the things I enjoy about onecoolsite is that you occasionally change themes. I’ve seen this blog use Misty Lake for a while now but today I am intrigued, again. The three images combined in the header image is a nice touch. How did you do that? from Vancouver Island, Jim

  2. The post about “what I wish I knew before starting my real estate blog” was very good and as you pointed out, applicable to anybody.

    I was one of the “just get it started and figure it out”. Which wasn’t all bad – I’d have taken so long to get it right it never would have happened. And I didn’t know enough to understand some of the things to do from the beginning. I haven’t gone back to redo some of the early stuff (watermarking photos and making them a small file size), but have been much more consistent since last year.

    Nancy

    • Hi Nancy,
      I thought it was a good read so I’m happy to hear you found value in it.

      I have considered doing a retrospective blog clean up of over 900 posts and I backed away from that notion. I didn’t back away only because I would find it hard to make the time. The other factors is that it’s just not appealing. (Oops! Did I say that out loud?)

    • I learn lots from you too and wish I had more time to read and comment on your blogs. I love your Peace blog as it reminds me that I’m a peaceful warrior.

      “There is a basic human wisdom that can help solve the world’s problems. It doesn’t belong to any one culture or region or religious tradition—though it can be found in many of them throughout history. It’s what Chögyam Trungpa called the sacred path of the warrior. The sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The warrior discovers the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. That’s what the Shambhala teachings are all about, and this is the book that has been presenting them to a wide and appreciative audience for more than twenty years.” Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior http://www.amazon.com/Shambhala-Sacred-Warrior-Chogyam-Trungpa/dp/1590304519

  3. Loved the multi-lingual post as someone who does Spanish and English (with a few others). Good to hear your week went well.

    There is no way I would read that many blogs. Nor do I know that many blogs worth reading.

    This was an interesting bunch of links, but of the ones I read, too jargony for me. I think I am too old to read something where someone tells me how to write!

    Still appreciate your round-up though. I always learn something and it saves lazy me hunting it out myself, so thank you.

    • roughseasinthemed
      Completing contracted work prior to the deadline is always worth celebrating. This time I chose to put the time to good use as I described above. I also had more time and invested it into speed reading more blog posts than usual. It was a toss up. Heads for reading more blogs won. Tails was spend more time commenting on my reader’s posts.

      You are a wordsmith and I hear you when you say you aren’t inclined to read articles on how to write. But everyone blogs these days and many need to hone their writing skills so I think that brushing up is a great thing. I recognize that most bloggers including my readers aren’t wordsmiths so I do include such articles. I’m so glad you said you do learn something form these recommended reads.

      If you have ventured into searching out blogs in the blogging tips niche then you will know the vast and overwhelming majority are focused on making money. You will also know that the same old same old is published over and over again and again. It’s a challenge to find relevant articles worth recommending to my readers on a weekly basis. If I feel I can’t do that in any given week or I’m not inclined to continue doing this I will let go.

      If you do read any writing blogs, then would you be interested in making one or two submissions to me that I could feature in these weekly blogging reads and resources posts? If so, then you can email me on Thursday mornings because I’d love to include your top picks of the week.

      P.S. I never noticed you did both English and Spanish. (red-faced)

      • I tend to work right up to deadlines, but that’s a journalistic hangover. I think you always spend time commenting on your readers’ posts with thoughtful comments.

        Thank you, but never mind honing their writing skills, many need to learn them. I probably tend to gain most benefit from the more techy articles/links, or the ones who explain how blogging has moved on (eg Lorelle). Another blog I follow does a Friday summary of vegan news, which I also enjoy, so I do hope you find time and enough articles to continue with this. It is helpful and informative.

        Ooops, got distracted watching the seagulls on the roof opposite …

        We’d all like to make money from our blogs, but quite honestly, the money-focused ones are the worst. I loathe the disruption of adverts on site, and the sheer commercialism of ‘sales’ blogs. The only way I will ever use my blog/s financially will be to cite it/them as examples of my writing. As for the same old, totally agree. But even I say some of the basics from time to time. In fact, I think I will change one of my straplines to ‘If you want me to read your blog, write in short paragraphs.’

        Writing blogs? No, I don’t read any. I’ve looked at a couple and fell asleep. And as it’s 30 years since I trained as a journalist, and spent my working life in journalism/PR/writing/management, I have a huge dose of arrogance that says, I doubt I will learn much from someone else about writing. The only ones I do read tend to be about self-publishing because I am interested in doing that and don’t know enough about it. In fact I would probably find it easier to set up a new writing blog than find a decent one to recommend. Other – non-professional writers – often recommend writing blogs, and I seriously find them poor. They are either far too verbose and pretentious, or far too gimmicky. I’d like to help, but I just can’t think of any. I’ll look some up though and see if there is anything decent out there (*laughs*).

        I don’t do full posts in Spanish, most of my readers are English speaking only, or English as first language. I nearly started doing it on the dog blog years ago, but I figured it wasn’t worth it. What people say they want, and what they want are not the same.

        I’ve done (years ago) a couple of posts about speaking Spanish, and I slip in the odd word now and again depending on the post. Here in Gibraltar, people switch backwards and forwards from English to Spanish so it’s how we speak. I read some blogs in Spanish, some in Portuguese, from time to time. If I comment on a Spanish blog, I’ll reply in Spanish because that’s the language of the blog (however many mistakes I may make!).

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