Are you aware that Google is removing Authorship photos from its results? Are you wondering how to add rel=”publisher” markup to link link your blog to a Google+ Page? Continue reading
The BC Supreme Court has given the go ahead today to a class action suit against Facebook. The BC class action lawsuit covers the period from January 1, 2011 to today. Unless they opt out of the lawsuit, anyone covered by the criteria is included in the class action. Continue reading
A Gravatar image is universally associated with your web presence and it’s a very powerful branding tool. Register a Gravatar and add links to your Gravatar profile page that describe your brand and where you can be found in the digital world so your brand is easy to follow. Continue reading
Blogging is personal and interactive. Knowing who your audience is and what they want is the key to developing quality content. Once you are in the know you have a focus for your writing and social networking. Instead of thinking, “What should I blog about today?” you will have the beginnings of a blogging plan.*
I have met many bloggers who assumed they could use pseudonyms to avoid being tracked online. But that expectation proved unrealistic as we all leave digital footprints and can be easily tracked. Realistically, somebody’s software is always watching us and taking note of our activities for marketing purposes.
There are positives to social networking but there are negatives too. Always exercise common sense when it comes to which social media sites you are active on and what you post. Not connecting cautiously and posting appropriately can ruin your reputation, so if you want to be a successful blogger think before you act. Continue reading
These days we’re dog paddling in a sea of advertising. There are no public places and places offline or online where we are free from being targeted by advertisers. Different demographic groups have differing responses to advertising saturation. For the youngest among us it’s the norm. For the eldest, it’s a rude and unwelcome intrusion. Continue reading
Comments are powerful. We all love to receive quality comments that are specific and personalized; timely and on-topic. They provide the necessary fuel for discussion and include ideas for future posts. Continue reading
Whether you blog to inform, to entertain, to persuade or to provoke controversy, to have a successful blog you must identify your target audience and Let Your Audience’s Interests Guide Your Content Strategy.
Enhancing your WordPress.com blog’s accessibility and share-ability with social networking icons can be a quick coffee break set up or a longer project. It all depends on the theme you use. Continue reading
Humans have always created social networks and these networks have always been means of marketing products and services. Person to person either face to face or across miles by messenger services, mail and/or by phone and computer people network by all available means and they share their product and services experiences and preferences with their friends. Continue reading
Google doesn’t care – it’s shutting down Google Reader on July 1 and we all have to leave. It’s the digital equivalent of bringing up the house lights when the rock concert is over. via There Is No Google Reader Replacement, Only Alternatives | TechCrunch.
See And the winner is…for alternatives. Have you made a decision about which feedreader service you will be using?
So you want to be a blogger, do you? Blogging over the long term takes: Passion, Purpose, Productivity, People Skills, Planning and Persistence. Many bloggers don’t have what it takes because a significant number of blogs registered today will be abandoned or deleted in less than a year from the date of their creation. That’s why answering the question: Do I have what it takes to blog over the long term? is critical to your success. Continue reading
By joining social networks we agree to be notified of new posts published by a select group of “friends”. It’s a common routine. Publish a post on your blog and use an aggregation app like Publicize, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, or Buffer to have the title and link automatically posted to multiple networks, including G+ Facebook pages, Facebook Profile, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumbler, etc. Continue reading
Instagram is a fast and easy way to share your photos with friends and family free of charge.
Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram. Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.
Today WordPress.com Staff announced something Instagram users have been waiting for. Widgets » Instagram Widget > via Instagram Widget — Support — WordPress.com. via Instagram Widget — Support — WordPress.com.
Five Things You Should Not Do On Your Home Page - Most people immediately press X button on their browsers after seeing cluttered home pages. If you want to avoid it, here are few things that you should not to do on your home page. Continue reading
Today is the momentous day for some. Twitter set a May 7th kill date for TweetDeck Android, iPhone, AIR and Facebook integration Twitter sets a May 7th kill date for TweetDeck Android, iPhone, AIR and Facebook integration – The Next Web. Are you among the bloggers affected by the kill switch? if so which alternations did you explore and which one did you select?
12 Types of Blog Posts You Need to Stop Writing – Remember, it only takes one bad post to make someone unsubscribe (or never subscribe in the first place).
A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Before my yoga classes I accept the invitation to set an intention for practice, away from worldly distractions and toward my goal of concentrating and remaining in the now moment. An intention is a short powerful statement that affirms you have set a goal and intend to achieve it and I’ve been applying that to my blogging as well as to my yoga. Continue reading
Many sites make it very difficult for anyone other than the account holder to access accounts and that can create problems for your Executor and Beneficiaries unless you plan in advance.
Have you taken steps for the disposition of Your digital assets after death?
- Created a secure list of digital assets?
- Designated heirs and a Digital Executor?
- Decided which assets are transferred to heirs and which are deleted?
- Legally protected your digital assets? Continue reading
I love getting new followers and I like getting like button clicks on my posts too. Who doesn’t? But I’ve been investigating and a number of followers and like button clickers are not are active bloggers or commenters. So what’s a reliable way to track audience growth on my WordPress.com blog? Continue reading
How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul – Developing better creative habits is one of the most valuable things you can do as a content creator. Legendary Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s practical book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, is a ground-breaking guide to becoming a calmer, better balanced, more productive creative professional. Continue reading
I hope you Readers find value these selections. As for me, I’m exhausted and I will be taking a bit of a break this weekend. My friends will be arriving tonight to visit on this last weekend of spring break. When I’m not with them I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my personal blog. Have I told you Readers lately how much I treasure your comments? If not, then for the record, you rock! Continue reading
In Late February WordPress.com Staff implemented brilliant little change at the bottom of our posts. They introduced nesting of the gravatars of “like” button clickers behind a link that we bloggers can click to see them all. I am happy the big blocks of gravatars which are not representative of actual page view stats are now nicely tucked away. But there were bloggers who are not and they posted to the support forums to say so. They wanted to see the gravatars for all their “friends”. Continue reading
I won’t bore you readers with a litany of excuses for being late in publishing my weekly blogging reads and resources selections. I will apologize to those who have submitted comments I have yet to reply to. I have replying to you at the top of my to do list and will get that done today. Continue reading
I had a good work week and hope you readers did too. Most things went as planned and only a couple of things went off the rails. I was able to get things back on track in short order and that gave me a sense of accomplishment. Continue reading
I 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. Continue reading
Blog Log #2: The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Blogging – When you first start out blogging, you’re hungry. You’re excited. You have a million ideas. But nobody talks about how you’ll feel five years in. … Blogging for fame and fortune usually leads to burnout. Blogging as a creative outlet or to support a business usually has longevity. Do what you do because you love it but also have a goal. Continue reading
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. Continue reading