Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
One thing that you can do in Google is set up an Alert and have Google search throughout the day for postings that you may be interested in. I do this and have alerts sent to my inbox for various items that I would like to research. Each of the emails that I get have 10 to 20 possible links with a brief message on what the reference is. This is a great way to do research on almost anything and be kept up to date with Google doing all of the work.
In Gmail on the top left you will see a menu that should look like this and you click on the more arrow on the right. This will show have a fly out menu that appears like this (only more entries). At the bottom is an “even more >>” link and that is where you want to go next.
Once you get to the next page you will see a long list of possible things that you can investigate – don’t get lost in them although I will say that I use a number of other items in this list. At the moment we are looking for Alerts.
In the Search Items box list one item you are interested in (i.e. “blogs on recipes” or just “recipes”). Check the rest of listed items and be sure your email address is at the bottom and then select the “Create Alert” button.
You can return here and there is a link to manage alerts so that if you don’t like what you are getting you can remove the alert and/or add others.
Currently I have about 5 alerts running. They come into my inbox and I can then do what I want with them.
This is a good source for feeding that blogging mind.
I realize that the prior link was to a United Kingdom blog however a great deal of it’s content is relevant anywhere. The idea I have here is to post items that can cause you to reflect on what it is you are doing. Updating content or frequency of blogging is important.
One thing to keep in mind is that not all post’s need to be a chapter in a book. Some can be just what I have done, links to other posts and other blogs. Join the community and spread the word. become the knowledgeable one. You just may be someone else's resource.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
All we talk about today is FREE! Not one thin dime, no charge, no cost, nada, nothing. If YOU desire you can buy a book, and there are many of them, because of the "there is the mystery to blogging" - trust me, no mystery. There are books that deal with why businesses should blog and why blogging is used for political endeavors and only one paper on why blogging is good for you psychologically. There is therapeutic value in blogging. Blogging - It's Good For You!
What we plan to do is to look at all the things one needs to get started in blogging and in the next couple of hours you will be on your way to talking to the world. Look out NBC, CBS, ABC and all the rest.
Once upon a time there was a motivational speaker that said if you got up in the morning and discovered that you had to swallow a number of frogs, go for the big one first, the rest would be easy. So let's go for that big frog first. What do you want to talk about?
What do you want to talk about. That's right, talk. A blog is a conversation you have with your invisible buddies, be that none to many. Gary Vaynerchuk in his book Crush It says to think of it "as your half of one long friendly lunch interview". He is not far off base.
A blog can be a non-gendered, independent, one sided point of view if that is what you want.
The most difficult process is discovering what it is you want to say. What is high on you list of passion? Is it your business, a product, your music, art, reading, coffee, family, church, political party, hobby? I am sure there is something you would like the rest of the world to know. Yes, the rest of the world. That will be your audience. One thing to keep in mind is they will not be there when you are writing, however, they may be reading and that is when you hear from them.
One thing to realize is that getting attention out there in the blogosphere may take some time - that's OK, just keep writing. Every chance you get tell someone about it, get cards with your blogger address on them and pass them out. Hey, if you're single this could be a way of attracting someone; "Hi, have you seen my blog?". I've heard worse lines
The first warning: DO NOT say anything on a blog you would not say face to face with your boss, your lover, your friend. A blog will live on after you (that's kind of neat - your legacy) and people will find it (or be pointed to it) over and over. You will be held personally responsible for what you say by your friends, family, and employer so THINK about it.
Now let's get on with blogging.