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Friday, April 30, 2010

Introduction to Blogging – Key #1 of 4 to be successful | PanAsianBiz

This is one blog that I would disagree with it's layout totally. I would like to have some advertising on my blog to both support the blog and to make a living however this one over does it. It is nothing but a vehicle for advertising under the premise that the blog is actually putting forth information. To read the blog you first have to get past the ad's.

Trying to move around on the page I clicked on at least two of the ad's and had to close pages before going on. Very frustrating and I will not be going back very soon.

This is my idea of what not to do. Not sure how long he can keep up the money thing.

Introduction to Blogging – Key #1 of 4 to be successful | PanAsianBiz

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

SmartBrief stats: How business leaders view social media | SmartBlog On Social Media

This is an interesting read on business leaders looking at and/or into social media - of which blogging is one of the tools. You need to have some of the information mentioned in this article as well as a plan if you are going to approach someone in your company to have a company blog, one that is public (not just internal).

One thought is that we are now very social in our connections and use of these tools be it blogging/Twitter/Facebook or any one of the others. As the article may elude; to this is the way it is and we are not going back no matter what the nay sayers claim. Look around the conversation is everywhere.

Read on.

SmartBrief stats: How business leaders view social media | SmartBlog On Social Media

Friday, April 23, 2010

T.M.I? Not for Sites Focused on Sharing -

From the NY Times article:
"Not that long ago, many were leery of using their real names on the Web, let alone sharing potentially embarrassing personal details about their shopping and lifestyle habits."

I realize that this is the Ease of Blogging blog however I think from time to time there should be links for you to access that can provide current day information on what is happening in all our Social Web connections - of which blogging is only one of them.

I am not sure what or how you feel about privacy and how that would affect what you blog however as noted in a previous post you can be a bit too open in my opinion. This article in the NY Times is another point regarding privacy and todays current stand by some.

Read it and then make you own determination.

Iconology Graphics + Style

Iconology Graphics + Style - this is a new blog created by Pam and I think it is worth reading. Good information, nice writing style and should be fun to follow. I did learn the definition of the term Iconology here however you will have to go there to find it out. Very interesting. Keep it up Pam.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Top 5 Questions for B2B Social Media Campaigns | Our Social Times

This is an interesting read however each question needs to be resolved for the individual business. I put this up as one more thought regarding social media and business - small or large. Social media is moving fast and you need to do more reading and then make changes to what you are doing. See what others are thinking, that's why I link to these blogs.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Startup lessons learned from Warren Buffett | VentureBeat

What Lou Hoffman from the Entrepreneur Corner has to say is good reading and can be applied to blogging as well as any other form of writing or speaking. If you deal with people and communicate then take the time to read and understand what Lou is saying.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Collaboration – Can It Work in Blogging?

I posted an article on collaboration yesterday on Curious Voyager (the other blog) however last night I found myself thinking about creating a collaborative blog work.

Here is how my mind works.

We were out with a group of friends to dinner at a great spot in Mason, OH named Pitrelli’s Italian Cafe. Right off the top I think this place has great food as well as the best service. It truly is a very nice place to visit. I under stand they are moving to a bigger facility and I do hope they can keep their customer service and food preparation as it is. We have always been treated very well at Pitrelli’s and last night was no exception (loved the violin musician). We celebrated 4 April birthdays and I don’t think it could have been better. 8 GREAT friends, 4 couples (that was easy) with 4 being born in April – 3 female, 1 male. We all came away saying we would go back for any reason or no reason. It was really a wonderful evening. Thank you Pitrelli’s!

I could describe what we all had however that was not the reason for this post.

Now on to the collaborative blog idea.

CinTTDO Taking Cincinnati as the “place” I am thinking about asking people to contribute to “Cincinnati TTDO” or a “Cincinnati Things To Do” blog. One that would take in a variety of places or events in the area. Things to do, things to see, places to eat at and in general present the positive side of this area. 

I know there are other blogs and or web sites however maybe we could be enough different that it would count.

The places or events do not have to be fancy or outlandish, just fun and enjoyable. Does not have to be food, could be a museum. It could also be a review of an event; the potato festival. Why not?

This must be a first person(s) review and we will only publish positive reviews. In other words if the place or event does not warrant a positive review we just won’t write about it.

At present I am considering 3 avenues to go.

  • Avenue A: would be places or events we can reach in the evening and return.
  • Avenue B: for weekends a day trip to a festival or other event within a radius that would allow us to go and return within the same day.
  • Avenue C: to cover weekend trips Saturday and Sunday.

Each of these avenues would be tagged as such and would be able to be searched. starbucks-logo

I will work more on this and get back to all. If anyone has thoughts please  comment on the blog. At the moment YOU are the first to know. I’ll tell my wife when I get home. As usual I am working from Starbucks.

The Secret of Blogging Success | Mark Evans Tech

"With no barriers to entry, the blogosphere welcomes with open arms anyone and everyone looking for a public platform. In theory, anyone has a shot at becoming a blogging superstar by simply having the right content at the right time that captures the imagination of lots of people."The Secret of Blogging Success | Mark Evans Tech:

The above blog is an interesting read and one that make sense. It captures the bloggers dilemma however it "..chugs along on enthusiasm, curiosity and early morning coffee."

Try as I may, I could not Have said that any better.

Friday, April 16, 2010 an SEO Company announces that Blogs are a great way for Small Business to grow

This is an interesting short article and the last paragraph is 1) a little overboard (you should have more pages of content than your competitor) however it right on with the "highly relevant" line. Read on it is more information for you to digest and information is what we learn from.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Small Issue with Blog Roll

On the left side of this blog is what is referred to as a Blog Roll and sometime over the weekend it disappeared. Not sure why or what happened however I am trying to get it back to it pre-weekend condition.

From the previous blog, this weekend is when I updated the connection so that one could use as the URL and perhaps something at that point caused it to crash. As luck would have it that is not one item I had backed up so have to rewrite it. You might keep in mind that a backup is a good thing.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ease of Blogging Domain Name

I believe that in an earlier post I said that I had purchased the domain name “Ease of Blogging”. Since that was purchased at Godaddy I had to point the domain name to this blog. I accomplished that this morning however it may take 24 to 48 hours to process.

When the process is completed I can then publicize the blog at “” rather than “”. It is actually easier for others as that is the more natural way of displaying your address and at the same time your blog is now on YOUR domain.

This whole process is actually easier if you buy your domain name through Blogger, they do all the background work for you and the total cost will be $10, the same as it was at Godaddy for me however I had to do all the work and it can get a little tricky.

Another advantage of purchasing your domain name at Blogger is that you will get a Google Apps Account for free at the same time.

The process to link the domain name to this blog took some time as I had to change a few things at Godaddy (CNAME & ANAME records) and then one thing at Blogger on the settings for my blog. You can find all the necessary information at Blogger by going to How do I use a custom domain on my blog?

My recommendation would be to let Blogger do it, much easier. I have a friend who says; “I like that word EASY”.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Eric Felten: Slatkin's Blog Too Far: How the Maestro Made Them Mad -

This is the perfect story of someone putting too much information into their blog. It is all right to be personal in your communication however remember it can be read by people you would not want to know some things. Employer's read blogs, future employer's as well as husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, and many others. Give them the Good Side, the Positive one. Being honest is one thing, being _____ is another. If you need someone to talk to, the whole world might not be the best option. I encourage you to follow the link and read the  story.

As for this conductor Bill Engvall would have said; "Here's your sign".

Eric Felten: Slatkin's Blog Too Far: How the Maestro Made Them Mad -

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How To Make Money From Blogging With Chris Brogan | Small Business Trends

Here is an interview with Chris Brogan (video as well as some text). The title is very interesting and it is aimed at business people however I suspect there is something here for everyone. This is posted at Small Business Trends and that site is alone one that you might want to review.

I tried to post this yesterday however I sent it to the wrong place.

How To Make Money From Blogging With Chris Brogan | Small Business Trends

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What Goes Into Redrawing

What Goes Into Redrawing
This is from Chris Brogans blog and is worth the read. Chris is one that you should follow for both information as well as a good example of a top blogger. This particular post (if followed) could help you with producing and publishing your blog. Take a look and read well.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

I Blog

2010-04-04 11.59.17 Why not a little frivolity and perhaps some vanity thrown in. Last week I thought it would be interesting to have my very own personal license plate and my wife agreed, so here it is. I couldn’t wait to put it on the car.

Picture taken with my Droid – got to give credit where credit is due.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

MEDIAlternative: The futures of journalism | The Bloomington Alternative

Some Interesting information here. A look at both sides of the value of blogging as well as other discussion.

"During the Q&A session, EIU students asked some thoughtful questions about the current state of journalism and what, if anything, could be done to improve journalistic performance. It's tough to do justice to such questions in a few minutes. Nevertheless, I did my best to suggest that the Internet and related technologies provide some reasons to be optimistic about the future of journalism -- despite what naysayers in so-called legacy news organizations might say about blogging, social networking and emerging forms of journalism."

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thoughts On Blogging Startup

I have just finished reading a post regarding blogging tips to develop a unique position. I read it and then began to take issue with the wording of some of the tips (my prerogative). The article; “5 Blogging Tips for Developing a Unique Identity” and I am going to present my own slant on each of the tips. We all have our own view and this is mine.

Note: Perhaps my disagreement is more in semantics – it’s you decision. You can read the article and then read my response below and just read my feelings.

The first tip was Topic Selection after which was stated; “It is always good to select topics that have some sort of popularity with readers.” Personally it is always good to select topics that are close to my heart whether it be personal or business.

Blogging is one form of the ultimate niche market. I am not out here looking for a subject to start a blog on that you want to read that perhaps I have no interest in. I need to be into the subject, in the presence of it, and it must be meaningful to me first. That is the only way that I know what someone else interested in the same subject might want to read (or hear or see).

Second tip: Opinions offered. Now I agree with this one. You should have your own opinion that is what sets you apart. Not to be argumentive but to be able to express your feelings and thoughts and then through comments be able to hear and respond to others. Works for business as well as personal.

Blogging is a conversation and your blog is yours.

Third tip: Content quality. Well I might take issue here with the word’s; “…type of information that readers find intriguing, educational, humorous or useful.” If you do not find it intriguing, educational, humorous or useful don’t write about it. I repeat, if it isn’t you then don’t write it. This is your blog and you must feel that you are writing both for yourself as well as the reader. I am not saying to present an arrogant personality, there is always another view, however (again) this is your blog and your point of view.

Fourth tip: Timeliness of information: For the most part I will agree however there are times when it is worth repeating old news perhaps with a new slant. Bringing back a subject that perhaps did not get enough initial discussion and you have a reason to return to that well. Good, go for it. Dredge it back up however don’t just repeat old news, have something new to say. Don’t post just for the sake of posting.

If you heart isn’t into it take a break.

Last tip: Personality. I agree with the author here. “Everybody has a unique personality therefore use it to your advantage on your blog.” The author goes on to talk about humor, sarcasm, or tutorial delivery. Be yourself, write, talk and deliver who you are. Above all be comfortable with yourself and your presence.

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Top 10 Free Small Business SEO Tools -

For anyone starting up a blog or a web site and would like to get your web presence known (be found by a search) this is a good read. There are a number of links and explanations regarding Search Engine Optimization or better known as SEO. In a recent Web Design and Usability Techniques class this was something discussed a little at the end.

I have a prior link here to Google's Webmaster Tools and that can also give you good insight as to what one needs to do.

I said in the original piece that the only real initial cost to blogging (specifically at Blogger) is time and reading should take up some of that. If necessary print it out.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

How Can SMBs Get Set Up In Social Media? | Small Business Trends

How Can SMBs Get Set Up In Social Media? | Small Business Trends

It all starts with a plan. Why do you want to blog and then what do I want to follow up my blog with. For all new bloggers, small business owners or people who want to know this is a short an interesting article. Oh, and it was directed to be because of an Alert (check out the tools page).