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29 March 2015

To Comment . . . or not to comment

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. . . a blog re-do is similar to a New Year’s Resolution, but in my case, I hope this intention sticks. My previous post suggested that sincere commenters send me emails, and I received two: A) Shari, I am glad you are blogging again. Also, I am pleased I signed up for your RSS feed […]

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22 March 2015

How to “re-do” a blog . . . and WHY?

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To: The blogosphere and friends and family From: Shari Re: Re-doing . . . and re-newing my blog and my blogging Date: March 2015 Following the Oxford Sandwich format, I’ll be “telling you what I’m going to do, then telling you, then telling you what I told you.” So this paragraph is my intro and […]

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29 June 2011

Why do YOU blog?

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 Blogging         96 comments

My college English students are all experimenting with blogging, and many of them want to know why. Here is guidance from previous posts on this blog: What is a blog and WHY should I do one? Why do people read blogs? What should your first blog post be about? Should you set up your own […]

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21 June 2011

Simple answer to getting blog readers and commenters

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 Blogging         109 comments

Time for new student bloggers and the typical questions: “How do I get more readers?” and “How do I get people to comment?” My standard answers have been these three: 1)  Comment on other people’s blogs 2)  Announce your new posts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn 3)  Add a user-friendly comment device [don’t make commenters […]

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9 June 2011

Does our Constitution protect bloggers? Should it?

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My journalism students studied social media last semester, and I introduced the course with a blog post asking the question: “What’s one difference between a blogger and a journalist?” One way I promote my articles is to post them on relevant LinkedIn groups, and this article is still generating discussions four months later: The article […]

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8 June 2011

What works for your blog? Here are tips from the “Sleepy Blogger”

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 Blogging,Interview         29 comments

“Write your own blog post everyday, but spend twice as much time reading other people’s blogs — and comment,” That was just one of the valuable suggestions discussed by the Sleepy Blogger, aka Robyn Tippins, who visited my PR class at San Francisco State when we first started to learn about social media back in 2009. Here are […]

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7 June 2011

Blogs as Catharsis & More: here’s how one journalist started his

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There’s nothing like commenting on someone’s blog post to get the ball rolling, i.e. building online relationships. As part of re-strategizing my own blogging, I am revisiting my first posts to republish those with content that’s as relevant today as it was when I first began. One of those blog articles answered a student’s question […]

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4 June 2011

How Social Media Works: it really is all about engagement!

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 Blogging,Guest Post         15 comments

No, this is NOT going to be “the” answer to the subject “How social media really works” — only one, but an interesting one. I just met freelance copywriter David McCauley via LinkedIn when he responded to my post How to increase blog readership. Now we are connected on both LinkedIn and Facebook, and we’ve […]

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4 June 2011

How to increase blog readership: Comment on other blogs

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 Blogging         23 comments

What can I do to get my blog noticed? That question was answered in a blog April 25, 2009– two days after I first started my own blog — from Problogger.net, probably the best resource for info on blogging. “Adding comments on other blogs, especially the most popular ones, is a great way to build […]

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30 May 2011

Blogging 101: What IS a blog, anyway . . . and WHY should I do one

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 Blogging         55 comments

  Yes, a blog is definitely a great way to promote a business online these days – now that everyone can become a publisher at NO cost, or a relatively low one. Anyone with an Internet connection can post his or her thoughts, opinions, and activities on the Global Whiteboard to be read and responded […]

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24 January 2011

Which comes first: The Chicken or the Egg? The Medium or the Message?

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Long ago, business was all about building a better mousetrap and force-feeding it into homes. Long ago, publishing was all about dollars and cents (don’t mistakenly read “sense”). Long ago, free speech was easily regulated — and not particularly “free.” Today’s technology advances are creating a New Normal, and intelligent folks who want to work […]

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21 January 2011

What’s one difference between a blogger and a journalist?

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Bloggers do like I’m doing right now — write my thoughts just after they come to me. Journalists research . . . and then write. OK, now that we got my “answer” to the title question out of the way without any introductory fanfare, let’s chat for a moment about the context of this post: […]

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