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19 January 2011

When “Less is More”: aka What Would Seth Do? [Briefly Stated]

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Stripping a sentence down to its barest essentials is great advice, but building a community requires more than a Bare Bones effort. My online friend and blog role model Adam Singer, whose creative thoughts have always inspired me, just wrote a post entitled “The Critical Few” in which he advocates paring down, rather than ramping […]

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21 December 2010

Do you want to be an A-List Influencer?

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A year and a half ago I met Steve Rubel at a panel discussion I blogged about: Beyond the Hype – Roadmap for Social Media’s Future. Steve is the Director of Insights for Edelman Digital, a division of Edelman, the world’s largest independent PR firm — Steve is very, very influential. He was considered an A-List Blogger […]

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14 December 2010

Why do people read blogs? To find personal opinions and insights on topics they care about

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When deciding if you, too, should become a blogger, then tons of questions come to mind — and one of the first should be “Why do people read blogs?” After all, if you are going to spend time and energy writing on the Global Whiteboard, you do want readers. So your blog plan needs to […]

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6 December 2010

10 Lessons I learned about blogging from writing my first 6-part series: Saying NO to New Business

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Writing my first 6-part series on this blog was like doing lab work for a college class. Post #1: Saying NO to a prospective client may be the Best Business Move Post #2: Avoid future problems by saying NO Now Post #3: Investigate client/project before saying Yes — or making it a NO. Post #4: Three main reasons to […]

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11 November 2010

The Art of Social Change [begins new blog category “Briefly Stated”]

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just heard on Nov 1 FIR podcast: 5 tips to trigger Social Change from Michael Netzley’s Singapore report: 1) Create a sense of urgency 2) Respect all sides 3) Attract local influencers 4) Create institutions, not just rhetoric 5) Aim for widespread application Click here to read full article Note: One key to the evolution […]

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8 September 2010

How to put Excerpts & Thumbnails on 1st page of 2010 WP blog

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I’ve decided to use the 2010 default WordPress theme for my new blog DRIVING MISS SHARI. But I wasn’t happy with the Home page: readers had to scroll through the entire recent article to get to the previous one – and so on and so on. When you come to SHARISAX IS OUT THERE, you […]

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25 August 2010

Are Blog Carnivals Worth the Trouble?

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What’s a blog carnival anyway? I read about them in a chapter of Patrick Schwerdtfeger’s book Webify Your Business and so I signed up for one. But it didn’t seem like there was much going on, so I posted the question on LinkedIn: Who’s had experience with Blog Carnivals? The Best Answer came from Stevie […]

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23 August 2010

Five Lessons We Bloggers Can Learn From Soap Operas

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I remember way back when soap opera fans were not held in high esteem by me . . . until I had two babies in diapers and appreciated the company of the characters and their many problems. Many years later I learned that some well-respected literary types wrote a book about the value of soaps […]

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4 August 2010

WordPress is Fast Becoming WORLD-Press for Websites & Blogs

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WordPress is The Bomb! You read a lot about WordPress on this WordPress blog and you’ll be reading lots more. I’m convinced that WP is the easiest and best way for most of us to do our online publishing, and so does freelance website designer Todd E. Jones. A blogger and a social media nerd, […]

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20 July 2010

Why Your Website Really Needs a Blog

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“Blogs provide a dimension to content that you can’t get from your website.” . . . and that is only one of the insights in a great article I found online in a blog post by Michael Cohn, the Chief Technology Officer of CompuKol Communications. He has over 25 years of experience in IT and […]

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18 July 2010

Teaching with Blogs and Twitter — When “Student Help” Means the Students Are Helping: What are you likely to learn?

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My English students are practicing their writing skills on personal blogs for class assignments. A few of the students still “didn’t get it,” i.e. what was this blogging stuff all about? So I asked them all to write a paragraph with this topic sentence: “Blogs are a great way for people to build an online […]

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2 July 2010

Will a FREE WordPress Theme Work for Your Blog?

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When my WordPress Meetup group discussed the new features of WordPress 3.0, I was gungho to get started. Not only did I download the upgrade, but I also decided to test out a new theme. Good thing I “tested” it on a training blog . . . because OOOPS my new theme crashed my site. […]

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