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Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

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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).

Do You Know These Time Saving Blogging Tips? When Darren Rowse asked these 14 leading bloggers about their routines he also asked if they had any tips for other busy bloggers.

27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block – Beating writer’s block isn’t about discipline – it’s about loosening up, having fun, going a bit crazy. Here are 27 wacky ways to shake up your inner muse.

SEO 101: How Your Website’s Structure Affects its SEO
In fact, there are a number of different ways your website’s structure can influence its overall SEO authority, so be sure to brush up on the following site structure elements to make your website is as search-friendly as possible.

Social Media Productivity – 7 Ways Business Blogging Gets Easier
A key to improving your social media productivity with business blogging is to tie the extra weekly blog posts to typical weekly business activities you (or your organization) are doing any way.

Ep 72 Scrappy Do – Chris Brogan’s podcast. Recorded from the road and without my typical gear, a thought on why scrappy is the mindset to have.

How Determined Are You to Succeed at Freelancing? You may think you’re determined enough to succeed as a freelancer, but when push comes to shove–are you really? How much determination do you actually have? Here are eight simple questions you can ask yourself to find out how determined of a freelancer you really are.

Is it Really Time for Authors to Stop Blogging? I also don’t recommend blogging frantically simply for the sake of piling up blogposts to get the attention of search engines. I’m a big advocate of SLOW BLOGGING—once a week or less, preferably on a regular schedule.

Nice Poem; I’ll Take It – How it feels to be the victim of a serial plagiarist. When your work is posted and reposted online, and when publishing is as much an act of community-­building as a means of income, you develop a flexible definition of intellectual property but …

When is it OK to Blog Your Book? For one thing, agents say you’re ruining your chances with traditional publishers by giving away your first rights. Yes, but remember that blogging is publishing, which is why agents won’t represent something that’s been partially blogged: once it’s on the Interwebz, you’re officially published.

What Is Considered Previously Published Writing? It is common practice for journals and literary agents to reject previously published writing, but what exactly does previously published mean? Why are most literary agents and editors unwilling to take a chance on work that has already appeared elsewhere? When is it appropriate to submit previously published work?

The Sad State Of Brands This Week – This week wasn’t pretty for the industry. Tragedies, disasters, missteps and more demonstrate that we have a long way to go in truly earning the public’s trust and in truly becoming more transparent and social brands.

33 thoughts on “Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

  1. I liked the first one the best – 12 posts to never do. Unfortunately I’ve done several of them already and the author is right – they don’t work! I no longer apologize for absences from my blog nor do I do a shout-out to multiple fellow bloggers. It doesn’t work, but thankfully I did them early on and can sweep them under the rug of lessons learned.


    • I think we have all made mistakes and I believe every failure is a stepping stone to future success but I’m not in agreement with all of what the author has said.

      I do agree with these points she made:
      You should always strive for the best.
      If a post isn’t your best work, don’t hit that publish button. Simple as that.

      Apologizing for having a vibrant offline life that trumps time spent on blogging isn’t my inclination but I have apologized for not answering comments promptly. I don’t read rehashed news blogs and/or blogs based on rumor or sensationalizing anything. As for snark, I don’t do snark well so I don’t do it at all.

  2. Thank you for the link to ‘The Sad State Of Brands This Week’ on TwistedImage – I read a few of his posts and listened the video link to Prof. Berger’s talk and Q&A on the hallmarks of shareable content that they had analysed.

    And I ordered the book, ‘Contagious’.

    I recently read Robert Heath’s ‘The Hidden Power of Advertising’ that talks about somatic markers that, as it were, sneak in under the wire of our conscious attention.

    A typical advertisement that follows this idea would be a warm, clean, sunny, scene as the backdrop to some product like toilet paper. We don’t pay much attention to the advertisement, but when we want to buy that kind of product – the ‘desirable’ imagery of ‘clean and fresh’ is just a step away in our non-critical ‘back brain’.

    I am also reading Dan Pink’s ‘To Sell Is Human’ in the recognition that the words ‘sell’ and ‘sleeze’ are pretty much embedded in my brain/our brains – and how to get past that.

    • I also found that article to be interesting. Perhaps the most interesting in this week’s round-up. I have only read reviews of Contagious and what I read says Berger reveals the secret science in six basic principles that drive all sorts of things to become contagious behind word-of-mouth and social transmission.I haven’t read Robert Heath’s ‘The Hidden Power of Advertising’ either but both sound like a good read so I put them on my reading list.

      I have read only two of Dan Pinks’ books. A Whole New Mind and Drive. A Whole new mind was fascinating. It’s focused on the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. As for Drive well I featured it here shortly after reading it.

      My friend gave me a link to a paper from 1982 that you may want to check out. It’s called Visual Imagery: Applications to Advertising, John R. Rossiter, Columbia University.

      ABSTRACT – This paper presents 13 broad applications of visual imagery theory to advertising. It covers guidelines for the effective use of visual content in: general advertising, print advertising, and TV advertising. The applications are well supported by psychological experiments and offer challenging extensions to advertising practice. The applications in this paper should be regarded as hypotheses. While they appear sound from a psychological standpoint, most had not then been tested in an advertising context. The applications are presented under three headings: general (applicable to all types of) advertising; print advertising; and TV advertising.

      When I read that I did a fast forward to 2013 and how access to the internet and to social networks has led to viral advertising. Have we come a long way baby? Maybe not.

      • I remember Dan Pink’s talk on TED about what motivates people in a knowledge-based economy, and how a sense of autonomy is important.

        It sounds good on paper, but I still think it is the money that really drives the changes.

    • It’s good to meet you and even better to hear you appreciate what you have find in my blog. I hope the tips help you with your blogging and I thank you for sharing your positive feedback.

    • Your blog is a great resource for writers and I was delighted to find it and read some of your excellent content. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and advice.

  3. These are some very valuable tips specially for bloggers who are new like myself. I appreciate your posts since I learn so much from them. Thanks for another very informative post.

  4. That’s an interesting selection, especially about the book/blogging aspect.

    Have to say I laughed at the top one – 12 types of blog posts etc – because it sounded pretty basic to me. And, in fact, it wasn’t what not to do, it was what to do. So on the one hand she was saying don’t do misleading titles, but on the other I didn’t find it lived up to her title.

    I think the issue, somewhat like WordPress Daily Post and the other WP blog, is that we are all catering for different audiences. In particular, in terms of blogging tips, it’s impossible to write for a 20-year-old one minute and a 60-year-old the next. The difference there being life experience.

    Oldies (like me) may need a few technical tips but we are hardly going to write: I felt meugh (or however it is spelt) today, my hair was greasy, I needed a shower, I had a cup of coffee …. etc. If we don’t know how to write after all these years, then I’m not sure we should be doing it. I enjoyed the read though, and am tempted to write my own list.

    The freelance and book links were interesting because I should really do something about that, and never get round to it. But not for any of the reasons on the freelance list.

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to bring us another fascinating list of posts.

    • You always make me smile and sometimes make laugh out loud. You are so right about experience playing a role in writing for the web, which is of course quite different than writing for print media. The followers of this blog range from brand new bloggers to advanced bloggers. Some are adept at writing and others are learning writing skills. I love the range because it helps me keep in touch with what it was like to be a new blogger on one end of the range and helps me expand on the other end.

      I see many authors posting excerpts from the books they intend to publish online and don’t think they are aware of that they are ruining their chances with traditional publishers by giving away their first rights.

      Despite what I have clearly stated in my guest posting policy, I’m constantly flooded with requests to publish guest posts from commercial people who never comment and I turn them all down.

      “Please note that this is not a commercial blog and no submissions made on behalf of a commercial client will be considered for publication. I welcome guest post submissions from those I have a relationship with ie. from my regular readers/commenters.”

      “I enjoyed the read though, and am tempted to write my own list.”

      Please do that and submit it to me as a guest post for publication here.

  5. Another fantastically helpful post! You have helped me on my blogging journey so much that I can hardly thank you! On that note, I have just nominated you for ‘The Word Press Family Award’. If you choose to participate all the ‘rules and regulations’ are to be find here:

    All the Best,

    • You’re welcome, Daniela. You are a fabulous storyteller and I love reading your blog posts. That’s why I included your blog as an example in this post I do thank you for the award but I choose not to participate in award memes. I find it difficult to schedule time for blogging and participating in memes means I would have to readjust my schedule. As we have resumed our green home renovation and I’m on the front line covering for my hubby in our business and still trying to make my contracted writing deadlines, I don’t have the flexibility required to do that.

  6. Great tips, many of which I found myself reading and nodding my head to, remembering real-life examples I’ve come across on the blog sphere. Admittedly, I did post the dreaded “Sorry I’ve been gone” post recently, but I used it as an excuse to make fun of myself which, as a humor writer, fit the bill. It became one of my most popular posts, right after “How to scramble an egg using only a fork.” (OK, not really…) Thanks for the insightful links.

    • Hi Ned,
      Thanks for introducing your self here to me and my readers. I enjoyed visiting your blog and the way you approach your topics. It’s interesting to know you did publish a post “Sorry I’ve been gone” and put a humorous spin on it. Self deprecation is a useful tool for comedy that connects one with their audience. You did that very well or your post stats would not reflect the popularity that they do. Some rules are meant to be bent and broken, provided we are skilled at innovating and introducing a unique angle.

  7. A couple of nice entries here. A Canadian alerted me to the slow blogging movement in its first months, and I’m glad to see it still getting attention.

    Also, I’ve found that there are plenty of places that don’t consider material that’s appeared in a personal blog to be “previously published”. I’ve had blog pieces picked up by magazines that are perfectly happy to do so.

    Not precisely related to these topics but a just-slightly-amusing aside – I have to reaffirm that content counts. I just was Freshly Pressed for the third time. I never spent a lick of time trying to be FP’d – I just concentrated on writing the best entries I could. There is no password or secret handshake to get into the FP club!

    Have a good weekend!

    • Hi there,
      Congrats! on having a post Freshly Pressed three times over.

      I predict that slow blogging is going to become a wide spread movement. There’s a reversion to the kind of blogging we used to do prior to the advent of social networking. Social networking is a time suck and despite that blah, blah, blah about increasing one’s broadcast range in order to increase their audience. I have experimented and found that numbers of readers/subscribers gained do not reflect the time and effort I put into social networking. Many bloggers are simply exhausted by trying to keep up a pace that does not suit their lifestyles. I am among them so I’m reverting to the slow blogging style.

      Indeed there are plenty of places that don’t consider material first published in a blog to be previously published but there are far more editors that do note first rights than those who don’t. I have blogging friends who regret sharing quotes from their books in their blogs. That cut them out of securing a contract with traditional publishers and sent them on to self-publishing. I read a very interesting legal memorandum on this topic that I can’t share as it’s not public. The contents prompted the inclusions I made in this weekend blogging reads and resources post.

      Thanks for sharing your feedback here. I hope you have a great weekend too.

      • Ah! A good caution. I keep saying I’m not moving on to a book or traditional publishing, but I have kept my provisional titles and subject matter off my blog. Now, I’m glad I have.

        • I can’t get into detail but if you are seeking to move on to traditional publication in the future know that I communicate with lawyers on both sides of the 49th parallel who specialize in this area of law. They advise either totally avoiding or being very cautious about duplicating any future book content by blogging your book.

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