Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

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I know it’s not Friday when I usually publish this weekly feature but I can do more reading so why wait? Happy reading!

Five Things You Should Not Do On Your Home Page – Most people immediately press X button on their browsers after seeing cluttered home pages. If you want to avoid it, here are few things that you should not to do on your home page.

Are These Time Suckers Stealing Your Time? How to Stay Focused in a World of Distraction – We are our own worst enemies when it comes to staying focused. The trouble is that these temptations are everywhere and they tend to sneak up on you when you least expect it.

Coming Soon: Desktops Hosted On The Cloud, Usable Anywhere – A new video technology quietly announced late last week could mark a landmark change in how apps are deployed on PCs, tablets and smartphones for years to come – and also have big ramifications on how companies like Apple do business.

How To Open Widget Images In A New Window – Alas, as I mentioned in a recent post, WordPress does not provide a simple, direct option for a website to open a sidebar widget graphic/image in a new browser window. Why should you care? Well, if you are a blogger and/or a self-published author displaying book covers on your website with links to your Amazon sale pages (or any other site), listen up.

Write a Better Press Release with Our Template and Tips – It’s difficult to get noticed these days. It’s easy to get a press release out to media outlets across the globe with the help of the internet, but it’s not easy to stand out from the rest and get your press release noticed.

The 2013 LinkedIn Marketing Guide –  LinkedIn is a great network for businesses looking to increase traffic and leads, as well as individuals looking to market their expertise for new career opportunities. Look at everything you need to have a successful LinkedIn experience.

Do you hate having to write your own artist statement? – Hilarious! Check it put.

15 Video Editing Software Tools – Video editing is difficult especially on a budget. Today we are featuring a roundup of 15 pieces of software and online tools to give you a leg up next time you are needing to crank out some editing.

Introducing the YouTube Trends Map  – Are teens in the South watching the same videos as middle-aged folks in New England? Now with the YouTube Trends Map (YouTube.com/TrendsMap), you can see today’s most popular videos in major markets across the U.S. You can also see what’s popular with women or men, as well as by different age groups.

YouTube Will Now Monetize Its Premium Content – Today they are rolling it out [paid subscription model] to approximately 50 of its most premium channels. This will allow those channels the ability to create an additional source of revenue. Sources are saying that the subscription costs can start as low as $1.99 a month.

Adobe Just Killed Your Ability To Pirate Photoshop – Adobe is formally moving the latest versions of Photoshop and related design and production software to the cloud — specifically, to Adobe’s newly dubbed “Creative Cloud” — where they will only be available via monthly subscription.

A Writer’s Guide to Types of Publishing Companies – Terms get thrown around, like traditional publishing, legacy publishing, self-publishing, vanity publishing, and indie publishing. But what does it all mean? What’s the difference between self-publishing and indie publishing? Is there a difference? Why should we care?

The Strange: How To Hook A Reader’s Interest  – I’ve been writing about hooks lately, especially in opening, but the fact is that we need hooks all through our story, hooks being little things that keep our readers curious, interested, wanting to turn pages to find out what happens.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Internal Linking Strategy – Internal linking helps lay the foundation of your SEO efforts. It allows you to indicate to search engines which pages of content are the highest priority, as well as which pages are thematically related to one another. Such signals are incredibly helpful to search engines in ascribing value and meaning to your pages, and if you don’t take the time to manage these signals via strategic internal linking, you’ll be at the mercy of the search engines’ judgment call.

The complete guide to buying online popularity – But you don’t have to actually be famous to be Internet famous on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr.  Almost anyone with a credit card or Paypal account and falsely boost their Klout score.

10 Relaxing Online Games to Help Chill You Out  – The following selection of online games will help you find some inner peace; they will relax and calm, and promote stimulation for tired minds. They are all minor masterpieces of chilled-out enjoyment which can help calm you after a busy day, or hectic morning, by ridding you from the stress of modern life. It’s blissful escapism at its best, and it’s entirely free!

23 thoughts on “Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

  1. Excellent, TT, thanks. I never realized widget images don’t automatically open in a new window– great to have that workaround, I’ve added it to my to-do list. And I’ve added the online games link to my Temptations List– against my better judgement, of course… : )

  2. As always, great advice. Do you have any tips about linking your Gravatar to your blog? A WordPress blogger said she was unable to link to my blog by clicking on my Gravatar. I thought that link was done automatically. Thank you for any help you can provide.

    1. WordPress.com accounts and Gravatar accounts are one in the same as Automattic owns both WordPress.com and Gravatar.com. Your gravatar image like all others is linked to your gravatar profile page. There you can add links to your blogs and other sites you are active on.

      How to Add Links to Your Gravatar Profile

      If you would like, you can add links to your personal pages that are not available as Verified Services. Your Gravatar profile will display a snapshot of the linked page, along with a title you select. To add a link:

      Log in to your Gravatar account.
      Click on My Account, then click Edit My Profile.
      Click on My Links to the left.
      To add your link, type in the URL (page address) and a title for the link.
      Click Add.

      We’ll list your links right above where you added the information. To remove a link you’ve previously added, click the “X” located next to the link in the list.

      Links you have added will appear below your biography information on your Gravatar Profile.

  3. I’d never given any thought to why one would want widget images or any other external link to open in a new window but the explanation in the article makes sense. “Open link in a new window/tab” is an option we can check whenever we set up a new link and from now on I’ll try to do so. Or is there a downside to this? If it’s so great, why isn’t it the default setting?

    1. I said noooo silently throughout last summer but still worked at it. The results were rewarding and the rest has to be be done. The good weather is about to disappear again so we are focusing on yard work this weekend.

  4. I got a good chuckle when I read the link about buying online popularity. Reminded me of the post I did recently about the fictitious concept of Speed Liking. Unfortunately I think some people really are more concerned about stats than real readers.

    1. Hi Margie,
      I am following the dailydot. I hooted and LOL when I read that post because I also associate it with Speed Liking. Great phrase!

  5. As always, so much that is useful, especially the Press Release link and template for me. I’m nowhere near that point yet but have bookmarked it. Thank you so much!

  6. Hi tt,

    I was intrigued by 5 things you should not do, which has a section entitled “Say No to Pop Up’s”.

    That immediately creates a 6th thing – don’t misuse apostrophes. It’s also hypocritical, as by then the blog has already thrown a pop-up at me, trying to sell me a book!

    1. I have been in a tizzy all week. We have the home reno on pause but the time we took away from the business to do the bathroom means we are now playing catch up. I’m sure almost all of my Readers will find at least one or two informative articles in this mix (fingers crossed.)

      1. Our home renovations are driving us crazy too. We’re still trying to get to a point where we can take a break and leave it alone for a while.

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