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While there check out his article titled Five Principles to Design By. It is also a very good read.
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Full article here: http://howto.qumana.com/2006/03/08/how-to-be-a-productive-blogger/
Here are some quick tips to help you be a productive blogger - specifically, how to get in the writing frame of mind quickly and how to get the most out of your writing time:
- write quickly
- have a set time to write every day
- write down all your ideas in a separate book. They are good “fodder,” as I like to say
- write when the passion hits - sometimes outside of your set time you just get bombarded with ideas. Take advantage of it!
- schedule “off” time. Daily. And take time out for a day or two here and there.
- look for new things to read about. More sites, new books.
- relax. be you. let your ideas flow out.
- IM or chat with other bloggers for creative zest
- look for new topics, familiar or not
2. Be unique
3. Make sure to credit your sources
4. Think before you post
5. Stay on topic
6. Link, it’s polite
7. Be conversational in tone
8. Respond to comments
9. When to post
10. Be controversial
11. Blogging is not email
12. Assuming makes an ass out of u and me
Secondary Source: Micro Persuasion
Original Source: Kiaras Kelly PR
The war is over. The people have defeated the corporation. Need proof, read this week's BusinessWeek cover story. They are the ones who are in charge now. They are using the Internet to tell companies what products to make, to tell the world what a word means and even developing new products of their own. Bob Metcalfe was right. The value of the network really does multiply as do its nodes.
So now that the public is calling the shots, what does it mean for public relations? Here are the 10 commandments for public relations professionals as I see them in the Golden Era of Participation… Steve Rubel
... D. Keith Robinson
People often ask me how I’m able to keep my sites moving forward and updated with (hopefully) good content as often as I do. I’ve actually talked about this several times over at my “flagship” site, Asterisk and I’m thinking about a book/site dedicated to the idea of successful content creation.
Very good read:
You are not anonymous, in todays world of easy investigation (via the Internet of course) it is normally a matter of an hours work to find out who a blogger is. It’s really easy if the person who is doing the investigation works for the same company you do. Sure, you might use a pseudonym and reduce your boss and fellow workers to nicknames, but it only takes one mention of some uncommon point to blow the whole thing open. For me, it was when I wrote about swallowing some HIV+ blood, the news spread around ‘in real life’, and it didn’t take a genius to work out who was writing my blog. In some places your company might be able to force your blog hosting company or ISP to reveal your details. So write as if you are writing under your own name, or be honest and don’t bother with a pseudonym.
Full Article: <http://randomreality.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2005/3/17/443453.html>
This is going to be great. Two great writers talking about writing. Let it roll...
Halley's tips and points:
*Stories...good posts are good stories. Write a good story
*Truth... you need to be truthful.
*Passion... if you don't write with passion nobody will care. Take a stand.
*Things of this world... be real, pictures, no abstract language
*Brevity... Twelve posts over twelve paragraphs
*Freshness... the amount and frequency. More stuff each day.
*Voice... Have a voice. Halley "People joke that I sound like my blog" Right on! Be real.
How Really Simple Syndication delivers just the Web sites you want
If you're a news junkie, an online auction lover, or someone who wants to know when the latest songs, DVDs, and books are released, here's a technology that's perfect for you. Called Really Simple Syndication (RSS), it lets you pull together a list of Web sites you want to follow. So instead of surfing through The New York Times site for news, going to eBay (EBAY ) to track a particular auction, or checking with Apple's (AAPL ) iTunes to see when a new recording is available, you can get access to all the information through one Web page or download to your computer. The information you get, called a feed, comes to you through a piece of software called a newsreader.
Full Article: <http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_51/b3913126_mz070.htm>
Simply wow! Best definition of leadership...
Leadership is communicating people's worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves. Notice the words worth and potential. People must feel an intrinsic sense of worth - that is, they have intrinsic value - totally apart from being compared to others, and that they are worthy of unconditional love, regardless of behavior or performance. Then when you communicate their potential and create opportunities to develop and use it, you are building on a solid foundation. To communicate people's potential and give them a sense of extrinsic worth is a flawed foundation, and their potential will never be optimized. - Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit
What is Grouper? <http://www.grouper.com/about/what.htm>
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1. I will tell the truth.
2. I will write deliberately and with accuracy.
3. I will acknowledge and correct mistakes promptly.
4. I will preserve the original post, using notations to show where I have made changes so as to maintain the integrity of my publishing.
5. I will never delete a post.
6. I will not delete comments unless they are spam or off-topic.
7. I will reply to emails and comments when appropriate, and do so promptly.
8. I will strive for high quality with every post - including basic spellchecking.
9. I will stay on topic.
10. I will disagree with other opinions respectfully.
11. I will link to online references and original source materials directly.
12. I will disclose conflicts of interest.
13. I will keep private issues and topics private, since discussing private issues would jeopardize my personal and work relationships.
President Bush's re-election gives the free world a second chance. I know that some may be surprised to read this, but I am convinced of the fact.
Hope has triumphed, and with it the confidence of the American people in the values and principles on which our shared civilization on both sides of the Atlantic is based. George W. Bush decided to respond to totalitarian terrorist attacks with a return to basic principles. He could have chosen appeasement. He could have opted for mere rhetoric. He decided not to do so. He decided to oppose brutality with steadfast conviction. Now a wide majority of his people has backed this policy. It has confirmed that there is hope in our way of life, a form of hope that derives its strength from its essential convictions, a hope that is manifested in the desire to defend freedom above all else.
Many took for granted that Mr. Bush would be defeated. They were wrong. The mistake committed by those who create caricatures is that they believe that normal people are going to substitute reality with caricature. The American people have decided that the best option is to offer a new mandate to Mr. Bush. If not, the achievement of these elections would be inexplicable: an extensive margin between the two candidates, in favor of President Bush, in favor of the popular vote; an increase in the number of his senators; a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives. Mr. Bush has managed to consolidate a movement that has been emerging for some years. He has managed to consolidate a natural conservative majority in his country.
Full article: <http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110005864>
Apple Computer's OS X and the open-source BSD operating system provide the "world's safest and most secure" computing platforms, according to London-based security firm mi2g. The report also describes Linux as the world's "most breached" online computing environment, followed by Microsoft's Windows operating system.
According to mi2g, the firm's Intelligence Unit study analyzed more than 235,000 successful attacks against "permanently connected -- 24/7 online -- computers" worldwide between November 2003 and October 2004. According to the study, computers running Linux accounted for about 65 percent of all recorded breaches, while Microsoft Windows-based systems accounted for about 25 percent of such attacks. Successful attacks against OS X and BSD-based online systems accounted for less than five percent of the worldwide total.
Full article: <http://www.internetweek.com/breakingNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=51202586>
Your website success will increase the better you write headings and summaries. People are very impatient, so the heading and summary really needs to be compelling. Here are some key tips for writing better headings and summaries.
It’s not a murder mystery you’re writing, so tell them who did it in the first few words of the heading and summary. What is the single most important thing that you have to communicate to your reader? Do they really care? Because if you can’t find one single, genuinely compelling thing to say, you shouldn’t be writing the content in the first place.
So, you’ve identified something really compelling, well then lead with that. But remember that what is compelling to you is often the very opposite to the reader. It’s the 50th anniversary of the founding of your organization, and you want to have this heading:
It’s our 50th anniversary
How many people do you think will wish you happy anniversary or send you cards? Not many. Because people are selfish, and that means they really don’t care about you. I know it’s a sad state of affairs but you’ve got to accept it; people are just selfish.
Now, how about you write the following heading:
50 percent off because it’s our 50th anniversary
You’ll now have lots of happy people wishing you a very happy 50th anniversary. They’ll just love you.
As the amount of content around us explodes, the difficulty of finding what we need greatly increases. The way we deal with this is to spend less and less time scanning pieces of content in order to decide which ones we should focus on.
“Most people just look at the first couple of words—and only read on if they are engaged by those words,” according to Eyetrack III, a study which analyzed how the eye moves around a news webpage. “For headlines—especially longer ones—it would appear that the first couple of words need to be real attention-grabbers if you want to capture eyes.
“The same goes for blurbs [summaries] -- perhaps even more so,” according to Eyetrack III. “Our findings about blurbs suggest that not only should they be kept short, but the first couple of words need to grab the viewer’s attention.”
Lead with the need. Keep your headings under eight words; four words or less would be even better. I used to think that 50 words was a reasonable limit for summaries, but recent experience indicates that they should be under 30 words. In fact, Eyetrack III found that, “Average blurb [summary] length varies from a low of about 10 words to a high of 25, with most sites coming in around 17.”
Whether you have an intranet or public website, whether you have a government, university or business website, you still need to get people to read what you have written. Otherwise, why did you write it?
Gerry McGovern is a web content management author and consultant.
I never thought this day would come. Firefox, the once-bastard stepchild of the Mozilla project, is suddenly taking off. This is hardly news to anyone working in web development and/or the Slashdot peanut gallery, but the speed with which Firefox is beginning to eat away at Internet Explorer's market dominance is stunning, and as someone who works daily with the half-decade-old bugs of Internet Explorer, the move is downright exhilarating. How fast is the fox spreading? According to ZDNet UK...
ZDNet UK's own figures show that since the beginning of this year, there has been an increase in the percentage of site visitors using a Mozilla browser. In February, about 9 percent of site visitors were using a Mozilla-based browser; this increased to 19 percent in October. Over the same period, IE use decreased from 88 percent to 79 percent.
In other words, the number of web users accessing their web site using Internet Explorer dropped nearly ten percent in eight months. Ten percent. At this rate, the number of IE users accessing ZDNet UK will drop below 3/4 within a couple of months, if it hasn't already. That's a stunning reversal that once had Internet Explorer so close to complete, 100% market penetration that every other browser fell squarely inside the law of diminishing returns, and unless you were a supporter of web standards or worked for a company that required complete cross-browser interoperability, chances were IE was all you worried about.
Source and full article:
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