Guest Post Guidelines


Update for 2014: Guest blogging is still a hot topic, though as much for the negative as positive. I have new guidelines for 2014. ## Guest posting is a hot thing right now, and I occasionally get offers to put up a guest post.  Years ago, "No" was my automatic and reasoned response.  Now, I'm a "You Bet" guy with guest posting, for several reasons: If my site can … [Read more...]

8 Spokes on a Social Media Dial: Spheres of Influence


Quick review from the introduction to the 8 Spokes on a Social Media Dial: Your blog is the hub ad foundation of your social media play The tools in the social media landscape are still launching at a frenzied pace You don't want to get caught up in the frenzy Rather than focus on the individual tools, we focus on the 8 spokes Clicking on the Dialing 8 image will … [Read more...]

8 Spokes on a Social Media Dial

8 Spokes on the Social Media Dial

If you're among the camp that's thinking there's just too much social media - you may be in the majority. If one more tool or update comes out next week . . . Before you pull out all your hair or start deleting your accounts, let's look at things a bit differently. (And I agree, there's a whole lotta tools out there and it can get confusing, but we're gonna calm this storm, … [Read more...]

Kung Fu Panda on Social Media: There is no Secret Ingredient


Just be yourself.  As there is no single way to do social media . . . as there is no immutable law of social media . . . Take the wise words of Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda: Mr. Ping: The secret ingredient is... nothing! Po: Huh? Mr. Ping: You heard me. Nothing! There is no secret ingredient. Po: Wait, wait... it's just plain old noodle soup? You don't add some kind of … [Read more...]

Why I Nominated Triberr on Mashable (Even Though I Don’t Use Triberr)


The first time I recognized the wide-spread use of Triberr, I was a bit annoyed. In my Twitter stream one early morning, 4 of 5 consecutive tweets were RTs of the same tweet. Word-for-word. Verbatim. By clicking on the time-stamp, I saw that each of the four were using Triberr. I had kept up a bit on the back-and-forth on whether Triberr was a noise generator or clique, but … [Read more...]

Comparing Apples to Oranges, Google Plus is the Grocery Cart

Apples or Oranges

Questions and opinions are still actively volleyed around whether Google Plus or Facebook (or Twitter) is going to be the best Social Network. Let's not be to quick to call an Apple an Orange (sometimes our own reflection can deceive us). I'll go out on a limb here (after all, that's where the fruit hangs): If Facebook is an Orange and Twitter is an Apple, Google Plus is … [Read more...]

Dialing 8 Softly Launches This Weekend


While we continue to build the membership site for The Dialing 8 Project, a soft launch will happen this weekend. By using Google+ for a platform and as an example of how G+ might be used for businesses and organizations, we'll use the Google Plus until mid-November. What that means is the content, conversation, and both the individual and small group coaching sessions will … [Read more...]

4 Steps to Getting Started with Google Plus


Google Plus (or Google+ as you will often see) is building up to be just that. Google (as we've always known it) Plus (a whole lot more). While many are calling it a "social network" - that may be falling short of what G+ really is and can be, especially for business use. But all that might be for a different post.  Let's get started. If you haven't yet signed up for … [Read more...]

Share the Space We Share Share Share


I can't stand it when people . . . oh wait. I was just about to do it, huh. We still hear about the "echo" chamber that social media might be. Nonsense, isn't it?  Let's consider the intended audience. We share these streams with each other. Yet, each of us have our own audiences, and many times shared audiences. Even with Circles and Groups and Lists, we are going to see … [Read more...]

Live Web Conferencing for Dialing 8 – (Almost) Anytime

One of the tools that will be used in the Dialing 8 Project area will be the Google Hangouts conferencing. Rather than having to set up a time (or try to find me at a local Panera), when I'm not in a meeting or on the road I'll have a Google Hangout available. I've already done this a couple of times and it works great. This is only for Dialing 8 members Here's a brief … [Read more...]