Whistle Stops – 03/09/06

Tips & 'trics & another To-Do: Ask Dave Taylor: How to Make Sure Technorati Gets Your Tags. Dave shows how to automate the ping process within your blog. Darren Rowse on Performancing Metrics: Comprehensive preview of a blog metrics tool scheduled to beta next week. I've put Darren's post in my del.icio.us links for safe-keeping. ME 'Liz' Strauss at Successful … [Read more...]

Real World Blogging – 9.5 Steps to the Edge

Brian Oberkirch at Weblogs Work shares a superb list of life Living on the Edge: Blogging in the Real World. I've added snippets, but not the whole. Don't miss the whole. Get Small Fast: "...social media helps you offer sharp, targeted stuff that is high value to the right readers." Just Do It: "How do you learn to blog? By blogging. Badly at first, but improving … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 03/08/06

Update January 2014: Whistle Stops began as a daily posting of interesting items I found on the web. Since then, we now have Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. I share things I find on those networks. On these old posts, there may be links crossed out or dropped because they no longer exist. There is also a free, weekly newsletter I put out by the same name. Consider … [Read more...]

A Blog Posting Mantra (2006 version)

When I was coaching baseball, our hitters memorized this mantra for a great swing: "Front Foot Closed, Back Foot Pivot, Back Shoulder Turns, Head At Contact." Here's the checklist (mantra?) I offer for a great posting practice (An 2014 update is available) Write Post First - Sometimes we humans can get on a rabbit trail. By writing the post first, you don't handcuff … [Read more...]

Which 5 Blogs Would You Want?

As I'm reloading my feed aggregator with blogs, I'm thinking about this question: If I was stranded on a deserted island (with limited Wi-Fi of course), which five blogs would I want to have with me? David Lorenzo's Career Intensity (to maintain a level of excellence & intensity). Rajesh Setty's Life Beyond Code (to distinguish myself) Phil Gerbyshak's Make it Great! (to be … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 03/07/06

Update January 2014: Whistle Stops began as a daily posting of interesting items I found on the web. Since then, we now have Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. I share things I find on those networks. On these old posts, there may be links crossed out or dropped because they no longer exist. There is also a free, weekly newsletter I put out by the same name. Consider … [Read more...]

Is It Relationship Building or Relationship Manipulation?

The cloth of trust has been soiled. The marketplace manipulated. The conversation staged. This NY Times article (free reg. req.) about Wal-Mart, Edelman, and a few bloggers is similar to an old Hollywood movie. In the Martin & Lewis comedy, Money From Home, Dean Martin is singing from behind a tree as Jerry Lewis mouths the words, trying to serenade Dean's romantic … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 03/06/06

Update January 2014: Whistle Stops began as a daily posting of interesting items I found on the web. Since then, we now have Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. I share things I find on those networks. On these old posts, there may be links crossed out or dropped because they no longer exist. There is also a free, weekly newsletter I put out by the same name. Consider … [Read more...]

Extending Reach with the Washington Post

The Washington Post article on how Blog Buzz Helps Companies Catch Trends in the Making made the blogosphere rounds yesterday, appearing on 31 blogs according to Technorati and posted seven eight times on del.icio.us. The article itself deserved to make the rounds and is worth a read, but the Post's use of social media tools is also prompting some of the popularity.   The … [Read more...]

Is Pittsburgh the Small Biz Blog Capital?

This afternoon, I told someone that Pittsburgh was becoming the Small Biz Blog capital. That was before I saw what Aldo Coffee Company is doing in Mt. Lebanon, PA. Their campaign to make their Washington Road district the First All-Blogging Commercial District is one to watch. Think they're building community and conversation? You betcha! Here's a list of Commercial Blogs in … [Read more...]