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19 better ‘blogging ideas

Monday, 23 April 2007 — by

Looking for some ‘blogging ideas? Whether it’s boredom, the frenzy of a manic social life, isolation, knowledge & knowhow, having the ear for celeb’ gossip, or just the sheer will to talk and be talked back to, ‘blogging is an exercise in socializing that can reap many rewards, some of which can be financial…

In part 1 of Better ‘blogging, I discussed the process of ‘blogging and ways of doing the ‘blog thing a little better and with a little more focus.

In part 2, I’ll be looking at some of the resources I’ve found that will help you make your ‘blog a viable, interestingly ‘sticky’ place to be on the web.

This ‘blog article needs YOU!

This list of tools & services is by no means an exhaustive one. I’ve picked out what I see as being among the best resources.

Whatever your reasons for reaching out, there are some things that can make that one, single act a little more worthwhile, and add a lot of value to your virtual venue.

If you think there are more, then here’s your chance to share, OK?

I want YOU to participate and add value to this article. I’ve started with what I think is good, now it’s your turn…

Getting sociable

People being people, they don’t always get the time to read something right there & then. Also, people like to share stuff with other people.

The list of social bookmarking services is just too long. Most of you will either have a favorite in mind, or don’t have a clue either way.

Idea #1: Either way, you ought to be using Add This: “Simple recognizable widgets to help your visitors save and promote your website or blog to the social bookmarking and feed reader services!”

Idea #2: And if real-time interaction with your audience is your thing, then there’s a little more in the way of a detailed discussion over at Pronet Advertising, who I’m sure will appreciate the exceptionally specific anchor text I’ve just provided them with!

Idea #3: Then there’s Twitter, which offers you another way of connecting with your audience, getting feedback, ideas, making friends and generally staying in touch.

Idea #4: Additionally, while ‘blogging is an inherently social thing, the one thing you’re never fully sure of is who’s on-line. That’s where Who’s Amung Us comes in: “Want to know how many users are reading your website or blog in real time? Then simply copy and paste the code you see below onto every one of your pages to bring up our nice little widget.”

Idea #5: Then there’s your musical tastes, which you can also share with people, too! Assuming you’re on Last.fm their tools could well come in handy: “Create a chart with your recent tracks to share your music taste with friends on your MySpace, LiveJournal or blog. Create a custom chart to match your site or pick a style from the gallery.”

Idea #6: And let’s not forget MyBlogLog, who offer a Widget for showing which members are currently on your ‘blog, or who have just been on your ‘blog.

Idea #7: If you’re getting Digg traffic coming through, but not converting those visitors into regular readers, then you may well benefit from reading some advice by Darren Rowse over on Pro Blogger.

Idea #8: Now that you’ve got a steady stream of people filing through your ‘blog, you now need to build a sense of community, an essential component of any ‘blog.

Idea #9: If you’re a business and you’re not convinced there’s money or value in ‘blogging, then think again. Still not convinced? The waft on over to Better Business Blogging for some top advice to get your business ‘blogging.

Idea #10: Let’s not forget 9 Rules: “9rules is a place where members and readers can connect, build relationships, gain exposure, learn new things, and have fun.”

Idea #11: Something falling between Twitter and a full-blow ‘blog would be Tumblr: ” To make a simple analogy: If blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks. You can also look at tumblelogs as slightly more structured blogs that make it easier, faster, and more fun to post and share stuff you find or create. ”

Getting sticky

Idea #12: Adding links into your ‘blog articles is great, but what if you could make that whole experience a little better? What if you could let people peek into the website before they click the link? It’s just as well we have Snap Shots to rely on: “Snap Shots intelligently brings users the right content, at the right place, at the right time, in a convenient shot.”

Idea #13: They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well what would they say about a picture that lets thousands of people saying hundreds of words? I imagine they’d be amazed! But that’s just what BritePic lets you do, among other things: “BritePic adds interactivity and ads (if you want them) to the photos on your website. BritePic is free and easy to use. If you’re an HTML coder, use BritePic instead of the <img> tag.”

Getting rich

Well, maybe not all of you. And of those that could make money, it’s not likely to pay the bills.

But a select few of you will dodge the abyss of obscurity and make it to ‘blog stardom. While the rest will snatch defeat from the yawning jaws of victory and slum it with everyone else in the shanty town of the web world.

Idea #14: While I don’t ordinarily have a ton of good things to say about John Chow (living proof if ever there was that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than smart,) he does quite liberally offer up some worthy insights into how he makes a living from his ‘blog, such that it is. So it’s maybe worth reading through some of his articles.

Idea #15: if you’ve got a good readership, you rank highly on Technorati and Alexa, then you could plunk your name down on Review Me and, well .. review stuff: “Get paid to review services and Web sites that are of interest to your readers, and reap the benefits of conversation with advertisers.” And the same applies to Pay Per Post, too: “Get paid to review services and Web sites that are of interest to your readers, and reap the benefits of conversation with advertisers.”

Idea #16: If you’re ‘blogging about something very specific that’s topical and currently a high-earning area, and you’ve got the traffic, then Google AdSense could be for you: “Google AdSense is a fast and easy way for website publishers of all sizes to display relevant Google ads on their website’s content pages and earn money.”

Idea #17: If it’s ecommerce you want, embedded right inside your ‘blog, then booBox could be what you’re looking for: “We believe that in this dialog there’s a business opportunity, for turning your opinion into money, but it has to be in a way that it’s more like a service to your readers then an interruption. boo-box comes from that vision.”

Getting rid of the crap

We’ve all had our fair share of spam, be it through our email In Box, or through our ‘blog comments. Well, no more!

Idea #18: Quite frankly, comment spam is a pest, but it needn’t be. Just follow the advice being doled out by Thomas McMahon over at the Online Marketing Blog and you won’t go too far wrong.

Idea #19: Don’t list your actual email address on your ‘blog, ‘coz you’re just asking for trouble. If you can, point people to a response form, one that’s ideally nailed up with a CAPTCHA.

Getting laid

Sorry, can’t help you with that one.

Getting more ideas

Now it’s your turn…

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Carolina Ayerbe → Monday, 30 April 2007 @ 0:39 BDT

Awesome article, Wayne! Gets me a step farther from being the “amateur” blogger, now, if only I could figure out where the heck to copy the codes for the widgets… I look forward to reading the next one. Carolina.

Wayne Smallman → Monday, 30 April 2007 @ 11:20 BDT

The coding is always the hard part for the non-technical ‘blogger.

I suppose this ought to be a signal to the ‘blog developers to come up with something simple enough that no coding is required…

David Bradley → Thursday, 10 May 2007 @ 18:53 BDT

I’m not so keen on the AddThis plugin, with it’s big clunky “Bookmark” button with mini icons. I prefer Alex King’s ShareThis, with it’s very neat much more Web2.0-ish icon and dropdown menu that also lets you email a link.

What kind of mileage do you get with it? Maybe I’m deluding myself that readers want ShareThis and not AddThis, after all, my site exists for my readers not me!

Wayne Smallman → Thursday, 10 May 2007 @ 19:54 BDT

Hi David and thanks for the comments!

I chose AddThis because it’s quite common, and I felt that most people would be at least familiar, if not also a little comfortable with using it.

But I will have a look at ShareThis, too.

Thanks for the tip…

David Bradley → Tuesday, 15 May 2007 @ 18:23 BDT

Might actually be worth having Sharethis and Addthis running side by side. ShareThis is perhaps less well known and might catch those who are curious as to what the little network icon does, while having AddThis would catch those who recognise the social bookmarking icons.

Actually, I’ve just today done a post for Sciencetext on reasons bloggers should avoid social bookmarking. Be interested in your thoughts, it’s a little tongue in cheek, but I hope the points are also valid in some sense.

db

Wayne Smallman → Tuesday, 15 May 2007 @ 19:57 BDT

Hi David!

“Might actually be worth having Sharethis and Addthis running side by side.”

Yeah, you could use both I suppose.

I had a few running on mine for a while, but I’ve trimmed them right back to the bare essentials.

“Actually, I’ve just today done a post for Sciencetext on reasons bloggers should avoid social bookmarking.”

I’ll have a look at the article right now…

Pinky Winston → Monday, 12 July 2010 @ 19:35 BDT

Both of your sides are great, Wayne and David. I guess it would be the owner’s decision which one to use, and I think it would be much better if your readers know what are those icons for so the reader won’t be having a hard time figuring how to save, bookmark or email the link.

Sorry Comments are close. Quite possibly for a good reason. Share your thoughts on some of my other posts or contact me directly.

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