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Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on December 29, 2010

Year 2010 is coming to and end. It seems like the older you get the faster the years fly by. When I go through my weblog archive which has been around since 2003, I can see a world of difference in my writing and read about stuff I was thinking or doing all those years back.

That’s the one thing I really like about having a personal weblog, having documentation of my past. While it’s not a dear diary type weblog, it is great to read how I have grown and opinions I had back then that are not the same today. Unlike a hand written journal a weblog can be backed up and is easily searchable.

I have always written from a personal point of view, like I’m actually talking to someone sitting in front of me, or at least I tried and still try.

This week there isn’t much noteworthy entries, not that what was published was bad but it is a lot of the same, Christmas wishes mostly. But one entry stood out and it says exactly how I feel about the current state of most websites and weblogs that contain articles and entries.

Make the Web Personal

You aren’t talking to a robot. You aren’t talking to a site crawler, or an RSS feed. You aren’t even talking to an audience, whatever that means.
You’re talking to a real person. Every time.

I cannot emphasis how true this is, personally I click away very fast from weblogs that have pure marketing and SEO focused content. If I don’t feel like someone with a personality and opinion is telling me something I move on and forget about the website. This is why having a good ‘About’ page is important, so your readers know who you are, who is talking to them.

I leave you with Corey Vilhauers insightful entry mentioned above. May 2011 give us all inspiration and passion to keep going with our weblogs and to improve our writing.

A happy new year to all!

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on December 22, 2010

This week is a busy week for most people, work to finish before the holidays vacation, last minute shopping and planning the Christmas dinner. For us who write on weblogs there are articles and entries to be published. That is the thing about internet, while life slows down in countries where it’s snowing heavily, online it’s business as usual.

I came across only one website announcing no new posts until new year. Also ideal or not, depends on your view, Christmas is in the week-end, so Monday it will be business as usual. I must admit I have a hard time concentrating behind the computer while my thoughts keep drifting to what I’ll be cooking and wanting to watch TV shows reruns that play around Christmas.

But I managed to go through the whole feed twice and here are this week five noteworthy content.

Have a Merry Christmas!

10 tricks to help you feel like a writer

So yeah, this list is for writers-who-are-probably-not-writers-really. But I know that doesn’t apply to you, right? You’re a real writer. You write all the time.

Dear mum

Then it was time for him to go to bed and for some reason I don’t even really remember we had an argument. It can all go downhill so quickly.
I went out to the lounge and noticed he’d turned on the glitter lamp. I looked closer at the glitter lamp and saw the note there.

What’s the Most Reliable Blogging Service?

The recent outage at Tumblr – and a major loss earlier in the year for WordPress.com – has raised fresh frustration in the social media space about platform reliability, and this is what appears to have prompted Pingdom to evaluate five major blogging services for reliability.

How Twitter Killed Morgan Freeman: The Anatomy of a Rumour

On Thursday December 16th at approximately 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Morgan Freeman died – at least according to twitter. 24 hours later, Morgan Freeman is (thankfully) still alive, CNN is denying responsibility for the rumour, and the tweet has been removed. A breakdown of the incident reveals that, especially in the social media era, you can’t believe everything you read.

A Passenger in London

It was a sen­sa­tional feel­ing to be mov­ing so freely in the open air, even in a London win­ter (you can see early morn­ing con­den­sa­tion on his wind­shield in some shots and the win­dows of some cars).

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on December 15, 2010

Ten days till Christmas and more and more Christmas related posts are popping up. From what gifts to buy, what to cook and decorations. Everything you need, idea wise, can be found on weblogs. You can get everything related to Christmas done online.

With 2010 coming to an end I took a moment to go over it, how one can get everything done online compared to 10 years ago. Order gifts, send e-cards, order food from the supermarket. You only have to get up to decorate your home and cook dinner, if you are actually cooking.

For Christmas Day I’m looking for a restaurant to eat at as we have our home dinner on the 24th. I visited a couple of restaurant websites, e-mailed all of them about their Christmas menu and if they still have space. Half of them didn’t reply back. Entering a new decade I expect business to treat their e-mail with same importance as a telephone call.

I believe we will start seeing a huge gap between business who understand online presence and those who think having a website is enough. That may have been so 10 years ago, but now your content needs to be up to date, you have to be reachable for your customers through e-mail and social media. They could certainly take an example of us webloggers.

The only way we may not be reachable is by smoke signal, because we are behind the computer replying to comments, e-mail, tweets and wall posts.

Taking a break from Christmas posts except for one, here are some interesting posts of the week.

The Social Experiment: Old Skool is Still Cool

The idea started when Trent Mitchell, a video-production teacher at Shorecrest saw the movie The Social Network, a story about the founding of Facebook and wondered if his students could cut themselves off from text and Facebook. Mitchell, 36 told the students that he didn’t think they could tear themselves away from social media.

Social Book Reading Sites On The Rise As eBooks Surge In Popularity

[…] the written word will continue to command huge profits and is here to stay. It’s no surprise too then, that eBooks and the proliferation of social networks are fueling the rise in popularity of social reading websites.

Ideas for Writing Christmas Cards

Get inspired by Talk Like a Pirate day and write the Christmas card in Pirate speak, in the style of a Borg or some other character from history or fiction.

Walking Denmark

But lest you think Denmark is filled with old dude farmers using only hand tools – clothed or otherwise – think again. Subsequent days I saw huge crop machinery processing hay right in the fields, wrapping it up in preparation for shipping. And the big machines were shiny and uber-modern, like some glossy advert in a magazine.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on December 8, 2010

From Sunday to Monday, for 24 hours, Tumblr was down. I don’t keep a weblog on Tumblr, but I do follow several, ranging from books to tattoos. This monster down time made me realize several things:

  • I’m way more hooked on Tumblr than I thought.
  • Following several weblog hosted by the same service can cause your content flow to come to almost full stop if the service goes down.
  • I should really start making local back-ups of everything I have online, not just my websites.

While Tumblr has millions of users of which most just reblog each others posts, there are a lot of webloggers who publish their own content, may it be articles, photos or design. Even some webloggers who used to run their own weblog application. This 24 hours downtime made clear that if you are a serious weblogger you should use a decent host and run your own CMS.

If you are not very technical, there are several host companies who offer all in one package with everything installed and running. Otherwise you run more risk of facing regular down time and a bunch of disappointed readers.

The 9rules feed was online non stop during Tumblr’s down time.

This week selected entries:

Motivation

So how have your goals changed since you were a kid?

A Restatement of Purpose

What it all boils down to, though, is to maintain some kind of pacing to produce tangible and sharable results. This is the golden key to any productivity system. The second key is to be able to frame results in the context of goals [ …]

DIY Blog Book Tour

A blog book tour is usually hosted by a book author, one blogger or a tour service and consists of several bloggers making scheduled posts on their blogs, networking with social media, in order to promote the book for the author.


Great 2010 Tumblr Outage Is Over – Growing Pains To Blame?

This outage will only be a memory months from now. The only question is – what did you do for twenty-four hours without Tumblr?


A Right-Brained Approach to Finding Your Life’s Passion

Discover your life purpose or life passion by choosing the general direction that you want to face–based on what you find meaningful and what you enjoy […]

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on December 2, 2010

Winter has officially started, with a bang too I might add. I’m staying more indoors than I already do, I want to write on my personal weblog but the only topic filling my head is: It’s unusually cold, it is snowing for two days already, look at the photos I took of snow.

I’m sure withing a few more days I’ll be tired of it all and start counting the days till summer. On the good side the weather is inspiring to work on new projects, because lets face it, who wants to be outside with this cold.

Back on topic, I selected this week a couple of entries focused on weblogging and writing. An awesome personal project to create a board game of Plants vs Zombies and a detailed look into Murdoch’s plan to deliver digital newspaper to iPad only.

Start searching if you want to find your writing voice

All writers are aware of the concept of voice, but far too many ignore the first part of that often used phrase: ‘to find your voice’. They either think that it’s inherent in the very act of them writing, or they don’t actively search.

Why Murdoch’s Tablet-Only Paper Will Get Young Professionals Charged Up About Daily News

The Daily will be a daily newspaper available exclusively on Apple’s iPad. This exclusivity speaks to one part of Murdoch’s news strategy – make The Daily elite.

A Little Overboard

A homemade board game of Plants vs. Zombies.

5 Reasons Blogging Isn’t As Easy As Experts Think

So new bloggers have a lot of reasons to chicken out. Blogging is all about hard work, if you ask any blogger what the definition of blogging would be, they’ll reply with a similar answer – hard work.

Managing your workflow in December

The month of December is a notoriously unproductive time of the work year. Clients, vendors, and co-workers are off on vacations, attending holiday parties, or perpetually snacking on cookies and flavored popcorn in the office kitchen. Getting someone to weigh in on a decision or to complete his portion of a project can be — or at least seem like — an impossible task.