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31
Mar
09

Over 6,500 Bloggers Register for “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” (start date delayed!)

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Hey everyone!  Hope your week is off to a great start.

Over 6,500 bloggers have registered for Darren Rowse‘s free online course (and personal growth challenge) “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” at ProBlogger.net (a practical daily exercise that will be administered over 31 days with the goal of helping you to improve the creative content of your blog)!

This is the third year Darren Rowse (known as a blog guru)  is doing his wildly popular blogger challenge and, by far, this is the biggest blogger registration he’s had to date (which should tell us all a lot about the validity of his excercises in helping bloggers improve their craft and the increased desire of people to polish their online brand).

So far, five people from Blog Academy are partaking in the challenge (including Dean Meyers, Kelly Fraser, Sarah Cooley, Ravi Gupta and, of course, yours truly!).  It’s going to be great to hear how everyone’s blogs progress.

For those of you who are still contemplating registering, there are a few important updates I wanted to share with you.

  • DELAYED ONE WEEK – The initial start-date was April 1st (this Wednesday).  However, as Darren Rowse explains on his blog, he will be launching 31 Days to Build a Better Blog on April 6th instead.  That gives us all one additional week of preparation!
  • This time around, Darren is adding a Special Forum on his site solely for those who register for the challenge which will allow us all to share our experiences and get helpful tips as well as meet other bloggers (there are over 6,500 in the challenge!).
  • You must register for the challenge here in order to participate (submit your name and a valid email address — the daily instructions will be sent via email).  Registration and participation are free.

If you are planning to participate, drop me an email and let me know.

If you don’t have a blog yet and want to participate, get a new blog account at WordPress.com (free) and give yourself this week to familiarize yourself with the various technical elements of WordPress.com (posting content, the dashboard, etc.).  If you’re not sure how to open a WordPress.com account (or how to manage the WordPress dashboard once you get an account), take a look at these video tutorials I posted on our blog.

Good luck!

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23
Mar
09

A Deceased Soldier Blogs His Goodbye

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It would be, without a doubt, the hardest blog post that anyone would have to write in their entire lives.  It makes our struggles to blog about the mundane things in our lives (while they, too, have their special meaning and purpose in life) seem small and irrelevant in comparison.

Major Andrew Olmstead began blogging after his unit was sent to Iraq to help train the Iraqi Army.  His writings were posted at four blogs:

(1) AndrewOlmstead.com (2) Obsidian Wings (3) Winds of Change and (4) his local newspaper The Rocky Mountain News (Colorado Springs) where he blogged a column called From the Front Lines (his perspective from the front lines in Iraq).

He also blogged constantly throughout his service in Iraq (no matter what the circumstances).  He outlines eloquently his reasons for blogging on the “About Me” section of his personal blog.  I’ve reposted it below:

This is a vanity site that gives me the opportunity to comment on current events, or anything that catches my eye. What I post here is intended to put my thoughts on particular issues up for discussion; I do not pretend to be infallible or anything close to that. When I post something, it is what I believe, but it may be based on inaccurate information or faulty analysis. Where that occurs, I look to my readers to help me find the facts and improve my analytical abilities. As this is a vanity site, I have no regular publication schedule, (although I generally post daily), nor do I receive any editorial guidance. But thanks to the magic of the Internet and the kind souls who’ve gone to the trouble of linking here it does provide me the opportunity to contribute in some small manner to the philosophical and political questions of the day.

Major Olmstead took the time to write what would be the last blog post he would ever write in his life — his final thoughts about his life, people, love and… yes, the war.  He then instructed a friend to upload it to his blog (AndrewOlmstead.com) if he were killed in combat in Iraq.

On January 3rd, 2008, Major Andrew Olmstead was killed in an enemy ambush in Iraq.  His final post was uploaded to his site shortly thereafter.  I won’t say anything about the post.  I believe that, if you choose to read it, you will certainly come to your own conclusions (which I welcome discussions on).  I will say that Major Olmstead’s selfless service to his country and people reminds me that there are no excuses for not doing what you really want to do in life (even blogging).

Major Andrew Olmstead’s Final Blog Post to the world can be found here.

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23
Mar
09

Your Blog – How to make a great first impression

First impressions are crucial

Good first impressions are crucial

We all know that first impressions are short and precious.  We make up our minds about another person within seconds of meeting them and, if the impression on our brains tells us the person is a schmuck, they may never recover from our judgement or be given a second chance.

The same holds true for blog posts (even more so actually, since we are far quicker to click away from a blog know there are no consequences for the rejection than we are to turn away from someone in person).

Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net has reposted one of his most popular blog posts where he offers great tips on how to make a great first impression on people who are visiting our blog for the very first time.  Here is the original video clip:

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19
Mar
09

Dean Meyers Presentation on Blogging

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We were very lucky to have Dean Meyers (visual problem solver) come speak with us at the last Meetup on March 14th.  He shared a wealth of knowledge and really illuminating some things about blogging that stumps most people!

Dean has generously forwarded me his slideshare presentation from our meetup for you review.  While you’re at it, take a look at Deans post from earlier today on how to overcome blogger‘s (writer’s) block.

You can follow Dean on Twitter at @deanmeistr.  His website is http://www.deanmeyers.net/

Enjoy!


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12
Mar
09

Hot Blog: Running from the Camera

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Running from the Camera is a prime example of how you can take any subject matter or idea (no matter how seemingly inane) and turn it into an entertaining and, in this case, an odd (yet charming) blog.

A blogger by the name of Muggezifter in Rotterdam chose an awesome and intriguing topic for his blog:  himself… running away

It’s unabashedly simple bordering on rediculous.  He takes pictures of himself running away from his camera after he sets the timer and posts the photos without comment or text (except for the location of where the photo was taken).  The photos are taken in various locations throughout the Rotterdam.

Says Muggezifter of his blog:

The rules are simple:  I put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button and try to get as far from the camera as I can.

You would think something like this would get old quickly (how many times can you see a photo of a man running from a camera before your attention wanders elsewhere – never to return to the blog again?).

But actually, my response has been quite contrary to annoyance and boredom.  The compilation of photos of him running away from different locations, on different days, in different weather, wearing different outfits is almost poetic and artistc.

Depending on your philisophical outlook on life, the photos can either speak to the belief that we can never be truly happy all of the time because we are always running from one thing to the next or an affirmation that life is exhilirating because there is always something new to run to.  Or, it can just be a photo of some dumb guy running away from his camera.

No matter your take on it, you have to give him credit for originality (unless, of course, any of you can point out where this is being done elsewhere — in which case, do tell!).

He has a couple of other blogs as well but Running from Camera can be found here.

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10
Mar
09

Who are the Bloggers?

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I was just perusing through Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008. Every year, Technorati releases this report to document the evolving trends  and statistics in blogging as well as the impact of blogging in our lives.  Traditionally, they focus on trends and statistics but for 2008 they decided to actually survey and speak in depth with bloggers about how and why they blog.

The report is broken down into the following sections:

I was most interested in the people behind the blogs which is reported on in Who Are the Bloggers.   According to Technorati’s research, Bloggers are a diverse hodge-podge sampling of the population and more well-off financially than even I guessed:

Bloggers are not a homogeneous group, but they are an educated and affluent one: three out of four U.S. Bloggers are college graduates, and 42% have attended graduate school. They skew male, and more than half have a household income over $75,000.

They are experienced: although it has only recently exploded into the mainstream, blogging is not a new phenomenon. Half of Bloggers are on their second blog, and 59% have been blogging for more than two years.

They divide blogging into three distinct categories:

  • Personal: blog about topics of personal interest not associated with your work
  • Professional:  blog about your industry and profession but not in an official capacity for your company
  • Corporate:  blog for your company in an official capacity.

As I suspected, most Bloggers fall into the first category (personal blogging).

Four out of five bloggers are personal bloggers who blog about topics of personal interest. About half of bloggers are professional bloggers — blogging is not necessarily their full-time job, but they blog about their industry or profession in an unofficial capacity. 12% of bloggers blog in an official capacity for their company.

But things get complicated quickly because most people have many interests and goals and, therefor, their blogging reflects their multifaceted lives.  Having two or three blogs is now normal (and expected).  So, many of us fit into all three of the above categories.  Technorati illustrates this fact of the blogosphere below:

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All of this made me think about the members of New York Blog Academy and whether or not we reflect (to some degree) Technorati’s findings.

Take a look at the members in our group and read their profiles (63 members so far).  We are very diverse!  Some members are blogging for the very first time while others are, like the Technorati data above points out, are among the majority of people who have several blogs that fall into all three blogging categories.  It’s exhilerating to see so many faces from various backgrounds all coming together in the name of creative and professional expression.

This diversity in our backgrounds as well as our various blogging goals and and experience assures us that we will have enlightening and lively discussions and learn  a lot from each other.

I look forward to our first Meetup this Saturday!  To learn more about the Meetup and to RSVP, visit our events page here.

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