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Blog Luvin Gives Users Updates

10 Mar

Would you like to get reminders when your favorite blog gets updated? The ability to receive reminders is available for complimentary use over at Blog Luvin. Never miss a blog update again and save time visiting sites that haven’t been updated.

http://bloglovin.com

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Reporter Turned Mommy Blog

23 Aug

Kathleen DiPiero is a former TV news reporter turned mommy and her blog explores her new family adventures. She was an anchor/reporter in three states (WTAP-TV Parkersburg, WV, News 14 Carolina inCharlotte, and most recently, WJW Fox8 in Cleveland.) Now married, Kathleen shares how her life has changed.

From a parenting perspective her stores are insightful, however sharing her life is just plain interesting. For example, if you looking for tips on how to throw a “Get-To-Know Your Neighbors Party”, buy baby furniture or how to celebrate the seasons, then you need to follow her blog.

Currently raising one child (Blake) with another on the way, Kathleen’s story will continue to be fascinating.
http://reporterturnedmommy.com/

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How Do You Cite Tweet?

23 Jun

Are you writing that final research paper and need to cite a Twitter reference? The Atlantic Journal recently put together an excellent synopsis on how to properly cite a tweet in a research paper.

Spoiler Alert*
Last Name, First Name (User Name).
“The tweet in it’s entirety.” Date, Time, Tweet.

http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/

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Three Blog Writing Tips

3 Nov

I have been a blogger going strong for over seven years. Waking up every morning and putting together your thoughts for the world to read isn’t easy. I recently read a post that suggested some blog writing tips. The article inspired me to hone in on my top three bullet points to get your blog engines running.

  1. Keep your posts fresh and innovative – write about topics that make you ponder and push you to learn
  2. Have a purpose why you are writing – set a theme to your blog and change the world
  3. Develop a rhythm – craft your posts at set times and deliver them regularly to keep your audience interested
What other tips would you offer a first time blogger?
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Are you an iReporter?

16 Oct

CNN has got into the “i” game by introducing the “iReport”. This feature is part of their website where people take part in the news with CNN. You become an official reporter for CNN and your stories are screened before they post. Essentially the section of the site is being an official blogger for CNN. Only posts marked ‘CNN iReport’ have been vetted by CNN.

Are you an iReporter? Have you thought about doing this for your business?
http://ireport.cnn.com/

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Blogs are Dead

23 Feb

A recent pew study released says that “Blogs are Dead!” Last year Wired stated that “The Web is Dead” and now blogs are passe. The study attributes the loss to the gravitation to Facebook and Twitter. It states that “only half as many online teens work on their own blog as did in 2006, and Millennial generation adults ages 18-33 have also seen a modest decline.” More people are having success posting their thoughts, videos, podcasts, etc… up on social media website. But why can't you have your cake and eat it too?

I am constantly surprised that people forget that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo are free websites. What do you get for free? I guess if you are posting to free Blog websites, then my point is moot. However, if you are a blogger then you need to figure out how to bridge the gap between the two mediums. The bottom line is that when it's free, the social networks like Facebook are free to do what they want with your information. One day the event will occur where they go out of business or they are sold. Where is your website?

Here is a recent article from the Daily Blogger that stresses “Why brands shouldn’t trust Facebook“. It's not about what's the hottest trend, it's about what makes most sense for your business. Relying on free is never the answer and Facebook is free.

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Manage Twitter with FlashTweet

3 Apr

How many people are you following on Twitter? If you are like most Tweeters you are following hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. Now there is a third party tool called FlashTweet that helps you effectively manage your Twitter account.

How does FlashTweet work? The website simplifies the process of adding and removing your Twitter friends. You use their free application to login into your Twitter account and sort through your account information. You can bulk follow up to 100 friends at a time, unfollow individuals who are not following you back, display mutual friends and all of your followers.

http://flashtweet.com

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Feedblitz – Turn Blog Posts Into Emails

13 Feb

Bloggers are you looking for another way to connect to your audience? Feed Blitz will turn your blog post into email format. It creates a managed and legal email list. An ad free version starts at $10 a month. The interface of Feed Blitz is not the greatest, but it does track clicks, opens and other email metrics.

Has anyone ever used this service professionally, is the ad free version worth it?

http://feedblitz.com

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