Monthly Archives: January 2011

What are You Against?

The world doesn't need any more lukewarm bloggers!

We all have certain things that we are “for” – things, people, ideas that we are passionate about and will defend vigorously (and sometimes dogmatically).

And as you develop your personal blogging brand you’ll find that you naturally write about these topics and share your personal opinion about them; this is good and all but what I’ve found is that those bloggers who explicitly stand against something are ones that I tend to gravitate towards more often than not.

The reasons are varied but I’ve discovered that those bloggers that not only “stick their neck out” and are courageous enough to pick a side of the fence and sit confidently but also speak up against those things that are contrary to their point of view (seasoned with grace, of course!) are ones that I really rally behind.

So I ask you:

What are you against?

Here’s one thing that I’m definitely fighting:

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Replicating Inspiration for Continued Success

Design inspiration for my blogs start here... every single time.

As you already know this blog, both from a content and design perspective, is an active work in progress. Certainly the latter part will become more solidified than the former (and it’s not like a blog is ever done with content, right?).

But my designs for great blogs always start in the same exact place: My Moleskine.

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How to Choose (and Find) the Right WordPress Theme for Your New Blog

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series. Check out the rest here!]

So you’ve got your Domain Name for your new blog, you’ve got your hosting setup, and you’ve even gotten WordPress installed the right (and best) way. You’ve walked through some of the optimal Settings and Options for WordPress and you’re ready to add a little flavor because the default theme simply doesn’t “do it” for you.

What now? How do you go about finding and choosing the right WordPress Theme that’ll suit your style of blogging, the type of content that you’ll be sharing, and that’ll be scaleable for a good amount of time?

Here are some tips that I hope you can use to point you in the right direction:

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Stood Up

Doh. So lonely.

So, what is your “official” policy as it relates to being stood up?

Do you typically give people the benefit of the doubt and give them another shot at scheduling another time to meet at their convenience? Or do you have a 1 strike and you’re out type of policy?

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Tony Hsieh: Who is Your Customer? What Are Their Needs?

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Good times.

Here’s another Blog Post Jump Starter for your blogging needs and I feel that this one could really help not only you but also your readers:

Who is your customer on your blog? What are your customer’s greatest needs and how can you answer that need?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about customer service, especially since after reading Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness, and how that applies to blogs that grow and become successful.

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