Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ask Why

When was the last time you had the opportunity to ask yourself why you do what you do?

When I have the opportunity to “get away” things happen. Things like “thinking deep” and being more “spiritual” and moments of intense introspection.

I also have an opportunity to ask myself the hard questions, like “Why are you doing this?” and “What’s the real motivation behind this?” and “Who are you trying to impress?”

Stuff like that.

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Meh

Meh.

[Part of the Designing the TentBlogger Brand Image Series.]

Sometimes you simply don’t have the interest or energy to produce much content or to engage with your blog and/or your community. Or, there’s that lagging technical issue or plugin that you haven’t installed and you just don’t have the time to do it right now.

Sometimes, you just feel “meh” and I think that’s ok! The challenge of course is making sure that you can get back to a productive spot after you’ve taken that “break” so that you can continue to pump out that awesome content that’s just waiting to be published!

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TwitterFeed: Auto-Tweet Posts via Custom URL Shortener (Bit.ly Pro)

What service do you use?

One of the neat tricks that I use to auto-tweet out blog posts using a custom URL shortener (I use Bit.ly Pro, read more here) is using a simple service called TwitterFeed.

Here are some reasons I really like this service:

  1. It integrates with Twitter really well.
  2. It uses my customer url shortener (duh!).
  3. It provides native statistics/metrics for the amount of clicks through the link. I like that.
  4. It allows you to customize some of the tweet settings and copy used in the tweet.
  5. You can use it for multiple blogs and feeds.
  6. It just works. For me, using it and having it not break for the last 2 years has been one of the biggest selling points. I simply don’t have time to work with systems that don’t work, right?

Setting it up is actually really simple and in a few minutes you’ll be auto-tweeting your new blog posts via Twitter (and your custom URL shortener) in no time!

Check it out:

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It Isn’t Just Hard Work

Growing up, I watched a lot of movies……and one of my favorites, “Back to the Future,” had a life-lesson embedded in the storyline that went like this:

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

If you just believe in yourself….and with enough elbow grease…..your dreams really can come true.   (Not that I get all my life-lessons from fictional movies……but I really did believe that with enough hard work, anything was possible.)

Lately, however, we’re beginning to wonder if ole’ Marty McFly isn’t horribly mistaken…along with everybody else that’s adopted that philosophy at one time or another.

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Confused

I've been blogging for a long time... but I still get confused as much as the next blogger!

[Part of the Designing the TentBlogger Brand Image Series.]

This brand image is titled “Confused.”

Sure, I’ve got a few more years on you (perhaps) as it relates to blogging but I still get confused about a lot!

That’s probably why I love blogging – it’s a never-ending opportunity to learn new things about the software, it’s use, and it’s impact!

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The Reasons I Use Categories Only for My Blogs and Why I Think Tags Are Absolutely Worthless

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series. Check out the other posts!]

Allow me to let you in on a big secret (and strategy) of mine: I don’t use any tags in my blog posts or on any of my blogs.

Shocked? You might be, but that’s ok!

But here’s the truth: I have found tags to be utterly useless in terms of traffic, SEO, and general site architecture for most (if not all) of my blogs.

In fact, did you know that using tags poorly can pull your SEO ranking down? Now that’s something I bet you didn’t know!

Of course, I won’t just throw you that bomb without explaining myself a bit so I’ll give you some just cause to back all of this up.

Here are a few reasons why I only use categories on my blog posts and why tags are a complete waste of time (and a potential hazard to your SEO):

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