Monthly Archives: April 2011

How To: Create a Blog Post Series and Why You Need Them!

A good blog post series has a domino effect for your blog!

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

Creating great blog content can sometimes seem like a mystery to even the most experienced bloggers out there – what exactly attracts readers so that they subscribe and keep coming back for more? What style of writing, tone, voice, and perspective are needed to create that “killer” blog with that “killer” content?

Although I do have some thoughts about those aforementioned ideas I really want to spend a bit more time on the practical side of creating amazing blog content – in other words, strategies and techniques that can work regardless of how good of a writer you are and how “seasoned” you are as a blogger.

The first is the fine art and science of a “Blog Series”:

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Google Honors Agreement for Apps customers

Yesterday, I got an email from Google that said they are changing their plans. Starting May 10th, they will charge for more than 10 users on Google Apps. This is a big change, as we use Google Apps at 8BIT everyday. Here’s the email:

We recently announced upcoming changes to the maximum number of users for Google Apps. We want to let you know that, as a current customer, the changes will not affect you. Continue reading

Craft a Vision Statement for Your Blog

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

Do you have a “Vision Statement” for your blog? Do you even have a “vision” for your blog? Do you know where your blog (and you) are headed? Does your community know where it’s headed and can they articulate it just as well as the voice in your own head?

These are just some of the questions that, when answered, can help you navigate more effectively toward your goals as a blogger.

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Focusing Without Distractions

This summer will be the first time I work full time on my own schedule, without the constraints of clocking in and out. Praise the Lord, seriously. But with that comes the unbelievable challenge of focusing, and not letting time slip away. Focus has two key elements: the right workspace and the right schedule.

Setting up the Space

I saw Leo Babauta’s workspace the other day. He writes a blog called “Zen Habits.” it looks like this: Continue reading

My Ultimate WordPress Blog Hosting Setup

Oh yeah!

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

I’ve been asked this a few times and I wanted to at least create a post that I could always refer to and update as things change.

I’ve tried a number of different hosting and server solutions over the past two decades and I’ve got 4 very active solutions right now that I have varying opinions about with another 5 hosting services that are used for a variety of different side projects.

All-in-all I’ve simply got some experience with more than a few hosting solutions and hosting providers but I would never call myself an “expert” at any of this.

Currently I actively use the following services:

  1. FireHost
  2. MediaTemple
  3. Site5
  4. Dreamhost

The last 3 I use for smaller sites, web apps, and a variety of different environments for experimenting. I could go into detail about each one but I want to spend some time focusing on the first one which currently manages (which you care about most anyways, right?):

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Don’t Be Known for Ketchup and Coffee

So I needed to work from a remote location this week and I thought I would support a local small business. Always a good idea! I drove past Panera and StarBucks in search of coffee and wifi.

I found a little mom and pop cafe called The Coffee Pot with a “free wifi” sign in the window. An obvious victory! Right?

Not so fast, sparky.

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10 Sites to Test Your Blog’s Performance (Page Speed, Caching, Server)

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

You may have experienced a lot of changes and updates to your blog throughout this entire series and at some point (or many points) you may have wondered what the actual benefit of all of these things might actually be.

Well, there are definitely some easy ways to find out! In fact, you’ll want to not only bookmark these but also use a number of them to get different perspectives.

In fact, it’s a good practice to do some tests after you do anything significant to your blog, especially as it relates to your WordPress Theme, any WordPress Plugins, any 3rd party scripts, any hosting/server/dns changes, and more!

Here are 10+ sites and web services/apps that can help you test your blog’s speed, the new caching systems you have in place, and any other optimization and/or changes that you’ve made to your blog.

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