Category Archives: About Blogs

What is a RSS Reader?

(1)  The State of Online Feed Readers

(2)  The Ultimate RSS Toolbox- 120+ RSS Resources

(3)  Seven Tips for Making the Most of Your RSS Reader

(4)  I used Bloglinesbefore I found Pageflakes. Bloglines and Google Reader are probably the 2 most popular readers.

(5) Marshall Kirkpatrick–Screen Shots: How I Use  RSS to Track Thousands of News Sources Easily.

(6)  ConverStations Mini-Lessons: Google Reader: Covers how and why to get started with Google Reader.

How Blogs Have Changed My Life

By Freewine

This is a reprint from a post I did 7/29/05.

Two excellent articles in Fortune Magazine report my favorite aspects of blogging.The articles are entitled “10 Tech Trends” and “Want Truth in Advertising? Try a Blog.”

The reasons I love blogs are:

(1) I have a world of experts at my fingertips. In the past 10+ years that I have been reading blogs, I have not made any purchases for our home or for personal use, read any books, watched any movies, done any research without consulting my free experts in each field.

(2) I feel powerful again in the knowledge that individual people do have power over the world we live in (for example, the Trent Lott experience.)  I love the way that blog writers know that those reading their site have the ability to talk back. When was the last time you talked back to the TV or the newspaper?

By the way, I live in the Ft. Lauderdale area and newspapers here are feeling the heat. The last time I gave it up, the newspaper called with an offer of $1.50 for the week for 6 months. I did say yes to that. I am worth more to the newspaper as a reader of their ads (which I’m not) than as a reader of their content. I also get the news seconds old on my RSS news sites including NYT, BBC, etc.Why do I pay for the newspaper? I love the human interest already available for me to read.

(3) I never was a huge user of email. It works great for business but is labor-intensive for personal relationships. I prefer people in person. But with my blog I send out my messages to the world of many readers so it is quite a time saver. Also, since the people reading my blog can answer me back for all to read, I get instant feedback if I choose to.

(4) My fourth reason to love blogs is that we live in a “sound-bite world”. Posts to blogs are generally short. Over the years, although I read a lot, I started long ago seeking out the best parts of the book and skipping the rest. Blogs simplify this for me by having titles. RSS feeds are amazing as I can choose to receive a short explanation with each title. Did I mention again that they are free?

How to Make Money Blogging From Three Great Blogs

By borman818

In an article I used previously, Mark Penn writing in The Wall Street Journal, writes about the profession of blogging, reported that of the 20 million bloggers in the united States, 1.7 profit from blogging and 452,000 are using blogging as their main source of income. Making money blogging is easier than you can imagine if you are interested.

1.  Have a plan. A business plan may also be an effective step to begin with. Gina Trapani has a great plan that she calls a personal business plan model. The reason I like her model is that those of us who work out of our homes do have business lives blended with our personal lives. In her model, Gina came up with a 30/30/30/10 model. She divided her work time life into a pie with 30% spent in learning, 30% for money, 30% for love, and 10% spent on admin needs. I especially really love this because, as one who has been operating for 3 years without a clear-cut plan, I tend to want to spent 90% of my time learning. I have learned that the excessive need to “research” is a procrastination tool to avoid finished and then failing or succeeding. The fear of failure and the fear of success are really the same. They each avoid results. She leaves the room for love to create products that is meaningful.

2.  Do what you love. Keywords and SEO have a place for writers but can’t be the beginning choice of material that is passionate and alive. Many authors have written about “flow“. I have written about it. Skellie, one of my favorite, favorite bloggers, who describes herself as “a blogger, writer, occasional entrepreneur, sometime freelancer and Envato worker-bee”, has written these suggestions for finding your flow. She suggests: (1) you must be challenged, but not too much; (2) you must be doing  creative mental work; and (3) you must see great value in the work.

This post of Skellie’s was entitled, “Find your flow and the money will follow.” The main part of this article was her take on the best way to make a living from blogging. Great article!

3.  Darren Rowse at Problogger has a guest blogger, Shaun Connell from Learn Financial Planning, who writes about blog business models. In this post, Shaun suggests choosing from three types of business plans. the three concepts with the questions he recommends are:

  • Content Model. “Who will write your content? How often will your content be published? What’s the purpose of every article? Will you do straight-up blogging, or a little bit of traditional webmastering? Will you be doing “open-ended blogging” without an “end date” for your content to be roughly finished? Will you accept guest posts?”
  • Marketing Model. “Almost all traffic is good, but what kind will you focus on? Will you build links? Will you pay for ads? Will you write guest posts? Will you spend a majority of your time doing keyword research? Will you focus on social media?”
  • Monetization Model. “Some “gurus” claim the need to focus on content now, and think about monetization later. That’s risky, and for many small niches it’s a little naive. Will you use AdSense? What affiliate programs will you focus on? How will you get visitors from your “regular posts” to your money-making posts? Will you focus your web design on usability?”

On a personal note, I have focused the most on planning as I have six blogs that I have worked on for four years without making a profit. I did make the tough choice to not include comments three years ago. I made that decision as I was able to delay making money as my husband has supported us. Also I wanted the tome and focus to be on getting all that I wanted to publish. So now, I am finding ways to expand my market. Planning is my biggest use of my blogging time now.