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You Need a Game Plan ( Part Two)

January 20, 2011 in Blog Thoughts, Blog Tools by Diane

Sometimes I think having a game plan is pretty much like being a teenager asking “what do I want to do with my life” with so many choices and directions it can make a persons head swim!
It is the same for blogging
For those of you who have a blog and are focused on your niche or topic, congratulations and I encourage you to keep reading to get further ideas to help you with your game plan.
For those of you who  are still saying… “I want to be a blogger” or”I kind of know what I want to write about” or “I have a blog but I dont’ know where to go with it” then read on
Being a blogger with a game plan means having the end result at the very beginning.
With that being said here are a few questions to ask yourself
1. Do you enjoy writing? Its not such a silly question as you might think.  Not everyone is a writer, in fact some people hate writing with a passion and yet are very successful bloggers.  For myself, I tend to write in two ways…one as a researcher/lecturer( writing facts and giving information) or I “visualise” in my mind that I am talking to somebody (you)just having a conversation about something.  For others blogging means using images to convey their topic and then there are the people who vlog( creating video blogs) or audio blogs.  there are many choices and you need to find out which would work for you.
2.I know you have heard this so many times..but – Do you have something that you are passionate about? Keeping the game plan in mind means knowing that you will be able to write about something for a long time – that it will hold YOUR interest, never mind your readers ( did I just say that? well it is true!)
3. Are you blogging to make money? Well… it was nice talking to you!  Seriously here is a reality check for everyone..If you are starting a blog to make money, you are going to fail and worse your game plan will be in ruins before you even start! I am not saying that you cant create an income with a blog, but it takes a lot of time and the competition is going to be fierce!  Get your priorities straight at the very beginning and that is content, consistent content and even more content with a lot of connecting to others via social networks, learning new skills and other methods to get yourself noticed.
ok  enough of the lecture..onword with a good game plan
You have answered the question of why you are blogging and you have an idea of what you want to blog about, but you really cant see the forest for the trees in terms of  where you want to go with your blog niche.  What has helped me is brainstorming , either with others or writing things down, but there is another way that might be of use to you. create a Mind Map!
A great definition to explain a mind map can be found at Wikipedia
Basically “a mind map is a  is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing.”
I have to say that brainstorming using mind mapping tools are just very satisfying and visual.  They can be used for so many ideas or projects.  When you type in a search “mind mapping tools”  You will get oodles of places to look at, but to give you a starting point I have picked three (3) services to get you started:
Mindmeister mind mapping tool
Quickly build your own mind maps using our intuitive, award-winning interface – absolutely no learning required! Access them online whenever you like, export them to other formats, or import your own existing maps. All you need is a standard web browser, no plugins or additional software required.” ( Free and paid services)

“Mind42 is a free online mindmap collaboration tool.  Keep track of all your ideas,whether alone, with colleagues and friends or working together with the whole world. browser based online mind mappMind42.com is aing application”


“Wise Mapping is the web mind mapping tool that leverages the power of Mind Maps mixing new technologies like vectorial languages (SVG and VML) and the power of the whole Web 2.0 concept. No pluggin required.”
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Well thats it for today.  Come back tomorrow and I will share with you how to keep your game plan going with blog set up, categories and other such methods.  As always your thoughts and your view point is needed to help me with my game plan ;-)

by Diane

Create a Successful Copyright for Your Blog

July 27, 2008 in Blog Tools by Diane

copyright symbol from the copyrightauthroity.com
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by Diane

Blog Tip – Use the “Read More” Tag

July 26, 2008 in Blog tips by Diane

Illusion of Depth and Space (7/22) - Rotating Smiley / Wink with Multicolour Illumination and Shadowsphoto © 2009 Dominic Alves | more info (via: Wylio)

A successful blog tip is one that everyone can use, from those new to blogging to those who are more seasoned.

Here is a blog tip that will help your blog become a success.

How to display excerpts of a blog post? The Read More Tag! Read the rest of this entry →

by Diane

Blog Your Music the Social Way!

July 9, 2008 in Blog Tools, Social Media by Diane

Music is not only sounds but it is also very social

Music is not only sounds but it is also very social

Blogging is not just the words that you put on post, it is also a way to invoke feelings in another person.

From the words you paint, the images and the videos you see,there is also another medium that you should use to its full advantage - music.

There is no doubt that music can conjur up so many emotions take for example this song:


Sometimes, I Feel Like a Motherless Child

If your niche is music, there are so many ways to share your love for music from podcasts, YouTube to radio broadcasts.

There are forums targetting music lovers such as:

http://www.muzicforums.com/

http://www.musicbanter.com/

http://www.keepmusicalive.com/

…and so many more

Blogging can be on just about anything you have an interest in – Get blogging today.
Create your free blog and talk about your passion.

To Your Success

UPDATE: November 7th, 2010

When I first did this post, music sharing communities were just in diapers, but now many people are realizing that social music communities are wonderful ways to meet like minded people, socialize and enjoy different music.

Social networking is about relationships and what better way to develop those relationships than through music.

Here is a list of some of the most popular communities… explore them and have some fun.

Grooveshark

BlIP.fm

Twiturm.com

Last.fm

What sites do you use?

by Diane

Social Bookmarking – A Primer

June 24, 2008 in Blog Education, Social Media by Diane

What is social bookmarking?

Social Bookmarking

What is Social Bookmarking?

According to Wikipedia and their definition:
“Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata………”

Rather than go into a lengthy article on this subject the great folks at Commoncraft have created a Youtube video that explains very simply what Social Bookmarking is all about.

Enjoy :-)

What is the best advise we can give you about Social Bookmarking?

NEVER spam

NEVER Lie

NEVER Misrepresent

NEVER Scam

ALWAYS WRITE GOOD CONTENT!

Here is a list of our Top Social Bookmarking sites just to get you started:

Delicious social Bookmarking site

Delicious

Reddit

Clipmarks - Social Bookmarking

Clipmarks

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon

Newsvine - social Bookmarking

Newsvine