Thursday, November 27, 2008
No pun intended, Happy Thanksgiving. In this time of economic worry, I felt it important this morning to remember that we have overcome many obstacles along the way in our nation's history and we will overcome these as well. Now, before we take ourselves too serious, we've also been blessed by God and it's high time we take those blessings serious. No soapbox today though.
Thanks for our families, for our churches, for our communities. Thanks for the ability to speak freely and gather in whatever groups we choose. Thanks for our government leaders, although we may have voted different, their responsibilities are great and warrant our support. Thanks for Northwest Indiana, the Southshore of beaches and mills of jobs.
As we gather with friends and family today, remember those who are not as fortunate as you ... there are homeless in NW Indiana, there are hungry, there are families still suffering from the floods a few months ago, there are families unemployed or worried about being unemployed soon. Pause a moment, how can you help.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Our most successful site this year, for obvious reasons, was our political site here locally. What's been nice has been the traffic levels continuing after the election. Although I'd prefer to see subscribers growing (with 75-85 right now) and daily traffic between 50 and 120.
For December I'd like to set some goals for the site: 1) break 100 subscribers 2) average more than 100 visitors per day for entire month.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Robert Scoble, noted blogging and online expert, suggests:
Fuser is something I took too immediately upon seeing it because it helps me with a new pain: keeping up with Twitter, Facebook, and other social media messaging systems. See, hundreds of people are trying to send me messages on those systems. But they don’t work in old-school email systems like Microsoft’s Outlook. That’s what Fuser is for, it gives you a common UI to handle all your social media inboxes. Here I get a 26-minute look at Fuser with a couple of executives from the company. I’ve been using it ever since and love it.
I haven't tried it yet, if you have leave a comment, worth it? Is scoble just peddling a product that he's got some profits in?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thanks again for making us the most active political blog in Northern Indiana, and last week's #4 most active blog in the state on Blog Net News!
If you aren't using a feed reader of any kind, you're missing a chance to save tons of time and widen your funnel for watching who's saying what. I had a conversation with a professional a couple days ago who related "I don't have time to write blogs and such" Well that may or may not be the case, but everyone has time to check their inbox on email right? If you can check an email inbox even once a day, then you can check your RSS Feed inbox too.
I use Google Reader, there are other RSS readers and organizers, but for this purposes of this post I'll do a walk-thru on Google Reader setup.
- Go to Google Homepage
- Choose 'more' just above google logo
- Choose reader from popup list
- If you have a gmail account or google account, then enter that email address and password in and skip to #6
- If you need a gmail-google account choose "create an account" - this will require entering your current email address, a password of your choice (8 characters) entering the squiggly word that you can see but a spam computer can't ... and then "I accept, create my account" ... google will send you an email at your normal email account that you entered. They do this to be sure again that you're not a spammer. Check your email and click that "validation link" then "click here to continue" from account set up
- There's a video that explains google reader as you enter the site, you may well want to watch that video.
- Let's enter our first subscription. If you open another tab in your browser and go to Porter County Politics.
- On the immediate right is an orange button, the universal logo for RSS feeds, whenever you see that button you will find the RSS code for the site you're on. Right click on that orange button, and choose "copy link location" or "copy shortcut" so you can grab the web address associated with that link button.
- Go back to your reader tab ... choose "add subscription" and an empty box will pop up, right click that empty box and choose paste to put that code from the Politics site into the box. Then "add"
- It's that easy, you just chose your first subscription, I would guess 10 posts will load into your reader, and you'll find lots of ways to organize these posts by topic or tag. You can read the entire post as you skim, or just the headlines. I feed just under 1,000 sites to my reader, so I just skim the headlines and then click the posts that I find interesting.
- In a future post here we'll talk about sharing on google reader. But for now go grab your favorite site's RSS feed and start building your subscriptions. Remember that the RSS feed is the orange logo box, which almost every site has, hint look at toolbar in Internet Explorer if you can't find RSS, sometimes it won't be on the actual site, but will be available in the toolbar and the logo will be bright orange there. In Firefox the logo is in the address pane.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Sites where conservative writers and theorists and even politicians are sizing up the challenges for the next couple years. Head there to review and subscribe to those blogs and sites on the list.
I mentioned there that I would list here social media and networking sites that are also being used by conservatives (and the rest of the world) to get the word out. You've all heard of the sites, and maybe have a profile on one or two, here's my list of places that web conservatives need to be involved:
- Facebook (MySpace is really dying out for being too teenage)
- Active Rain (mainly for real estate and mortgage pros)
- R-igg (conservative version of Digg)
The easiest way is to follow or friend me and then once we're connected look through my connections to find others that appear to be in the movement. That's how I've done it, there's no master list of all the conservatives online trust me!
Here are my profiles:
Just click follow once you've signed up
Once we're connected I'll introduce you to conservative groups on facebook, there's a bunch
This site is like your resume online, actually get some good consulting prospects there for our business
You'll find this site pretty awesome once you're on a bunch of the other social media sites, I'd join it after you're on the other three above
Making Money Online With Local Affiliate Programs
You can just direct people to call a special number.
Setup a special code that receptionists will ask for in order to take advantage of the deals.
You can collect all the data yourself.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I saw the link today for a list compiled of the top 150 Social Media Blogs. I liked it but was disappointed to see that it was not in OPML. It was far easier to add the feeds and then whittle them down if I didn't like them. So I went ahead and did it myself as a gift to all of you
Here is the OPML file, just download it and import into your favorite feed reader! And once again, if you are not sharing links with me on Google Reader, get at me! add IdoNotes gmail com on google chat and get to sharing!
Downloadable OPML file
Right Click "downloadable OPML File above" and choose save link to. Then go to your greader, choose manage subscriptions at the bottom, choose import/export tab ... choose browse and find that file you saved called Top 150 Social Media and import. The entire list will automatically import to your greader into a folder.
Hope that's easy enough, if you see an error in my directions please leave a comment.