An Interview with ELLEN who’s been blogging since 2003, and
The Reign of Ellen where you’ll enter the Blogdom of Royalty.
Click her picture. See the blog that crowns readers Kings and Queens.
See you then!
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Want to get someone’s attention?
Here’s how someone got mine–with a link. Not that she needs it.
Working last night, I stopped to check what was new with our links, and I saw a link from Sheila Ann Manuel Coggins.
Who is she? Sheila is the guide to the extensive resources at Web Logs at About.com. Some people know her as Shai. She was recently in the news when her blogging network AboutWeblogs merged with b5 media.
Here is how that link changed my thinking.
I often use About.com at my personal blog. I apparently had an unconscious perception about them. It never occurred to me that About. com would go deep in expertise and information on weblong things until Shai made that link, and I went exploring it. I found a passel of information worth sharing and probably will over time. For today I’ll leave you with one link and a picture I like a lot.
This link takes you to Shai’s article on Time Management. It’s really a link to a whole page of links on all kinds of weblogging things.
Warning: if you go to this page, you might find yourself following links all weekend.
While you’re there if you look in the right sidebar and down a little, you will see the picture that I like a lot.
We’re in excellent company. Don’t you think? Thank you, Shai.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Let me introduce the bloggers
who have earned this official badge of achievement,
I invite them to take a badge home to display on their blogs.
They take the conversation to their readers,
contribute great ideas, challenge us, make us better, and make our businesses stronger.
I thank all of our SOBs for thinking what we say is worth passing on.
Good conversation shared can only improve the blogging community.
Should anyone question this badge’s validity, send him or her directly to me. This award comes with a full “Liz said so” guarantee. It is endorsed by Kings of the Hemispheres, Martin and Michael, and backed by my brothers, Angelo and Pasquale.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Since this is Building Readership Week at Successful Blog, I have to share this with you.
Some posts are a 10 out of 10. Darren Rowse’s post Blog Hooks – Elements that Draw Readers Back is one of them. In it he lays out the qualities that hook readers into becoming devoted fans. He says
We are blogging in a context where there are literally millions of blogs, in some niches there are hundreds (if not thousands) of alternatives for people to read. Successful blogs do something that makes them distinct from the rest.
They are not ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÅjust another blog on ((insert topic here))ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢ – they are ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÅthe blog thatÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÂ¦.((insert ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÅhookÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢ here))ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢
He then lists what he thinks are the seven most intriguing hooks for readers.
Some appeal to readers who are thinkers. Some appeal to readers who are feelers. All tell readers that their time is well invested. Every one in some way tells readers this is a quality experience.
Imagine a blog that has 3 or more of Darren’s “hooks.” How could a reader leave without planning to return?
Sometimes you have to say, “I wish I wrote that.”
–ME “Liz” Strauss
The blog looks great. You’ve been through the Blog Review Checklist. You’ve got several posts with great titles and compelling content–to let readers know you’ll be around, when they come back. Now it’s time to let people know that you exist.
List your blog in the Blog Directories. Which ones? All of them–every one that you can find the smallest reason to. Listing is a slightly longer and more involved task than changing phone companies. However if you take the time, your work will last for the life of your blog.
Prepare a document with the following information before you start. Keep this document. It’s your blog’s biography. You’ll have reason to use it as your blog makes friends and influences people.
Then start with one of the lists below. Approach the task as suits your nature. I did a few every day until I was done. That way I could work on writing and do things on other parts of my blog too.
Here are three blog directory lists to get you started. As with all things on the Internet, Directories may have changed since these lists were compiled.
–“ME “Liz” Strauss
Every blog is a work in progress–a public one. Every legitimate blogger I know is human. Humans make mistakes. I’m better at making mistakes than a lot of humans. Making mistakes in public is never fun, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world either.
What do you do when you make a mistake–a very public one? Big or little, public or private, mistakes have a way of stealing our balance, here are some ways of recovering that balance and moving on.
Here’s an object lesson:
Yesterday I posted two articles that had errors in them. I had the wrong glasses on, and my proofreader friend didn’t get the chance to look at them. I am sorry that I let those get to you that way. They are fixed now.
I wrote an apology to Yaro, letting him know his blog has the “r” back in its name. He was most gracious in his reply. I think we’re going to be friends.
I take some comfort in the fact that the nature of this blog made this event something worth posting about.
–ME “Liz” Strauss, who is now cleaning her glasses every hour.