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People need people, the benefit of comments...

 ... in my back yard, but you are always welcome to comment! :o)

Comments, the community around any blog is built there, nurtured there and in some cases censored too.
Those that seem to censor the comments, there are a few, also say transparency is important to them... yeah right!

Anyway, reading feeds in Greader I am missing out on some great communities in the blogs comments, far to easy to just read the feed and move onto another...

While it's ok to keep the noise level down to a manageable one it's a shame to miss out on the communities on the blogosphere and the great characters within them.

You don't need to join a cult though.

For this reason I am starting to choose the RSS feeds to read in the reader and visiting the blogs I feel have good comments and a good community to them, like one puts it... why your comment section should be like a forum

People need people.

That's the bottom line, sitting here all day typing shit and doing this that and the other can get pretty boring and at times lonely, may sound odd with the millions within reach...but it happens.
People need people to have any sense of connection in the world...
Being deaf I know what a great thing it is to be able to do, if you can't use a phone this is the phone!

If you have a blog do what James does and interact well with the commenters, after all, it's your blog! :o)
If you're like me and naturally social online then it shouldn't be hard.

I'd swap all my almost 2000 twitter followers for a regular 100 commenter's on a blog any day of the week.

What about you?

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Do it right, or they will get you...


Love em or loathe them, they are out there, the Grammar Nazis picking away at any misspelt, badly written, grammatically incorrect, wrongly formatted writing they see.

They matter though.
Because they care.
Even if a little to much, at times.

Like I said recently, your writing will never please everyone, depending on the reader and the intended audience, I spoke of intent briefly on writing, but it's intent which on different levels, some we just ignore at the time..

Your intent of the message. (why you write it, will they get it?)
The audience that intent is aimed towards.(who you're writing to)
Assumed intent of non intended readers. (will your next boss see that?!)

I am often wondering, without insulting anyone, if people abandon all common sense sometimes when they write something online, be it a status on a social networking site like facebook, twitter, or a blog post, forum post, whatever.
Perception is important itself, more so when it's so easy to find what people have written online, all indexed here there and everywhere.

No wonder people are catching partners out on social sites and more, bosses are looking up prospective employees, potential partners are searching information about them online.

It matters when it comes to some of the potential audience.

The smart ones are often fishing for the right audience... without it even seeming that way.

It's no coincidence some smart writers have gained work because of it, but you can bet those people also write at least the right way even in status's and tweets, they don't sweat the small stuff so to speak.

You can imagine it, a boss in some niche of sorts, comes across someone on a social site, forum, or similar, liking the style then looking into other writing by them, blogs and websites and similar, thinking "I like this, I could pay that person" ... to write a few post a week, or something like a column a week, whatever.

It happens!

And it's not limited to any niche, topic, passion, business.

Someone with a huge fishing forum and blog getting 20,000 hits a day, everyday, and making £10,000 a month could be reading you, yes you the... "always writing and talking bloody fishing" in your mates, partners, families words... and yet that forum/blog owner thinks... "I like your style, passion, voice, and now I have seen your consistency" and emails you with a great offer!

Why could that not happen to you?

Whatever you do write, wherever it may be, do it consciencely and consistently.

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It will never catch on...

Over the last 7 or 8 years since getting online there has been some massive changes everywhere, things evolve at a rapid rate unlike anything we have seen before, which makes me think these "predictions" people have posted are really shooting in the dark.

Hence I don't think I'll be even trying to predict anything!

The biggest thing for me over the last ten years is the way the media as a whole has changed, the power of breaking news is in the hands of the people instead of the big news corps, we saw it clearly with twitter and Iran, twitter and Mumbai.

Don't think the establishment and the big news corps like that much! :o)

Not a prediction but that's only going to continue, more power into more hands with the rapid rise of mobile technology...remember they said mobile phones would never catch on!

We are the proles!  (1984)

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Perception...pretty important if you ask me!


Have you given thought other peoples perception of you?

Online, offline?

I was reminded of this a few times recently offline when talking to local friends, they kept saying to me... "you are always online" ... hhmmmm.

Interesting, why?

A year or two ago that would have been right...huh?

Well the reality is very different to what my friends percieved it to be. The truth is I am not online that much.

I am not online writing this... ;o)

I learnt the hard way how easy it is to waste time online with the forums a few years ago, while great to use they are so easy to get sucked into and hours roll by.

With social sites it's worse!

What you, my friends, see is me being very active when I AM online, that is I try to cram what I can into what little time I am online, I make the minutes count.

You will see this for yourself if you look at my facebook, twitter activity etc, it's all short but usually very acticve bursts.

Something I do is open several facebook home pages in several tabs and no waiting for things to load...while one is loading I am already doing something on another and so on, my fingers literally don't stop for say the 10 mins I allow myself, hopping from one comment to another speeds it all right up for me.

(Social sites are not too bad if you are mainly using a mobile through the day seeing as you can do that anywhere, while in a queue, while on the bus etc.)

So, you see this perception of me in some way is good, I seem more active than others but I am in fact on these sites far less than those who say to me "you are always online"!!

Love irony..don't you? :o)

What I do is spend too much time on the pc... not online, sorting out my pictures, resizing etc takes up time, writing articles takes up time, sorting things takes time, all time I spend on the pc but rarely online.

The internet is one massive distraction. You won't find a bigger one. :o)

If there is one thing these "gurus" and such don't tell you, it's the sheer amount of time that has to be spent on the damn pc...unless you can outscorce everything.

They sell you the perception that it's all push button easy riches!

I digress...

Perception, something I have also pointed out the the younger generation on facebook and such, our friends late teenage kids for exapmle, people percieve you a certain way and that can have a big influence on many things... think future bosses!

Another reason I hint they should write as well as they can, not txt lingo and such, you are not limited to letter count to that extreme (like twitter) so there is no need to write "dnt" instead of "don't"... it smacks of illiteracy and reflects on you.

Face the fact bosses and such DO and WILL always use your scoial activity and such to get a perception of you.

Google my name and you get what I am talking about.

What sort of perception are you putting out there?

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Crap job? Dump your boss...slowly!

It amuses me when I see people complaining about their jobs, more so in this current economic situation yet they continue to just do the job, regardless. Most of us hate being told what to do, when to do it, but that IS part of having a job. I hated it in many cases, depending on the job of course. ;o)



But it doesn't have to be that way with most of us, we all have some unique value which we can build a business around, or turn into your paying expertise, whatever.

I just read an interesting post, in some way it shares how you can blur the barriers, why not act self employed while employed, just because you are in a Just Over Broke now it doesn't mean you have to be someday in the future.

This could change your mindset which in some sense prepares you for the next step (leaving that job) while making you think "wtf was I doing making others rich with that crap job?"

I think we ALL have this entrepreneurship in us, although of course, to different degrees.

Who hasn't thought, while looking at boss out of the corner of your eye "Id rather have my own bloody business"? :o)

The main lesson I learnt from my dad, who was nearly always working for himself after his early stint of working in docks here on Portland then sea diving abroad... was it never pays to have all your eggs in one basket and there really is very little that stops you, when you want it bad enough.

I have no doubt he was already planning to start his own business while employed!

Most of you locals will remember his old ice cream van business, and yes it was a good summer business until the ice cream wars started which put us as a family at risk... yeah that bad, crazy non local ice cream van owner (from Dorchester) actually tried to run my brother over! It was in the local papers too.

That put an end to a good business, did it stop him?

No.. not one bit, did he go get a job? No, did he heck, he started another!

What barriers are there, in your way?

Whatever they are, there is some way to overcome them, there really is only one thing stopping us, ourselves.

Do you think you could sack your boss...slowly?

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The pace of life...

... funny thing isn't it?

Looking at how many changes we have had in the last 30 years and how everything seems to be speeding up, not just because life speeds as we age but in general, technology and science itself is progressing at a rate we could not have imagined 30 years ago.

So, to think of the next 30 years and how life will shape up for the generations below us can seem a bit crazy to most of us, we don't really know how it will go, it reminds me of watching tomorrows world in my childhood, or star trek!

I saw something posted on someone's blog, it is in some ways quite a shocking yet amazing video, it made me think about the growth of things and how things will be in the future for our grandchildren and so on.

Any thoughts on that?

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Scaling down the conversation...or why friendfeed annoyed me!

Recently I have talked about friendfeed and some of the pet peeves I see with the "mob mentality" there and lack of interaction in general unless you are one of the "crowd" and yes there is one, I don't care what they say, my experience tells me different.

Friendfeed is still full of geeks really, I am not a geek although I do love to learn new things... like I jumped into friendfeed via twitter.

It is not an easy place for some people to get to grips with, more so if they struggle to use twitter, or only use facebook etc but with facebook stealing ideas and features from friendfeed I do think more facebook users could use friendfeed without so many problems. But I'd not want to lead them into friendfeed as it is if my own experience is anything to go by, I am not saying I had a bad one, just I have seen the ugly side of it and it's not good.

Lead my real mates to a pack of wolves? No thanks...

Not to say they are all like that, far from it, but the wolves are hunters, they are trolls...

Yes we can control alot of what we see there and such, but new users wouldn't know that or know how to do it without being told, helped.

I do think some of my real friends would enjoy the features of friendfeed and possibly enjoy it as I did when I first started there. Granted, some of my own experiences there will be my own fault, no problems saying that, I am not perfect but what I do know is that I am perceived very differently on frienfeed than I am on twitter and facebook. That is partly down to the other people, I reacted differently because the experience itself was different.

No-one can deny friendfeed is different.

So, spending time with my youngest son here, having less time online writing and socialising has given me alot of food for thought, I got to looking at a few stats, thinking about how the places made me feel, how they impacted on me, who made me feel good and bad.

I recently scaled down those I follow on twitter and it made a big difference although I have been quiet there of late like I have everywhere it's still made an improvement, less noise and a better flowing stream.

I didn't like what I saw regarding friendfeed to be honest and now it's the main reason I decided to make big changes which should help not only myself but those real friends who do join friendfeed.

See I love the way friendfeed works and do think it is a great place to be, it has many more good uses than bad shit, you find interesting things there and have some good discussions and there are some people there who I will always subscribe too.

So last night I decided to scale the friendfeed experience down for myself, using filters to separate those I know I will always follow and those I am not so sure of. Some are just being blocked cos they are arseholes and trolls.

The point is to make it an experience I can enjoy and share with real friends who are willing to try it out and not just "put up" with the experience I am having there now. I don't give a rats ass if this bothers some on there because they contributed to me not enjoying it so much. They are not real friends so sod them!

With the ability to have rooms and filters there is no reason for me to not have a "local" set up where us locals can participate and create our own little community... like facebook gives us but with more control and less hassle!

The small is the good... the big is just noise!

So to the real friends of mine, should you want to try friendfeed, sub to me once joined and I will sub to you too and we go from there.

Those who already use friendfeed, how is it fairing up for you?

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Friendfeed tips, from friendfeed users...

Funny how things work out, an interesting discussion based around the last post on here has evolved here on friendfeed itself. I am glad I posted it as the discussion linked to has given my some good lessons and insights.

Some great points made in that thread, from a few heavy users too, I am grateful they shared with us.

I knew friendfeed was adaptable, but I still forget how tailored you make it for your own experience. The features they have allowing you you to control each aspect of the experience... I am now going to use these features more and see what improvements I can gain from it, experience wise.

Lets face it...no-one uses anything the perfect way, all we can do is keep on learning and testing things until we get to a point where we are comfortable with the experience, something I am still trying with friendfeed.

The filters and groups are something else I need to utilise better, more often, if it saves time, hassle and stress it's gotta be worth doing, no? :o)

Hows your experience on friendfeed, if you use it?

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Friendfeed, the road to nowhere...



... if it carries on as it is... with the pathetic mob mentality there is, (no-one can deny it is there!) the place will put people off using it and drive existing users away.

I feel like I was forced into blocking people due to some crazy bullying and mob mentality, the truth is I feel they tarnish the experience of friendfeed itself, not only for the one they "jump on" but everyone able to see it in action.. Sadly the mobs will drive people away from what is or can be a great place to use.

Hopefully it won't get out of hand but the control is now even more in your hands with the added ability to "moderate" comments on each post you make there.

I do think that is a good move, along with the blocking and hiding you can make efforts to improve the experience you have there. It's a shame you get idiots like that in the first place but that's life, they are everywhere sadly.

A few people say it doesn't really matter, but I think it does as it changes your mood, so it also changes your experience with it.
Friendfeed is always improving, they rarely get it wrong either... something the twitter guys could learn a thing or to about.

BUT a place is only as good as the people using it, up to now it's been mainly geeky people and a few others, maybe that will start to change now, I hope so!

It will be a while before the mainstream uses friendfeed I'll bet, yet once they see how good it can be and how useful it is I think we will see the better experience, mainly because of the better diversity of users.

How do you use the place and what do you do to improve your own experience?

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They make money online... fast!

Very interesting email I woke up to this morning... someone had success in their efforts to make money online and it looks like they acted on what I posted about, the key here is they ACTED on it, they actually worked at it and got results ... pretty fast! :o)

Less than a month!

Well done you!
Good going and you prove how simple it can be, not easy but simple.

The key is to actually do something that will bring a result, do nothing and you get nothing back.

Not only that, they now know the report they bought that got them going is also something they can recommend to others with positive experience and also benefit again money-wise, as it is a 100% commission report.

Yet the best thing is they now KNOW how to make money online, once you have done that, no matter how small, you know it IS not only possible but likely if the effort is put in.

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Spinning a few plates and...

... having been busy and still busy, I thought I'd share a few interesting post from various blogs I read for you to check out.

Don't let the business decline... reinvent it. 

Being the real YOU is important when blogging, be authentic, honest, brave and raw.

Whatever you do in life you send a message out, you create a world view of you.

Life is there for living, love it, not the stuff you accumulate. Love life.

I have not been linking out as much as I'd like really as there are some great blogs out there worth sharing.

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The ebook, nearly done...

I have been a little quiet on the blog lately due to a few other important things I have been busy with... while also having my youngest son over for a few days too, spending time with him is much better fun and way more important than blogging!

I have been writing an ebook, which I am doing mainly for those on facebook, the majority of which are real friends I know offline, the main reason I write it for them as opposed to the general public is purely because I feel that I will get better feedback and I know some of them will actually do something with the ebook.

If I do decide to promote it to the general public I will have the benefit of great feedback from which I can act on, thus improving the ebook itself.

Why not let my real friends benefit first?... That's what friends are for ;o)

Some of you on facebook have some great potential in regards to using the ebook and taking action on it, I know some of you have great hobbies, expertise, passions and more.

I think it should be finished soon. :o)

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"Farrah Fawcett funeral photos"

What is wrong with people, searching for "farrah fawcett funeral photos" online, it is a huge trend on google.
It does say alot about the "pic's or it never happened" mentality out there, then again look at all the silly "Elvis is alive" stuff that gets bandied about everywhere, all the time ... disturbing for the members of the families I think.

I wrote about this last night but not about "farrah fawcett funeral photos" which I find a little tasteless anyway but the even worse search trend that was "Michael Jackson autopsy photos" on my posterous blog, and overnight it had well over 100 150 hits!

Not surprising seeing how many were actually going to google and searching for it anyway, but never expected that many hits on one night and not sure they were from the search engines, as I have no idea how well posterous does there...will have to add the analytics's. ;o)

I do find it a bit disturbing that people adopt this car crash mentality, so far as to actually go and type in "farrah fawcett funeral photos" and waiting for the results, wanting to see them. Not pleasant really.

How does it make you feel?

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Michael Jackson's moonwalk? Pah...



Amazing examples of the dancing which probably inspired Michael Jackson, though I have to say these guys seem to by so much better at it . ;o)

The guy on the round platform, who looks like he falls off is great.

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Social experts are as fake as they get!



How hard can it be?

Be social, interact, connect with "like minded" people, share good stuff, be part of it rather than use it.

These so  called self styled experts are so fake it's unbelievable. They BORE me!!

It's like the second wave of "Im gurus" spouting nothing but common sense and charging people for it, just to make money online for the sake of it.

"Wanna but my shit ebook on how to get 1000's followers on twitter"

Great... that's 20 bucks please, you open the ebook, it says... follow 1000's  and most of them follow you back!

Be interactive and get involved within the conversation. Share good things and RT (retweet) good things others share.

Well DUH!!!

Excuse me while I laugh! 
Most don't even follow their own advice! 

Look at some of these "experts" way of doing things and read their blogs etc and they are just boring most of the time...same old same old.

That includes some of these so called bigger names.

Stop wasting money lining these idiots pockets and just do it the ONE way you should, what works BEST for you. If you must spend money, stick it in the beer on the right of this blog and ask for my view on it. lol ... could save 19 bucks at least!

That is the only way you will ever get anywhere with things, get stuck in and LEARN what's best for you, same with anything you learn in life, your experience is always different to everyone else.

Your way IS the right way... for you.

The biggest thing is to just be YOU.

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Quality over quanitity

One night with your dream date or ten nights with ten other not particularly fanciable people?

One mad passionate night a week with your other half or 5 nights of the "same old, same old" as they say?

One great friend or ten "just know them" type friends?
50 real friends or 5000 "facebook friends" or other social network "friends"?

One great bestseller or 50 middle of the road "barely published and sold" mediocre books?
One great post written on a high traffic influential blog or 50 on 50 average low traffic blogs?



One tweeter taking notice or 1000's of followers not noticing?


As with almost everything in life, quality is often more important than quantity...maybe except having money, with the biggest note here being £50 !! ;o)

I couldn't deny it, it often so happens that one quality thing has a bigger motivational impact than you expect before it happens.

Strive for the quality you can give in every area of life and reap the rewards.

If you do something 100 times the same way and get the same 100 results, you change the way you do it once and get that different result you need or want.

If you deliver something different or something better you stand the better chance of being noticed, or talked about, or linked to, blogged about, or even complimented for something. :o)

And when you notice it, do more of that! :o)

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Life it is then, the real essence of a blog

Thanks to you all who helped me in the last post with the quick poll.

The results have not really surprised me but they have pleased me as I hoped it would be this
way, after all it's life that matters.

It's life that allows me to take things like this...



By choosing life to write about, any aspect like I said, I can add the other things just less and when relevant to do so which is ok really as it is part of life for me and no doubt it helps some who do appreciate reading it and that's opened the...



for me to write what I get passionate about whatever it relates to with life :o)

Great...

As I know and agree blogs on one sole topic, while good for SEO, get boring, it can get that way for the writer too as there are only so many things you can say about any given thing over time.

Hard to keep rolling out good content like that without becoming jaded in some way, in my opinion.

I can see the wood for the trees now...



Thank for helping me clarifying it and giving me the motivation to keep on doing it without the worry and fear of not pleasing everyone, after all that is impossible but I have at least now I know what I want to write about is going to be more likely what you want to read about. ;o)

Blogs were originally taken in this context, weblogs, "online diaries" written about life itself, but with the "microblogs" like twitter for that kind of "diary" style posting blogging about life topics needn't be like a diary at all.

Still great to see the real core essence of what a blog should be about being picked.

It was 80% choosing life, and the other 20% divided by the rest.

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Is Twitter is sitting on it's hands?

Is twitter stagnating?

Are they sitting on their hands?

Are others improving the usability of twitter while at the same time taking people away from the actual twitter site itself?

Tweetdeck and other clients are those I talk about?
While I have not used these myself as they are desktop clients which I would rather not use, I have seen that many people use them for twitter and they recommend it to others.

I prefer to use friendfeed myself, although not a desktop client but a website I feel it delivers so much more than twitter alone, or the clients who improve twitter.

Friendfeed has the ability to add so much more than just the twitter feed, but even with just the twitter the conversation is kept so much neater which is easier to follow too.

Friendfeed is the conversation catcher, also a conversation expander simply due to friendfeed users being able to add to anything said elsewhere, like on twitter for example.

Those who only use twitter are actually missing on on extended conversation around what they started elsewhere.

On twitter I would have to look for each reply in the "replies" tab to this tweet to make sense of it. :o)

Looking at my friendfeed real time stream you wonder why twitter has yet to have their service auto-update like that!

Friendfeed has a great way for you to "bookmark" things using comments and the "like" function which twitter has in a crude way called "favourites" which are starred tweets yet I never use it and know of few others who do either and those who use friendfeed would rather "like" it on friendfeed than star it on twitter.

It is also so easy to share things of interest on friendfeed and not miss it like on twitter.

You can create list for different people even create one for people who don't yet use friendfeed which is what they call the "imaginary friends."

Let's say you know someone on twitter and their username is @randomusername... you go and add this username to your friendfeed "imginary friends" list and it will import that persons tweets into your list so you can follow them without them even knowing, yet you can do this with their blog feed, twitter feed, any feed that you know the RSS or username of.

There is so much I have yet to learn to make the most of with friendfeed but I am enjoying it alot as I feel it's a great central place to do your social activities.

If you have yet to try it, go join up and gve it a go. Don't forget to add me by subscribing.

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"Arrington, here you are..."



Wipe the spit off your face, and keep the rest for your tears.

Now before you Arrington fans start bashing me...let's be a little honest here.

I don't agree with that moron who spat at him, I don't say Micheal deserved this either, not by a long shot.
Let's be straight here though, that arrogant Arrington has courted controversy from day one, often "spitting virually" at others...was that ok?

Saying that...

If you want to be an arrogant person and cause controversy, revel in the fact people don't like you, use linkbaiting tactics with the controversy you ought to be able to stand up to any backlash. (No this ain't link bait, but I don't care if someone thinks it is)

Micheal said on his own blog he is stepping back, it was the last straw...yet his family was threatened in the summer last year now surely THAT should have been the last straw?

So, could someone say "he was more concerned for himself than his family?"
Spitting at him was worse than threatening his family?

Maybe...

See it shows him for what he is, he didn't care that he put his family and himself at risk like that in the first place, why do you think people say "they will sell their granny for the publicity"?

Yeah, they will and yet they moan when any kind of negative thing happens to bounce back on them.

Last thought.... can you imagine someone spitting at say... Darren Rowse? Thought not...

Why not?

Because he treats people with more respect than that arrogant Arrington does.

While I can sympathise with the fact it IS a huge insult to spit at someone, I honestly feel that Arrington has to look at himself and his actions first.

Edit to add... Interesting.

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Friendfeed , the worthy RSS centre

Friendfeed is really growing on me since joining a month or so ago after seeing it mentioned on twitter, the twitter conversation was centred around "missed" conversation around tweets, ie where the tweets were fed by RSS into other platforms like friendfeed and facebook, the discussion around them I noticed was being missed by the tweeters.

The tweets were getting hardly any repsonse themselves on twitter yet the same tweet showing in facebook by said tweeter had lots of comments which were being missed by said tweeter.

That useful conversation was missed completely for however long until the said tweeter logged into facebook. That's when and how I heard of friendfeed, on twitter, while discussing facebook!



Friendfeed is now like an RSS Artist row!

I haven't posted here yet about friendfeed mainly because I waned to least use it for a while first to understand it and give a fair opinion of the experience.

I can't see myself NOT using it now to be blunt. :o)

Thomas made a great post where he shared "10 reasons to use friendfeed" on his blog, which utilises friendfeed itself pretty well as you see. Nice to see the benefits of friendfeed through a photographers perspective.

It was this post that made me realise it was like an artist central.

It's not just twitters, bloggers, writers etc using friendfeed, there are a few members who only use friendfeed...which surprised me, nice surprise mind. :o)

At first for maybe a hour or so I seemed a little confused, lost with it but was made welcome and given some good tips, as soon as I "got it" I was hooked in a sense that twitter couldn't do, I like twitter but was at a complete loss upon joining it way back when.

The recent function of adding twitter followers etc to friendfeed makes it a great central RSS to use and I can see people using twitter itself less and friendfeed more due to the extra use and benefit it gives you.

The simple fact of being able to keep track of the conversations started in twitter better in friendfeed is worth thinking about....you still use twitter just less and better.

Friendfeed is so much better overall and because it utilises so many RSS feeds it's rich with interesting things I simply wouldn't have seen elsewhere.

Amazing pictures and lots of interesting blogs, smart savvy people and diverse conversation that happens faster than anywhere else.

So much to....like!

Louis shares some useful tips on utilising the "like" function in friendfeed, it almost functions like your own friendfeed bookmark.
Louis has a few good friendfeed tips on his blog which are worth checking out too.

Friendfeed is really worth trying out if you haven't yet tried it and is so adaptable with so many features you can tailor it to suit you perfectly...something I am still honing myself. :o)

It is the ultimate "outpost" for your outposts.

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America's important day

A new president, need I say more?

He marketed "hope" well, let's see what is delivered, but one important factor is you as an American have to to play your part in delivering change.

His underlying message is, if "he" can get to that place, you can also achieve whatever change you set your mind to and take action on.

So...what are YOU going to change?

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Don't misunderestimate me, I use the google

Not one to post about politics here but it is the end of the bushism era...thankfully!

You have to admit the idiot does come out with some cracking lines but then again, how many of us can lay claim to making up a word?

We really did misunderestimate him!

But where did the guy learn?? Did he go to school? And I don't mean as an adult when he uttered lines like...

"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?"


I'll bet it's never been asked, mainly because people have more sense to ask the properly constructed sentence!

But then sometimes, he may come out with a real gem, which IMO has some truth in it, else he wouldn't have said it. ;o)

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we"


Um.... right, if you say so.... ;o)

Then it's...

"It was not always certain that the US and America would have a close relationship" (while speaking of the Anglo-American relationship in 2006).


I think it ranks up there with...

"I think America has the best Americans in the world"


That's very likely... ;o)

So...out with the old, in with the new.

I doubt Barack Obama will endow the world with silly quotes like this.

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"101 Recession busting tips- free book"

Just a few days away from Christmas and the new year...guessing you have all your preparation ready for the big day to enjoy with your families. :o)

I hope it it's a great Christmas for you and the family.

I also wish you all the best for 2009 which is almost here.

But lets' be honest here, after the new year starts life creeps back to... normal and a fair old chunk of us face the reality of the recession which is not a great start to the year, but as we all know recessions are cyclical so there is always light at the end of the...



What wont happen is staying put....we have to get through that tunnel!

Well I have good news which is this free book to help anyone with getting through the recession.

Old?
Young?
Got kids?
Double income in the home?
Own business?
Shares?
Good stable job?
Just want to make changes?
Boss looking to shaky for your peace of mind?
About to lose it?
Just uncertain?

Whatever situation you are in whether one or all of the above, these 101 tips have something for all, something foreverybody.

It's not just all about...



Though money tips are there, saving money, improving your money management, making money, helping kids with money, money alone has it's own issues, depending on how you see it...




The recession will provide opportunity for those who see it, opportunity to change habits, create better understanding of the cycle for the next time it hits, as it certainly will.

For those who don't see opportunity, preparing for the end half of the recession is just as important as what you do now as we go into it, if only for the fact you can springboard yourself using built up leverage coming out of the recession, whether through saving a little, or starting a new venture, hobby, habits.

Use the tips, use the recession. :o) >> Beat the recession!






P.s No idea if the book will stay free, so grab it while you can. :o)

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"Learning as you go, sharing as you learn"

Wouldn't you say that is the best way to get to grips with anything you want to use, do, perfect?

Wouldn't you say that your experience with anything is 100% different to that of everyone else?

I agree... :o)

So in that case the more we share the more we all learn and faster too, never before has everyone had the opportunity on such a scale to "self educate" thus "self improve" which are really the same thing.

The only way to improve is educate yourself, learn, the only reason you learn is to improve. :o)

We do it anyway, life itself is a learning and growing experience but in the days of old we were limited in ways we could learn and the speed we could absorb and learn, so limited in growth of self.

Nowadays...hold your hats!


What about YOUR kids? The next generation?

I hated computers at school. they were the old BBC's, big clunky great things that had NO appeal to me whatsoever!

Now I can't get OFF the damn PC at times! :o)

The teachers were obviously older than us, but they were also of the old method of teaching, blackboards, chalk, so not actually tech savvy themselves, plus the computers were pretty primitive. :o)

For today's kids and tomorrows teachers, it's a whole new ballgame.


They will be far more involved with computers and such, so in theory kids of tomorrow will learn more and faster, but will they?
This huge advantage of multimedia as a way of learning and teaching should be harnessed as best as possible, but also about the right things.

All the potential due to the Internet!

The biggest value for me is it has allowed me to self educate at my pace and on what I wanted to learn about...as many books as I can read is normal for me.

With the speed and volume of information (though not ALL correct information) on the Internet anyone can self educate about any topic, passion etc...as far as to make yourself an "expert".

BUT there is also a big problem in my view that should, for the benefit of the future generations, be discussed and considered as a real possibility to implement, though I feel it's highly unlikely to ever happen anyway, simply due to the "control" factor of politics and the state.

Education starts from birth as we all know, but the "controlled flow" of education is what I believe needs changing and it also needs to change in the schools because it's a change as a whole to the approach of learning, the subjects of learning, the best growth possibility of each person.

I believe education as it stands is not working to its best ability for the times.

Today's teachers are not going to be like tomorrows teachers, just as today's kids are not going to be like tomorrows, education itself changes too but to slowly to make a big impact so the system they also teach under needs changing.

You read any blog or news article of a famous "self made" person or someone who gives advice to others, it's always "follow your passions", and most of the time these same people didn't do well at school, or just struggled so left with no qualifications.

So why do we stifle the passions of kids?

Why do we deny them the best opportunities to grow that passion?
Minimizing the opportunities to become a happy and successful person doing what they love?

Why is education such a mess that it manipulates kids to be a certain way, follow a certain pattern.

Manipulated to "fit" into society as "they" want you to fit in.

What is the real underlying cause, with education that needs changing, in my view?

It's too broad, for too long.

Lack of focus on any passion.

As it stands everyone gets more of the same!

Can you remember much from the lessons you never liked? Nor me!
What about those you did like... ;o)

Our passions don't start at 16, they start at a young age when we have bigger dreams than we do now as adults, because we dare to dream that way...as we grow reality kicks in!

The times demand change in education.

The reason?

People, and that includes kids are better connected than ever before and to harness that we need change, so the growth of those valuable connections start early and strengthen as they grow.

What would I change if I had the chance?

Starting at the age of 4 would be the first thing.

One problem is working parents have working hours out of line with school hours of their kids, so that would a good start. It would be a better habit for all our body clocks if they were in line with each other as we all grow.

Changing these hours means more lessons for the kids but have one whole day a week concentrated on play and interacting with each other, sports etc, games, challenges, basic socialising.

The teachers need to be looking for passions of each child, reporting it in a log, be it painting, writing, sporty things, challenges, etc.

They have the basic education of reading and writing etc, as we do now, until the age of 7.

By 7 each pupil would have a log of the things that they are keen on, like, have a passion for or learn in better way, i.e reading, watching, doing.

These kids should be grouped a little better for the collective development of each "band" of passion, i.e drawing, or English, or maths, and style of learning.
There will be overlaps of styles, but utilise what's working best for them.

Now from aged 7 till 11 these passions should be developed with integration of the basics.

What do I mean by that?

History, geography etc doesn't need to be just on a broad thing, if a class of kids are passionate about painting, they could have a history lesson around the passion making it far more interesting and engaging, more meaningful.

By 11, the kids will have shown alot about themselves and their passions etc meaning they are enjoying school more and doing better for it.

Moving into "senior" school the teachers need to completely different to what we have now.

They need to be as passionate about the passions the kids have while being also able to integrate the basics into the teaching process around the passion.

Part of the education I would integrate into this is business lessons, money lessons, relationship lessons.

As the hours of school are longer and the kids are more passionate to learn more about their passions they also form real bonds that will matter after school.

How many of us have been in touch with the "majority" of those we were at school with?

Not many I bet, we were all diverse, destined to separate and follow our own paths, only having close bonds with the handful real friends we have.

How many of the real friends go into the same career path as you?

Not many I bet, we are all choosing different paths, that share no real mutual benefit in most cases. As it stands we leave school, to find ourselves in the "deep end" with no real understanding of how the world works or what we have to do as part of it.

We learn NOTHING about tax, business, law, money etc.

So we feel more isolated and lost within this situation and we have to "grow up fast" just to get by!

We lost contact with the majority of our "old circle" as they also go through what we do, having to also "grow up fast".

No wonder there is so much pressure on people in their late teens and 20's.

By changing things...

This way the bonds will last because of the "valuable connections" built and nurtured through the learning process of a collective passion between the class, these become the close friends you share life with, go into a career with.

While at school, you all learnt together about building a life with your passion, and having each other to learn and grow with, and that continues outside school.

We have more passionate business owners who are all working together to grow.
Some of these passionate people become the next generation of teachers, to spread and grow the passions farther.
We have a better chance of having a stronger society this way.
We have a better chance to build upon the success of each generation.

We have a society of happier, more successful people.
These people are tomorrows parents who will also know the value of building the passions of their own children, the next generation.

Over time the education will improve and become better suited to building real passions in real passionate people.

This I believe would create a much more valuable society and it's ability to grow through business and collective support for each other.

The self education of society would continue to expand through the ability to share valuable relevant information between passionate people.

What do you think?

Does education need to change, if so how?

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"This is why it won't work for me goddamit"

An interesting conversation I had recently, I won't say who with obviously or where, simply because it's not relevant but what we discussed was.

This reader of my blog, friend on social sites, and a real offline friend just emailed me in general chatter mode really.

The conversation came to a point where they mentioned having difficulties, just like the rest of the people with the economy taking a downturn etc.

Obviously anyone with work is worried about one main thing, "security" of that job.
No real "jobs for life" anymore as they say, which is probably 80% true.

They mentioned they are actually looking for a job as the 3 kids are all at school, hubby is working but worried like most are.

I just mentioned why not start "doing something online" while looking for work?

"Like what?" she asked, "what you do? blogging or whatever it is?"

"Could do" I replied, or any number of things really, it depends what you could do.

"All I want is to simplify life lol" she said.
"I can't do a blog and look after the kids and do the house work! And what the hell would I even blog about, goddamit"

I remembered something I had seen a few days earlier, told her I will get back to her. :o)

Funny where Valuable connections can be made and how. :o)

So, I messaged her...I said...

"I'll blog about it, but send you an email first", both happy that both of us get the value, but me sharing lets you take the value of it to do whatever with as you will. ;o)

I realised that ALL of the above issues she had could be the very things to blog about.

Here we go...

You are rushed off your feet, kids, housework all taking your time and energy, so what could you really do about that?

You think..."Rob says, blogaboutit!! But how???"

I was browsing a very interesting site when I came across a perfectly good way to learn how to Simplify your life, indeed someone like my friend here is the perfect match in some ways.

Cheaper than fish and chips! Simplify your life

Then you can start applying these to your life, simplifying it, you can blog about how you are applying it to your life, what it's doing for you what works, what doesn't etc, posting maybe daily when you have a spare 20 Min's etc to write it.

Your friends start to read your blog, they tell others and you start getting more readers, all the while you continue posting what YOU learn from YOUR actions.

You are not teaching directly, but indirectly by sharing, sharing YOUR experiences, this is you creating social proof, after a few weeks, you get more time due to the success of applying it, writing better posts, all the while you actual writing is improving.

You continue to apply and grow, your friends start asking "where they can get that book?"

You then realise you are an affiliate, you can post a link to the book while anyone who buys it will be contributing to YOU earning money, and they will buy it because of the social proof you have provided.

They may apply it but not blog about it like you did, so they will just continue reading your blog, sharing it with others, and this buying cycle will happen again.

You realise you are succeeding here, then you go check out the book writers blog, and see a great new way you can also grow your blog content, writing less at times.

Then your friends start to email you, commenting on your blog, sharing things that are working for them.

You could then ask a few to be "guest writers" on your blog, maybe let two people write a post once a week, that two days less blogging for you and you still have the content and further social proof...leading the cycle again, more eyeballs, more book sales.

You then start to see how you can add other valuable streams of income to your blog, like related products or complementing products.

Then you see how you can start to build an email list from your blog, which you can develop a better and more closed conversational relationship with your community.

It's only showing in those who subscribe to the list, not on the blog.

Maybe do better things with the list, provide even more value to them than on the blog....doable if all your post are by guest bloggers. ;o)

Other ideas start to become visible with your growing learning curve which you know will help your community.

You can't believe how far you have come just for taking action, life is simplified, calmer and you are in control, creating your own "security".

You started to see how you can turn your best content into a....book!

Then sell that, get an army of fans selling it for you too.

All it took was that you realised "if he can do it, with more on his plate than me, I can do it too."

You may even email me later...saying... "Thanks Rob!" :o)





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"Magic of making up"

Relationships!!

We all have them, good and bad.

The one thing we all also know, when they end, friends say...

Don't worry, plenty of fish in the sea, get out there and get into the dating game again...and quick!

Bad advice if you ask me, for several reasons,
  1. Is it fair to have "emotional baggage" put onto someone else?
  2. Do they really want to meet someone else?
  3. If they do meet someone else, is ANYthing about that going to be genuine?
Probably not, most of the time all they can think about it is their ex and what they are up to.

Funny thing love!

While it may be true sometimes the split up is the best option, or the only option left to them, the majority of the time there are kids involved and in reality it's very few of those split ups that are "hopeless."

There is some very do-able things that will save any relationship, somethings you would never even think of and yet if people knew of them they would have a better chance of trying to make it work out, even if only for the children's sake.

But the real beauty of this knowledge is, why wait till you have the problems? Why not use them to strengthen your relationship?

Every relationship takes work as we all know, but it's what you work ON in the relationship that can make the difference between an ok relationship and a great relationship...and NO it's not the sex!!

It's the Magic of making up!!

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"Lucky YOU, the timing couldn't be better"

Lucky you, possibly, possibly not, everything depends on YOU. ;o)



If the media is anything to go by, the only way now for us should be down, with the doom and gloom spread daily the fear is creeping in, and fear is the LAST thing you want.

It seems people fear losing jobs, losing their homes, losing income, in short the "shit is gonna hit the fan!"

Fear breeds bad shit... who wants that? :o/

I'll tell you who...those that KNOW what the people fear, and what those that fear will want as a result of that fear.
Those people think, and ask..."how do I make money to help MY situation, or if I lose my job and can't get another?"

THAT is the opportunity these who sell the "dream" of "making money online" see.

Those in IM know exactly what you will do, and fight each other to be where you will go after you DO what they KNOW you will do.

Listen up, if you KNOW what I mean by IM... you don't need me telling you, ;o)
I do say though, tread carefully because of the power of connections now has never been bigger or better, scam or take the piss and it WILL haunt you. ;o)

For you that don't know what I mean by IM, or are new online...don't worry.
Just don't spend...and get sucked in too easy, it happens! Believe me! ;o)

I'll be posting some great free resources in the next few post, one benefit is I and others have already been through the free crap to find the gems, so it saves you time and information overload.

But have NO fear... I am hoping this blog as well as others I share with you help you avoid that "sucked in trouble". :o)

Really, you want to look at things from an opportunist perspective, knowing that there are always going to be opportunities around you, so even in bad times some of those are often the biggest opportunities because less people will see these opportunities and will dwell on their fears.

The FIRST thing to remember is, there ARE other people just like you out there, and coming online daily, whatever it is you are like ;o)

Seeing any opportunity means you CAN act on it, do that and you are one step ahead of the pack.

Once you know it's worth taking the action, ie a little due diligence is needed aka a little researching, will mean you already KNOW of any potential from the actions you need to make.

BUT and it IS a big but...
EVERYTHING will depend on you, what effort, WORK will you put in? Huh work?? :o/

Well, if you have a real trade you have some knowledge and skill...you work anyway!
Some skills etc obviously won't be much use online, but I digress...

Ok, FUN would be better, and possibly more profitable. ;o)
Depending on what you do, what you like, enjoy sharing etc.

The timing is a good one to get started NOW if you want to do that or just spend a bit of time in evenings after your day job trying it out, getting started is far easier than people think.

The best thing NOW is to evaluate your skills, knowledge, passions, etc.
If your list is big, trim it down AS you research it's potential, you may miss a gem otherwise. ;o)

If you find it hard to create your list, ask someone close, "what do YOU think my passions are, etc, what do I seemingly always talk about etc".

May get some surprising answers if you ask a few people you know closely. ;o)

Then armed with this info...look online at these things.

So, you may type whatever it is into google.com or google blog search, or find forums, websites, etc.
While searching for whatever keyword (i.e "beach fishing", "How to make a quilt?", "windsurfing in UK" etc, you use what you would anyway, a question, a query, whatever, but use " " and without " " around your phrase.

While doing this in either "" or no "" mode, check and take note of the number of sites etc, on the top right, in bold of the google page...

The number of sites and blogs and activity within all these blogs and sites will give you a good indication of how good or bad the "scene" is regarding that "niche".

You want a reasonably competitive, active and busy market, not too big, not too small.
If you have a few good ones, think about doing them all and you will make money online. ;o)

For now, just browse in the areas that you are interested in, see what you find.

THAT is your FIRST step, and we take it one at a time. ;o)

Any questions or comments. feel free to post below...



P.s I'll be doing a few interesting post over the next few days, and sharing some good resources that won't cost a penny or drive you bonkers. :o)

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"Facebook suckers, and you don't even know it"


If you are local to me too, this will be even more relevant to you, but it's not what you're thinking it is now. If I change your thinking or perspective just a few degrees it's all good. :o)

If that rower above wants to get to the sun, he needs to alter a few degrees ;o)

Let's dig in suckers!! ;o)

Something I keep hearing offline and some of you who asked maybe reading this, is "how the hell do you make money online" a pause... "porn or sommat" and then a laugh. ;o)

Anyone in IM (Internet Marketing) will know what I mean here, and know that sight of glazing eyes on others when we try explaining.

Well let's see now, where do MOST of you locals see me online? Facebook?

That is the perfect example I can use to explain this then, because you KNOW facebook, after all it sucked you in!

It has already hit that tipping point like ebay did a few years ago, what do I mean?

Maybe you was one of them, you got online to use ebay, and only really used ebay, you knew of it and it sucked you in.

I mean, there are those who ONLY got online to use ebay, now it's much the same with facebook, people who had never been online are now joining up because all their friends are talking of it OFFLINE, much like ebay did to some.

They hit that tipping point of viral marketing. :o)

Yet people said to me back then, "how do you make any money online if you dont use ebay?"

NEVER guess what?

Facebook is making money from YOU everyday, everytime you use it, everytime your friends use it....not only that, OTHERS are making money from you all the time too.

Have a good look around and you can see it with ads and such, but its not the ONLY way or the best way even, but I digress.

They monetise it from the traffic it gets, it is a numbers game.

They can target ads superbly because its the perfrect social site where you share a real sense of who you are, where you are, what you like etc, all those PEOPLE, ALL that data!!!

Look at mine for example, I get ads on the home page with a picture of a gorgeous woman, and a headline like... "37 and still single? Meet local ladies here"

Now you tell me, IS that targetted?
They got my age, my relationship status, my area and that is what they have on all of us...data that can be targetted to whatever.

You and me provide the content that facebook thrives on.
Content is the key part of getting somewhere online, I provide content like this, but I have to provide it, facebook gets it freely by your actions.

Lets take another example of how people "miss it" as I say, it's not always as it seems, and it's shown clearly here that traffic is a massive part of it, the cleanest site and yet probably one of the most profitible ones online is THIS. (right mouse click open in new tab or window)

Before you say... "I know that company BUT where's the ads or whatever, how is it profitable?"

It's the next step that YOU take which makes them the profits, as well as for others. :o)

Ok but you say...

"YOU don't own them, I will never own them , so...??" a pause... "how would "I" make money from online, if I decided to try?"

Good question and one a few people will often think about what with the "credit crunch" worries and such.
Who wouldn't like to earn a little bit extra? :o)

As you are here, I could say, well this blog here makes money, not much but that is ONLY because of the traffic dropping off due to me being offline for a while and having just started to get back into the "groove" again :o)

I WILL get that traffic back up, but the fundementals are already here to some degree.

The key area is to provide some good content, it's how you create and share that content that matters to what will work for you.

I write, take pictures, you may not like writing, but like talking, so videos may work, etc.
It all comes down to sharing good content (USEful information) and building that traffic (readers, watchers etc) by various means.

Then twaeking here and there to maximise your monetisation.

That is IF your main aim is to make money from it, do whatever you are best at, and do it to the best you can and the money will follow anyway. :o)

BUT make providing quality content your main purpose.

That breeds traffic, traffic breeds DATA, data breeds results, results breeds goals!

So what "content" should YOU create and share?

Whatever your main passions are, experience etc, BUT research to see if it even has a MARKET.

How?
Use google blog search and such, search using "keywords" in quotes, for example "English gardens" for the green fingered, or "beach fishing" or "improve golf swing" etc, give it a go and you may well be surprised at how good your market could be.

See what comes up, look around and get a feel for things, you will soon see you CAN share good content because you see content you may know you can do better, or you may know more. ;o)

Then it's PLANNING it, and taking action.

Does this make things a little clearer?

Does it help explain a little more about how people make money online?
Feel free to use comments below. :o)

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"Why are you even USING twitter?"

I ask because because the twits on twitter I wrote about a few post ago had a few comments and obviously I wasn't the only one thinking this way, is that a good or bad thing?

Then a commenter said on the last post below and I quote,

"Oh, by the way - my Twitter grade is a lousy 37, and I'm proud of that. If you're above a 90, you're spending too much time online, becoming a hamster on a wheel.

PROVE to me it improved your bottom line measurably, I might rethink that - but I need proof. Not a grade from a bot."

The bot was twitter grader which tweeters know about. ;o)
I replied and quote below,

"As for your twitter grade.

Look at it this way, your comment made me think..
"Is ALL you think of the bottom line being in monetary terms?"

Well look at this blog here, revamped with help of twitters, is that not helping my bottom line in one way or another?

Without twitter I wouldn't have got it right.

With twitter it's about the QUALITY of those you follow and interact with, rather than what time you spend there.
Relationship building IS what builds your bottom line. ;o)

Use twitter as a way of connecting to the right people for your business and see what it does to your business? ;o)

I think you miss out by NOT using it. :O)

Regardless, it's whatever you feel best for you and your business and I won't say it WILL help as I have no idea if it will.
I think it depends alot on your relationship with those on there more than anything.

That grader bot is a good example of social proof in action. ;o) regardless of whether we see it as worthless or not.

It's tapping into it the right way ;o) "

My short blunt answer to this is...

Twitter is NOT THERE to make YOU money.
It's a TOOL for CONNECTING, nothing more nothing less.

The web is NOT THERE to make YOU money, its a TOOL too.

You can USE them to generate something of value to swap with money, but how you do that is the key ;o)

So the real question is WHY are you using twitter?

As I said above I got this blog revamped with help of a few tweeters on twitter (thanks guys) and have made some good "friends" on there, i say friends as in online friends, nevertheless nice and helpful , fun, interesting people.

I get to find links to blogs and sites of interest from twitter, get news on twitter at times faster than I could otherwise.

I find that twitter is something pretty amazing in that where else can you get an INSTANT response to a problem just by "tweeting" about it?

I have now over 560 followers and I follow over 650 people, therefor there is ALWAYS someone on there to respond and there is always someone there I can respond to, help, advise, whatever.

Where else can you do that?
Where else can you have a "live personal feed" like that?

What I mean by that is it's a LIVE feed, you get the tweet as soon as the other person wrote it, and vice versa, if using devices like a phone they can ANYWHERE!

Imagine you have 5000 followers, think you could get a response to a problem anytime?
Think there is someone who has that knowledge you are seeking on whatever it is? :O)

I do, I bet on it too.

So I use twitter as it should be used.

So what are YOU using twitter for?


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"Twits on twitter"

There are a few.... ;o)

They obviously don't know it themselves, else they wouldn't carry on being twits!
Maybe they will soon ;o)

Twitter, a great idea which I don't think is going to die out anytime soon with devices capabilities so you can use your phone with it etc will most likely help it grow massively as more people hear about it, try it and like it.

Why use twitter?

For the same reason we live...to build relationships, be connected, to share, to talk, to help, to teach, to laugh, to support and to be there for.

If you doubt that, you don't grasp it as you should.

People who use twitter often get "news" online fast, like the current IKE issue, people posting updates on twitter were doing so in REAL time.

There is a lady who is in LABOUR, giving birth, keeping everyone updated on twitter...in REAL time. Best of luck there to you too. ;o)

It's like a mini RRS feed of someones going on's as it happens. :o)

Where else do you see that? See the potential with that?

Yet so many who should know better get it wrong.

Here is the dilemma with the twits, they see it as ONLY a marketing tool, inevitably be to be abused like other things that go the same way.

Marketing IS a part of life, we all do it, but not all the correct way, or in the most beneficial way.

Unintentional marketing is usually the best marketing.

Hard to do when all you intend is to market and IMO end up spamming the place with links in almost every "tweat" (each 140 character response made) you make.
If that is YOU, you don't "get it at all" IMO...you are a twit!

Don't get me wrong there are some marketers who do use it well.

Tweaters on the other hand, "get it" ;o)

It's a connection tool first, they follow who they like, while others who like them follow them. :o)

One good advantage with twitter is you can add the RSS feed to a blog, website, lens which means freshly updated content each time you tweat.

Your biggest advantage on twitter is to be YOURSELF.

Just as it is in life.

If twitter is ONE part of your social networking efforts, be careful not to ruin it with a dirty great footprint which could be counter productive, as Lynn terry elaborated on too.

It's not all bad though as Lynn shared with us a good port on doing it successfully.

I point you to them as it means I need not explain it myself, and also I am doing what we should be doing.

Sharing good content which will help others, and freely.

I am not taking away from my own success doing this, as others would have you believe when they say, "you may LOSE readers, as they may prefer the blogs you share over yours".

Well, if that is the case, it means I need to DO better with my content rather than STOP sharing great content of others... does it not?

But hang on, I AM sharing content here, but improving it by linking to great content elsewhere because I feel MY readers deserve it. ;o)

That IS the essence of the web after all.

Lynn will be pleased lol...don't take Lynn's or my word for it, read the what those who use twitter say.

Who better to read than those who say what makes you "get it", than those who say it ON twitter.

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Timing is everything!

What a time to be offline when I have seen so many familiar faces...like on facebook!

Ah well, never mind as I am trying to get online asap I will catch up. ;o)
What have I missed then?
Anything new happening?

Sorry it has been a while since I wrote, will start doing more and more often.
Surprised by all those I see on facebook, faces I have not seen in 20 years...in some cases!
That long?
Sheesh...time flies!

Back soon!! ;o)

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"Stumbleupon stats"

Stumbleupon DOES work and works very well for UNTARGETED traffic... Here is a snapshot I have done of this blogs traffic when it is stumbled. :o)

I have not worked out how to cut the the white space from the bottom of this using the paint program which I did this in, so if anyone can advise me there I would be grateful. :o)





As you can see over 600 hits to one post in one day, thank you stumblers, but each post that is stumbled gives an average of well over 200 hits in a day, JUST from stumbleupon that is.

I am very happy using stumbleupon, there it is, I USE it, not just join and hope!

Maki...of dosh dosh makes a great post on stumbleupon which you should check out, it's explained better than I could do it. :o)

Another great bonus to being a stumbler is you get to find some great blogs and sites you would otherwise never see.

Stumbleupon is much better than people assume it to be.
It is not hard to use, it has a great community that is very diverse.

If you like to stumble this post, go ahead. ;o)
If you have yet to utilise stumbleupon get cracking as you will enjoy it as well as reap the benefit of traffic, but try and get it somewhat targeted.

It is I think the fastest way to drive traffic to a new blog.

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"The power of the cause"

This weekend is going to very very interesting for two reasons, but first...

Fasten your seatbelts!
Get your thinking cap on, keep your notepad and pen handy, maybe create a folder to save stuff too. ;o)

There is a cause I think you can help make succeed, yet you could also learn a thing or two as well...depending on how you look at things. ;o)

Two things are happening this weekend and both may be of interest to you, for now I want to concentrate on the important one...the one that will save kids lives.

Everyone does things differently, like we blog about passions, hobbies, thoughts, life, experiences we have, or just about what we are experienced at. Us bloggers all blog but for different reasons. :o)
The reason behind us doing things has a big bearing on how well we can do too.

A good cause is a powerful reason to succeed.

Saving the lives of children is a very good cause to do anything in life.

And the man behind this cause just amazes me.

I have to do what I can to help him save the lives of these kids.

THAT is the real cause behind this post... if I can help in any way whatsoever it is by sharing the message with you and anyone else I can share it with, if you can also share the message and help the cause then that is great.

My good friend Dr Mani is the man behind the cause, his name is a hint on how much he is behind this cause.

See Dr Mani is a heart surgeon who operates on kids...but not only that he also raises the money to pay for these operations!

Yes, an amazing genuine hard working and big hearted man indeed!

As I said there are many reasons we do the things we do, Dr Mani turned to the Internet early on, realising the power it had in helping the work he does and as that work as so important I don't blame him. ;o)

You see, he turned to the net part time in order to raise awareness, but also utilises everything he does in a positive way and he does this brilliantly, his drive is huge...because of the cause. :o)

Hopefully one day you will see this logo EVERYWHERE on the net...Go on post it too. ;o)

Help Spread Congenital  Heart Defects Awareness

He creates products at an unbelievable rate and they are always top quality too and always worth buying, but he also gives a huge amount of top content freely in all he does.

Each year he blogs for 24 hours...a post every 30 minutes to raise money and it's this weekend!

Last year I did a guest post on his blogathon (this blog project) and felt proud to have contributed.
This year it's a little different...YOU can take part too!

Why not take a look and see what you can do to help, the blog of Dr Mani.
Take a look at the "mini blogathon" to see what others are doing too. :o)

If you do nothing else this weekend please keep an eye on that blog. :o)

There is something else too, Dr Mani really knows what he talks about when giving tips...read his blogging tips.

That's what you want the damn pen and notepad for!! ;o)

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"The time, Italian style"




Who needs a watch? ;o)

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"It's still a journey"

We all start at the bottom when we start out blogging, we all take it one post at a time. Everyting takes time and blogging is no different...

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You may start off humbly like above... ;o)

With dreams of climbing that success ladder in the hope of something better and bigger.





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One step at a time, if we all walk the steps we all take the same amount of steps...but a tip for new bloggers, the faster you start taking the steps, the better and I mean post as much as twice a day for the first few weeks to really get the pace going...before you know it you are half way there. ;o)





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Next thing you know, you are at the top, and you never know something like the above could be waiting! ;o)

One step a time... :o)

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"You tell me, I'll listen"

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It's been a real summer of reflection and change in some ways and they say people fear change, well I would like to embrace it for what it is, not least because the last 7 or 8 weeks has taught me a huge amount. ;o)

Learning things in ways I wouldn't have expected and yet learning things where I wouldn't have even looked....right under my nose! ;o)

The blogging side of it is no different on that score and what I have gained over that time I couldn't put a price on it in many ways but putting what I have learnt into practice is the key.

That's the aim and it is giving me two feelings, one of slight anticipation and one slight excitement and fear mixed.

One the one hand it's all "go for it" and yet on the other it's "what if goes wrong?"

So who better to ask than you, the reader. :o)

You see there seems quite a divide among bloggers and no-one will please everyone but at least pleasing your own readers is the main thing. :o)

What's this divide?

Monetisation and those who bleat about the so called "cause", which I guess is that blogs are "diary's, personal, not meant for making money with"...the brigade who in my eyes have no place telling others what they should and shouldn't do on their blogs.

If blogs weren't made for monetisation why did Google start AdSense?

But I digress, the fact is there is a divide and to me it's as daft as ya like. ;o)

Blogs are simply dynamic websites, no more no less. ;o)
The easy way to build an online presence...for anyone, and fast.

But it also got me thinking... ;o)

I got thinking about this blog and what I want from doing it as well as what other plans I would like to carry out elsewhere...which way am I going, and where to?

I got thinking about what I can do, now and further down the line.

Well I got some answers from asking...me, but I don't read this blog, I write it so the reader is as important as me in what can be done to improve things, after all that's the whole point and you benefit the most. ;o)

I did get some great tips from a readers view from a discussion board and it made me think too.

I will tell you why too...and I do think it matters.

We all market, we all not all marketers yet we are.

An oxymoron I know but what I mean is it's a mentality, a marketers mentality and it's more so with IM, (Internet marketing).
So while we all blog we need readers and in some way the blogs are marketed to them, even indirectly, if you blog...you market in some way yet you may not actively market.

You don't have a "marketing head on" all the time.

It's a real thing and it can also be an addictive thing but also being exciting, frustrating uplifting all rolled into one it can be a nightmare to stop, to turn that "marketing head" off.

IM is a myth, a mentality, yet a reality! ;o)

But here's the rub, without learning what I have through IM I wouldn't be where I am now. ;o)

But I digress, where was I?

Oh yeah...having stepped out of the IM circle a bit in the last month or so I have had my eyes really opened by stepping more into the blogosphere and the "social network" side of the net...which I always known of just not realised the scope and benefit of it.

The future is there, and we are a part of it already.

But I also now realise who diverse the wider picture is and feel more in line with where I am going and how, just need to act and act the best I can on what matters while also growing in the right direction.

This blog is a big part of that direction.

Lets be straight here and lets say...for instance, as it could be anyone of us bloggers and most of us will have asked themselves at some point, so for example...

It cost £30, or $30 to be online a month, so we can say...

The reality is £1, or $1 a day from this blog keeps this blog going easily, so that's free Internet...not much is it?

But...

Where does that come from?

If I don't get that how can I do that?

And every month?

(Sheesh my IM "marketing head" is partly back on... See... ;o) )

The basics people say are you usually get a 1% response rate, meaning 1 out of 100 will actually give, buy, act in what way gets you the £1 or $1 but...

Only if they have a way for you actually getting that £1 or $1.

  • If you rely on Adsense or similar you need alot more than 100 visits to get the £1 or $1 a day.

  • If you have good traffic to your blog you could do it with Adsense easy, if it's the action you want and lead them to take.

  • If you have something to sell that your readers can buy you may well do it easy.

  • If you sell adspace privately you may well do it easy.

  • If you have a good readership and a good niche and you are an affiliate you may well do it easy.

  • If you have a good following of fans whether due to controversy or other you may well get the traffic funnelled someway to earn indirectly.

  • If you give great content freely and people donate to you.

It's the last one that's so pleasing to me and THAT is the one I like most. :o)

When I get a beer it does make me feel great and knowing someone gave freely is the icing on the cake. ;o) Maybe it's the supposedly "subliminal messages" here which I can't find! ;o)

But if you did all of above you make your chances better and worse, depending on how you do them...mix and match is what most people do.

So while I was asking myself these questions I realised making money from this blog was never really an intention but it has become a need for now because of that stepping out of the IM circle gave me a slight dip which I has risen above now...just hoping not too late. ;o)

I view the world online a little different to some being deaf it makes the world more communicative. ;o)
More accessible and for that I want to stay online for good.

Re-thinking plans and taking the lessons learnt I have to embrace changes and I will. ;o)

So where do you come in?

Well I got thinking about how this blog looks, what you get from it and how best to ensure of a £1 or $1 a day thrown in the mix.

Just for the simple reason of making the Internet pay for itself via at least one thing I do and if it's this blog than all the better...

Because I give all in this blog the best I can and want to improve, grow and write under no pressure of the content I put here, meaning it doesn't have to do more than I need it to do money wise, I enjoy writing on here and want to enjoy it more. ;o)

So in all honesty I only need to do ONE thing...for at least £1 or $1 a day I give content that's worth it ;o)

That's why a beer is better than a sell. ;o)

It means what I wrote was worth it to someone who is under no obligations.

I prefer to write longer and better posts if I can give something to someone in some way. :o)

So two or three ideas spring to mind...

  • Keep blogging as I do, leaving the blog as is?
  • Improve the overall blog layout keeping it clean and simple yet not too different?
  • Streamline and clean up alot by reducing the adspace and similar?
  • Have only MY income makers and not other peoples, of which is very little anyway?
  • Remove all but the beer, keep on giving good content but relying on at least ONE of you a day buying a beer?
  • Remove all but the beer and the only time I really share other peoples stuff is in a relevant post?
  • A possible addition could be a forum, maybe as a place to also discuss this blogs post, ideas, share tips and more...free or even indirectly helping by a one off charge of a £1 beer? ;o) (It stops spammers! ;o) )
  • Other ideas, or another mix?
What would make you happier to read this blog again, what would you like to see?

Would any of you feel if all but the beer was removed that you would ever buy the beer?

Or would you get me drunk? ;o) ( Not that it goes on beer of course! )

Any thoughts, comments? Please comment.

Wanna share this post?, Please do.

Or even buy me a beer? ;o)



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