Ever wondered how a Blogger’s brain works?
Archives for April 2012
- They KNOW they should blog, but they don’t have the time
- They KNOW blogging will build credibility and search engine positions, but they can’t think of things to blog about
- They KNOW that people say blogging is good, but they can’t quite get their heads round why.
After a quick demonstration of how a blog post can be indexed and on the front page of Google within 15 minutes (phew! It worked!), and some searches to show how well blog posts do in the search engines, they were well on the way to getting the answer to the last point.
- and obviously leads and sales
I know it’s not an easy step for a lot of people, as it’s a different way of ‘advertising’ to that which has been used previously.
Forgive me for straying away from my usual topics a little in order to wish everyone a Happy St. George’s Day.
The following poem made me smile and I hope it will make you smile too, and be taken in the spirit it is meant.
No one calls it racist
When the daffodil’s worn in Wales
Or is offended by their dragon
With its forked tail and scales
When St Patrick’s day comes round
And the shamrock’s being worn
The Irish are not treated
With insult or with scorn
If a Scotsman on St Andrew’s day
Hoists his flag aloft
He’s not proclaimed a fascist
Or ridiculed or scoffed
So when St George’s Day arrives
We English men wont hide
For Elizabeth, England & St George
We’ll wear our Rose with pride
I wrote a little while ago about the latest trend of adding people as collaborators to a Pinterest board and how annoying it was, not to mention spammy.
It’s still happening with alarming regularity to lots of us, judging from the emails I get!
One of the most frequent Pinterest questions I’m asked at the moment is ‘How do I remove myself when someone adds me to a Pinterest board?’
So here’s how to do it.
First of all navigate to the board you’ve been added to. The example I’m using below is a board I’m actually happy to be a part of, as I’ve removed myself from those I’m not!
Once you’re on the board, you should see the edit button (click on image to enlarge):
Once you’ve clicked on the edit button you should see a list of the board’s contributors / editors – in the image below I appear at the top, which isn’t always the case, so you may have to search for yourself. (I’ve removed the details of other contributors.)
Simply click on ‘remove’ to start the process of removing yourself from the board.
Now comes the important bit – I missed this out at first and became really annoyed when I was still getting alerts that people had added to the board!
Scroll right to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘save settings’ button – it looks like this:
Once you’ve clicked that you’ll be removed – simple!
Why should I remove yourself from a board?
It may be flattering that someone has added you to a board called ‘Best pinterest Users’ or ‘People of Importance’ but you have no control over it. You don’t know whether the other contributors to the board are people you would want to be aligned with, or what content they’ll post.
It’s also pretty odds on that you don’t really know the person who has added you, have no idea of the reason for the board, and will never post to it anyway!
And remember, every board you are a contributor to, whether one of yours or one you’ve been added to without asking, shows up on your profile. When someone adds you to a board think “Do I want this on my Pinterest profile?”.
If the answer is no, then remove yourself as soon as possible.
Have you been added to boards without your permission? Did you remove yourself or did you just say nothing and try to ignore it?
This is an example blog for a training sesion I’m running at a Eureka Platinum Mastermind Group
Blogging can be hard for some people, and successful buiness people are no different – some of the issues I’ve heard about today include:
- I don’t have time to blog
- I can’t think of anything to blog about
- My website doesn’t have a blog
- I can’t blog because I’m confidential
- I used to blog but gave up
Today we’re going through how to blog, why to blog and where to blog in the hope of getting that Eureka! moment that will help them go away loving the idea of blogging.
If I’ve done this properly, this blog will be the thing that proves to them the power of blogging and I’l be saying Eureka!
A guest post by @hfitzy34
Cloud computing can be an incredible tool for a small business, or a business of any size, really, but let’s pause a moment to consider what this tool really does for you. The cloud can increase storage space and provide backup and support for your company, but if you don’t have a plan, then what’s it worth?
Developing a strategy is necessary to make the most of your cloud computing options. Here are a few ideas to develop a working cloud strategy:
Determine Your Reason for Moving to the Cloud
What is the primary reason you decided to get into cloud computing for your business? Was it the convenience of having everyone working on the same system? Was it the lower cost of installing the software on only a single license? Did it free up your IT staff to work on more important issues? Cloud computing can really increase what your business is able to do and production without requiring you to purchase new infrastructure to keep up with all the changes.
Whatever end goal you had in mind when you began using the cloud, this is going to help determine what sort of strategy you apply to making the most of it.
Prioritize Your Needs
The second step is, of course, prioritizing your needs. Stay focused and keep in mind why you really started using the cloud. If, for instance, you wanted the extra storage space, then clearly, a top priority is going to be getting more storage space and improving efficiency around the workplace, getting rid of bloat, deleting those ancient backups that you’re never going to need ever again, and so on. Using the cloud is the main thrust of your strategy, but changing behavior and tactics around the office will help you towards your ultimate end goal, whatever that may be.
Use the Cloud to Make the Most of the Cloud
Part of the appeal of the cloud is that you really don’t know how much it’s going to change when you first begin using it. You may have begun using the cloud so that you could improve communication around the office, but the added mobility, the fact that your employees can access the cloud from their phones and other connected devices, means that communication is even easier than you thought it would be.
Nobody has to send somebody an explanation of the new software interface, they can just show them the interface right on the cloud. In order to make the most of the cloud, explore it, play with it and encourage your employees to do the same so that you can all have a firm grasp of what the technology is and what it can do for you.
Developing a strategy around your cloud computing capabilities isn’t difficult—it’s really just a matter of using the technology as intended whenever you need it, and playing with it and exploring its features and possibilities when you don’t.
Henry Fitzgerald is a technology consultant based in Seattle. When not geeking out over the latest tech gadgets, he spends his time cooking, playing soccer, and sailing. Check out his tech blog here or follow him on twitter:@hfitzy34