Keeping Up With the Joneses

a place to sort out my thoughts about the net and my place in it….

Blogs on the Chopping Block

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sinking-ship.jpgWell, I have finally decided to let go of many of my blogs. Alas a blogging goddess I’ll never be. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But infrequent posting and even worst, uninspired posts are no way to build an audience. Spread too thin. So I let more than a few sinking ships sink. Now I can focus my efforts and try to find a voice for the blogs that I have decided to keep.

So what did I keep? I am keeping four blogs (Detroit, contests, pop culture, and this one). In addition, I will keep my personal and professional blogs going as well.

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Written by DonKatCha

October 16, 2007 at 6:02 pm

Posted in About Blogging

Half-Way Point of My October Challenge

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I haven’t quite blogged as much as I would have liked to, but I have definitely blogged a lot more than before the challenge.

What has worked:

  • Blogging when the idea strikes – Too often I would wait thinking I would do it later. Well, of course later I would never post. Now, even if I don’t like the draft, I at least do a draft.
  • Reading more – I have dramatically increased my blog subscriptions. I also check out more varied news sites.

What do I need to do:

  • Pick what blogs I’m working on – There are only a couple blogs where I post consistently. One thing about trying to increase my blog productivity is that I’m finding out what topics are most appealing to me. I need to let go of some blogs, but it’s not easy.
  • Come up with better marketing of my so-called network – Definitely, “the sell” is not one of my strong suits. I think as I define my blogs, and narrow down the consistent ones, it will help with “the sell.” Right now, things are still a little garbled and inconsistent.

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October 15, 2007 at 5:17 pm

Posted in About Blogging

My October Challenge

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So this month, I decided to kick my blogging efforts up a notch. So far, I have blogged a little more than usual. Traffic is also up a bit. I plan to use this experiment to find a more definitive voice on a few of my sites. I’m trying to break out of the “regurgitator” mode. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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October 6, 2007 at 12:48 pm

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Digging Google's Custom Search

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The latest toy I’ve been playing with is Google’s Custom Search Engine tool.

O’Reilly has written up an extensive step-by-step guide on how to use this tool.

Written by DonKatCha

September 8, 2007 at 9:27 pm

Posted in Webmaster Tool

How I've Been Keeping Up

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So, yet again, I’ve been toying with the idea of throwing in the towel and giving up blogging.

Google is such a bear to deal with these days. The so-called SEO tips of yesterday are just not working. It seems to be all about getting a lot of un-reciprocated links as far as I can tell.

So while I am going back to formula in terms of SEO, here are a few strategies I am going to try in order to increase traffic:

  • I’m not much of a commenter but I’m going to break the mode and do some.
  • Offer up a little more flare, spark, and snark to posts. I can’t simply regurgitate what’s already out there. I need to share my take on issues a little more. This is a little scary. I definitely don’t want to post something that is going to come back to haunt me, but you can’t make any gains without taking chances. I’m looking for a balance here.
  • If targeting keywords, not simply repeating “the target keywords” continuously, but mixing it up a bit.

I am also dealing with some behind the scenes issues, which are numerous and never-ending:

  • updating databases
  • submitting to directories
  • validating code
  • setting up analytics
  • reducing ads to focused products; or eliminating completely on personal blog
  • fixing categories and archives to avoid duplicate content issue; I chose to simply have title displays on category pages; others go with excerpts
  • adding the all-in-one-seo
  • updating blogroll
  • updating robots.txt files
  • password protecting wp-admin.

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August 11, 2007 at 7:13 pm

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links for 2007-08-10

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August 9, 2007 at 8:29 pm

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links for 2007-08-05

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August 4, 2007 at 8:30 pm

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