How to Get Blog Food-Videos

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Blog Food-Videos

I call blog food any nugget or meal that feeds your blog. It is like having frozen dinners in the freezer.

There is a very popular video circulating on You Tube on a new way to peel potatoes. Now, how is this blog food?

  • Video features a TV Star and already has over 1 million views
  • You could post the video on your site and ask folks to make additional comments on your blog
  • All the testing has already been done for you, it works and attracts folks interested in that topic. If you have a readership that likes this topic area then it is blog food.
  • You can also ask folks to read existing comments and make comments on those comments.

A very good baby boomer blogger , Pam Archer sent this video to me. After I watched it I said, “great blog food!”

So keep following this series and also make suggestions on blog food baby boomers can use to f eed their blogs.  Remember if you love shopping at food warehouses you have lots of ideas for your blogging food pantry.

The video is below please also share your views here also by clicking on comments.

HTBB-Will You Volunteer for This Group?

HTBB, you may recall from an earlier post this week, is a group I named called Help This Blogging Boomer. I am challenging my self and others to restore life to those neglected blogs.

So, I said I would start by identifying the blogs I have neglected. So, I am going to talk briefly about one of them. The site I am choosing to perk up is Crumbsnatcher.

This is a site that features the character, Crumbsnather(aka Mighty Care) from the storybook DVD, Crumbsnatcher Gets a New Name. I have neglected this site.

So, my next step is to RECALL why I created the site.

The site was created with my husband, artist Ray Horner, to gather comments and share updates about this special bird. You see, we had fun doing this storybook. I created the story and my husband created the pictures.

A very dear friend of ours, Kevin Thompson, is the voice of Crumbsnatcher.  Now, believe it or not, just sharing this with you is perking me up to post something. But what will it be? Will Crumbsnatcher offer some insights on diversity? Will he reflect on how he got his name?

So the next step should be, how do you decide on what to post on a site you have neglected? What help can you give to blogging boomers who have neglected their sites.

Have you identified a site that needs help?

What Does A Good Blog Post Look Like?-John Hayden

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series What does a good blog post look like?

In part two of this series I want to feature a blog post I saw by John Hayden. The post is titled; How Facebook turns active users into community managers – without paying a dime (video)

The following points, in my opinion, make this a good post:

  • An engaging picture that draws you into the post
  • An engaging title that clearly tells you what the post is all about
  • The inclusion of the word VIDEO. When this title is seen in the search results some may select this post if they are more  visual learners.
  • A good pre-video narrative that explains what you are going to view in the video
  • A well done and SHORT video that leaves you with memorable bit-sized content that is easy to chew
  • Good font size
  • Header (2) size sub-headings which increases the ease of reading
  • Excellent action steps after the video

Now that is this baby boomer’s opinion, what do you think?

What do you think?

Google Analytics vs AWStats

Not to long ago I posted about a site that gave a great explanation for why my AWStats were different from my Google Analytics.

Well I do not know what happened but either boomer me left out the link or pixel thiefs stole it. (Just kidding)

But please see the post again with the link this time. Hope it helps you like it helped me. See the post corrected post on the two statistical packages AWStats and Google Analytics

And let this be a lesson for you also, always check your links. Also, sometimes when watching TV review some of the posts in your site to be sure embedded codes are still in bed and links are working. Thanks Rita for letting me know.

More on Gravatars

After writing a short introduction post to gravatars someone wrote a very detailed and wonderful post on the topic. I mean this post is basic 101 which is just what many folks need when they do not have a clue how to get that cute image up on their sites.

I found out about the post when I got a comment on this site. That’s right new bloggers when you comment about a blog post and include the url often the site you mentioned will be notified. That is cool.

Ok, this post is very well written just like the entire site. If you have a home business you will want to hang around a bit to glean more insights. So, I am going to subscribe so I can stay updated. That is just the way blogging works. That’s why I love it.

So, check out this excellent , clear and well illustrated post on gravatars.

PS the picture used in the post illustration is a handsome picture of a baby boomer, can’t get any better than that.

Why Do My Google Analytics Look Different Than My AWstats Report From My Host?

My stats from Awstats look so different from my stats on Google Analytics. I keep scratching my head trying to figure it out. Did it mean that one of them, hopefully the one with the lower numbers, was wrong?

Actually my research led me to several sites.  But I found one that seemed to be much clearer than mud. This baby boomer actually understood it! Ha!

Anyway, for all of you that have placed Google Analytics on your site please read this excellent article explaining the difference in the statistical reports. The site is designed for beginners and those with one step into the intermediate range.  Here is a short description about the author who seems to know what he is talking about. Well, he sure knows more than me.

Edward Lansink has been active in web marketing and web analytics since 2005, working with an international software development company and providing consultancy services to a few online retailers who have grown to understand the increasing importance of optimization of their websites and marketing spend.

So thank you so much Mr. Lansink for your excellent explanation about Google Analytics vs AWstats. Now, I understand. You made this baby boomer happy.

Deeper Insights on Amazon S3 and WordPress For Bold Baby Boomers

WARNING!

Do not read this post unless you have decided to install AmazonS3 or ready to dive head first into the adventure.

I recently posted about the installation of AmazonS3 after I followed the instructions. Note: I should change “I “to “we” because my husband and I worked on it with another baby boomer friend via phone. We wanted to support each other in the challenge. We knew it had to be done but had placed it on the bottom of the list of things to do.

Now, I really spend times reading the comments of blogs. Sometimes you get a lot information or clarification in the comments.So, as I read the comments to the post I referenced I saw this excellent comment by a young brilliant techi about using an added applicatio with your AmazonS3.

Now, I want you to know that I did not understand all of it. But part of this boomer journey is learning how to jump in there and ask questions. Also, you have to take each unknown word and get a definition. For example, there is a suggestion to rename the files.  I will probably need to ask for more direction or read additional reference material. But we will probably schedule another Friday or Saturday evening of fun to go deeper into our AmazonS3 adventure.

Of course the easiest solution is to have a member of your in house or virtual staff take read these posts. But if you want to learn some of the basics yourself  jump on into this post and the prior post.  Call a friend because three boomer brains can do wonders.Take a few minutes now to read what Paul Stanatiou has to add about making your AmazonS3 work well.

5 Blogging Basics for Baby Boomers

 

Jill Gordon is my guest blogger today. This is a foundational article that is great for baby boomer beginners but should be revisited by even seasoned bloggers.

 

Most of us aren’t experts on art, but we know a good painting when we see one. The same goes for blogs. You may not be a social media wizard but you know what you like and what is well done and what just, well, isn’t. While each blog is unique there are some big things that the top blogs have in common that you can take and use as lessons for your blog –even if you only have a few followers—which can make your site of a higher quality and much more fulfilling to write. Here are a few to consider:

 

1. Good design.

 

Even the most well-written blog out there will be hard to stomach if it looks like a design disaster zone. Spend some time making sure that things are laid out well and that you’re not trying to cram every single widget and add-on available into your one poor little blog. Keep things looking streamlined and organized instead so readers can easily navigate. If you don’t know a thing about design, look at others blogs for inspiration.

 

2. Quality content.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re writing about your road trip to the Grand Canyon or health care reforms, if you’re not writing well (including proofreading) you’re doing yourself a real disservice in terms of the overall quality of your blog.

 

3. A clear voice.

 

When you’re doing pretty much any kind of writing on the web you want to have a distinct voice—a reason why someone would read your site over any of the other millions of blogs out there. For some people that might be adding humor while others might have a pretty unique viewpoint. Whatever your angle is, put it to good use.

 

4. Focused topics.

 

The best and most popular blogs out there tend to focus on one particular topic, whether that is celebrity gossip or global affairs doesn’t matter. Similarly, if you want to create a really great blog you need to pick a focus and stick to it. That may mean creating more than one blog if you really love two totally different topics.

 

5. Passion.

 

Is what you’re blogging about something that you’re truly interested in, love doing or want to know more about? When bloggers focus on topics like these, whether it’s for business or personal use, it makes for a much better, richer and all-around greater experience than a topic that is just a passing interest.

 

 

 

This post was contributed by Jill Gordon who writes for the blog onlinecolleges.net.  She welcomes your feedback at Jill.Gordon25 @yahoo.com.

A Swipe File for Blog Post Ideas?

The term”swipe file”  is often used related  to copywriting and advertising. (At least that is my knowledge of it probably more uses I don’t know about) It is when you see an idea, for example a great design and copy for an ad, you cut it out and file it.

You then refer to that file when you are looking for ideas to create your own design or copy. The idea is nothing is really new these days. The ideas stimulate your own  brain cells into action and you may borrow the colors or wording and add your own special touch.

When it comes to blogging you might see a post  like, “7 Ways To Pump Up Your Blogging” . Now, clearly this is a motivational post so you might say “I’ve got it, I will do a post called, “7 Ways to Put the ” B” Back into Your Blogging.”

Ok, that does it for the introduction, I want to share with you a really great post on using swipe files by signing up to a Google RSS reader.

Please enjoy and not only post a comment on this bloggers site but drop one here also. Remember, the more comments, the more links back to your site.

When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Links And Opt-ins?

When was the last time you checked your links and opt-in boxes on your blogs. Do they still work?

This evening I was chatting with a friend and sent her to, what I thought, was a working opt-in box. Well, it worked but took us to the wrong THANK YOU PAGE  for the wrong free item. BOOMER ME.

I wanted to fire the secretary but realized that I was the secretary who made the mistake. Well, I am glad it happened. It was a reminder to go back and check the links and all your opt-ins to make sure they are working.

It is worth the time.  What do you think?