Friday, December 27, 2013

Should Your Business Abandon Facebook for Google+

It’s clear that business owners have a lot to think about as we continue to navigate the social media landscape! Scroll down the page and click the link below for an expert opinion on this timely topic!

Should Your Business Abandon Facebook for Google+?

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

How to Make a Blog Post Go Viral in Facebook

When it comes to utilizing Facebook traffic, a lot of us seems to get stuck on just building static fan pages and watching our fan count go up. First off, you’re under-estimating the power of Facebook as a viable traffic source, and second, there’s obviously so much more you can get from it.

In this post, I’ll show you how to make a blog post go viral in the Facebook community. It’s a good trick that every blogger should keep in mind.

Why Facebook is Effective in Making Viral Posts Campaigns

Let’s compare it to it’s closest social network rival – Twitter (yes, forget about MySpace). The problem with Twitter is that even if it’s so much easy to start promoting your posts, the discussion quality is very limited (140 characters) and that it easily disappears into online oblivion once the new tweets start appearing.

Here’s where Facebook comes in strongest.

Discussion is free and unlimited – there’s no character limit and/or restriction to your post promotion as well as to the feedback that you can receive. 

The ability to make it viral – It has Twitter’s tagging feature, only more powerful. Once a person is tagged, every update/comment will be notified to him making him see your campaign for n number of times. Plus, the sharing feature works great too.

Updates and statuses (which contains your promotion campaign) doesn’t easily disappear - In fact, the Facebook strategy is to combine an algorithm of “recentness” and the “activity” that’s happening in the status. 

How to Make Your Facebook Posts Go Viral

The key here is that you have to remember the concept of Facebook. It’s where people choose their private lives to be public. Interaction, connection, activities, and most of all interests.

Therefore, the biggest factor for making posts viral on Facebook is it’s relevancy to real life. By that I mean posts that have a pragmatic purposes, news that are timely and have momentum, facts, funny/entertaining/travel/gossip/technological information and basically just anything that would be of interest to a person. For example, see LifeHack posts.

Be warned, rarely does serious business posts, or those advance technical tutorials work on a facebook campaign.

Remember the keyword: think personal, think interesting.

Steps in Making a Viral Facebook Post

Here’s where having a Facebook Fan Page comes in handy!
If your blog has a fan page, consider being active and having constant interaction with your followers. It works the same way as being active in Twitter. The more people make an effort to see your updates, the more chances for it to go viral

The best way however (in my opinion) is to utilize a personal account. Statuses from personal accounts are published better on your friend’s homepage rather than a fan page status (which always looks like a blatant promotion scheme). 

As you very well know, it’s so easy to start a personal account. But here’s a trick. In your new account, instead of just your name add a tag after. Ex. Jack Sparrow – Blogger of Pirates of the Caribbean. It has a twist of authority appeal added to it.

Start adding your real friends and family (if you like), your avid readers, and anyone who’se interested in your blog topic (hint: check out their interests on the information profile).

Facebook Advertising Anyone?

If you have a bigger budget for promotion campaigns, then Facebook Advertising is another extremely viable method too (with a whole lot faster results). The basics work like any PPC campaign, but the edge of Facebook is it's ability to target real potential readers/clients with it's filtering methods.

It's only available in the fan pages account. Once you log in, you'll see a link offer to start a Facebook Advertising campaign. Guides like the Facebook Formula (a guide for facebook advertising) can show you a clearer picture on how things work.

If you're thinking of a bigger, more advance Facebook ad campaign, something that can automatically create ads in quick time, then read about 4HourAffiliate's  Facebook Ads Manager.

In conclusion,

Organic natural campaign or paid it might be, the bottom line remains the same. It needs to be able to reach out on a personal/emotional level of Facebook users (yes, people like you and me). If you have a dry, corporate like attitude towards your campaign, then forget it. Strike up and do some genuine connection of interest.

That and never ever spam anyone ;)

Written by Liane. Reblogged by the Blogging Warehouse Crew.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Attract readers to your blog!

You’ve probably heard about this and might not seem new to you at all. It is really important to interest your readers in order to grow your blog. No one will stick around if your blog is boring. So how can you get interesting? Here are my few bits on how to do it.

Surprise people – A great way to make yourself stand out from the rest is to break the ‘guessing machine’ of your readers. You can take surprising position and made outlandish kinda analogy or simply do the opposite of what you do normally. People will certainly pay attention if you are getting unexpected. 

Get funny, make people laugh –Bloggers can get really serious at times. They are so busy with teaching people that they forget to entertain. Hence a lot of readers can fall asleep half way through the post. The best way to avoid this is to use humour according to your audience.

Tell them more about you – A lot of readers are always curious to know more about you. You can write about your experiences or about how you came out with your blog. I just read a blog where in the author had jot down his daily schedule. I have been following that guy for sometime and hence was interested to know how he spent his time.

Get startling by being honest –
 Tell them truth once in a while. Get so honest that you will be scared to hit the post button. I occasionally get so honest that my lawyer starts to feel the heat. Do this once in a while; people will certainly get attracted to it.

Tell an interesting piece of news – A lot of bloggers are writing about latest things that Google is doing. This is great for Google but bloggers aren’t getting any real benefit. Only the first person who breaks the story matters the most. He gets all the links, traffic and authority and rest all is relegated as echoes. 

Predict the future – This too is sure to attract attention. Use your intuitive powers and predict something haphazard about the future. Claim something bizarre that is going to happen soon. People will certainly start talking about you. (written by Liane, reblogged by Charisma Productions LLC)
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Write A Blog Post in 15 Minutes!

I have been blogging for years and now, I don’t need to spend a lot of time writing my articles. In fact, I finish an article is about 10 to 15 minutes. This article too was completed in under 15 minutes. Some might say that content is the king and you need to pay more attention to it but I never compromise on the quality of the work. It is more about smart work where in you get the same amount of work done in less time. Here are my few bits on how to do it –

1 – Keep a list of ideas – When any inspiration strikes you, scribble it down on a notepad. A lot of writers spend loads of time thinking about what to write. If you keep a list of ideas, you will be able to start writing faster.

2 – Your ideas should incubate – You might throw a brilliant idea away by sitting and forcing yourself to think of supporting information. Instead, let the topic sit for some time and supporting ideas for it will come automatically. You can then start writing about it.

3 – Editing before writing – Once you have a topic in mind, you might have a ton of supporting ideas for it. So it is really necessary to get brutal and kill the supporting ideas that you don’t need. Remember, I am talking about how to write an article in 15 minutes.

4 – Use bullets – Long stories can be pretty boring. Instead, you can use bullets as they are to the point and the readers can easily see what you are trying to say by just looking the points. A lot of people are too lazy to read the entire essay. Short bullets will hold their attention for longer time.

5 – Don’t make it too long – For writing an article in 15 minutes, it is important to wrap it up in 500 words. Don’t let any guilty conciensce prick you saying that the quality is being compromised upon. It is important to weave an article around one topic and stick to that topic throughout.

6 – Do come back later – If you are struck with writers block and don’t know what to do then stop writing. Don’t force yourself to think of ideas. Instead, work on something else and then if some inspiration strikes you, get back to that article. You can also switch from one post to another. The ideas will surely come and you will end up saving a lot of time.

7 – Don’t save good ideas – When you first go through your list of ideas, you might think of saving the good ones for later because they are easy to write. But then you don’t want to save on time; you want to save on time now! Hence it is highly recommended to pick up the juiciest topic and start writing.
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Digital Content: The Wild Wild West

Content theft is a chief concern among bloggers. Here are 5 Easy to Use Tools to Effectively Find and Remove Stolen Content, and here's more: (1) Disable Text Selection [code] and (2) Display a DMCA Copyrighted Content Banner on your blog. Here's an interesting case of content theft: Changeling Rapper Lil’ Kim was apparently caught red-handed stealing the work of a Canadian makeup artist.
Samantha Ravndahl, who is both the model and the artist in a series of pictures, discovered Lil’ Kim is using her work.
“Lil Kim took my photo and is using it as album art (might I add she took the liberty of adding her watermark over it on instagram),” Ravndahl writes on Reddit.   Tsk Tsk - adding a 'watermark' is a real slap in the face...

Lil Kim Before, After and Now Pics

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Energize Your Blog!

While running a blog, sometimes it feels like your content marketing strategy has simply worn out. Writing used to thrill you initially but now it is a chore. Readers have started getting on your nerves now and the tedious little tasks are also getting to you. Quitting isn’t on your mind though, all you want is to bring back the magic just like it was in the good old days. Businesses and blogs are like marriages; you need to put in some extra work in order to keep the spark alive.

If you are looking for some ideas for better business blogging, you are in the right place. Here are my few bits –

Learn new things - Remember what made your business look so cool in the first place? It was the learning curve. When you stop to grow and learn, you start dying. It is really important to keep learning not just for your business but also for your self respect.

Do Q&A call - If you are suffering from problems of self-doubt, then I would recommend you to announce Q&A free call for your audiences. You can use the free teleconference services that are available out there for putting the word out. Announce that you are going to answer questions of your readers live. It will surely bring you tons of traffic.

Connect - Go to some of your favorite blogs and commend love on the recent posts. This surely will inspire you to write better content. You need to make some connections and you can start with readers who always drop in comments. Also try connecting with bloggers who has got plenty of readers.

Write manifesto - One way to do this is to sit down and write core values that you business stands out for. If these values do not make you tingle, then chances are that you are not honest. It is essential that you put values that will form a lump in your throat. Don’t just put boring platitudes saying ‘excellent service’.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Blog Tune-up!

Have you wondered why you blog at all? Why are you taking time out of your hectic schedule everyday for blogging? Do you wish to be a professional blogger and earn money by blogging? Or do you just blog for taking, ranting, and venting about your boss? You might have lots of reasons for blogging but then it is essential that people read what you want to say and also put comments on it. In order to achieve this goal, I am here presenting five points that will surely help you promote your blog.

1 – Title should be powerful
You might have really good content but no one is going to read it if the title is boring. In this case, the content won’t even get touched. The title must stand out from the crowd and you should communicate quickly to the reader about what he will get if he reads further.

2 – Blog posts should be reader friendly

The blog post should be ‘scannable’ and the readers shouldn’t have to sift through all ‘words’ for getting gist of the content. Here are some ways to make the post scannable

  • Bullet Points
  • Numbered Lists
  • Header Tags
  • Pictures
  • Good spacing between the lines (this is technical CSS stuff)
  • Short Paragraphs
  • Quotes
  • Bold Text

3 - Embellish posts with images

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and hence you should put in a picture in all articles. Add your ORIGINAL photos, drawings, charts and infographics. They give some life to the article and social networking freaks will love it especially if it is creative, funny, and relates to the content.

4 - Use videos SPARINGLY

This should be used cautiously because this might get overdone. I put it in my blogs if I think it adds value to my content. Also, you should put small text paragraphs after the video. This shows that you took some time to get the video and it is important from the SEO perspective too.

5 - KISS!  Keep it short and simple

You might have heard this a zillion times but its importance can’t be emphasized enough. The blog posts should wind up in maximum of 500-750 words. Most people out there don’t read more than a couple of sentences. If the article is too long, they will just scan through it. I bet most of you aren’t even reading this sentence!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blogging SECRETS x 3

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Blogging is a systematic process and most of the new bloggers don’t get it. They simply buy a domain, get hosting account, put in content with a few makeshift graphics and then expect the money to start pouring in. It doesn’t work that way.  Here are a few blogging tips that I’d like to share with you guys –

Give your blog a professional start and do not monetize for the first six months – Do not monetize the blog with things like ad sense scripts. If are a tossing a banner or two, it is fine but I won’t advise you to look for money at the initial stages. In fact, it is recommended that you don’t go commercial for at least one year. Or else your readers might think that you are in the business just for making money. Also, affiliate marketing and ad sense ads can take the readers away from your blog even before they get to know your blog fully. You’d want your readers to be loyal and stay with your through thick and thin right?

Auto schedule the posts – Most bloggers write on the blog on the day that they want them to be published. If you write like this, then you will be under pressure to meet the blog schedule or else the blog might not get updated. I would recommend you to create some buffer by writing 2-3 months in advance and then scheduling the articles to come up on the designated date. This will give you ample time to think about the new posts that you want to write.

Targeted traffic means a lot – 
They say that the key to online success is traffic. But just any kind of traffic doesn’t work. For instance, for betterbloggingforbloggers.com, I target both new and veteran bloggers who want to learn blogging basics and those who are already experts and just want to sharpen their skills. People who are looking for tips on buying clothes won’t be my targeted audience. I would advise you to focus on generating the targeted traffic. Spending your effort and time on it makes more sense.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blog Post Ideas: 50 for Your Next 50 Articles!

Blog about you
What are you thinking?
What's the matter with you right now?
Best thing that has happened so far?
Worst thing that has happened so far?
Seen or captured any interesting stuff?
There's this news you've been wanting to tell everyone!
You just learned a lesson today, share it!
Ask how everyone is doing
You have a problem, tell people about it, ask for help.
You're just feeling happy. Why?
What's keeping you busy?
You have had a problem, how did you overcome it?

Blog about something that will make you look like a pro
There's this person you really look up to.
Fire up an interview with a prominent netizen
Tell people how NOT to give up
There's an inspirational story somewhere that you remembered
It's you're 1,000th post! Celebrate!
You're feeling successful, how big is your blog now?
Teach me a new trick today.
Tell me something I have absolutely no idea about
You're just going to launch a special report/book
You're doing a partnership/joint venture with someone right now
Tell me about your expertise without sounding boastful

Blog something that will make you money
Find that newest product being launched right now
Get a discount coupon and share it with everyone
You're offering a really good service
Someone just asked for a review!
Offer to review someone while getting something in return
You really liked this certain theme and will make a review of it
You're making some money out of this new ad network, refer people to it
Give a very special offer that nobody would dare miss

Blog something about your niche
There's a question someone left at your comments section
You've been reading today and found something interesting
There's this handy trick you want to share
There's a big event happening in your niche
You feel like doing a round-up post right now
There's a good post in your archive that you want to resurrect
You're thinking of a Part II for a previous article
Teach very basic, newbie-ish stuff today
How about firing up questions at everyone?

Blog something that can extend your network
You've read a funny/stupid/hilarious/amazing tweet, comment on it
Ask questions at Twitter and make a post out of it
You like the idea of doing round-up posts
There's this new social network that you're excited about
Who are your best online buddies?
There's an important update/change in a certain social network

Blog about random s**t today
(things that people will enjoy reading)
What did your pet do that made you smile?
Traffic today is crazy isn't it?
How are ya doin' on those New Year's resolutions?
That restaurant serves good food! (pictures are important)
Anything about the weather?
Seen anything interesting on tv lately?
Where do you want to head out for vacation?
What's the latest gadget that's caught your eye?
Let's see, are you bored?


No idea? Rinse and repeat! Start reading this post all over again ;)
Here's another 50!
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Friday, November 22, 2013

5 Ways to Promote Your Blog!

FIRST – Sorry. But there’s no ‘easy’ way.If there is, I bet you wouldn’t be reading this one in the first place. That’s the very basic thing that every blogger out there should know. As the cliché goes, no pain no gain. Deal with it – promotion takes time. In fact, it takes a whole lot of time that I’ve already seen a lot give up on their blogs just because of ‘promotion difficulties’ (or the lack of it).

SECOND – There’s no once in a while. What we have is ‘all the time’.Considering that you’re not on Technorati’s Top 100 blogs, what really are the chances for you too make it big if you don’t resort to daily promotion? The very reason why after you publish a post you immediately twitter about it (or submit it to social bookmarking sites) is that you’re after a certain attention. You have to seek your market because they won’t come looking for you.

THIRD - The best promotion goal? To be EVERYWHERE

Spamming excluded of course. By all ways and means, get your address splattered across all corners of the interactive web. The more networks you have the better. The bigger your follower count is, all the best. If it means you have to spend a day registering to different sites, then so be it. The goal is to gain an access to as much portals as possible.

FOURTH - It's about HOW MANY

Two words - social proof. The more you have it, the lesser you need to make an effort to promote your blog. Instead of just you, how would you want hundreds or even thousands of other people giving your free promotion with only a little effort from you (like publishing your post). Copyblogger is a good example of a social proof master.

Read How to make a Lifelong Reader Base

FIFTH - It's about WHO

A certain Joe telling his readers that your blog looks and sounds great is fine. A hundred or more Joe's telling the same thing about you is even better. But you know what's best? That's oone single referral form a master whom everyone listens too. Think being mentioned by CNN for example. Now what would that do? The answer? Your dream come true promotion heaven.

When it comes to promotion, it's big time hardwork. You could either outsource and hire others to do it but given an effective method and the realization of these simple truths, I don't see any reason for someone to really fail in this. As for me, the simple truth is just to go out there and spread your blog's name. The rest usually follows once you've got your brand recognized.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Promoting Your Business via Social Media

Using social media, you can start building up an audience right away. The beauty of social media lies in the fact that you can make a lot of personal connections via it and if you want to get a list of followers for your business quickly, all you have to do is build up this audience. It's the easiest way to go about promoting your business and here's how you can go about it.

Add social media icons to your site

It's all about ease of accessibility. You don't need to force anyone to share your content or details about your business, but you should make it easier for anyone that wants to help you in promoting your business. I can't begin to tell you the number of times I’ve stumbled on a page and realized that the only thing stopping me from sharing the page is the fact that I can't find anything that will help me share it. Similarly, your mailing list sign-up should be visible on each page and these should all link back to the social media accounts you hold. Mind you, this holds as true for businesses as it does for bloggers. Make everything part of a giant networking platform and you will begin to reap the benefits of it all. Give people the option of sharing something via their favorite social media account and you will gain in the short and long term. There are plenty of free icons out there, so pick out whatever you want to.

Use your audience to your advantage

The best way of building an audience is to use your current audience to help you do exactly that. Invite people to connect with others by requesting them to do so in a blog post or in a newsletter. If you've got people already connected on one platform, ask them to connect with other platforms as well, they're likely to be more than receptive. And don't forget to touch up your bio while you're at it; you can build these links into your bio as well. But should you link to a bio on each of the sites you have (if you run multiple blogs, for instance)? I don't believe you should, because that would be information overload. Just link back to the one account that you feel best or most active on. It goes a long way towards helping you put your best foot forward and create a strong relationship with your readers or users.

Draw attention to your social media presence

Don't get a bunch of flamenco dancers doing their thing, but do try and draw attention to your social presence every now and again. Doing this regularly will help you have top of the mind awareness and it will help you build your site up to a level where you won't need to tell your readers/users to help you because they'll be doing it themselves. Go out there and get this done now. Stopping reading, start doing. GO!
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Be a FAMOUS Blogger! Start Today! FREE!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hot Posts From Top 15 Blogs

The Xbox 360 Version of Battlefield 4 Doesn't Look So Hot

Most of the footage we've seen of Battlefield 4 so far has been gorgeous. There's a reason for that: we've either seen next-gen footage, or PC footage. Natch the graphics will be a step up from current-gen systems.Read…

HINT ::: Visit these blogs - read their posts - examine what they are doing and how they are doing it - every aspect - from design to coding - then - duplicate these efforts on your own blog!

In what can only be described as a really bad idea, a friend of General David Petraeus mailed a fake grenade to his office in the Solow Building on 58th Street. Read…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Facebook in Decline

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Make Money With Your Blog's Comments

Guest Post by Dhani Annabi

Exploit Comments to monetize! A blog guru by the name of "Peter" came up with this stunner!"Use comments visitors leave on your blog to make money!" Incredible! Why didn't I think of that?

Peter suggests turning comments into FAQs - especially ones appearing on posts that ask you lots of questions. Then you can make a new blog post detailing how you will answer reader's questions on "Topic X" - all they have to do is purchase your PDF "Report." A blog guru's dream-come-true! Like shooting fish in a barrel!

Now if you've ever posted a helpful article, why the f*** are you helping others for free? Make sure there's something in it for you! Peter says "Create a New Tips Article" which "...makes for great spider food for search engines." Spider food! Who knew!

Good ol' Pete goes on to advise that you must ask the comment authors for permission to compile their remarks. Peter, are you for real? Once that comment goes on a blog, it is public and the blogger can do whatever he wants with it!

Peter then takes a social turn, encouraging you share your information on forums, Facebook pages and "everywhere else that content-sharing is allowed." And don't forget to make them PAY for it - just share a "teaser" or two!

Peter's Conclusion ::: "Most people toss a blog online, publish some content and then wait for the big bucks to roll in. It rarely happens… unless you know all the tips and tricks like the ones I just shared with you." ThanxAlot, Pete!

Click HERE to get REAL HELP for YOUR blog FREE!

Dhani Annabi is an avid re-blogger currently based in Berlin, where she lives with her little dog McTygue.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Facebook Just Did This To Google

Never happened. That's another BS misleading headline from "Peter's Tips."

Google recently announced a bunch of changes impacting blogs and bloggers. One very important one: Google will be rewarding in-depth articles by giving them special placement on search results.

The in-depth articles are mainly displayed for large publishers but Google said it will also consider smaller publishers for these articles.

To be considered for these articles you must be prepared follow the guidelines provided by Google.

News from BloggerMore »
posted by A Googler at Blogger Buzz
Notifying your followers that you've published a new blog post not only gets the conversation going, it encourages them to reshare your content with others. In this way it's critical for growing your blog's audience and engagement. But it takes time. And we want to give you that time back. Starting today you can automatically share your blog posts publicly to Google+ — as soon as you publish ..
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


louisedenson.com has become a hotspot for distributing a variety of malware to computers worldwide. Do not be tempted to ignore the many warnings you will encounter.

AVOID Louise Denson and anything associated with it at all costs! One of the viruses is an AV breaker that can thwart even the toughest anti-virus program; it emails all of your sensitive files to hackers before wiping your drive clean and installing a "loop virus" that will prevent you from ever being able to use the computer again!
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New Twitter Mobile App Has Content Streams For Trending Topics

Über-blogger Dave Lucas doesn't think it will be welcomed by smartphone users.   The powers-that-be at the microblog mistakenly want to target Facebook users with a new-look mobile app, with lots of bells and whistles. The B word comes to mind here: B-U-F-F-E-R-I-N-G and that spinning little graphic...

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

The History of Blogging w/Timeline

While the term "blog" was not coined until the late 1990s, the history of blogging starts with several digital precursors to it. Before "blogging" became popular, digital communities took many forms, including Usenet, commercial online services such as GEnie, BiX and the early CompuServee-mail list] and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). In the 1990s, Internet forum software, such as WebEx, created running conversations with "threads". Threads are topical connections between messages on a metaphorical "corkboard". Some have likened blogging to the Mass-Observation project of the mid-20th century.
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The 15 Commandments of Blogging

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