Successful Blogging Takes Original Thought

I’ve been reading around a lot of blogs lately and come to the conclusion that in order to foster blog readership and comment contribution you need some creative original ideas. So here we go:

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…oooo Family Guy is on…

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well shit – maybe a good night’s sleep. Tune in tomorrow.

Danny Sullivan Leaves Incisive

Shocking but not terribly suprising I must say. Incisive has made an absolutely retarded decision not to whatever it takes to keep Danny on board. To me and to nearly every other SES regular I know Danny=SES. So that means that where Danny goes people will follow. Does that mean a new conference circuit? Who knows? but Danny has promised to keep us all informed as he moves forward. Head over to Daggle and grab the rss or join his Yahoo! Group.

FOO Camping

Well, FOO Camp is finally upon us. Today I’m headed to Sebastopol CA to sleep pharmacy on the floor of someone’s cubicle at the O’Reilly campus. I’m us canadian pharmacy fairly certain I’m going to be the dumb guy in the crowd. Look at the attendee list and suggested topic list and tell me if I’m wrong ;) I’ll post a round up of the event when I get home.

Linkurbation

I have a new favorite linkurbator – Rand Fishkin. I’m probably one of the last people on the planet to add SEOmoz to my feed reader but I’ve been getting some good amusement lately from Rand’s excellent ability to put out some good posts that, IMHO, are purely link bait. Check out these titles:

Luv u Rand – BFF? :)

Laptops and Desktops and Treos OH MY!

I do a fair bit of travelling and to help pass time in airports as well as to have something to work on when I get where I’m going I have accumulated some portable gadgetry:

  • Dell 700m (12.1″ widescreen laptop)
  • Treo 700w
  • Creative Zen Vision:M – which has nothing to do with this post at all it’s just very cool

I often get asked how I synch email in 3 places and documents in 2 places all at once since I clearly don’t work on a 12.1″ laptop as my primary machine. I have a desktop system with dual monitors and an ergo keyboard and yadda yadda yadda. Working on that small laptop is managable for only a few days at a time and even then it’s not ideal but it’s small and sexy and travels well. So in an effort to simplify my life and orginize my data I have tried several methods from by hand to a variety of synchronization tools and backup programs and I’ve finally hit on a very slick and easy to manage combination. Email Solution: Hosted Exchange by www.4smartphone.net Hosting your own MS Exchange is not really a cost effective solution not is it that easy to set up (well – at least not for a guy like me) it is better to look at najlepszy hosting options. Then there is the cost and maintenance of running it and making sure it’s up when you’re on the road and all that crap. I don’t have the time or inclination to do that so I’m more than happy to shell out $6.99 a month to have all my email in one place and let someone else make sure it’s there for me when I need it. The hosted exchange system is very easy to set up. First off if you don’t have Outlook 2003 don’t worry – you get a copy with your subscription and it’s included in the price. That alone makes it worth the money. Ok – so you’re signed up – what next? Well you fill out the forms and then download an Outlook pst config file and double click it and Outlook is automagically set up for you. Next you connect to the Exchange server and drag and drop all your email from the old folders to the new Exchange folders – this may take awhile. Once that’s done you grab your laptop and run the config file again and then restart Outlook. Outlook will connect to the Exchange server and download all your email. Voila – you are now synched between your laptop and desktop. Got a Pocket PC? No sweat – they have instructions for that. Got multiple email addresses you mange? Yep – they have a solution for that as well. Don’t have your own computer handy? You guessed it – webmail access. I used to move giant pst files back and forth by hand and even tried a few syncing programs but nothing works as slick as a hosted exchange account. I’ll never go back. File and Document Solution: FolderShare by www.foldershare.com FolderShare is a great Windows app that does exactly what is says. It allows you to share folders between computer. I use it to synch My Documents but you could easily use it to share a project folder within a work team or share picture folders with other family members and friends. It’s free and easy to set up. It used to cost about $100 for a professional level account back when they were still a startup but Microsoft stepped in a bought them out and made the service free. Thanks Microsoft (now get off your asses and throw a party at a Search conference!). So how does it work? Simple – download it on to each computer you want connected and select from a preset list of folders to share such as My Docs, Favorites etc or drill down to specific folders and select those. Make sure that folder path exists on both devices and connect. The program will scan your files and synchronize them. As usual the first time takes the longest. After that files synch in near real time as long as all devices are connected. Also, if you’re somewhere and you can’t get online but maybe your client’s desktop is online . You can login to your FolderShare account and access all your shared folders on the the machine back in your office that is still online. Very nice indeed. 24/7 access to your files with or without your own laptop. Before you naysayers get involved – it’s password protected and encrypted and FolderShare does not store an actual copy of your files. My days of watching a status bar creep across the screen before and after every trip are over. When I leave the office I grab my laptop and roll along with some addons from http://www.kukook.com. When I get home I simple site down and login back in to my desktop and there’s my files and email waiting. I havne’t given a second thought to synching my documents or email in weeks. One final note – this actually works as a pretty slick backup system as well. My laptop and desktop are rarely in the same place so even if my office burns down I sitll have everything on my laptop. If my laptop gets stolen or lost I still have everything on my desktop. Thanks to my buddy Jason over at Pocket PC Thoughts for pointing me at these resouces and hounding and HOUNDING and HOUNDING me to set up hosted exchange. (actually he signed me up for the trial program and then held a gun to my Vision:M and made me do it – well, that’s sorta true) also you can find out more at lowhosting.

ToddFriesen.com

So I’m doing my usual rambling about on SEO Rockstars tonight and this dude I’ve never met before is hangin in the chat and he pipes up after the show that he just registered toddfriesen.com (my real name for you new to the blog). Yes – totally my bad for not having registered it but it turns out that this is a stand up guy and once he’s had his fun yanking my chain he graciously offers to hand over the domain. Tip of the hat to Modern SEO. That’s class.

Rael Dornfest Leaves O’Reilly

If you don’t know who Rael is then I’d like to know what rock you’ve been hiding under. He’s been at O’Reilly for several years now an has been involved on various levels with an outstanding list of books including Mac OS X Panther Hacks, Mac OS X Hacks, Google Hacks, Essential Blogging, and Peer to Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies. One of my personal favorite projects of his has been Blosxom. From his latest blog posting it seems that he’s off to take one of his ideas out to market. That said he will still be hanging out with the O’Reilly crew and chairing the 07 version of ETech. Best of luck Rael. See you at FOO.

Shaaa-wiiiing

One Trillion Words!! Party on Wayne!! [oilman air guitars around the office] sshhhh….here that? Every autogen script on the planet just got revved up. ngrams@google.com – drop them a note and tell them how badly you’re gonna abuse their goodwill – muaahahahaha That’s 1,146,580,664 five-word sequences – dayum!

Thundercougarfalconbird – The World of Mashups

I’ve become quite a fan of mashups lately. The merging of 2 or more existing products to create a whole new product really resonates with me. Mashups have been around for a long long time – remember that mix tap you made for the blonde chick 3 seats behind you in high school chemisty lab? In my case her name was Christy and I’m fairly sure REO Speedwagon and Concrete Blond made their way onto that tape but I digress…

I was going to register a new domain and start a new blog all about mashups (the tech kind – not the mix tape kind) but why split the effort? Clickity-click – new category in WordPress install – and we’re off.

I’d like to start with overplot, a mashup of www.overheardinnewyork.com, the Google Maps API and Google Reader. I came across this by way of Nat at O’Reilly. First off, OiNY is a gathering of the, more often than not, typically off beat things heard in the streets of NY. That alone is fun enough for example:

Guy: How do you get to Astor Place?
Old man: You go up 2 blocks, make a left, then go fuck yourself.

–10th St & 5th Ave

Gather this feed up and use the cross street information to plot occurances and make it searchable and you can find some intersting things about about NY. Things like:

  • Canada is not a hot topic on the streets
  • Penis is 13 times more popular as a topic than Canada is
  • There is a fair bit of cursing on the streets of NY

Anyhow – go check it out. The mashup is fun and OiNY will become a daily read. You’ll feel better about yourself.

Wikiliaty – Hello ColbertNation.com

For any of you Colbert Report fans out there you’ll be well familiar with ColbertNation.com. Colbert mentions them on nearly every show and they have their URL in the credits at the end of the show. Not bad. As an SEO/Viral Marketer that’s the kind of thing I dream of. Tho I suppose I’d actually have to get off my ass and build a real website about something first…

Anyhow…I stop by ColbertNation.com on a fairly regular basis and I definitly wanted to see what they had to say about the whole Wikipedia battle that’s been raging and I was disappointed to see that the site hasn’t been updated since July 28. Where’s the dedication? the love? It seems Avery and Bert missed out covering the best thing Stephen’s done yet. It’s all over the forums but not on the blog. I’d much rather read the blog than wade the ALL CAPS postings of rabid Colbert fans.
That said I will grant that perhaps they are busy with the new forums at ColbertNation.com. Roughly 2 weeks old and already 3329 registered users and over 30K posts. Nicely done.

Somebody mention this blog on a TV show please.