Friday Fun: 22 Blogging Tips


Friday Fun is Diva Marketing's virtual happy hour from cosmos to Jack to lemonade. A waiting for the weekend 'playground' time to be sophisticated-silly. Or sometimes just plain silly.

Monday's post started the week out with ideas from Mike Sansone about giving some lift to your blog strategy. Let's wrap the week up on today's Friday Fun with a few more tips on how bloggers are developing loyal readers and who also help promote their fav blogs. The secret, of course, is in the content. Content Reigns. But of course you knew that .. why read a blog if not for the content? Daha

  • 1. Contests. Merrill Dubrow, The Merrill Dubrow Blog, president of M/A/R/C, has launched one of the most creative contests I've seen around. The Stock Challenge of 2007. Via comments you tell Merrill which stock you think will go up the highest percentage in 2007. Winner gets $250 .. 2007 holiday shopping $. And even the loser wins $100 if her (or her or his) stock goes down the most. As of writing this post 56 people commented. You have until January 15 to enter. My choice: SBUX
  • 2. Lists. Lee Owden has a gone a step beyond the recent Z-list meme, launched by Mack Collier over at the Viral Garden, and posted his 250 Must Read Blogs. Some are proably Z some are A some are LMNOP. Then Lee, in true Divo style, went a step futher. He put the whole deal in alpha order and included a blurb about each. Not only a must check out but cool viral marketing strategy.

3. Interviews. Yvonne DiVita has been running an interview series called Smart Woman/Smart Man/Smart Couple since June 2004. The series provides great content and insight and I'm betting an added benefit is the great networking that gives Yvonne with an opportunity to meet some interesting people.

  • 5. Hints. Darren Rowse, ProBlogger, has to be The Divo when it comes to the how and what to drving traffic to your site. Trillions of hints and idea.
  • 6. Book Clubs. Marketing Prof's blog, Daily Fix is running a book club complete with free books. The Diva who thought of this bright idea ..CK. The first book will kick off on Jan 10 with Jackie Huba and Ben McConnell's Citizen Marketing. Shoot CK off an "e" <[email protected]> if you want to play along. Toss of a pink boa to Ann Handly for letting the "community" take over!
  • 7. Marry A Famous Blogger. But then you have to prove your blogging is worth a click and a read. Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble, Maryamie, wins that contest.
  • 8. Continuing Series. Lewis Green, biz solutions, is asking readers to send photos of family and friends who have served in the military. Here's something that touches the heart. He's posting the photos on Thursdays.
  • 9. A Little Controversy. Amanda where are you? Amanda who are you?
  • 10. A Little Delight. Millie Garfield, My Mom's Blog, is smart, charming and the youngest 81 year old I know. Now Millie is giving vlog Yiddish lessons!
  • 11. A Little Satire. With Kat Herding Media Jeneane Sessum and Chris Locke show how to make a point without taking social media too seriously .
  • 12. A Little Appreciation. Nancy White, Full Circle, has thanked all of her commentors. Not only has she thanked them but she has linked to each on of them .. if you click to see .. this was no small task!
  • 13. Innovation. Rajesh, BlogWorks, is on a mission to bring social media to India.
  • 16. Carnivals. Wayne Hurlbert is the Divo, or shall I say, the Carinval Barker, of this one.
  • 17. Nice. Paul Chaney .. one of the kindest bloggers around .. and one smart dude.
  • 19. eMail Signature. Merril_dubrow_signature_1Make it easy for people to read you. Add your Blog URL to your email signature. Merrill Dubrow, The Merrill Dubrow Blog has the best one I've seen yet. (RSS it of course too!)

  • 21. Hold a Blog Conference. Sherry Heyl is chairing an unconference, SoCon07 in Atlanta on Feb 10.
  • 22. Memes. Those little games that you either love or hate. Been tagged twice more for the Five Things You Don't Know About Me meme. Don't want to bore you again but since Nettie Hartsock and Des Walsh are 2 fav blogger how about  a couple of what-you-don't-know about Max?

Max_1203_1 Max turned 6 on January 4th. Happy Birthday puppy! 

Max is the most un-alfa terrier I've ever met. Even the vet says that.

Max is the biggest little pest. Persistance must he Max's middle name. He paws until he gets what he wants.

Max is finky and will only eat certain doggy treats. His favorite are Greenies and Chocolate Drops.

Max knows that everyone (people and pets) in the entire world is his friend. Max's best friend in the neighborhood is a calico cat .. Little Kitty .. and his best doggy friend is a Alex, the Russian Wolf Hound. (Max doesn't know that he's only little!)

Bloggy Transparency: #1/18 and #14 are social media clients; and I have some sort of affiliation with the other #s .. but girlfriend, I am not married to a famous blogger (#7). Hope that covers the disclosures. Happy weekend .. off to pour that Trader Joe 3 buck chuck cab (I know it's 2 bucks every where but in Hot'lant)!


business astrology for fun -
from The Astro Divas Paula Dare & Donna Page

Astro Divas off are celebrating 2007. They'll be back next week.


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Sorry, I'm already married! Oh you said famous...I thought you said lamest.

Posted by: Jim Turner on Jan 5, 2007 8:14:52 PM

I write for #20 too! Isn't that cool? I mean, in a way, it means we work together. That rocks. Then, when I finish the book, CK can use it for the Book Club too... this is getting good.

Have a great weekend with Chuck and Happy Birthday to Max.

Posted by: Tim Jackson on Jan 5, 2007 11:14:13 PM

Tim .. you rock! I'm putting in now an interview with the new author. And I should have included one more .. #23. Unique. The MasiGuy's morning drive with socks.

Posted by: Toby on Jan 5, 2007 11:58:48 PM

Jeesh, you're too kind as usual. I promise that you get to be the first to "interview" me about the book and you get a free copy (if I have to buy it myself) because you were the one who really persuaded me to to pursue the idea. If it ever sees the light of day, it'll be because of the Diva.

Posted by: Tim Jackson on Jan 6, 2007 12:07:20 AM

Thanks for the mention of socon07! We have already reached more than 25% of our capacity in the first week of registration, so anyone who is interested, please register now!

Posted by: Sherry Heyl on Jan 6, 2007 9:26:23 AM

Having the Diva call me a year is complete and it's only Jan. 6th! Thanks for promoting the BClub and I think--and I'm pretty sure about this one--that Max is a little bookworm, too.

...or maybe he's the Book Club's mascot :-). woof!

Posted by: CK on Jan 6, 2007 10:26:47 PM

A great list of blogging tips and prompts. This list is a keeper (and thanks for the inclusion)

Posted by: Mike Sansone on Jan 7, 2007 8:50:15 AM

As usual, Toby, you have put together a blog post that should be required reading for all. There is so much valuable content in this one post, it will take me weeks to digest. Happily, I accept the challenge. Thank you for mentioning my little interviews. They are fewer and farther between these days, but...still important parts of Lip-sticking.

Hugs to Max!

Posted by: Yvonne DiVita on Jan 7, 2007 11:28:51 AM

This is a great must read and explore list; and thanks for including me.

Happy Birthday Max!

Posted by: Wayne Hurlbert on Jan 7, 2007 5:04:32 PM

Thanks for your kind words. All I did was aggregate the ideas of talented bloggers in one place.

Posted by: Toby on Jan 8, 2007 1:39:24 PM

Thanks for the list. I would peg what I do as the niche thing and lists and info with an amusing story presentation for my blog and the deep info type for my blog.

Posted by: Walter Jeffries on Jan 13, 2007 3:52:15 PM

Thanks for the blogging tips. I enjoyed it.

Posted by: Blogging tips and insight on Dec 3, 2008 5:34:14 PM

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