I try to avoid it all together but when I have to this pretty much sums up how I pull it off. I, like Chris, turn into a bit of a machine. If your flying with me, don’t argue just shut up and follow my lead.
Listening to the new podcast Media Hacks, as their calling it, temporarily over on the Six Pixels of Sepetarion Podcast feed for now and I’ve had a thoughts (isn’t that usually the way I come up with things).They talk about people getting paid for writing a blog post on some subject. If that’s your bag, cool for you, I likely won’t be reading. That is one way, as I see that almost the same as writing a blog and selling ads on the page, to make money from blogging. The other way, the way Mitch does it, is because people want to use his company to help them after reading what he shares on his blog. Sure they could implement the tips themselves, but every company is different and they are hiring him, or his firm rather, to get their knowledge customized to fit that specific need.Now the point that they never brought up is that Mitch can’t sell a post or ads on his site. Under that method of “monetization,” using the blog to make money else where, you loose credibility by selling a blog post.Go check out this episode and watch for the announcement of it’s own site/feed and I highly recommend subscribing to that. Chris, Julien and Mitch kill in this episode and they are planning on having CC, Hugh, and Mr. Penn or in the future.
You’ve likely hear about the new “social” features in Google Reader that automatically show you your GTalk/GChat friends Reader Shared Items. If you haven’t Chris Brogan did a good job as well as a ton of other blogs and news site. You can access the features by going to your account settings and clicking on Friends. They have done a pretty good job with it and I like the feature. I’ve subscribed to a lot of peoples feed and I’ve posted about it here before and they make it super easy to use. Adding new feeds is as easy as adding a person in GTalk, actually that is exactly how you add their feed, and hiding their items is just as easy, in the Friends settings just click “Hide” or from an individual feed view you can click on “Hide” at the top of the list.
. The real reason I started this post is a thought I had while I was mucking around with the feature and my last blog post showed up in my feeds. I know a lot of people subscribe to their own site, mostly to make sure the feed works, and I do this too and a while back there was talk about generating traffic by “sharing” your own posts when they show up in your reader. I personally don’t do this with my own blog posts, I do with some of the meetup stuff I deal with to help get the word out and have more people attend real face to face meetings but as a general rule I find it kind of annoying because if I’ve subscribed to your Shared Feed I also likely find you important enough to subscribe directly to your blog/podcast feed already. I see that same posts over and over which in the already flooded river of news I don’t need.
. My point with this is that now that your shared items will automagically show up in peoples reader it probably even more effective to share your own stuff!
Ive been looking at more and more share feed, I follow a bunch of people, list and links below, and it occurred to me, would you or do you take into account who follows you when you are sharing items? Some days while reading my feeds, I currently have 327 feed and it changes daily, I see items and I think how so-and-so would like to read that. I know I could use the Email feature and send it to the but I don’t like bothering people with that sort of thing. Anyways I just wondered if anyone else thought about it. I’d love to read your shard items if you use Google Reader and wish to share with me post a link in the comments and I’ll check it out!
I been hanging out on Group in Facebook a bit more then I have ever before. The group is “Bloggers of Canada“, go join there if you like, it’s been growing pretty quickly and there is some great value in the discussion. I don’t know why but this if the first group I’ve really been active on, just kinda happened that way. A few things I have found there have been annoying me and some other people. Chris Brogan has posted a fewtimes about it and I suggest that you go read him for far better coverage.What i can’t stand having to go back and check on the discussion boards. I can never keep track of new posts and new members. They need to use RSS so I can subscribe to a number of feeds and make sure I never miss a thing. If I could subscribe to a feed for new posts on the discussion boards, one for the new members and one for new “recent news” items I could stay on top of things far more effectivly AND I would be back on their site more often to post replies. What they don’t get is the only group I keep up with is the Canadian Bloggers because the way they make me use the site is limiting what I can keep up with. There is a lot happening in the other groups that I would love to participate in and through RSS I could but they dont allow it.One other thing that I’d like to make quick note of is the amount of data the collect and keep. There has been a big buzz around the net about it. I don’t mind them knowing stuff about me but I should be able to delete EVERYTHING easily. Acording to Steven Mansour it is extremely far from it. Here is what I suggest they do is allong with the option to deactivate your account, which I think is kind of handy, they should allow you to DELETE you account which will dump everybit of data they have on you! Just my two cents, what do you think?