Tag Archive: blogs

Top 3 Blog Tips

1. Be Unique – stand out. Remember everything can be blogged and is blogged. There is stiff competition so be different to get attention.

2. Make it Personal – add your own personality to your post. Make it interesting and reflect your own personality.

3. Consistency – it is the key to have readers return to your blog.

I used Crazy Talk software that we use in our COMPUTER EXPLORERS classes. It is certainly different and a great deal of fun. Any wonder why our students come back for more? The background is a photo from my vacation to Niagara Falls.

I love reading blogs so please post your link and share some of your secret tips to successful blogging.

It’s January 1st and as expected every Blog, Tweet or Facebook message that I read today is about resolutions and setting goals. I don’t usually announce New Year’s Resolutions because I tend to set unrealistic goals and then I am disappointed when I don’t meet them. It’s not to say that I am different from anyone else who wants to lose weight, work less, spend more time with family, etc. I do want all of those things and will do my best eat healthier, relax in the evenings and travel to see my grown kids! I will continue to start my day on a positive note and work hard to build COMPUTER EXPLORERS to be the leading Technology Education Franchise. It’s time to rejuvenate our business and refresh our offerings and I am anxious to get started as soon as possible.

I may not have specific resolutions but I do have plans for 2010. I want to be a better person and strive to reach my full potential.  I spent 2009 finding interesting people to connect to through social networks and found great industry leaders in the blogsphere and subscribe to their posts. Today I organized my RSS feeds, emails and actually unsubscribed to many newsletters that I have lost interest in. Now that I am prepared to manage my social networks I am ready to connect personally. I have scheduled phone calls with individuals that I have communicated with on social networks but not spoke to before. I plan to add responses to blogs instead of just reading and moving on.

In 2010 I want to take advantage of the business networking groups I belong to. Most have monthly or quarterly meetings and for one reason or another I could not attend in 2009. This year I will take advantage of the great opportunities to meet new people and the possibility of developing  lasting relationships. I cannot only learn from new contacts but plan to share my own expertise.

I look forward to the COMPUTER EXPLORERS conference. My goal is to help franchisees  focus on the 3 R’s of Business for 2010: Relax, Refresh and Rejuvenate. We are connected through new and unpredictable ways by technology and always enjoy getting together in real-time.

I don’t want the most positive thing about 2010 to be that it is no longer 2009. I am anxious to learn more and grow both professionally and personally in 2010. To those of you that subscribe to my blog please reach out and let’s get to know one another better this year!

Happy New Year and best wishes for great success!

Best of the Best in Blogs

I am working hard to become a Digital-Age Leader and I spend a great deal of time with my TLN (Twitter Learning Network), view reading recommendations of my network on LinkedIn and connecting with those mentioned on Twitter for #FollowFriday. I realized what is missing is a resource of blog recommendations. My iGoogle home page, Google Reader and email is filled with notices of updates to what I believe are some of the best blogs. Most social media users are aware of Seth Godin, Mashable, Chris Brogan  and Unmarketing. Below I will list a few that I believe should be part of the best of the best in blogs!

Steve Cunningham, CEO of Polar Unlimited offers free book summaries through his ReadItForMe page. Most of my recommendations on my ReadingList on LinkedIn have been recommended by Steve.

Ken Colburn, CEO of The Data Doctors has a weekly radio show in Phoenix. Each segment is saved as a podcast and can be found on iTunes or on his blog The Computer Corner. I like to listen live through streaming on his website but when I miss a show I will download and listen when it’s convenient. Ken is a techie and is very entertaining providing what’s new in technology and helpful hints.

Sue Young is originally from NJ and moved to TX. This may be what got my attention to Sue but it’s not why I recommend her blog Get in Front Blogging. She offers sound advice on blogging and how to build business buzz.

The Business Makers Radio Show is local to Houston. I met Esther Steinfeld at a TweetUp and started following her show. I had the honor appearing on the show earlier his year and enjoyed my  interview . She and the team at The Business Makers provide a great resource for entrepreneurs.

These are a few of what I believe are the best in blogs. Read and judge for yourself and don’t forget to visit their Twitter link and Facebook fan page!