How To Read Blogs More Effectively

Too many blogs, not enough ROI?   Is your backlog of posts to be read, wearing you down? No more. I’ll keep this post short or it defeats the purpose, so let’s cut right to the chase … There is a secret to reading blogs more effectively, and it’s not reading faster.  It’s adding a strategic…

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Sources of Insight is Available on the Kindle

I’ve made Sources of Insight available on the Kindle.  You can find the sign up on Amazon at: Sources of Insight on the Kindle (US Sign Up) Sources of Insight on the Kindle (UK Sign Up) * Note that UK customers can purchase blog subscriptions only from the UK Kindle Store. If you haven’t taken…

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Top Posts of 2010

This is a roundup of my top posts on this blog for 2010.    My top posts are based on value rather than pure traffic, although I use traffic as an input.  I base the value simply on feedback, reuse, contribution in a domain, hallway conversations, etc.  The goal is simply to surface some posts that…

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Top 100 Blogs for Software Development Managers

Jurgen Appelo put together an impressive list of what he calls the Top 100 Blogs for Software Development Managers (Q3 2008).  I think it’s a great way to find out about blogs you might not know about. The Top 10 Here’s the top ten blogs on the list: Joel on Software Coding Horror Seth’s Blog…

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What Makes Great Content?

Darren at ProBlogger asks, what is great content? … I need to think about it.  For now, I’ll say that great content … Surprises you.  You learn something you didn’t expect. Lifts you up.  You’re inspired to act. Echoes in your mind. It sticks. A new idea is forever etched into the canvas of your…

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How To Choose an Effective Blog Template or Theme

How do you pick the right theme for your blog?  The challenge is that it’s not a linear decision and it requires satisficing to balance content,  function, and design ("look and feel").  As part of my research on effective blogging, I’ve been analyzing themes.  I’ve literally evaluated more than 2,000 themes and heavily modified more…

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Tags vs. Categories

What’s the difference between tags vs. categories in your blog?  A lot.  Knowing the difference between tags and categories can help you better structure your blog for browsing and SEO.  Personally, I hadn’t noticed the issue before because I only have tags on my MSDN blog.  As part of my research on effective blogging practices,…

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Top 100 Blogs in Technorati

I created a snapshot of the top 100 blogs according to Technorati.   I’ll be starting with these blogs to identify patterns and practices for effective blogging.   I’ll be analyzing blog design, user experience patterns, key features, content, style, frequency, information management, community interaction, impact … etc.   I think there’s a lot of lessons to be…

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7 Types of Blog Posts

What types of posts get traction? In a nutshell, posts that either hit the heart, lead you to “ah-has,” consolidate insight, consolidate resources, or help you nail a task. Skellie outlines 7 Types of Blog Posts Which Always Seem to Get Links and Traffic. Types of PostsSkellie’s list of types of posts: Resource lists Lists…

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Blog Improvements

I did a few things to try and improve browsing and findability: Added a “Best Of” list to my blog’s navigation bar. Added a Personal Development tag. Added a Productivity tag. Added a Professional Development tag. I was surprised by how many of my posts related to productivity.  Then again, I focus heavily on productivity with my mentees.  I think personal productivity…

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