My experience with the Yahoo Publishing Network on my blog

I’m sorry I strayed. AdSense may not be the sexiest CAS (contextual advertising service) in the bunch, and occasionally she’s a bit stubborn, unpredictable, and even cheap… but she’s a lot better overall than my most recent fling. I had heard so many great things about the Miss Yahoo!  She was apparently far more generous,… Continue reading My experience with the Yahoo Publishing Network on my blog

In Brief: Things that every blog should have (but too many don’t)

I’ll note up front: my blog UI currently sucks (as I’ve said many times before) and I WILL fix it eventually. But like a brilliant marriage therapist that can’t maintain a healthy relationship, I’m going to lecture y’all on some blog-musts 🙂 – Include a CONTACT ME link or info. Oh yeah, and an ABOUT… Continue reading In Brief: Things that every blog should have (but too many don’t)

Jakob Nielsen offers (mostly) spot-on blog guidelines

Jakob Nielsen is one of the granddaddies of Web Usability; he’s offered for years lots of strong and (IMHO) often very smart opinions about what practices and designs on the Web make for good user experiences. I don’t always agree with his assertions, but I am very impressed by his recent blogging guidelines. Here are… Continue reading Jakob Nielsen offers (mostly) spot-on blog guidelines

$1 will cure the Blogspot splog problem (and related problems)

THE PROBLEMAs Chris Pirillo and others have noted, doing a search on practically anything nowadays returns a deluge of spam blogs, or “splogs,” that are comprised of a bunch of randomly scraped-together sentences automatically stolen from around the Web. Typically, the sploggers create these blogspot blogs just so they can slap AdSense ads on them… Continue reading $1 will cure the Blogspot splog problem (and related problems)

Tips for corporate wannabe bloggers

Jeremy Zawodny recently posted that he’s going to be speaking about blogging at the Direct Marketing Association’s annual conference, and asked his readers what he should tell those folks. Many people, understandably, responded that he should basically tell them to drop dead. Given the DMA’s, ahem, relationship-challenged practices in the past (e.g., supporting opt-out, rather… Continue reading Tips for corporate wannabe bloggers

Bloglines, Newzcrawler… and the new Google Reader

A few weeks ago, I already started transitioning all of my feeds off of Bloglines. Why?– It’s slow.– It’s down too often.– Reorganizing feeds (moving them to different folders, etc.) is worse than being stuck in a closet with Vanna White. Night after night after night after night.– It’s similarly painful to mark just a… Continue reading Bloglines, Newzcrawler… and the new Google Reader

Memory holes aren’t cool. Corporate bloggers, cut it out!

UPDATE 9/23/05 2:34pm PST:Looks like I was a bit too quick on the CrankyTrigger this morning. Apparently, Streamload had shifted over to Blogspot, but hadn’t updated one of their primary links (1 step off of their home page). Certainly a frustrating but nonetheless innocent oversight. See Streamload’s acknowledgment of the issue here in their P.S.… Continue reading Memory holes aren’t cool. Corporate bloggers, cut it out!

Blogger DON’Ts (how to gain admirers, get money, stay employed, etc.)

I just came back from a blogger meetup, and am for some (possibly related) reason inspired to offer some blogging tips I’ve accumulated over the nearly three years I’ve been blogging. 0) THE SHORT VERSION FOR IMPATIENT FOLKS– When in doubt, save-as-draft.– Write about what you love.– Publicize smartly.– Add your blog to directories.– Write… Continue reading Blogger DON’Ts (how to gain admirers, get money, stay employed, etc.)

Feed Fabulosity (Atom, RSS, Full, Summary… oh boy!)

I’m at least temporarily offering both summary full feeds via FeedBurner… which delivers Atom, RSS, whatever your newsreader likes :-). Just look on over at the lefthand-side of any BLADAM page for the links. Since I do like people to actually visit my site, however (for both selfish and unselfish reasons) I’m debating on whether… Continue reading Feed Fabulosity (Atom, RSS, Full, Summary… oh boy!)