What Rush Limbaugh Knows About Blogging

Andy Wibbels, an online associate of mine wrote this post and it is powerful one for bloggers and/or writers who might be blocked.   He and I both can’t stand Rush, but he does give give the ol blowhard praise.

Read what Andy said, it is very thought provoking

http://andywibbels.com/what-rush-limbaugh-knows-about-blogging/

Also find Andy’s books here  Including Blog Wild!!!    http://andywibbels.com/books/

and his blog here AndyWibbels.com.

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Top 10 Reasons to Start a Blog

By , About.com Guide

1. To Express Your Thoughts and Opinions

You have something to say, and blogs provide a place to say it and be heard.

2. To Market or Promote Something

Blogging is a great way to help market or promote yourself or your business, product or service.

3. To Help People

Many blogs are written to help people who may be going through similar situations that the blogger has experienced. Many parenting and health-related blogs are written for this purpose.

4. To Establish Yourself as an Expert

Blogs are wonderful tools to help bloggers establish themselves as experts in a field or topic. For example, if you’re trying to get a job in a specific field or hoping to publish a book on a specific topic, blogging can help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform.

5. To Connect with People Like You

Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions and thoughts.

6. To Make a Difference

Many blogs are issue-based meaning the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people’s thinking in a certain direction. Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways.

7. To Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic

Since successful blogging is partially dependent on posting frequency and providing updated, fresh information, it’s a perfect way to help a blogger stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.

8. To Stay Connected with Friends and Family

The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends to stay connected from different parts of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.

9. To Make Money

It’s important to point out that most bloggers don’t make a lot of money blogging, but the potential does exist to generate revenue from your blog with hard work and commitment. There are many bloggers who bring in big bucks. With patience and practice, you can make money through advertising and other income-generating activities on your blog.

10. To Have Fun and Be Creative

Many people start a blog simply for fun. Perhaps a blogger is a fan of a particular actor or loves knitting and wants to share that passion through a blog. One of the most important keys to successful blogging is having a passion about your blog’s topic, so you can write prolifically about it. Some of the best and most interesting blogs started out as blogs that were written just for fun and to give the blogger a creative outlet.

How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media for Real Results How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media for Real Results

From Mashable.com’s Real Results Series:

“Social media can be a scary prospect for small businesses; unlike traditional marketing methods, it puts part of the message in the hands of the customers. But while it’s easy to be concerned that the message will go the wrongway, the benefits can outweigh the risks if you use the available services wisely.”

http://mashable.com/2010/03/22/small-business-social-media-results/

5 Reasons You May Want to Start a Side Business

Whether your “real” work is a full-time day job, an academic course, or taking care of kids, you might have a few hours to spare each week which you’d like to use productively. Have you ever thought about starting a side business?

Read more here:

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2010/02/5-reasons-you-may-want-to-start-side.html

WordPress CheatSheet

I wish I could take credit for this but the Amazing Andy Wibbels has created a WordPress Cheatsheet.

Andy writes in his blog:

“WordPress gets a bit more bloated with each new release and it can be overwhelming when you’re first diving in. That’s why my previous WordPress cheatsheets have always been classics. I just updated it to the most recent version of WordPress:”

http://www.andywibbels.com/wordpress-cheatsheet/

Self Help for Startups

The following article talks about how local entrepreneurs are having after-hours meetings.  This time is used for networking, information sharing and giving their one minute speech.

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Ahhhh What A break

After taking a much needed break, I am back.  I spent the month of May visiting my dad in Florida, before and after his surgery.   I’m so glad to have been able to help them. We were able to celebrate my birthday, Mother’s Day and Dad’s 70th Birthday!!!   Dad made a pretty quick recovery everything considered and he is back to gardening.  Unfortunately, it looks like they might have lost their Grapefruit and Orange Tree.  At least they still have their pool and Hot Tub.  🙂

I have been up to the cabin, I’m so glad Tawas is close.   I plan on launching and marketing DetailsDiva.com  in September and October after everyone has enjoyed their vacations.

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