How to write spam that sticks

Feb 25, 2009 in Productivity

Since last week I’ve been receiving upwards of 300 spam comments a day. I somehow made it onto the Internet radar, which is proving to be a mixed blessing. A pet peeve of mine is seeing well known, high profile blogs with spam comments, as if the owner doesn’t care about the quality of their community, only the amount of comments against their posts. For this reason alone I will continue to moderate comments against my blog. Readers who comment regularly will have their comments approved automatically from their third comment onward, unless their comment matches other triggers.

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And this is the great mystery

Feb 22, 2009 in Philosophy

I’m still recovering from the events of this past weekend. I spent all Friday at Northern Voice 2009, met some people and learned a whole lot more about Social Media than I ever thought possible. I took what I learned home with me, and dropped off the face of the planet on Saturday. This weekend I was challenged to decide between men’s meetings on Friday night and Saturday morning, blog camp on Saturday, and taking my family to Science World. When forced to choose between business development, spiritual growth, and family connection, family always wins. Every time.

Tonight, when I checked my email after my “sabbatical”, I was excited to see this video sent to me by my in-laws. I leave it with you as a start to the new week. Enjoy!

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Blogs suck, and absolute blogs suck absolutely

Nov 06, 2008 in Personality, Philosophy, Strategy

Now that I have your attention: A fellow Tech Writer (Tina—I mean Holly Harkness) turned me onto a Wired magazine article about how blogging has lost the spontaneous, personal feel, now that there are so many of them out there. According to the writer, Paul Boutin, one would have more success being heard by contributing to the Facebook-, Twitter-, Flickr-, or YouTube-ospheres, rather than the blogosphere.

From the beginning, blogs have always been about conversation and sharing. Yes, several have advertisements on them. Yes, several have hired pro writers (for instance, Duo Consulting hired me). And yes, many do read more like online magazines than personal observations from the field. But nobody’s forcing you to read them. You can select what you want to read.

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