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  • http://twitter.com/soldsie Soldsie

    I would add 11–read more blogs! The more you’re engaged in your community, the better idea you have of what you can contribute.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Great tip and And I would add another one just plain “read” a lot !!

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  • http://joshuawilner.com/ Josh

    If you don’t read and write…often you will find it difficult to improve your skills.

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  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    Blogging while on a bus, train, or plane is a great way to spark creativity. Instead of sitting at a desk and feeling pressure to be productive, you are naturally distracted when traveling. Between fellow passengers and the views out of the window, your mind has a chance to be elsewhere for a few minutes. This mental break helps you recoup and become more focused on your own material.

  • Andi Leeman

    Blogging when on a train, plane or bus might make you a better blogger but don’t we blog so we can be free and have flexibility in our lives? We will miss the life around us, by all means have a note pad and write down a few ideas and points but life experience also makes us better bloggers and I for one don’t intend to miss out on that to create a few weak posts. :-)

    Just saying… great post though Jeff

  • http://twitter.com/Alwi_Eisner Mark Eisner

    Jeff, thanks for an insightful blog. Because you asked…

    I’m
    a for-profit scientific consultant. Economically, I continuously need to do what reasonably I
    can to “feed the machine” which means to find and get clients. Blogging
    is one of many tools to achieve that.

    In
    our modern and interconnected world via the internet, visibility to a
    prospective client includes consistently high search engine rankings
    using all the conceivable buzzwords a person could have entered in the
    search box.

    People who profess to know something about Search Engine Optimization,
    like my web site guy, tell me that changing and evolving content is
    what the bots seek. The easiest and cheapest way to have a changing and
    evolving web site, without paying the web site guy for each and every
    little change, is to have a blog.

    Blogs
    are the OK Corral of the internet, or perhaps I should say the Outback
    Steakhouse. No rules, just right. One can embarrass colleagues, piss
    off sources of funding, and generally put ones cyber-foot so far into
    one’s mouth that you gag. And one of the rules also is to be
    consistent. I’m taking to blogging once a week on Fridays. It’s sort
    of a down day for me, and I hope to have a little time for it then.

    Generally,
    I’m blogging about the relationship between my work and the greater
    world. Sometimes that’s driven by newsworthy scientific occurrences
    (Hurricane Sandy was low-hanging fruit and I got TWO blogs out of it).
    Sometimes I read a journal article and think “Hey, that has an
    interesting implication.”

    I endeavor to blog about technical matters pertinent to my business and the professional services it provides, but I do so for a lay audience. Finally, I adhere to this rule:
    it’s got to be able to be read in five minutes.

    Hope this helps. Let me know!

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    I have found many benefits to blogging and one them is a quiet time for yourself and your thoughts I wrote more about it at the post
    http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/07/06/what-are-the-10-secret-benefits-of-blogging/

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  • http://twitter.com/t_maberry Tiffany Maberry

    Almost every blogger I know indulges in #7 :)

  • Bob James

    Blog when all about you are losing their heads and blaming it on you…

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  • http://www.theheidemans.com/ Aaron Heideman

    The biggest change to communication in 20 generations? What about the television, telephone, teletubbies, etc.? ;-)

  • Lucille Ossai

    Hi Jeff,

    Interesting post!

    I began my blog in March afte mulling for a long time about a newly-found passion of mine : communications.

    Not being a ‘technical’ person, I have needed to self-educate by reading through a lot and I am rather pleased with how my blog is turning out. I am still learning though.

    I produce (if I say so myself) high-quality posts and articles relating to my themes of communications, organisational effectivenes and workplace dynamics. The problem is that these posts tend to be over 1,000 words, (one being over 2,000 words), and even though I include visuals like gif animations and images, I am not sure if the lengths of my posts are making it harder to get more people to comment. My statistics show my blog is viewed by people from different continents but not many are posting comments! I have the usual share buttons to social media, RSS subscriptions etc and respond to each comment.

    I want to increase my ‘fan base’, followings and comments from viewers. Any ideas?

    By the way, I am now following you on Twitter. Great stuff!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Type your reHi Lucille
      Thanks for the questions. They are short to ask but long to answer.
      If you read my book “Blogging the Smart Way” I reveal a lot more about building followers and fans on social media..
      You can download it at the link below
      http://www.amazon.com/Blogging-Smart-Way-Create-ebook/dp/B008UGCTMS ply…

      • Lucille Ossai

        Thanks Jeff. I would check it out. Cheers!

  • http://twitter.com/justBrentTzu brent tzu

    cool! gave mew new insights!

  • http://www.bizfix.co.uk/blog Chris Markham @Bizfix.co.uk

    Jeff, as ever spot on content. While everyone is digesting the turkey I’m voting for some strategy to make us all better bloggers. 1. Start with keyword research, we write for people, but search engines engines are the new gatekeepers. 2. Use data – we might think we know what our readers want, but the data shows us how many people read, click, like, retweet or show some other form of interest. 3. Add some style, life’s too short for dull blogging. Keywords, Data and Style.

  • http://twitter.com/dd_dienutza Diana Abu-Zuaiter

    Less than 10% of viewers actually comment. They read the blog, the hell, they even share it…but don’t comment. Why is that?

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  • Simone Wessels-Bloom

    You make me want to become a better blogger!

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