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Sensational Saturday – Better Blogging, Better Business

Sensational Saturday it is sensational to read interesting things and improve your skills as a blogger and as an entrepreneur.

Each Sensational Saturday I am going to give you some great articles on blogging and business that I have found interesting during the past week. Be sure to check both sets of articles, there is often relevant overlap!

 

For Bloggers

 

  1. Many bloggers are concerned about content curation, getting good information organized and on the pages of their blog. This artcle from SocialMediaTips.com is actually ten different articles covering what they consider the 10 best blog posts on content curation in 2012.  http://www.smartmediatips.com/what-is-content-curation-top-10-blog-posts-2012-you-cant-miss/
  2. I have had several conversations with bloggers about organizing blog posts and editorial calendars. I have my posts planned out months in advance. Every blogger with an editorial calendar has a different approach. Here is one to check out. http://www.smartmediatips.com/what-is-content-curation-top-10-blog-posts-2012-you-cant-miss/
  3. Bloggers who are using google analytics to check out their blog’s reach and performance often get stuck on “bounce rate.” Here is an article explaining bounce rate and why you should pay attention t it. http://www.smartmediatips.com/what-is-content-curation-top-10-blog-posts-2012-you-cant-miss/
  4. Bloggers often ask me about where I publish my blog other than Janeane’s World . I actually submit my blog posts to about 13 different locations each day. This article is an oldie but goodie that talks about different places to post your blog after publication. http://www.searchenginejournal.com/20-essential-blog-directories-to-submit-your-blog-to/5998/
  5. This week I had conversations with several bloggers about using photographs from the internet in their blog articles. Here is a good article for explaining the rules and regulations on that issue. http://socialmediatoday.com/lggodard/955461/5-rules-about-using-web-images-your-blog?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Social+Media+Today+%28all+posts%29
 
 

 

For Entrepreneurs

 

  1. Entrepreneurs are ever aware of the importance of networing in growing their businesses. This article from Entrepreneur.com has what they call 7 KeyHabits of Super Networkers. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224819?fb_ref=fbrec
  2. I have never met an entrepreneur who did not want to build a profitable business. This article from one of my Facebook friends, Dr. Will Moreland gives ten tips for building a profitable business.  http://www.launchwhileworking.com/ten-tips-for-building-a-profitable-business-part-1
  3. Many entrepereneurs are searching for ways to build a better mousetrap, to innovate in business. This article from the Harvard Business reviews gives an interesting take on the matter.  http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/innovating_innovation_at_scale.html
 

If you come across an interesting article for bloggers or business people you would like me to highlight here, please email it to me at: janeanedavis@janeane’s world.com

Sensational Saturday – it is sensational to get better at what you do. So, the question for you this sensational Saturday is what steps are you taking to make your blog and business better?

Sensational Saturday – Favorite Books – Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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Sensational Saturday – it is sensational to read a book as a child and still enjoy it as an adult.
 
Sensational Saturdays throughout November have all been about sharing my favorite books. We started with the Bible, then The Bourne Identity, next came The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. This final Sensational Saturday for November is dedicated to Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I have shared my favorite books each Saturday and have encouraged you to do the same. I hope you have enjoyed the exercise, as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.
 
 
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Sensational Saturday, read, favorite book, Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
 
 
Song of Solomon was written by Toni Morrison in 1977 and is one of the reasons she was given a Nobel Prize in literature. To sum the story up  in a few words, it is the story of a family who lives in a southern town before blacks were treated with equal rights in America. One of the things I liked most about the book was Not Doctor Street. When black men from the town went off to fight the World War, they wrote back to an address on Doctor Street which was were the only black doctor lived. The postal employees did not like this and marked the address with the actual name of the street and said it was “not doctor street.” As a result, the GIs started writing the letters addressed to “Not Doctor” Street.  The post office stopped arguing and just delivered the mail to “Not Doctor” Street. I liked this because it affirmed to me, that people who band together in one voice can accomplish anything they set their minds to accomplish.
 
There are a great deal of twists and turns in the book and numerous plot twists, references to the Bible, and to American history. When I first read the book the end was unexpected, but as I learned to appreciate foreshadowing and predictive writing, the ending seemed more perfect with each reading. I like the book because after all this time, almost thirty years, I still laugh and cry at the same parts. I am still confused by the same passages and I can tell what is going on in the story just by judging where the page is in the book, without even looking at the words.
 
 
A book can be an old, comfortable friend if you let it. And just like friends in the real world, you can come back to a book after years apart and start up again as if you were never separated. So, the question for you this Sensational Saturday is, what book is an old friend to you?

Fantastic Friday – Balancing Home and Work When Priorities Change

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Fantastic Friday – it is fantastic to be able to continue to balance home and work when priorities change.
 

Each Fantastic Friday throughout the month of November has been dedicated to the work//home balancing act. Previous articles have covered the plan fail dichotomy and balancing work vacations and school schedules,  and balancing family time vs office networking time.  Next week the final Fantastic Friday of November, will deal with making each side feel special. This Fanastic Firday is all about balancing home and work when priorities change.

 

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fantastic Friday, balancing work and family, balance work and life, priorities

 

Most families in America have at least one parent who works for pay either inside or outside the home. This means their are obligations that shift in priority. For example, when you have a major project deadline on Monday and major changes happened on Friday morning, your job will have a major priority over the weekend, which is normally family time. Simillarly, if your ten year old starts throwing up on Wednesday night and Thursday morning has a fever, is still vomitting and in pain, your sick baby is your priority. This example is not unusual, it is part of life as usual for working parents.

 

In the world of changing priorities between home and work, preparation is key to success. When at home, it is important to make your spouse and children feel that they are important, special and one of the reasons why you work. When you have established a reputation as a person who loves family, appreciates family and believes family is one of the most important things in the world your family will be understanding when you have to put in exta time at work.  At the same time, when you have established a reputation at work as someone who comes to work and works, doesn’t spend the work day on personal matters and gets the job done, when you have to take time off for some personal emergency, it will be more easily accepted.

 

fantastic Friday, balance life and work, balance work and family, priorities

 

The bottom line is that your reputation at home and at work influences how those around you look at you. You must take care to create a good reputation as a person who is trustworthy, honest and cares about home and cares about work if you want to have each side be understanding when you must temporarily  give a priority position to the other side. So the question for you this Fantastic Friday is have you prepared your home and work for changing priorities?

Thrilling Thursday – After the Turkey- Then What?

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Thrilling, Thankful Thursday – after the turkey, conquer a new challenge.

Thrilling Thankful Thursday. To celebrate the holiday, I am taking the day off and sharing with you one of my recent and popular stories.  In the weeks since Ioriginally shared the details about my move from Blogspot to WordPress I have received a lot of calls and emails from people axius to do the same. Here is another look at the move for those of you considering making a move yourself.

Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis, (I appreciate each and every one of you) have noticed some changes to the way this blog looks. The look changed because this week I switched platforms and moved my blog from Google’s Blogspot platform to a self hosted WordPress.org platform.  I have resisted this change for quite a long time, but finally after speaking with a few people at the recent PowerUp Weekend in Washington, D.C. I  put on my big girl panties and made the switch.

 

 

Many of the people I spoke with told me I should pay a website designer and get the move done. However, this is Janeane’s World so I figured Janeane should do the moving, so off I went. Everything I did was free.  I am sharing the process I went through with you because, if I can do it, you can do it and here is how.

1.     I already owned my domain name, http://www.janeanesworld.com and it was linked to my Blogspot blog. I had purchased the domain name from GoDaddy.com  and like their customer service department a great deal.

2.      I was in the habit of copying my blog articles from Blogspot to a WordPress.com account everyday, so I had a full copy of  my entire blog on the WordPress.com site already.

3.      I called the customer service department at GoDaddy and told them I already had a domain name and wanted them to host my blog and attach my domain name to my new WordPress.org blog.

4.     GoDaddy sent me a series of email, with instructions on how to proceed. The customer service people told me it could take several hours to be ready to start the process, but it took less than one hour. The emails came almost at the same time.

  •  The first email was my hosting credentials, information I would need to provide WordPress to set up the self hosted blog account.
  •   The next email was a link to the FAQ page from WordPress.org which I found quite helpful. I am attaching a copy of the link here for your ease of use.  WordPress Hosting FAQ
  • Next GoDaddy sent me an email telling me it was time to build my website along with another helpful email. help guide.  Keep in mind, a blog is just a type of website
5.     I went to the WordPress.org site and downloaded WordPress 3.4.2 and GoDaddy sent me an email telling me the program was downloaded and it was time for my personal touch.
 
6.     Next pick out one of the more than eight hundred themes for your blog design. My Blogspot blog header  was designed for me by Brandi Jeter of Mama Knows It All and it is a beautiful peace of art.
 
 
With a little trial and error, I was able to add my personal header to the template of my choosing.
 
6.     I learned that most of the good stuff on WordPress.org comes from something called Plugins which are programs that do all kinds of cool stuff. I will talk more about them later.  The first plug in I installed was the Blogger Importer Plugin.  This plugin was really cool because it imported all my blogger blog posts including comments!
 
7.     I then copied my buttons etc from my Blogspot blog to my new WordPress.org blog by using the text box. It was not intuitive, but every time I had a question, I got answers relatively easily.
 
8.   Here are some of the plugins I got and found useful:
  • All in One SEO pack, to help my blog be recognized by the major search engines
  • EP Social widget – to add those neat social media sharing buttons at the end of each post
  • Jet-Pak for WordPress to allow me to use some great features and connect with my free WordPress.com blog site
  • Linkwithin – to put links to random previous blog posts after each new post
  • Network Publisher – so that when I publish my blog on WordPress.org it automatically posts to several other networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and a host of others
9.     The last thing I added was the Google Analytics  plug so that I can keep track of relevant statistics with my blog.
 
All in all, it was a fun and rewarding experience and I am glad I was able to do it myself. I successfully made the switch, own my content and can advertise or do whatever I want. I highly suggest you set aside a day or two and try the process for yourself. If you get stuck, send me an email or leave a voice mail message on this blog. You can move your blog from Blogspot to WordPress.org if you take your time and go step by step. So the question for you this Thrilling Thankful Thursday is after your turkey what challenge are you going to set out to conquer?

 

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