Class, I discovered a post over at Cash Quests which is right up my alley, if you know what I mean. It's a tag list where anyone who wants to join in gets to share their best blogging tips. And since Blog-Blond is ALL ABOUT blogging tips, well....
"The concept of the list is to share everybody’s best tip about blogging and to introduce you to some new sites that you may not have visited before. I was tagged by James from Reality Wired and I like the idea of learning together and sharing our best advice, so I’m going to continue the list and publish it here!
With the Goolge Pagerank update just days away and backlinks being a crucial factor - this is one list that you want to join and republish immediately!
It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.)
Add the next number (1. 2. 3. 4. 5., etc.) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers.
Try to make your tip general.
After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!
Just think– if 10 people start this, the 10 people pass it onto another 10 people, you have 100 links already!
1. Look, read, and learn. *****
2. Be, EXCELLENT to each other. *****
3. Don’t let money change ya! ****
4. Always reply to your comments. ****
5. Spell check is your friend. ****
6. Be the blog. *****
7. Your readers are your treasure. **
8. Titles Are Everything **
9. Your blog. Your money. Your rules. **
- Cash Quests
Mine is this: Offer benefit to your readers*
You can begin copying and pasting from here up.
How Do You Feel About Paid Reviews?
Class, I've got to get something off my chest--the subject of paid reviews. Now before you get your knickers in a twist, Listen Up and hear me out. Even though paid reviews can be a nice little money-maker and the ubiquitous signs advertising the price of reviews give one the impression that review-purchasing is hot and heavy, I've never liked the concept. I hear you screaming in the background, "BUT WHY?"
And I'll tell you, just so I can get it off my....ahem...fairly large sized chest.
It has to do with my sense of fair play. Why should another feel such a superior blogger they can charge you for a review? Remember this: a fool and his money are soon parted. Just because they have more links and a higher Alexa ranking? BFD.
I like tit for tat in my dealings with others. I like balance in my relationships, and I like link reciprocity and comment reciprocity too. I like to give as good as I get! Call me a cock-eyed optimist if you will.
This is why I was VERY happy to discover Courtney Tuttle's post about blog review trading. What a great idea! Finally, those of us who don't want to shell out our cold hard cash can get a review too! Our day has arrived. The world is our oyster!!!!
Your homework for today is:
1. Count how many cliches I have used thus far in my post and let me know if you also use cliches for your own writing reasons.
2. Trade a review with a fellow blogger. If they're not on the list, hit them up for a trade. Be good to one another. Or even better, give someone a review for the heck of it and surprise them. We ONLY have ONE blogosphere after all.
And now your blondalicious teacher has to get back to work. Do I ever feel bettah! Thanks for listening and letting me get it off my....well, you know what!
What say you on this subject, "Mr. Humor-Blogs.com"?
Now, rush on over to THIS POST and check out the bloggers where you can trade a review.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
All Aboard For The Blog Feed Train
Class, Listen Up! I'd trying YET another experiment, this one started by none other than the Mad Cow, John Cow. What you do is this: Copy this list to your blog and then add five more to the bottom. If you're as dumb as your Blondalicious teacher, this is an exercise in patience because I had to hand link each and every subscribe link as well as the original link which made me a little bit hot under my black silk teddy! Maybe one of my brilliant students has another easier approach.
However, if you're like me, you must make sure when you're adding the subscribe link to add either atom.xml or rss.xml after the name of the blog. Here's an example: http://www.blog-blond.blogspot.com/rss.xml
For the other link that corresponds to the subscribe link, you leave off the xml, got it?
I subscribed to all of these blogs through my Google Reader since that's the way I prefer to read my daily bloggers updates. It's fast and easy. And this is how I discovered this list as I had already subbed to Blogozine.
The Original List:
Subscribe to Blogozine
Subscribe to JohnCowdotCom
Class, there are pupus and mai tais waiting for you, so jump on aboard, and let me know when you have completed this assignment by your comments.
Wanna join us, "Mr. Humor-Blogs.com"?
Monday, July 16, 2007
The Five Types Of Bloggers
Class, gather round and Listen Up! Today I'm going to teach you about the Five Types of Bloggers plus give you great links and blog contest information. As you know, your blogalicious teacher runs around the blogosphere in her MBT sneakers all day long searching out great information to share with you.
I'm researching blogs and bloggers so that I can be the best blog teacher you'll ever have. From this research project, I have discovered FIVE distinct types of bloggers:
1. THE SERIOUS BLOGGER--usually business, corporate, political, non-profit, or news bloggers. They rarely return a comment or acknowledge your existence, even if you've schmoozed them and soaped them, and they promised to soap you back. Promises are made to be broken with them unless you're in their world. Forget about friending them, asking for a link exchange, or networking with them unless you have a 'serious' blog.
2. THE SOCIAL BLOGGER--usually Mommy bloggers, animal bloggers, humor bloggers, journal bloggers, photography bloggers, spiritual bloggers, travel bloggers, joke bloggers, and the 'on-the-make' bloggers (you know the kind!). They're congenial, easy to link-with, and are seeking to expand their network of friends. They're the type most likely to leave comments, give others link-love, and befriend others in social networks.
3. THE MONEY BLOGGER--these are the ones either making money from their blogs (and bragging about it) or looking to monetize their blogs. They are also very serious as they are driven to get The Cash. They are competitive, industrious, no-nonsense, and rarely leave comments or network with you unless they see a way to make a buck off you.
4. THE ART BLOGGER--artists and performers of all stripes who sell, promote and market their creations through blogs. Fairly friendly and approachable but busy folks, so they're social only to an extent. They like praise and attention and seek out fans.
5. THE TEACHER BLOGGER--service oriented bloggers (like your blondalicious teacher!) who share information, educate others, and are committed to assisting others. Many bloggers who post about blogging are in this category. Money isn't their goal, although it would be righteous, rockin' karma for them to receive some, don't you think? :smile:
Which type are you? Are you a pure type or a mix of several types? Let me know.
Ok...now for the great links I discovered recently:
Digg others, gain points, and barter for Digg
Blog directory, blog forums, great blog info, and good back links
3. Buy Blog Comments
Site which is causing an uproar with bloggers Would YOU buy a comment package? Did they get this idea from a post on Blog-Blond?
4. The Prize Blog
Six Day Blogging Competition
"Over at The Prize Blog, Brian is having an awesome 6-day blogging competition and is giving away cash prizes, MP3 players, blogroll back links, Bloggeries Blog Directory listings and complete site reviews. This is one of the best blog contests you will ever find!"
What I copied and pasted above is one of the simple ways to enter this competition.
5. Back Up My Blog
Once you've signed up for this free service, your blog(s) is automatically backed up daily.
On another note before signing-off, have you paid any attention to the DC Madam story? It's quite the scandal! I'm glad I sold my book to Miz Julia before the s*** hit the fan. It was way too much work for me managing all those guyz and girlz. She should have retired like me many years ago and found her niche in a different kind of social networking, don't you agree, Mr. "Humor-Blogs.com"?
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The I-Follow List
Class, most of you're tucked in bed dreaming of blogging revenue, hotlinking and other crazy, far-fetched ideas while your diligent, blondalicious teacher is still working into the night. After receiving the green light confirmation email from Deborah of Fast Lane Transport to copy the latest list of the bloggers participating in the I-Follow Movement, I decided to go ahead and post the list tonight.
All of these bloggers below are participating. If your I-Follow blog is missing from this list and would like to have it added, you may leave your name in a comment and I'll add you to this list. Reference earlier posts if you don't know what I-Follow is.
*As The Garden Grows
*As the Garden Grows
*Breath of Life Photography
*You are in My World Now
*Gadget Girl Accessories
*krissy.nu - life.unscripted
*For the Heck of it!
*Off The Cuff
*The (Other) End of the Internet
*Patrick Says v2.0
*Just for Today
Raw Vegan Momma
Big Bucks Blogger
Army Mom:New Jersey
Learn Spanish fast: vocabulary tricks and visualization
I Think Therefore I Blog
The Den of Iniquity
Home Biz Blogger
Musings Of A Manic Mom
My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings
Dont Fear the Truth
Just Not Martha
The Web Files
A Saxy Girl
Up Scheidt Creek
Open Road Biker
Tinas Treasured Thoughts
JT Music Review
Total Web Review
The Coffee House
A Peculiar Blog
The Knitting Fiend
A Strange Life
Up the Hill Gang
Wampago - Music Videos and Entertainment Database
Smart Marketing Ideas
I am Who I am
Texas RV Travel blog
CoolAdzine for Marketers
Advertising for Success
Pink Poison Store
How Can I Do That?
The Official Mrs. Rugged
That's what she said
my daily snippets
Prudence and Madness
Just A Touch of Sweetness
PAULA NEAL MOONEY
Simplify Every Obstacle
Life in the Fast Lane
Work At Home Musings
High Strangeness Altoona
The Chronicles of My Life
The Millionaire Secrets
Live Life Organics & Your Health
House of Freebies
Accentuate the Positive
My Muddled Mind
Blogging made devilishly simple
Wild in London
go get global news & views
Debt Free Living
Ask Jason Business
Tip Tail - From Agility to Zen!
New Century Politics
Selenas Musings About Travel and Culture
The Ruff Draft
Musings of a Learning Wife and Mother
The Tech Inspector
Scribble On The Wall
Confessions of an Everyday housewife
Ask Jason Marketing
Journal of My Simple Life
Into the Bit
Selenas Musings About Life
She Rambles On
Thoughts Out of My Head
The Article Writer
Pegs AZ Life
The Wired Kayaker
JOIN - Do Follow Bloggers **
Step away from the cake
Ramblings Of An Undisturbed Mind
Marisas Dandelion Patch
Movies of My Life
By the Sea
Table for Five
gimme a break
My Home Recipe
SQKIKs Simple Tech
A Writers Words, An Editors Eye
No Average Mom
Confessions of an Everyday Housewife
Sophistishe.Org | Personal Blog
Wild & Crazy Ride
genki desu yo
Home Office Women
The Sun-Flower Family
Buy better - Have a Better Life
The Fibromyalgia Experiment
Down Memory Lanes
Magical Rose Garden
Life Passion Travel & More
BenSpark 2: Electric Boogaloo
Whats All This Then!
My Opinion Counts
The Sassy Southerner
Elements of Fishing
Chief Prognosticator 2
Ask Jason Personal Tech
Selenas Musings About Raising Children
tales from the ballpark: 2007
The passionate ailurophile
Adapt, Adopt, and Improve
Internet. Serious Business
My Happy Place
Simple PC Talk
Callias Pixels Blog
The Raw Review
The Raw & The Cooked
The Way It Is
Not just any ordinary blog
A Prairie View
A Mothers Horizon
The Talking Fingers on the Web
Life in General
Advanced Wellness Solutions
Christy's Coffee Break
Fanaticspace - Blog
Successful Blogging With Random Shock
Life With Heathens
Is It So?
Bloggers for Dollars
The Birds & The Beads
DRiNK . a . MOChA !
Call Me When You Get There
Mslovelys Blog Palace
On the Horizon
girls day out
Im Blogging That!
An Unschooling Life
My Happy Place
the so called me
My Adventure into The Street
Laane on the World
That Bitchy Chick
Here are my new adds to this list: supplied by Ponn at N Power Women’s post on this:
N Power Women
eMoms at Home
Dawud Miracle - Healthy Web Design
Randa Clay Design
Chris Garrett of New Media
David Paul Robinson
Middle Zone Musings
Work at Home Revolution
Today is That Day
Home Ec 101
Babblz and Fresh Yields
Home Office Women
Live Life Organics and Your Health
A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye
Mark Robinson Dot Ca
More adds as I find bloggers using Do Follow or have asked to be included:
Top Blog Mag
Magical Rose Garden
The Adam Box
The Ruff Draft
Life Learning Today
Julie Anne Bonner
There’s a Blog in my Soup!
Getting it Write for You
Who’s Yo Mama?
The Art of Living and Dying
Wailea Daily Life
Moonlight Becomes Me
Dancing Dolphin Journal
Here is Magical Rose Garden’s list for bloggers using the the DO Follow Plugin that don’t already appear on this page, which are added below:
Simple Kind Of Life
The Hockey Dad
Whatever I Feel Like
My Dandelion Patch
Two Dog Zoo
Body, Mind & Solar
On The Horizon
Life is Risky
Friday, July 13, 2007
Technorati Exchange Experiment
Class, I'm back just in time to give you your Friday Homework! Not to worry, this is an easy assignment. Here's wassup: I recently added the niftiest button in the galaxy on my tool bar, and I suggest you do the same because it speeds everything up when I want to fav someone on Technorati. Yes, it's a simple green button with a white heart inside, and when you see a blog you like, you simply click it. That's all! Sweet!
I am all for speed, convenience, and ease, and the OLD way of fav'ing someone on Technorati was tedious. Now it's easy for me. And since I read Dosh Dosh did a little fav'ing experiment (which is now closed!), I thought your blondalicious teacher should run a little experiment of her own. Remember, I am nothing if not experimental.
So this weekend between chugging your beers, goofing-around, and partying, fav me and let me know that you've done so either through comments or email, and I'll fav you back. Sounds like fun, eh??? First download the button on your tool bar to make it easy, and while you're at it, fav your friends.
Now for your weekend test...a simple multiple choice:
Link Leaking is:
1. too many links for the size of the blog
2. too many outgoing links
3. someone hacked your blog and your blog is now leaking
4. all of the above
5. none of the above
The horse posted at the top is:
1. spells out what will happen when you link, subscribe, and fav Blog-Blond
2. a famous winner
3. a female horse
4. all of the above
5. none of the above
John Chow's hair is:
2. held up by hair spray or gel
3. held up by success
4. all of the above
5. none of the above
John Cow. com is:
1. a parody of John Chow
2. really written by John Chow
3. John Chow's separated-at-birth twin
4. all of the above
5. none of the above
1. tweaking the system
2. putting fish bait inside your blog template
4. all of the above
5. none of the above
Do you know the answers, Mr. "Humor-Blogs.com"?
Monday, July 09, 2007
Meme Me One Last Time
Class, listen up! I'm going to get-it-over-with--the memes, that is! I don't know how you feel about memes, but they're like giving birth to me-- very painful! However, out of respect for two of my darling readers/students who tagged me for the EIGHT THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME meme, I'm going to play along.
What's painful about memes you ask? I'll tell you straight-- they're more than slightly embarrassing to me! Plus I never know who to tag. After tagging various bloggers in the past who DROPPED THE MEME BALL, I'm not gonna go there again! Thus, I will leave the meme open to whomever wants to play.
So I'm breaking rule Number 4 below, and if you don't like it, Bite Me! I don't know who the Meme King or Queen is that made up these rules in the first place... maybe some demented borg... but I'm not too worried about breaking a rule. What's the worst that can happen to me--never be tagged for a meme again?! Yeh!
So "TAG, you're it" to whomever.
"Here is how this thing works:
# * Each player must post these rules to begin the meme.
# * Each players starts with eight random facts or habits about themselves.
# * People who get tagged must blog about their eight things and post these rules.
# * At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
# * Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog."
The Eight-Things-People-Don't-Know-About-Me will also reference blogs, bloggers, and blogging tips. This way I'll feel less embarrassed about participating. After all, your blondalicious babe-of-a-teacher IS a teacher.
Here are the names and blogs of the two students who tagged me: Don of Affiliate Watcher.com and Lynda of LyndaWalldez.
Eight Things People Don't Know About Me (and probably don't give a s***):
1. I've got a secret crush on Chris Pirillo. He's a nerd with his head on straight, believes in the possibilities of et's, and creates the brilliant comic "Blaugh!....The Un-official Comic of the Blogosphere!" I bet he looks cute with his hair rumpled when Chris Pirillo wakes up in the morning. Plus, Chris Pirillo makes nerds look good.
If you wondered why I mentioned his name three times, it's because I read this in the wiki about him: "The Pirillo Effect, coined by Mike Flynn (, ) states that if you say Chris Pirillo's name at least three times in your article or on your blog, Chris will appear and comment in some fashion. The effect was later referenced, although incorrectly sourced, in a Seattle Times article."
So I'm testing this theory out! Maybe my secret (married) crush will pay Blondie a visit?
2. I know someone on Facebook (from my past) whom I'd like to contact but don't want to do so until I have MORE facebook friends because I'd feel way too lame contacting him (or is it her?) with the amount of friends I have now (14). So if any of my beloved readers are Facebook folks, friend-me and write on my wall! This person doesn't know my blog name of Kuanyin which Facebook has written as Kuan Yin.
3. Digg is way over-rated imho, plus it's purported to be rigged.
4. Even though I have MySpace, Virb, and Xanga blogs and a Squidoo lens, I don't link to them or tell anyone my blog addies. They exist in another parallel blog-un-reality.
5. Second-Life is addictive and threatening to take over my First Life. It wasn't too long ago I joined because of the upcoming BlogHer Conference there, and already my avatar is dressed like a goddess with twinkly thingy's flashing around her head (all of which I purchased with Linden dollars) and shopping up a storm buying goodies for her new Second Life Home.
My avatar has been doing lots of exploring, flying around, and chatting with other avatars. Others have been very helpful to me, especially Queen Tureaud who will be heading-up the BlogHer Conference in Second Life. She gave me a hovercraft which was fun to fly around until I flew it into a tent and became stuck. I've packed it away in my inventory until I transfer it over to my new home. Any suggestions where to purchase real estate would be greatly appreciated. I have in mind a Grecian Temple, but I haven't been able to locate the right property yet.
6. I deleted the "Lowly Insect" from my sidebar because I was weary of being lowly and an insect. On other of my blogs, I'm a "Marauding Marsupial" and a "Large Mammal" in the TTLB Ecosystem, but here on Blog-Blond, a lowly insect--fuggedabotit! The Blond has some pride! I started as an Insignificant Microbe, so I suppose that's some consolation. There's one blog which is on the Higher Beings list which makes me wonder how the heck it made it there. Is there any way to sleep your way up the Bear Ladder? Meow!
7. The blog urban legend which goes like this: add the Alexa toolbar to your computer and the widget to your sidebar and then surf your own blog to raise your Alexa score doesn't seem to work for me. Yes, I've tried it! Your blogalicious teacher is VERY experimental. Does it work for any of you? Does a good Alexa rating matter at all? Certainly many bloggers have weighed-in on this subject, and many feel Alexa is antiquated and unimportant. Your thoughts?
8. When I twitter, I've got ZERO idea why I'm twittering. Does anyone read my twitters? Does anyone notice or care? Why do I bother twittering at all when I could be frittering? Frittering is much more fun than twittering, and I'm only twittering to experiment and determine if there's something I'm missing about twittering...and even then, I have to force myself to twitter after chugging happy juice. So why do you twitter?
That's all for today...over and out. Mr. "Humor-blogs.com", what say ye?
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Five Blog No-No's
Class, I'm back after a brief recess, and I have Five Blog No-No's for you and how to fix them. Some of these may make you squirm in your designer jeans.
Before we start, wasn't your substitute teacher/guest blogger Sue thorough with her No-Follow post? I have also removed the No-Follow from my blog template, but I haven't posted the I-Follow badge yet on my sidebar. Oh well, you know that your comments will now receive a link-back, right? So jump-on-in and mouth off, won't ya?
So Listen UP my darling ones, here are my top five Blog No-No's:
1. My number one bitch these days is the endless messaging I'm receiving from fellow bloggers on MyBlogLog. It's very simple: Don't do this! It feels like spamming, looks like spamming, and hey, it IS spamming! I'm not the only other blogger who's griping about this, as I've read plenty of negative feedback on other blogs. I bet MyBlogLog folks are probably scrambling to fix this new service. Blog relationships are important, so don't screw them up.
2. If you see a comment and haven't acknowledged it by returning a comment, this is a huge no-no. Click on the name and speed as fast as Courtney Love on crack to their blog and return the favor because that is a ***READER***, and you want readers and friends. After all, blogging is a SOCIAL enterprise. If you leave a comment, make sure your blog has been updated recently--there's nothing so depressing as going to a blog which hasn't been updated since 2006!
3. Don't hesitate to promote yourself. Holding back because you're not a BIG f****** fish doesn't matter. People forget. People have too much on their plates already. The advertising rule is that consistency works, and only after the third time will your ad even be noticed. Same goes for blogs. You will remain invisible unless you plaster your name and mug onto the blogosphere. So comment away on other blogs and in forums. Be Seen!
4. Puhlease don't plaster your blog with lots of ads! It's challenging to know where to begin reading if a blog is smothered in ads. I know some of the top bloggers do this, and frankly, the only reason that they get away with it is because they've already paid their dues, are one of the big boyz/girlz, and have a devoted following. And yet, it still looks tacky and confusing. What to do: de-clutter your blog. I never click on the ads anyway. Do YOU? I have work to do in this regard because my sidebar needs serious weeding, not from ads but from widgets run amok!
5. Don't burn yourself and your readers out by posting TOO OFTEN if you don't have anything to say! Make your posts relevant, timely, and with benefits for your readers. Much of the writing I read on blogs is re-hashed hoo-hah.
Ok. Mr. "Humor-Blogs, com", watcha think about these pointers?