Author Archive for Andrew G.R.

Aug | 03 | 2010

Put a Password Padlock on Your Blog

Posted by as Blog Tutorial If you blog, then it's almost certain that you have login credentials to access your blog platform.  It's not sexy or exciting, but I'm here to remind you that now is the time to strengthen your password. Imagine logging in one day to find years of archives missing.  Or impostor posts tarnishing your name.  Eliminate the fear and sleep better at night by employing the following password strategies. - AVOID repeated characters and sentences.  Many Web-based services do not allow passwords of this style, but in case yours does, change it up! - AVOID using personal information.  Birthdates, phone numbers and even social ...
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Mar | 14 | 2008

The Dalai Lama on Blogging

Posted by as Blog Tutorial Today's guest blogger is the Dalai Lama.  He can teach you a lot more about blogging than I ever could.  Here are his instructions for live, most of which are applicable to blogging. 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. 6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship. 7. When ...
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Mar | 11 | 2008

How to Blog small

Posted by as Blog Tutorial Last week I offered up a few tips on making your blog appear larger than it really is.  Surprisingly, some bloggers have the opposite goal; that is to appear smaller than they really are.  A strategy mostly enacted by monster companies to give themselves a human face.  Here's how: All in the Details: Did the waiter botch your lunch order? Miss the train? Come down with the stomach flu? When big companies take the time out to share the small stuff, they humanize their efforts. Self-Deprecation: Poking fun at yourself or mildly putting down the organization for which you blog, can ...
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Mar | 08 | 2008

How to Blog BIG

Posted by as Blog Tutorial In a world of a billion blogs, there's a good chance that your corner of the Web will go unnoticed.  If you are lucky enough to attract readers, you are going to want to make a strong impression to make sure they come back for more.  One way to do this is to immediately establish your blog as the authority of its niche.  One way to do that is to blog BIG. Here are a few tips to grow...
USE THE PLURAL FORM. Your blog might be a venue for you to rant and rave, but use the singular tense, ...
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Mar | 04 | 2008

5 Must-Answer Questions for Bloggers

Posted by as Tips, Writing Since most bloggers write on a daily basis, keeping up your motivation can occasionally be a problem.  It's easy to fall into a writer's malaise. If you fear you have the potential to head down this path, test yourself for the answers to these five questions. 1) WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? Every good blog needs purpose. What are your long-term, short-term and mid-term goals  Write them down and keep them visible.  Look at them often and assess what you are doing to reach them. 2) ARE YOU POSITIVE?  A good attitude is infectious and more likely to keep readers coming back for ...
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Feb | 26 | 2008

How to Blog Like a Buddhist

Posted by as Blog Tutorial, Writing This blog entry is not looking to convert anyone to anything.  Rather, we are going to briefly explore several fundamental Buddhist principles that can help take your blog to the next level.  Or, at the very least, earn you some good karma. The Five Precepts are the basic ethical requirements of Buddhism.  Here's how you can apply them to blogging. 1) Do not take life.  This one is pretty easy.  Simply put, do not kill anyone today. Preserve human (and animal/plant) life and you're 20% of the way home. 2) Do not steal. Do not take words, images or ideas from others. You ...
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