Chris Brogan’s 100 Blog Topics

Comments versus Blog Posts

by Jamie Sanford on March 12, 2010

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#70)
My ratio of blog posts to comments is pretty large, I don’t get comments all that often. I mean, let’s be clear, I have minimal blog followers.  However, I try hard to bring my post content together at the end in order to ask the audience a question. I don’t write that often, so when I do, it’s generally a topic on which I feel inspired enough to write and so would love to discuss.
I think I feel disappointed at times because of past experience on a little site called Open Diary.  I started posting there 10 years ago, in March 2000, when the site seemed like this amazing thing and such a great idea! I still write there and have recently gone back to it on a more regular basis, I think in part because I missed having people respond to what I was writing about. 
I’m not trying to be whiny, I get that the spaces are different.  In addition, my account on Open Diary is kept private and only available to those people whose diaries I have been reading for years, many of whom I’ve even had a chance to meet in person.  I have friends there, and I don’t expect nearly that level of interaction with the readers of my blog.  Anyone reading on Open Diary can’t subscribe via RSS, and those seeing my blog content in a reader probably aren’t coming to the site to comment since they are going to read or skim my content and then move on to the next item in the feed.  I am guilty of that myself.
Something that I would love to have installed is a signature feature. This is an Open Diary standard where you go to leave a note, and you simply sign a blank note, generally done in order to tell the person that you stopped by and read that entry.  It’s a courteous “hey I read this” message that I always try to utilize when I read so that I’m indicating that I was there. I appreciate all of the content I read, whether or not I feel like I have something to add to the conversation, but it would be great to be able to give some love to the person who spent time writing that content.
So here’s that italicized question:
Is there a tool available that you know of that would accomplish my signature thing? Would you check a box, etc, if it was an available feature, to let blog authors know that you read their post?

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My Children Will Do It Differently.

by Jamie Sanford on June 10, 2009

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#11)

I haven’t written in a while, I have many half-written posts saved in the draft area. I was excited to get some inspiration on Sunday for a blog post from Chris Brogan’s list that I didn’t think I was up to writing just yet, because I don’t have kids and don’t plan on any in the near future.

However, in my Twilight fangirldom, I came across a YouTube user (tiffanyd666) who has created her own versions of the trailer for the upcoming Twilight film, New Moon.

This first one has been online for nearly a year and has been viewed over 8 and a half MILLION times.

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This second one is similar to the first, but with footage from the new official trailer weaved in. It’s been up for 3 days and has nearly 200,000 views.

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I think I was 11 or 12 when my family got AOL and I was regularly online.  All I did was hang out in chatrooms and send emails.  Of course, since then, the internet has affected me greatly, I even met my husband on a message board in 2000.  However, this is where things will be different for my children.

My children will always have the internet, the way it is now and bigger, better.  They won’t think twice about unofficial movie trailers made by a teenager having 9 million views. They might even become masters at creating web video with beautiful transitions, titles, etc, and think nothing of it.

Yesterday at the office, I actually pulled out a dictionary. You remember those, right? The big book of words with their definitions? I then reminisced a bit with my colleague about books and how kids now don’t go to the library to research for school assignments, they go online.  They don’t get the tangible thing about books, which I find sad.  The benefit is that they can get the most current information possible, but I feel like there was some character-building in all of that manual labor!

Of course, I’ll have nothing to say when I do have kids, if I say something like that I’m sure they will remind me that my career path is based on the existence of the Internet, and then I’ll be that Mom who realizes that she has kids that are just like her. In some ways, they won’t do it differently.

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What I Spend Money On.

by Jamie Sanford on May 6, 2009

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#34)

Reflecting (Epcot)

1. Photography stuff: lenses, books on photography and Photoshop, etc.

2. Music. I heart iTunes. There are certain artists (David Usher, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails) that are part of a select group of which I insist on owning the actual CD. All artists that have been part of my life for a long time, whose music I have relationships with. Who knows how long the CD (the format, not an actual CD) will actually last though?

Britney's big entrance.

3. Concert tickets to see such artists and also others I am interested in. I’ll pay more money for those I love though. Will also fight for tickets if I have to.


4. Travel. Though recently I have spent less on travel in order to address other things. Such as…
5. Credit card debt reduction. In part, I am still paying off the debt accrued to keep a long distance relationship alive and well. We are married now, so this doesn’t bother me too much.

Sure I spend money on other stuff, groceries, gas, my electric bill, but those aren’t fun to write about are they?

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How I Find Blogging Ideas.

by Jamie Sanford on April 28, 2009

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#9)

Travel is one of the things that inspire blog posts. Photo credit, uricacid.

I will create yet another list to address the topic of “how I find blogging ideas.”

  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Friends
  • Family
  • My job
  • The Internet and all of the wonderful tools that we have access to
  • The people I interact with online
  • Blogs I read, including specific things such as the list of blog topics that I’ve been working on lately
  • The grocery store
  • Television
  • Magazines
  • So much more.

What inspires your blog posts?  Do you have any one thing that generates more ideas than anything else?

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Letting Go.

by Jamie Sanford on April 27, 2009

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#83)

This topic is vague and could be interpreted in a number of ways. I have definitely let go of some things in recent years and I am really proud of myself for having achieved some growth in that area. However, I have a long way to go.

A stream-of-consciousness list seems to be the best way to go about this.

I need to let go of my need to finish my to-do list at the office each day. I am perfectly aware of the fact that things can often take longer than initially expected, but I still do not like to leave for the day knowing that multiple items from my list will appear on the list tomorrow. This leads to staying at work too late on too many nights and it means that by the time I get home, I don’t want to do other things like write blog posts or clean my bathroom.

I need to let go of my need to sleep in, at least a little bit. I am a complete night person, but it results in getting about 6 hours of sleep on weeknight and then sleeping for 10-12 hours on the weekends. I should probably force myself to go to bed earlier on weeknights and get up earlier on weekends. Not rocket science, I know, but I have been doing this as long as I can remember.y

(Even though there’s a wonderful story that I just read about the benefits of staying up late and sleeping in that makes me feel justified.  Thanks to Caterina Fake for the link.)

I need to let go of the way I steer myself towards negativity. I notice this the most when I am disappointed with photos I’ve taken, while I pass over so many in a set that are great, because I’m annoyed with myself for not getting the exposure right or missing the selective focus I was trying to achieve. I think I expect too much to be perfect and it clouds my ability to see the good stuff that is there.

That’s all for now; 3 things is quite enough to work on at one time.

What do you need to let go of? Do you have trouble letting go?

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