Monthly Archives: March 2007

Want success on the web? Work hard, say something

Then the answer is simple. Work damn hard, have something to say.

I watched a video the other day from some guy in New York going by the name of Loren Feldman. I can’t find the link or recall where I saw it, but in a nutshell, Loren was talking about (in his own inimitable style) how this whole A list blogging thing is by and large bullshit. Bullsit in the sense of it really isn’y some mythical hard to attain thing. A-listers dont just happen overnight, they are not annointed to the A-list by the A-list illuminati, uh uh, no siree, they all get there through the same tried and tested route that applies to practically any other area of this thing called life and success relative to it. Hard work and having something to say.

I was looking at the work rate of various people I happen to read. Some, like Matt have slacked off a little, perhaps he isn’t hungry anymore, or perhaps he’s just a different case altogether. Matt worked hard long before he was a blogger. Matt was known amongst all manner of circles and could be seen hovering haunts like WMW whereby he’d rebutt inconstistenies or create the odd new one or two ;). By the time he started to blog though, he was already pretty well known amongst the tech community. The Googleguyilites and the Cuttlets were more or less a pretty instant readerbase. Matt didn’t have to work too hard at soldifying his position within it, yet still has to pump out the odd gem or two. Armed with access to an algo that hold the keys to web success, most people read what Matt says with a very keen eye. Poor guy really, he not only has to watch what he says, he also has to watch what he doesn’t say too!Anyways, Matt is one example of someone who worked hard in one dept and built a blogging success based upon past endeavours.

Nick Wilson is another. For those who don’t know he is the chap who created threadwatch. I remember reading Nick over at WMW and then subsequently at various other places like SEW, HR, even IHY and recall thinking on occassions, fuck, this geezer is everywhere, where does he get the energy. Then boom along came Threadwatch. Post after post after post of bang on the money commentary and insight into issues of the day that affected or influenced the world and the spaces I inhabited. It didn’t take too long before Nick had built up a nice little readership and community, that attacted all manner of people from all manner of spaces. Nick worked hard and reaped the rewards and went on to do similar things with Performancing.

Jill Whalen bless, whilst no big star in the blogosphere has nonetheless worked phenomenally hard over at her High Rankings forum, abley assisted by a fine team of mods of course. The point is however that Jill lead it. Jill worked very hard night and day sharing her knowledge, building a user base, creating a community, that took the time to get in there and unravel some of the myths and crap that are out there regarding search engines and SEO.

Someone who Ive been particularly impressed with of late and man, I do wonder where he both finds the time energy and focus is Andy Beard.

Take this year thus far.

  • March 2007 (46)
  • February 2007 (59)
  • January 2007 (86)
  • Thats 191 articles.

    Not 191 have a look at this this interesting, or my top 5 links of the week/day type posts, oh no. Each and every one is full of well considered opinons with links to prop up a postion or statement.

    Andy creates useful readable content that actually adds value to the space. He does the work and shares the results with his readers and visitors and as a result has seen a steady increase in both his subscriptions and I don’t doubt his general regular readership. Add to that fact that Andy can be seen in all manner of other places interacting and participating in forums, blogs and what not and you begin to get some level of appreciation for how hard he works. With appreciation comes recognition, with recognition comes reward.

    Mark my words, if you wan’t to see what it takes to become an A lister than a look at the works of these 4 alone will give you some insight.

    There are 100′s of others I could have referenced here. They all have one thing in common, they all have something to say and they all work damn hard at saying it. There is no secret formula its the work damn hard at saying it thats the tough part.

    Work hard, say something.

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    Self promo’s – f**k off!

    Don’t do it guys.

    I’ve had an awful day – Herein follows a little rant.

    I don’t mind viagra spammers or phram or casino spammers. I can filter them out. I have a little math thing that blocks them its useful and sometimes its even mildly amusing.

    Self promo spammers, I don’t like them. Especially the kind who think Im some kind of thick fucking idiot who doesn’t recognise a link drop at 600 paces. I am not thick!

    If you have built something that you like, then great I’m really pleased for you.

    Please though, before you comment on one of my posts, please please please make sure that your comment is at the very least germane to the topic. Where it isn’t then please, just don’t bother, I will not post it, i will not promote you. Its fuckin rude, don’t do it.

    I’m really not interested in posts that just self promote. Sure, i get that you are proud of what you’ve done and think its the best thing since sliced bread, but trust me, real gems are rare. They don’t pop up all over the shop, kick arse cool takes hard work and effort. Don’t think that a mere recreation of what’s already been done is going to cut it and make me, or anybody else for that matter, think wow, a same ol same ol tool that offers nothing, how cool – it aint gonna happen.

    It’s just not good etiquette. Don’t waste your time ever, not ever please. Cos, here is what I’m going to do. I’m going to place a link to this very post at the end of each blog post, you know the part; where the comments section begins.

    If anyone doesn’t take the time to read it and subsequently has the temerity to link drop and discuss their 3rd rate I’ve seen it all before offers nothing, absolutely nothing at all to the mix type tool or url, then be advised that I might (note the might word here, I do have better things to do too), just might blog about you. I’ll provide your email address, no link or reference to your site or moody tool/url and basically lambast your arse to kingdom come.

    Thanks, sincerely

    p.s If I think you are just after a link evident by anchor text and you happen to be a 1st time commenter who isn’t saying very much then I’ll remove the link to your URL. Don’t be offended mind, if you stick around enough and contribute a little I might decide that you are a nice so and so and allow subsequent links to stand. IOW, don’t blatantly game me :)

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    Discontinuing MyBlogLog visitor tracking

    Due to improvements and upgrades to the server architecture that hosts this site, I regret to say that I’ll be discontinuing the mybloglog visitor tracking script.

    Ive noticed that the scripts aren’t perfoming how I expect them to and I just don’t really have the time to recode it all so that it works.

    I’ll be emailing existing users to advise them soon.

    I hope you aren’t too inconvenienced by this, but in its current state it just isn’t really working too well at all. Inaccurate stats are about as useful as a dinghy in a desert.

    For those that played, thanks for doing so. :)

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    Server nightmares

    Im here for now, but I may be gone again soon. Ive had a server hacked to bits and well, its painful to say the least.

    I’ll blog on it soon.

    Check out all your open source software, everything. If it has holes they’ll get you, create a local shell and probe your installs for vulnerabilities, then you’ve had it.

    :(

    ps Sorry about the basic layout and no follows all over the shop. I’m working on it as time permits. I’m not a hypocrit honest :D

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    Blog promotion quick and dirty short guide

    Promote your blog…if you want to of course

    Ever wondered how some people get more readers than others? Here’s a quick and dirty guide to gaining more readers and growing your blog base.

    Sometimes it works on word of mouth. Some people have an exceptional ability for writing that others are just knocked sideways by and tell others.

    Be it via email or IM or linking or just plain old fashioned conversation. After all, we aren’t all budding Billy Waggle Daggers and most of us (if we are interested even) will struggle to gain a big readership. It’ll be a slow long haul, but provided we write something thats legible and appeals to an audience of sorts, then overtime it will build. People like to be commented on and tend to comment on stories or issues that are of interest to them in some way. Be it making them laugh or cry or just striking a general chord.

    There are things you can do to get yourself out there though, and there are lots of tools, techniques and websites that can help.

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