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Celebrating Blog Day

I forgot until just now, but August 31 is Blog Day, the day when we recognize blogs that are new to us as a way of building community and getting to know other bloggers. Seems a perfect fit with the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog project, too. So without further ado, first the rules: Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting Notify the 5 bloggers that you... Read more →

Stop Trying to Create the Perfect Blog

Lee LeFever of Common Craft has a great post on his experiences in getting his Plain English series of videos on social media up and running. One thing he and his wife learned in the process was that you should solve problems as they come up, rather than overwhelming yourself with trying to fix everything before you even start. Here's the lesson from our experience: If you're about to start... Read more →

If You're a Nonprofit, You Can Win a Free $5,000 Website

Steve Thiel of HotPress Web emailed me yesterday to let me know that his Denver-based web design company will be giving away a free website worth $5,000 to any charity, church or nonprofit. All you have to do is complete this application by September 30 and Steve and company will select and announce the winner the next day. If selected, your organization will get: 25 pages Site architecture planning Custom... Read more →

31 Days to a Better Blog--Days 28-30--Mission, Emails and Social Networks

Almost . . to . . . the . . . finish . . . line. . . of the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog Project Day 28--Write Your Blog's Mission Statement I knew this one was coming. The Day 28 assignment was to write a mission statement for my blog. As in most things, mission is good. It gives you your sense of purpose, so having a... Read more →

Resources to Support Blogging for Learning and Professional Development

In the 12 months I've been writing here at The Bamboo Project I've come to see blogging as a critical part of my personal learning environment. I've learned more in the last year of blogging than I think I did in the 5 years prior to that. That's why I was so excited to see a couple of great slideshows on blogging for learning pop up in my feed reader.... Read more →

The Bamboo Project Mission

A blogger's mission statement should answer one not so simple question--Why do I blog? In coming up with my own mission I found that answering that question opens up a world of issues--like, what niche am I in? Am I focused enough? Why do readers come here? Do I give people what they want? Am I writing just for me? It also makes me wonder, if my blog disappeared, would... Read more →

31 Days to Building a Better Blog--Back to Day 22 and then through Day 27

As I stumble to the finish line of the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog challenge, I've apparently begun to block out assignments in a vain attempt to get closer to the end. Here, I'll try to backtrack and catch up. Back to Day 22--Catching New Readers Up on Your Blog As Sue Waters pointed out to me via comments and email, I skipped over the Day 22 assignment,... Read more →

Open Call For Your Blogging Mistakes

I'd like to do a series on blogging mistakes, but I need your help. As I mentioned yesterday in my post on your audience when you first start blogging, I think a lot of would-be bloggers never start because they're afraid that they'll screw up. I'd like to help ease those fears by pulling together a collection of blogging mistakes so that we can all learn from each other and... Read more →

31 Days to a Better Blog--Days 22 & 23: Dead Links and SEO

I'm in the homestretch of the 31 Day Challenge and I think that I can now officially say that blogging has taken over about 40% of my conscious brain capacity. I now eat, sleep and breathe blogging. . . But on through the next tasks. Day 22: Go on a Dead Link Hunt If you've been blogging for awhile, it's safe to say that you're going to have some dead... Read more →

Preaching to Empty Pews

It's been about a year since I began The Bamboo Project (the exact date is lost in the mists of time and a move from one Typepad account to another). It seems fitting, then, that a great post this morning from Darren Rowse reminds me of those first days and months of pouring my heart into the digital void and how often it felt like I was talking to myself.... Read more →