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Update: Subscribe by Email and Tweet!

Hello, everyone. I’ve made a couple new additions to Deliciae. If you look over to your right, I’ve added a way to subscribe by email. I realized some of you may not use RSS feeds or don’t know what RSS feeds are. If you don’t, that’s alright! For some sites I prefer posts emailed to me so I figured I should add that feature to mine!

Also, if you look at the bottom of each post, next to the Stumble  and Digg buttons, I’ve added a way for you to “tweet this” or submit it to Twitter. So if you ever want to share what you’re reading with your friends in an instant, you now have the option to do that!

Twitter is becoming one of the biggest links between friends and strangers all across the world. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should head on over there! Use it for your random thoughts throughout the day, use it to keep up to date with friends through your cell phone, or use it for networking. Whatever the case, Twitter is a very popular tool to just… connect.

I’ve also added my blog on Technorati, and will do more with that later when I have a decent amount of content.

Updating everything by hand and inserting social bookmarking buttons manually after every single page is very difficult. (Especially if I decide to add another social media site like Twitter into the mix where I must update every single previous post.) I realize there are easier ways to do this.

I’m planning to buy my own domain name in the near future and install WordPress so I could take full advantage of the plugins, but I’m going to wait until I start my new job!

I’ll try my best to keep up with everything by hand until then!

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The Growth of a Project: More Thoughts on Blogging

nullThe more and more I write and tend to my blog, the more and more ideas pop into my head. My post drafts are piling up, and I love it! Reading other blogs is a very inspiring and powerful creative tool when facing the difficulties of writer’s block. In one conversation within the comments of this post on ZenHabits alone, I have found two new topic ideas for in-depth posts.

When blogging, you must keep a healthy balance between content and features, and you should keep a consistent flow in your postings. It’s some kind of hidden art form that is growing to be more popular as the day goes by! I’m glad to be a part of it.

If you’ve been planning to start a blog or if your mind harbors just a smidgen of blogging intent,

Go for it!

It is an excellent experience with everything to gain and nothing to lose. If you’ve been having ideas on writing a blog, any questions about beginning one, tell us about them in the comments. I’d be glad to share more specific information with you.

Right now, I’m facing the decision of focusing Deliciae on just a few things (knowledge, appreciation, and love), or letting go and blogging what comes to mind.I’ll be mulling that over for a few days!

I have a few topics lined up for the next few days. I apologize for the lack of posts yesterday as I had a terribly difficult exam to study for. Thankfully, it’s done and over with, and I can relax a bit!

photo credit: Tanakawho

Thoughts On Entering the Blogging World

I am an amateur blogger with much to learn about the evolution of blogs, attracting readers, and coming up with interesting content; there’s no denying that. When I read the skilled and polished posts of my blogging idols like Darren Rowse I think, “I have a long way to go!” I don’t mind the challenge, however.

I used to worry about coming up with a niche audience of my own, whether or not my topics will be too scattered, or whether or not my readers will even like my content, but I realized that I was setting myself up for failure. In the blogging world, at least in the beginning, I learned that you should present to your audience whatever you feel is best.

Post what makes you smile and gets you thinking and then invite your readers to comment or challenge you. It’s impossible for me to blog perfection from the get-go. It takes time. Challenges and input from readers will help a blog to evolve, but for now I will throw my best ideas out there and see what happens from there.

Darren Rowse often speaks of “monkey bar blogging” when it comes to creating a profitable blog, but his advice applies to non-profit blogs as well:

“A wise man once gave me some good advice on business. He reminded me of when as a child I would play on the Monkey Bar Play Gym equipment. If you want to get across the monkey bars, from one end to the other, the safest way to do it is to grab hold of the first bar and swing to the next without letting go of the first until you have a firm grip of the second one. As you let go of the first you propel yourself to the third without letting go of the second until you have a strong grip of the next one.

The quickest way to fall off the monkey bar and break a bone (I broke my collar bone doing this) is to try and skip a bar, or to let go of the first one before you grip the next one.”

I don’t want to skip any bars, and those who plan on starting a blog shouldn’t either. There is a natural development for almost everything in life, so there’s no need to be anxious or let cold-feet stop you from doing what you want.

When it comes to both blogging and life:

No one is perfect from the beginning, and everything will take baby steps and time to grow.

(Speaking of development, sometime next week I want to feature a post on Erikson’s Stage Theory of Personality Development and how we can use that knowledge to create your most ideal life! So pop your head in later to check that out.)

photo credit: Black Bones

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