Welcome to The Blog Report

I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you find this blog an interesting read. I've been blogging since April of 2006, currently the author of six public and two private blogs. In the beginning I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. Over the years through trial and error, frustration and elation, and a few tears I've learned a lot. However, the learning process when it comes to blogging continues to evolve. Here you will find a hodge podge of my blogging experiences, useful codes and how-tos, sprinkled liberally with my opinions. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Getting Emotion Across in Electronic Media

Electronic media is amazing but it lacks one thing that face to face or even telephone contact makes clear and that is emotion.  I follow a few online groups and forums.  It is amazing what some people write but aside of that others get upset at either what they write or how it comes across.  Feelings get hurt and tempers flare as a result.  While certain 'regulars' in the forum or group intentionally make it a point to be sarcastic or purposely belittle and try to hurt others, most do not.  Quite often the wording itself doesn't reflect how the author actually meant the comment and that gets a bit more complicated because phrases that acceptable in one country may be quite unacceptable in another.  The reader can't see if the author is angry or smirking or trying to be funny because emotion does not come over well in electronic media. 

This is something I try to be aware of when I write my blog posts.  For the most part I don't write angry posts and if for some reason I do, I use the [rant] [/rant] tags so the reader knows this is a topic I'm ticked off about.  Unlike some bloggers, I seldom use emoticons although they can be a good aid in getting your feelings across providing they aren't in every post or several in one post.  I very rarely use terms like LOL or ROFLMAO because quite frankly if I did the latter in real life the nice men in white coats would be knocking on my door!  I don't use terms like OMG because that isn't how I talk normally and I tend to write the way I talk.  I also don't use terms like DH because quite frankly the D could stand for any number of adjectives and sometimes not so nice ones.   For the most part, I think I am fairly successful at getting my feelings across in my writing.  What works for me is just being myself, writing how I normally talk.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Such is the Life of a Blogger

When I first started blogging back in early 2006, it was simply something new to try.  There were no real goals, no trying to impress anyone and no real demands.  Now, my readers do expect to have regular and someone interesting content on a regular basis.  However, like many bloggers I don't blog to get rich or even make what would be considered enough to live on.  I blog because I enjoy it.  In short, blogging for me is a hobby and like all hobbies, it takes a back seat life events sometimes.  Life doesn't stop just because I 'need' to write a blog post.  Blogging like all other life activities becomes an exercise in moderation.

Such is the life of a blogger!  You blog at odd hours and when you can fit in a bit of time to write a blog post.  Sometimes it will take days to write one blog post and yet other times it is easy to write several blog posts in one day.  It all depends on other demands on your time.  If your content is interesting your readers will understand lulls in posting new content. 


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Proof Positive That Regular Blog Posting Matters

I have beyond busy since the first of the year but it has been worse the past month meaning I have not had as much time to blog as I would like.  I kept the posts coming on my most popular blog but backed down on adding new content.  While I have plenty of blog fodder I don't have much time for editing photos or writing blog posts at the moment.  My blogs are strong so I thought there would be no problems them weathering the lack of posts. They are still all getting traffic so that is a good thing but the traffic has definitely dropped on those blogs not getting the new content.  So, new content does make a difference.

I know now that next month is going to be hectic so I'm doing a bit of damage control for my blogs.  I'm working on scheduling a few posts ahead of time as well as siphoning off what time I can to edit photos then saving just the pictures with post title as drafts to be completed when I have a few minutes of time.  It's going to be a bit of a struggle and I definitely will not be able to go back to daily posts across all six blogs but I should see improvement in traffic over all the blogs within the next week.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Title Position in New Blogger Post Editor

Blogger has really changed their post editor with this newest update.  One of the problems I'm having is where the post title now is.  I can't count how many times I have written a post, missed the title and published.  Now the nice thing is this is easily corrected using the new update feature but it shouldn't be happening in the first place.  It is the positioning of the title field in the new editor that makes it very easy to miss!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blogger Adds Easy Nofollow Tagging on Links Within Blog Posts

Blogger has a brand new look along with a few new features including an easy way to add the rel="nofollow" tag for any link within a post.  Simply click on the 'link' in editor and a window will pop up giving you options.  The new option is the ability to toggle the 'Add rel="nofollow" attribution if desired.  What this means is if you have 4 links in a blog post with one set to no follow, the search engines will follow only those without the rel="nofollow" attribution.

This is actually a good thing, giving more control to bloggers as to how a search engine crawler sees your blog.  Allowing the search engine crawlers to follow any link gives them a bit of link love while telling the search engines you trust that link.  You can make the strong links do follow and the weaker ones nofollow.  In some ways though this is manipulating the system but since Google owns Blogger it must be an accepted option.  I see a few issues with this though.

While it was always possible to manually add the rel="nofollow" attribution for any link using HTML it is now a lot easier.  That means there is the potential for abuse.  This will be important when exchanging links.  Some bloggers will be able to clean up their links to link farms by simply using the rel=" nofollow" attribution even though they may still benefit from some of those link farms.  What I predict will happen and what we have already been seeing is blog networks and link farms will continue to be de-indexed by Google and/or other search engines making the rel="nofollow" attribution a valid option for some links when used properly.