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21 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue

21 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue
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Blogs VS réseaux sociaux : la guerre du web n'aura pas lieu On entend un peu toujours la même rengaine à propos des blogs condamnés à mourir face à l'avalanche des réseaux sociaux, toujours plus nombreux, plus sexy, plus visités. De temps en temps malgré tout, un blogueur s'insurge contre cet état de fait et nous explique que non, la blogosphère est bien en vie, et qu'elle ne risque pas de disparaître. Qui croire alors ? Peut-être faut-il se raccrocher à quelques chiffres. D'après cette étude, le nombre de blogs dans le monde en octobre 2011 était de 173 millions, soit 25 millions de plus que l'année précédente, st surtout... presque 5x plus que 5 ans plus tôt. Ok, tu me diras que le nombre d'internautes augmente, que le temps passé en ligne aussi, qu'il y a sans doute de nombreux blogs inactifs... mais quand même. Les blogs semblent encore tirer leur épingle du jeu face aux réseaux sociaux. Le contrôle Ton blog est TON espace personnel, celui que tu souhaites voir, que tu peux personnaliser dans les moindres détails. Ton blog est libre. Le SEO

The 50+ Best Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content There’s so much information online just begging to be curated: news, social media, images, video, websites… the list goes on. Reading great content from my favorite blogs and websites is one of my favorite down-time activities. It’s also an important part of my job as an IT Director because I need to stay on top of the latest trends, announcements and tech news. More recently I’ve discovered some great new tools to read and share my favorite content which I’ve included here in this list. Content Gathering and Personalized Newsfeeds Faveous – The place for everything you like.Trapit – Captures personalized content. iPad Curation Flipboard – Your social magazine.News360 – Next-generation news personalization and aggregation.persona/ – Everything you care about There’s more to this article!

10 Gorgeous Container Gardens Made from Trash (Slideshow) Photo: Gardener_24/Creative Commons If you've been hesitant to start a garden because you think your yard's not big enough, then container gardening is the way to go: You can grow herbs, flowers, apples, cherries, cucumbers, and even citrus fruits -- plus tons of other plants -- without using any land. And the containers don't have to break the bank, either. More about Container GardeningContainer Gardening Options for Small Spaces (Slideshow)15 Creative Container Garden Ideas66 Things You Can Grow at Home: In Containers, Without a Garden

7 Reasons Your Blog Isn't Growing This is a guest blog post from Michael Stelzner, founder of Social Media Examiner, a leading social media blog and author of Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition. ( If you want to learn how to grow a large and loyal following, be sure to read the first chapter of Michael's new book.) Do you blog? Have you been working hard to build a loyal following for your business, but it's just not happening for you? The good news is you're not alone. Mistake #1: It's All About You When I first started blogging , this one surprised me: Nobody gives a hoot about my products, services, or me . What do people really care about? Mistake #2: You're Over Selling Have you ever been to a blog that contains so many ads that there's almost no room left for the content? Great blogs deliver commercial free gifts in the form of valuable content. Mistake #3: You're Not Embracing Outside Experts These are people that have great knowledge to share with your audience.

31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing How to find inspiration By Leo Babauta You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. - Jack London No matter how much you love writing, there will always be days when you need inspiration from one muse or another. In fact, I would argue that inspiration is not just a desirable thing, it’s an integral part of the writing process. Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite ways of finding inspiration — some of them obvious, some of them less so. Blogs. “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” - Vincent van Gogh If you liked this article, please share it by clicking on the share bar below. Photo courtesy of Seedling-Chaos The (nearly) Ultimate Guide to Better Writing Fill out the form below and get your copy immediately!

Quelles évolutions à venir pour Wordpress ? – Evan Salomon d’Automattic Dans le cadre du Web Londres 2012, nous avons eu le plaisir d’interviewer (en anglais) Evan Salomon, développeur chez Automattic.com… Pour ceux qui ne le savent pas, Automattic est l’entreprise qui gère la partie commerciale de WordPress ! Automattic a notamment comme activité : - La réalisation de plugins : PollDaddy (enquêtes en ligne), Akismet… - La vente de WordPress en hébergé - … Le business modèle d’Automatic est le freemium: l’usage gratuit mais limité, puis la proposition d’options payantes pour aller plus loin (ex : Akismet dont l’usage personnel est gratuit, mais dont l’usage commercial est payant). 1 – Qu’est-ce que WordPress et quelle est le rôle de la société Automattic.com ? WordPress est un des CMS les plus utilisés au monde, il permet de créer très facilement du contenu sur le Web. L’originalité étant que l’équipe WordPress est quasi-totalement décentralisée, avec quasiment tous les salariés qui font du télétravail. 2 – Comment optimiser la vitesse d’un Blog WordPress ?

curator's ǝpoɔ 15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek Did you know that the famous Vulcan salute was invented by Leonard Nimoy and based on a priestly blessing performed by Jewish Kohanim? Also, if you’re looking for an amazing Gift for a Star Trek fan, be sure to check out Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years, a hardcover book documenting the first 150 years of the intergalactic democracy up until the year 2311. [Via Reddit]

Blogging is core responsibility of a CEO - Be the Voice Blogging should be a core responsibility of a CEO June 16th, 2009 Welcome to the Be the Voice blog and podcast. Remember to subscribe to my podcast on iTunes and this blog. If you or someone you know is a great industry voice that I should interview, please let me know. Interview with Paul Levy [17:50m]: Play Now Paul Levy is the CEO and President of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and author of the blog, “Running a Hospital.” Summary: Paul Levy knew nothing about health care, medicine, or running a hospital, yet he still found it fascinating. Full Article: Paul Levy is the CEO and President of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, Massachusetts, which also happens to be the hospital where my father, Dr. Paul Levy, CEO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center No experience? Even though he knew nothing about health care or medicine, Levy found it rather fascinating and thought others might think so as well. ShareThis No related posts.

Eight Simple Tips for Editing Your Own Work Editing her own work One key factor that separates mediocre writers from good ones (and even good from great) is the quality of their editing. If you’re working for a big magazine or publishing house, you’ll have an editor who goes through your work, checks for any clumsy or ambiguous phrasing, and fixes any typos – but if you’re working on your first novel, or publishing posts to a blog, you’re almost certainly going to be on your own. It’s hard to edit your own work. You might end up skipping editing altogether because you hate it – or you might spend hours trying to get a piece right. These eight tips will help you develop your editing skills: #1: Don’t Edit While You’re Writing You’ve probably heard this one time and time again: don’t stop to edit while you’re writing. It’s fine to pause and correct a typo, or restart a sentence, while you’re creating the first draft – but don’t keep going back to delete whole sentences or paragraphs. #2: Put Your Work Aside for a Few Days #8: Let it Go

Deuxième vie : Comment les réseaux sociaux sont en train de ressusciter le blog Une nouvelle page de l’histoire des outils de publication sur internet s’écrit, celle du blogging augmenté d’une dimension sociale. Cette orientation intègre l’évolution des usages, comme le confirme une étude publiée par Overblog à l’occasion du salon Blogworld de New-York. Une population hyper connectée Conduite dans le courant du mois de mai 2012 auprès d’une population de 5000 blogueurs influents, elle montre à quel point ces derniers sont connectés aux réseaux sociaux. Ainsi, 98% des blogueurs américains sont actifs sur Twitter, 94% sur Facebook, et 90% sur LinkedIn. Cet usage intensif des réseaux sociaux n’est pas sans incidence sur les pratiques des blogueurs et donne lieu à un certain nombre d’arbitrages. Les réseaux sociaux ont transformé la pratique du blogging Pour les blogueurs, les réseaux sociaux participent également à la promotion et à la distribution du contenu. Paradoxalement, ils sont plus mesurés sur la capacité des réseaux sociaux à générer du trafic sur leurs blogs.

Should Bloggers and Link-Sharing Sites Get Credit for Discovering Content? It’s common for bloggers and aggregation websites to credit their sources with a link, but who credits the curators for their taste? Maria Popova, editor of Brain Pickings, has come up with a Curator’s Code that, if implemented, will give credit to curators for “discovering” links with little symbols. A link marked ᔥ, or “via,” means it will take the reader back to the source; a ↬ , or “hat tip,” acknowledges the person or site that directed the writer to the original source. “Discovery of information is a form of intellectual labor,” Popova told the New York Times. Social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest already allow their users to credit each other for sharing or “pinning” a link. In many ways, the curated Web is a sloppy version of academia, where scholars build on the ideas of the experts that came before them and are careful to cite the sources of their information in the footnotes. RELATED: Good Luck, Council On Ethical Blogging and Aggregation

Origami X-Wing instructions Here are step-by-step instructions for how to make an origami x-wing, as seen at Picocon 22, and demonstrated by Alex Crosse. He is a proper Origami club person; the terribly un-technical descriptions are entirely my (Dormouse's) fault. This was done using a 15cm-square of thin paper, coloured on one side and white on the other - the x-wing ends up coloured all over. When making folds, try to be as precise as possible, particularly when folding a corner in half! Start with the coloured side (here blue) face up. Fold along one diagonal, open it up, then fold along the other. Turn the paper over, and fold horizontally, open up again, then vertically. Squash the paper together, inwards along the folds, so that this square shape is formed. Fold one of the closed flaps towards the centre Then unfold the flap, and fold it back on itself, the other way. Unfold the flap again, and open up the inside and squash it flat. Fold one white side down to the centre. Unfold it. Repeat on the left. Finished!

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