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Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides

Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides
Advertisement A few years ago, you might not have pointed out during a meeting with a potential client that you maintained a blog. Over time, though, blogs have evolved from the being a personal hobby to a serious work tool. In fact, today, web designers are supposed to know much more than just how to design and build websites. Customer’s expectations have increased, and unless you are in position to choose your favourite clients, meeting these expectations requires hard work. Hence, it’s important to keep learning about the variety of design-related fields every single day — be it marketing, psychology, business, copywriting, publishing or blogging. Image credit1 Good news: you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you are about to start and run a blog. Compiling a list of brilliant posts waiting to be published is not enough, though. Editorial Calendar An editorial calendar outlines the editorial content that is planned for the coming few weeks. Why Is It Useful? Drawbacks Purpose Related:  Create Compelling ContentContent management

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blog.hootsuite It’s your first day as a social media manager for a new company. Where do you even start? This question is a common one, but one that often goes unasked as people are worried about seeming inexperienced or making a bad impression when they start their new jobs. Really, it’s a very reasonable question. Making a critical error would be far more costly than asking colleagues for help. You can’t just jump in and start Tweeting on behalf of a business you’re unfamiliar with. Your first day or week at a new social media job should be spent doing a lot of listening and learning. Audit the company’s existing social media Lifeguards are taught that the first thing you do when you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation is to look for dangers (fire, wire, gas, glass, as the saying goes). This audit will help you assess the current state of social media within your new company and help shape the goals you set moving forward. An audit will really help you gain a foothold in your new role.

Business Blogging - Creating a Successful Business Blog Learn the tips and tricks you need to know to create a successful blog for your business. Whether you want to start a business blog to help you boost sales or simply connect with your customers, the information you need to develop a successful business blog can be found here. 3 Reasons Why Every Company Needs a Business BlogLearn how every company and organization can benefit from a business blog. 10 Questions about Starting a Business Blog AnsweredAnswers to common questions and links to additional resources, so you can start a business blog for your company successfully. Why Should You Start a Blog for Your Business? 15 Business Blog Mistakes to Avoid at All CostsAvoid this business blog mistakes or they might ruin your blog! Increase Google Traffic to Your Business Blog by Following 5 Easy RulesLearn the 5 rules you should never break if you want to keep Google traffic coming to your business blog. 10 Business Blog PostsWhat should I write about on my business blog?

Over 1,500 Free 4K Stock Video Clips, All Courtesy of a Single Cinematographer Mitch Martinez is a Philadelphia-based director of photography and cinematographer. Over the past 2.5 years, he has been working on building a free library of 4K stock footage. Since its inception in January 2013, the collection of clips has become an impressive resource: the 1,500+ clips have been downloaded over 300,000 times, and they been used by some of the largest companies in the world. Mitch Martinez “The beginning of the resource in 2013 can pretty much be summed up as being motivated to share some footage that I had already filmed but wasn’t using,” Martinez tells PetaPixel. Many of his clips weren’t being used in projects, but he couldn’t bear to delete them. “Someone out there might as well make use of it, right?” The clips are available on Martinez’s website, and are organized into 35 different categories — things like aerial, nature, and time-lapse. Here are some examples of how brands have used Martinez’s clips in their projects: Sin City 2 The fireworks in the background:

Online Learning: A User’s Guide to Forking Education | Online Learning At exactly this moment, online education is poised (and threatening) to replicate the conditions, courses, structures, and hierarchical relations of brick-and-mortar industrial-era education. Cathy N. Davidson argued exactly this at her presentation, “Access Demands a Paradigm Shift,” at the 2013 Modern Language Association conference. The mistake being made, I think, is a simple and even understandable one, but damning and destructive nonetheless. Those of us responsible for education (both its formation and care) are hugging too tightly to what we’ve helped build, its pillars, policies, economies, and institutions. The discussion forum, currently the holy grail of “engagement” inside most online courses, is particularly problematic. Rather than simply transplanting the Lego castle of education from one platform to another, we need to start dismantling it piece by piece, all the while examining the pieces and how they fit together. [Photo by wizgd]

Best Free Content Curation Tools 2012 Content Curation has been on the upside lately, and while there are some who don’t think that it is an ethical form of “content creation”, there are those that think completely the opposite. Whichever side you choose to be, you should know that if you do decide to “curate content”, to always give credit to its original source and never copy an entire article even if you are linking back to its original author. That does not have anything to do with curation and may even be considered as stealing content. While I am at it, creating a list of useless links is also not regarded as curating content. Which side are you on? Curating content done properly, IMO has its positives. Be the best curator of meaningful contentFind the best information that others have written and posted online—the best articles, charts, tables, infographics, videos, or pictures. Did you notice the words, meaningful, great information and credit your sources? Free Online Content Curation Tools That’s it!

Writing “Ridiculously Good” Content by Ann Handley | Visually Ann Handley’s new book, Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide for Creating Ridiculously Good Content is a crash course in writing strong, compelling material that engages readers. It’s broadly relevant to writers of all types, but is particularly helpful to marketers who need to create writing that influences people and has a measurable impact. We teamed up with Ann Handley to visualize some of the lessons in her book. We hope you’ll be inspired to give it a read. Site builder shootout: Drupal vs. Joomla vs. WordPress Review By Brian Proffitt September 14, 2011 06:00 AM ET Computerworld - Building a website has never been easier. There are boatloads of content management systems (CMSs) for serious site creators, but the most common for websites today are three open-source tools: Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. These applications have a lot of similarities. Drupal had comparatively sedate beginnings. Both Drupal and Joomla are designed to enable users to build websites with template-based management, and both let users plug in add-ons that provide highly dynamic features, such as e-commerce, blogging with comments or mapping. Of the three, Joomla is the newcomer to the CMS scene, first released in 2005 as a fork from the earlier Mambo CMS, which was owned by vendor Miro International. [Since this article was written, Joomla has been upgraded; for a look at the new version, check out Joomla 3.0 review: Making way for mobile.] Initially, my inclination was not to include WordPress in this review.

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