I am a passionate blogger and follow a lot of blogs across the web. I love the diversity and the engagement of bloggers no matter what topic. Today I wanted to highlight this interesting slideshow on Slideshare called ” The 25 basic styles of blogging and when to use each one”.
I found this slideshow to be an interesting exercise to identify which blogging style each blogger has. The presentation is a little older but still very relevant in my view. I think that my blogging style is a mix of several but I would be very interested to know what you style you are using in your view. This is the mentioned slideshow below.
We all need some inspiration and encouragement for what we are doing every now and then. The purpose of todays post is to have you watch and listen to one man that says we have endless things to explore on this earth starting with the world of the unseeably small. I found watching this video very encouraging. I hope you do too.
Get a coffee or tea, maybe even a cookie or two, pull up a chair and take your time (only about 7 minutes) for this excellent TED talk by Nathan Wolfe.
This is an interesting talk from David MacKay, professor of Natural Philosophy in the Physics department at the University of Cambridge and chief scientific adviser to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. He uses hard math to calculate and evaluate our options for our renewable energy future. If you are interested in renewable energy, this is a talk you need to listen to.
Today I wanted to point you to an interesting CSR / Sustainability presentation uploaded to SlideShare over the past week. Although this presentation is by a strategy consultancy (I am always trying to avoid any kind of endorsement for an organisation selling services in the field), the different CSR / Sustainability elements and the information provided here is quite good. Let me know what you think.
A couple of months ago I started writing posts on the latest Google Chrome extensions I am using in the Chrome browser. Today I want to present you three new Google extensions I found very useful over the past months.
Buffer – Useful Twitter tool for tweets throughout the day: With Buffer you can add a lot of tweets into your queue of Buffered Tweets, without flooding your followers. I find it really useful throughout the day to either tweet the interesting article right away or put it in my “buffer”, ie. to tweet this at a specific time. I would encourage you to try it out. Really useful. I first saw this used by @davidcoethica, thanks David.
Clearly – Read the articles without the noise: I am reading a lot of articles each day. This extension is a great helper in making sure I am focusing on the article the best way possible without beng distracted. Clearly makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read, as simple as that. Once you have tried you do not want to miss it.
This is the situation: I am home alone with the dogs tonight, my wife is away on a business trip and I am planning to spend the evening going about my business. I want to write a blog post but I for some reason get distracted on a regular basis. Twitter updates, Google+, sports pages, Facebook, Google Reader and so on.
This seems to have happened quite a lot over the course of the past 12 months with so much going on in my life I noticed. Being a practically minded, I therefore tried to come up with a “routine”, as I call it, for these times when I am tired from a full days work but really want to write a blog post.
I hope it will also be useful for your writing. Please be aware that is my personal routine and you most likely will go about your writing in a different way. This is routine and it works for me…… :-)
When you get home from work or any other activity before writing, make yourself some food and eat. Writing with an empty stomach does not work in my experience.
Once you are finished, choose the place in your house/flat where to write. Do not make the mistake of writing in the living room with a TV, stereo, etc. If you have the possibility to go to your own room or the study, do that. Any kind of distractions will only hinder your progress and will frustrate you.
Make sure you take enough water with you and most importantly, take some chocolate with you. This is the kick you need when you get tired.
Once you are all set up and online turn ALL social media channels off. You need the internet connection but you definitely do not need Twitter, Google+ or Facebook meddling with your attention span.
Do not think about what you want to write about too much. Writing should be fun and something you enjoy. So just start to write and I am sure everything will come together at some point.
Write about something interesting you have come across recently or which is important to you. Yes, consider your audience but let the writing lead you to what you want to let your readers know.
Review your post progress after 2-3 paragraphs. I usually than change most of the post and title again because I somehow ended up with a slightly different topic to what I started out with.
Once the post is finished take your time to check every single word of it. It is easy to just hit the “Publish” button. Wait for a while or even walk away from the computer for a few minutes to get your mind of this blog post. Then when you get back you will possibly notice something you missed or which is not writing about. This simple action will boost your quality of the blog post immensely in my experience.
Hit the “Publish” button when you are proud of what you see in front of you.
This is a very interesting video on TED.com by Paul Zak describing the so called “moral molecule” oxytocin which is according to his research responsible for trust, empathy and a good feeling generally.
Having watched this video, for me, the question is whether this molecule oxytocin might also be an influencing element of peoples’ desire and drive to choose to work in the CSR / Sustainability field in stead of chasing the quick money. I believe it is. What do you think?