The marketing and technology categories continue to buzz about Google+, Facebook, Twitter and other social outposts. Outposts are popular because they’re easy. Easy to setup because they don’t require any specialized skills, easy to make look nice since you’re coloring within the lines.
I’ve been blogging on various self-hosted platforms since 2005 (and other people’s platforms even longer). Of all the sites I’ve developed, The Future Buzz is easily my favorite and where I’ve spent the most time building a community.
The best place for an actor to search for their character is inside themselves. Some (the bad ones) work from the outside in, looking for some external source to copy, shape and mold. But their performance looks like a performance, a copy of something else and it loses it’s authenticity.
There’s been a bit of an spammy trend lately in the blogosphere, the rise of user hostile plugins. What I mean by user hostile: plugins that offer little benefit for visitors and break anticipated user experience to (try and) selfishly benefit a site.
Serious online publishers use Wordpress. It’s the easiest to use, most flexible, customizable and scalable self-publishing platform.
Mark Schaefer recently shared a list of his opinion of the 10 best corporate blogs in the world. I Tweeted to Mark that they’re not bad, but still lightyears behind the best independent and personal blogs. Mark responded to me and asked me to flesh out that comment a bit more. So here we go.