Blogs I Read – Exercise #25

My five favorite blogs. Wow, now there is a dangerous request. I have some good friends who blog. And I have some great people I admire. And there there are blogs I enjoy reading. And then there are blogs I read just solely for the technical information – whatever the field. So when I saw the exercise for today, day twenty-five, and it says “your 5 Wonghands Bloggingfavorite blogs”, I knew I had to do something different. I don’t want to overlook anything important, but I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings either.  So instead of my five “favorite” blogs, I am going to list here the five blogs I like that are not run by friends and a couple you probably haven’t heard of. How is that for the cowards way out?

So first off, let’s look at Bring-A-Trailer. This site is for car buffs like me who always dream of the hidden find. It is the worst nightmare of our wives. Bring-A-Trailer lists unusual cars for sale that are often in need of restoration; hence the need to “bring a trailer” to retrieve them.  Looking right now, the three most recently listed finds are a 1959 Triumph TR3 (had one of those), a 19k-Mile 1973 Ford E-Series Club Wagon (no desire for that), and a 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal that has been in storage since 1988 (that would be kind of interesting). A fun site, an interesting diversion, and a constant exposure to the unusual.

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Building Blocks of Better Blogs

This is the presentation I gave at the Type-A Mommy Bloggers conference in Asheville, NC, last month. Unfortunately I only had about 45 minutes as I would have loved to have gone into a lot more detail. Additionally, the conversations around these issues with those who attended the session were fantastic. So, please don’t hesitate to leave comments and ask further questions. And always feel free to email me.

Also, the presentation got a little garbled in places when it uploaded to SlideShare. So, here is a link to the PDF of the full Building Blocks of Better Blogs presentation. Enjoy!

Heading to the Type-A Mom Conference

Next weekend I will be at the Type-A Mom conference in Asheville, NC. On Saturday, September 25, I will be speaking in the Dad Track titled “Building Blocks of Blogging”. I will be discussing the different blogging platforms, their relative advantages, and then some of the must-do steps to make sure your blog is noticed and secure. The session is currently scheduled for 1:15 pm in the Alexander Room. Please stop by and say hello. And yes, of course, I will be doing a give-away! That’s right – prizes.

I can’t wait to meet everyone at the conference. Well, first of all Asheville is one of my favorite places in the world and I will take any opportunity to go there. The scenery is beautiful, the food is good, and the people are warm and friendly. But seriously in this case I am really looking forward to networking with all the people attending the conference. I have been harassing many of them on Twitter for quite a while, so it will be nice to finally meet them.

Podcast Episode 005: Blogging for Business

The Social Media Monster PodcastEpisode 5 of The Social Media Monster podcast is the presentation on Blogging for Business by Heather Solos at the Charleston County Public Library’s Small Business and Not-For-Profit Networking Lunch.

The slides for this presentation, which include the URLs for the resources mentioned, are available in a previous post and on SlideShare.

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Blogging Tips at the Small Business & Nonprofit Networking Lunch

Blogs are more than pictures of cats and political ranting. Discover the difference between blogging, blogging professionally, and having a professional blog. We will also cover tips and strategies for utilizing a blog as part of your small business marketing strategy.

The presenter this month is Heather Solos. Heather has been blogging professionally since 2006, is author of Home Ec 101: Real Skills for People with Real Lives, and is on the founding board of the Social Media Club of Charleston. Registration is not required for this event.

When: Thursday, June 24th, 2010 from 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Where: Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

As in the past, we will be recording this for an upcoming episode, or episodes, of The Social Media Monster podcast.