Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Single Most Important List You Can Keep if You’re a Blogger

This is going to be my only post for the week. I’m going to be enjoying the rest of my vacation, working hard on my first product, and responding to all of the comments on the blog that I haven’t gotten around to. My next post will be on Monday, February 7th. Until then, feel free to dive into the Blogging Bookshelf archives.

I’ve mentioned before that I keep a lot of lists. I keep lists of things I want to blog about, lists of blogs to comment on, and lists of what I do every day.

But there’s one list that I haven’t talked about very much that I think is possibly the most important list a blogger can keep.

What is it?

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January 31st, 2011|

How to Join a Gang and Get More Traffic to Your Blog (guest post)

This is my latest guest post, and it’s over at ComLuv.com. It was mostly an exercise in analogy creation; I had one of the points in my mind to start with, and I wanted to see how far I could take the analogy.

Click here to read it.

January 28th, 2011|

Forget Going Viral… Go Bacterial! [INFOGRAPHIC]

We all hear a lot about going viral and about certain things we can do to ensure our blog posts go viral.

In my experience, this is all crap.

It’s REALLY hard to get something to go viral, and it’s not something we often have a lot of control over. Instead, why don’t we focus on our content going bacterial? No, you won’t see as thousands of new visitors, but you have much more control over when and how you’ll see an influx of visitors, both new and old.

Interested? Then check out the infographic below. I’m particularly proud of this one :)

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January 28th, 2011|

Tristan’s Blogging Diary 1/26/11

You’ll need to click on this post’s title to see what I did on this day.

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January 27th, 2011|

Tristan’s Blogging Diary 1/25/11

You’ll need to click on this post’s title to see what I did on this day.

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January 26th, 2011|

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Blog When I Want To

I’m changing the way I record my daily blogging diary. Go check out the last entry or two to see the new format.

Tomorrow’s my birthday (I’m 25!) and I’ll be getting ready for a trip to Seattle, so I don’t really feel like writing an epic post about blogging :)

I’ve noticed that some bloggers like to write about themselves on their birthdays (Ingrid and Peter come to mind), and I’ve always enjoyed reading these (and they always seem to get lots of comments and retweets, hint hint!), so I figured I’d do the same.

Below are 15 things you might not know about me.

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January 26th, 2011|

Tristan’s Blogging Diary 1/24/11

You’ll need to click on this post’s title to see what I did on this day.

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January 25th, 2011|

Is Your Blog Having an Identity Crisis?

I noticed something really frustrating while compiling all the blogs for the blog directory; I couldn’t tell what the names of some of the blogs were!

Now, you’d think it would be a relatively easy thing to figure out, and I always thought so, too. But a surprisingly large number of blogs suffer from some kind of identity crisis.

And in addition to your blog’s name, there are several other things you need to keep consistent that a lot of bloggers seem to mess up. Are you making these mistakes?

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January 24th, 2011|

Tristan’s Blogging Diary 1/20/11

You’ll need to click on this post’s title to see what I did on this day.

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January 21st, 2011|

The Easiest and Most Powerful Way to Reach Your Blogging Goals

Over the last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ve gone about growing my blog. I’ve taken a look at what I’ve done that has worked well for me and what I’ve done that hasn’t.

And you know what? I realized that there’s one thing I do — one simple principle — that gets me huge results with relatively little work on my part.

What is it?

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January 21st, 2011|