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Welcome to the #SocialCafe Chat at our weekly Wed 3pm EST (8p GMT)Deborah
This #SocialCafe Chat hour we will chat with @dragonblogger about Blogging Tips with @Dragonblogger #chattingNowDeborah
Welcome Justin Germino! @dragonblogger So excited to have you here! #SocialCafeDeborah
Chat questions (and more) for this #SocialCafe here:
Today we are talking to Justin Germino @Dragonblogger about blogging! #SocialCafeDeborah
Hello everyone! #socialcafeJustin Germino
Q1 With the new year, any blogging resolutions? #SocialCafeDeborah
A1 Personally, mine are just to have fun with blogging, continue engaging readers and give away more gadgets for the fans. #socialcafeJustin Germino
A1 I also have a resolution to switch to a new more efficient, leaner Wordpress theme and reduce pageload times for site. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@dragonblogger I like the engaging part.. You mentioned, in a comment on @basicblogtips about person versus entity... #SocialCafeDeborah
A1 To be even more organized. #SocialCafeDeborah
@socialwebcafe Yeah, I try to connect with people not just present a brand, I am my blog, my blog is me. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@socialwebcafe A huge portion of my blogging time now involves just communication via social media #socialcafeJustin Germino
Join us and ask your questions related to blogging, ask anything remember no dumb questions. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@dragonblogger Do you find that you spend more time interacting than managing the blog? #SocialCafeDeborah
@socialwebcafe Probably, my time to create new content has gone down, but the engagement level is equally important. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@socialwebcafe This is why I have staff writers though, to help keep content coming while I keep up with the social aspects too #socialcafeJustin Germino
However, even with my reduced writing time, I still do 20-25 articles per month myself. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@dragonblogger Do you have a system? Like 5 articles in one sitting, or do you have a goal of abt 1 article per day? #SocialCafeDeborah
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@socialwebcafe I wish it was that consistent, it is more like no articles for 2 days, 3 articles on day 3..etc #socialcafeJustin Germino
@socialwebcafe As many of my articles are gadget reviews lately, they take time, a lot of time. #socialcafeJustin Germino
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@socialwebcafe I just make sure at least 1 article per day is scheduled and published on my site, my goal is 3 per day #socialcafeJustin Germino
@socialwebcafe 3 total articles, not all written by my, but overall. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@dragonblogger How long does it take to write a review? I remember Ann Smarty mentioning 5 hrs for a Mashable article. ;) #SocialCafeDeborah
@socialwebcafe My recent review of the I'm Watch took about 4-5 hours, so about right. #socialcafeJustin Germino
Q2 What would be on your blogging wishlist (software, skills, hopes, dreams...)? #SocialCafeDeborah
@socialwebcafe Some software with limited functionality I can review faster, games can require longer play to review #socialcafeJustin Germino
@socialwebcafe After all to review a FULL game you have to complete full game and that could take 20-80 hours. #socialcafeJustin Germino
A2 More staff. #SocialCafeDeborah
@dragonblogger Although, that sounds fun, to play the games and you mentioned being able to play some with your kids.. #SocialCafeDeborah
A2: A new WP theme, new leaner theme, almost found what I am looking for, needs some tweaks. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@dragonblogger Have you seen Thesis 2? #SocialCafeDeborah
A2: More writers as well, just brought on a new writer yesterday. #socialcafeJustin Germino
#socialcafe Sorry about that was having connectivity issuesCarla Wynn
@socialwebcafe Yes, I am avoiding Thesis or Genesis framework at this time myself. #socialcafeJustin Germino
#socialcafe I love the optimize press theme but still would love to see a drag and drop with better plug in optionsCarla Wynn
Thank @commun_it team- helping us create #Twitter relationships please RT #SocialCafeDeborah
@CarlaWynn2012 Understandable. It happens. Glad you could join us ;) #SocialCafeDeborah
@dragonblogger Looking for something leaner, for faster page loading? #SocialCafeDeborah Come on over and see what's happening on Tweetchat! #socialcafe Go to your... Wynn
#socialcafe A Windows update was dominating my system... Need to plan those.Carla Wynn
I just implemented Thesis 2 and it takes awhile to convert it, but it is a developer's dream. Drag/drop/boxes... #SocialCafeDeborah
Just joining us? Review the #SocialCafe chat questions @
I have wanted to experiment with it, but I don't have time for the overhead, going for a new minimalist approach #socialcafeJustin Germino
Q3 Where do you go for help with your blogging needs (resources, communities, etc.) #SocialCafeDeborah
@dragonblogger #socialcafe What is the best plugin for membership sites?Carla Wynn
@dragonblogger Yeah, there is a LOT of overhead on implementation, but I'm find a time savings on maintenance. #SocialCafeDeborah
A3: Google search first, then post questions on Facebook usually one of the blogging related groups like Blog Engage next. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@CarlaWynn2012 There are a couple out there, like wishlist and s2member. I like s2member because you can try-b4-u-buy #SocialCafeDeborah
Hey all, long time no see! #SocialCafeBrian Wallace
@CarlaWynn2012 If you need a lot of tutorials, you may prefer wishlist. It is higher priced, but may be easier to implement. #SocialCafeDeborah
@nowsourcing Hey Brian. Good to see you. #SocialCafeDeborah
@dragonblogger That's a good point, posting questions versus statements. For engagement or answers to specific questions? #SocialCafeDeborah
A3 Search Google #SocialCafeDeborah
@CarlaWynn2012 I actually have not looked at or researched membership plugins yet myself. #socialcafeJustin Germino
#socialcafe I will be strictly consulting from this point. So glad I made up my mindCarla Wynn
@socialwebcafe thanks, good to be here. #SocialCafeBrian Wallace
#socialcafe I have tried S2 membership it seems to fit for most of my clients.Carla Wynn
#socialcafe Would love to connect on Facebook I am grounded for 10 more hours.Carla Wynn
@CarlaWynn2012 I think the only thing that S2 doesn't make as clear is how to show/hide content based on membership... #SocialCafeDeborah
@CarlaWynn2012 But, very doable (re: S2 Member plugin). #SocialCafeDeborah
@nowsourcing Brian - where do you go for answers to any blogging (or other) questions? Google, forums.. #SocialCafeDeborah
#socialcafe @dragonblogger What are some popular SEO Blog Topics this week?Carla Wynn
Next Week Preview: chatting with @jsrampton about @bloggingdotorg #SocialCafeDeborah
@CarlaWynn2012 Hmm, I don't know about SEO but the new Facebook Social Search is making big time news. #socialcafeJustin Germino
Q4 What is your advice to new bloggers (or your “key to success”)? #SocialCafeDeborah
RT @dragonblogger: Join us and ask your questions related to blogging, ask anything remember no dumb questions. #socialcafeBelinda Y. Hughes
#socialcafe I saw that this morning. Facebook may give Google a good run, but still have a long way to go. IMOCarla Wynn
@CarlaWynn2012 Maybe that depends on who one thinks is ahead to start with <wink> ;) #SocialCafeDeborah
RT @socialwebcafe: Next Week Preview: chatting with @jsrampton about @bloggingdotorg #SocialCafeCarla Wynn
@dragonblogger #socialcafe Hey Justin, et al! My first time in here. Greetings from the frozen Bayou State. :-)Belinda Y. Hughes
A4 Find your personality/niche. Like @dragonblogger talks abt #SocialCafeDeborah
#socialcafe @socialwebcafe <wink> Ah it's all a matter of how you look at it..Carla Wynn
@FleurdeB Thanks for joining #socialcafeJustin Germino
@FleurdeB Welcome! Do you have any blogging questions burning on your mind? #SocialCafeDeborah
A4: Write about what you are passionate about, it is hard to build routine if you are not enthused about what you write about. #socialcafeJustin Germino
#socialcafe Joining late but I'm here!Brian Mauk
#socialcafe How important are tags and categories when blogging for visibilityCarla Wynn
@socialwebcafe #socialcafe I've been blogging a couple years now, just the one centered on special diets w a vegan slant.Belinda Y. Hughes
@CarlaWynn2012 I use them more like organizational tools, categories to help readers navigate site. #socialcafeJustin Germino
@BrianFMauk Welcome Brian! #SocialCafeDeborah
@socialwebcafe #socialcafe unless you count some of my article series as blogging, then I cover country life, gardening and art, too.Belinda Y. Hughes
@CarlaWynn2012 Yeah, like @dragonblogger said, I use it for navigation. Though, tags do help with SEO. cc: @erenmckay #SocialCafeDeborah
@FleurdeB Nice topics! #SocialCafeDeborah
@socialwebcafe #socialcafe I love hashtags. I have to watch not to overdo it. I think overtagging wears out readers' eyes.Belinda Y. Hughes
@FleurdeB You mean like those tweets that have one word and the rest are hashtags? :) #SocialCafeDeborah
@socialwebcafe #socialcafe I enjoy writing posts as much as promoting them.Belinda Y. Hughes
@socialwebcafe #socialcafe Exactly! They may hit trends and generate readership, but as a reader, I resent the wear and tear on my eyes.Belinda Y. Hughes
Thank you for joining us, Justin Germino @dragonblogger for our #SocialCafe chatDeborah
@socialwebcafe #socialcafe We have to consider that much of the population is either aging or buried in reports & drowning in social m edia.Belinda Y. Hughes
MT @FleurdeB: "I resent the wear and tear on my eyes." <-- I hear ya #SocialCafeDeborah
@FleurdeB Drowning in social media is right. #socialcafeJustin Germino
Mark your calendars for a chat with @JSRampton re: @bloggingdotorg next wk 3p EST #SocialCafeDeborah
@FleurdeB I actually enjoy writing posts, the promoting I leave to automation for the most part (bad I know) #socialcafeJustin Germino
Missed the #SocialCafe chat? Stay tuned for Tweets letting your know the archive/summary is ready.Deborah
@dragonblogger But, there are also only so many hours per day, so automation is sometimes necessary. #SocialCafeDeborah
@socialwebcafe I agree, but you trade off the "Human" element with time preservation and efficiency. Balance is key. #socialcafeJustin Germino
Thank u for joining this week's #SocialCafe Twitter Chat. Feel free to keep chatting, just wanted to let you know we appreciate u!Deborah
@dragonblogger @socialwebcafe #socialcafe I need to study up on automation. Discovered TED talks & a 2013 Trend Report. Getting ideas!Belinda Y. Hughes
I agree! @dragonblogger I agree, but you trade off the "Human" element with time preservation and efficiency. Balance is key #socialcafeBelinda Y. Hughes
@FleurdeB I wouldn't be nearly as efficient in blogging, Gremln, Hootsuite, INVALUABLE tools for me. #socialcafeJustin Germino
#socialcafe for all of my followers who see this we have Tweet Chats each week at the same time with a guest Tweeter! It's a fun forum.Carla Wynn
@socialcafe #socialcafe Where's the chat's transcript site?Belinda Y. Hughes
@socialwebcafe skype chats, linkedin, twitter and quora usually. #SocialCafeBrian Wallace
@socialwebcafe #socialcafe Woo we actually trended last week! @amazondealsCarla Wynn
Hey Brian here from The Dragoncast over @dragonblogger. How's everyone doing tonight? #socialcafeBrian Alford
Oh and in case those do not know The Dragoncast is a podcast that I host over at #socialcafeBrian Alford
Plans for Success #SocialCafe (Summary) #marketing #planning #socialwebcafearticle #twitterDeborah
New @SocialWebCafe Plans for Success #SocialCafe (Summary) Gardner
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#blogengage Holiday Gift Idea: Handcrafted Holiday Decorations eBook #SocialCafe (Summary) @socialwebcafeaffiliatelights
#blogengage Holiday Gift Idea: Handcrafted Holiday Decorations eBook #SocialCafe (Summary) @socialwebcafeBrian
#blogengage Holiday Gift Idea: Handcrafted Holiday Decorations eBook #SocialCafe (Summary) @socialwebcafeBlog Engage
@venomscarnage Thanks for telling us about the podcast ;) #SocialCafeDeborah
Yes, we did! RT @carlawynn2012: @socialwebcafe #socialcafe Woo we actually trended last week!Deborah

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With the new year, any blogging resolutions?

I like what Justin had to say, with more giveaways! It seems that the common theme, as is customary for January of every years, is that streamlining and goal setting, like faster loading Wordpress sites and regular posting on blogs.

What would be on your blogging wishlist (software, skills, hopes, dreams...)?

Justin brought a good point on his wish list - streamlined Wordpress. No matter how many plugins we may add to our sites, if it doesn't load fast enough, no one is going to stick around, are they? Also, with our busy lives, another common request is... staff and writers.

Where do you go for help with your blogging needs (resources, communities, etc.)

Google is the place to go for that help. Another suggestion is your communities. That's my word for 2013, "community." There to help, there to share.

What is your advice to new bloggers (or your “key to success”)?

Depending on where we are at in our experience level, we have advice to offer to others. For those of us who have been doing this awhile, some common themes emerge.

In closing, great quote from Justin, "I am my blog...My blog is me." A challenge (and encouragement) for all bloggers: Connect with your readers and those in your community as you, the person, not just a faceless brand.

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