Got a Blog Routine? A Blog Tip

My first tip in this series is based on something we all get stronger by doing:

routine

After I share my thoughts on blog routines, I hope you will join this conversation and share your tips and comments.

Establishing routines for your blog is the best way to generate “passive” traffic and income. While your blog should never become “botlike,” you can establish routines to make your blogging experience, or job if you do it for money, much more gratifying and successful. Routines can be like buying wholesale products over retail … it simply equals more value. A few posting routines I have integrated through the years have been:

  • Speedlinking
  • Monthly Blog Stats results
  • Blog Tip of the day (or week, month etc.)
  • Photo of the day
  • Series posts on various topics
  • Weekly podcast or videoblog

Before I wrap up this thought, I’d like to suggest you subscribe to my RSS feed to make sure and get future tips. Thanks for visiting!

To close, establishing and keeping blogging routines can make the “passive income” flow more freely if you do it for a living and the quality writing for friends and family as well. There are times when blog routines are good to share with your readers because they may lure them to subscribe and return. Other times you keep them to yourself and they simply help you stay faithful at posting. Do you have a blog routine?

Significance of Community

From a cultural standpoint, there are many communities local and global. One person will be part of many whether willing or not. By sheer statistics, each person will be part of distinct communities and those communities will shape her/his life as she/he shapes that community. Communities exist for every aspect of our lives:

Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace … these are all online communities that have evolved from a need for community in the online arena. These are used to promote people and services and many people spend part of their day in these communities making connections. How many of these do you belong to? My guess is more than one.

Work: If one has a job, then one has a work community. In my case, my work community is my primary interaction these days. Since I graduated high school wayyyy back in 1987, my personal contacts seem to have frittered to few and far between. I would like to develop more “in real life” (as opposed to online) friendships but with all my blogging, my family hours and? and time spent at work, my work community is really my main outlet to cultivate friendships. I hope this will change if not in my 40’s (which start June 9th, 2009) then maybe closer to retirement age when my kids are grown.

Marriage: Though this is a community of only 2, it is a community nonetheless. Nurturing our marriage and spending quality time with each other is a goal for my marriage community.

Niche Communities and forums:see deals all the time for travel to Vegas with a group. Before he died, my gradfather used to take senior buses out there and they got amazing deals on things. A retired colleague of mine is also a veteran and he was able to get an amazing deal on two VW beetles through a veteran’s “fleet” sale.

These are just a few examples of communities and how people benefit finacially from them. There are also instrinsic, non-monetary benefits to belonging to a community but I’ll save those for another post. It can feel like we are ants marching to a cliff sometimes as we go through life. Community helps etherize that feeling. Whether you join one or start one, I hope this post has made you more aware of the significance of community. If nothing else, joining a community nowadays can qualify you for some great deals, right?

Following the Old School Way

I know I am a little late to discover the iPhone but I recently did for the first time. In this post, I touch on how I feel it will increase my feed reading. That daily activity is of high value to me. It increases my knowledge of people out there I enjoy and it also gets me more ideas to write in my own feed. I would hope people follow me as well but I am more concerned these days with who I should learn from and network with. If you are like me you have a busy schedule. Between teaching and being a dad as well as a husband and online writer, my plate is full 24/7. There have been times when I have been standing in line at the doc or the dmv that I have wished I could read my blogroll and news feeds while waiting. I’ll share with you that when I get home, sometimes I just “mark as read” many feeds I just don’t have the time or energy for. When my wife got her iPhone last year, I thought briefly it might be the answer to my feed-reading-time problem but I never really thought about it more than that. Some of you may have read on Facebook or Twitter that my wife got me an iPhone for my birthday this week and I am seeing some real hope for reading a lot more throughly.

I have been a little gun-shy about exploring the iPhone because I haven’t had the time yet. But, after a few days and a few lines, idle time between obligations, etc., I have learned the iPhone will squeeze more content from my reading time. I could never read the tiny feed view on my LG but now I can go through more content in a given day. LG was old school. Some people see it as worthless but it’s still good. The iPhone is just like that. This means I will have more information and more access to networks that for me have grown dormant. I look forward to following the old school way: reading blog posts. Following folks on Twitter is just the beginning. Being able to actually click the posts they leave and subscribing to blog feeds is where I want to go. The trick is not who to follow, it’s who to let go. I’m very pleased with my iPhone and plan to write more about how I use it as creation/invention continues. I can hardly wait to learn more about this device. If you have any iPhone tips and tricks on this or any topic, I’d be much obliged if you shared. What do you think of the word “follow?”

Whats This About Getting Rich Through Blogging?

When I tell people I “blog” part time they immediately blurt out one of three responses: They, 1) seem confused and ask what blogging is, 2) want to know how much money I make -or- 3) ask if I can get them making money immediately.? For this reason, I usually don’t get into the topic of what has become my part-time job.? On the other hand, I use my PayPal card often (a card bloggers get paid through) to buy my wife, kids, and friends stuff like pizza and Baja Fresh (Baja tacos in the photo were paid for through blog money)? .. that’s enough for me to feel successful!? In fact, it’s amazing to me that I get paid for writing and tweaking code!? That, to me, is blogging.? This is probably due to the fact that 1) I don’t do it primarily for money, 2) I love to communicate and broadcast ideas, and 3) I prune my blogging to fit into no more than 15 hours a week (strict personal guideline).? I read an article tonight a Stumbleupon friend sent me that decries blogging as a “get-rich-quick” method.? I’d have to agree with that.? You won’t get rich quick doing it.? Having said that, you can make “fun money” through writing and tinkering with code and graphics.? I couldn’t ask for more in a part time job.

I did my time in college earning a BA, MA, and a teaching credential in California, one of the most rigorous states for credentialing.? I have a great job as a teacher and I work 185 days a year developing young minds.? What more could I ask for?? Well, there is something and I am doing it: blogging.? I have developed, after over 2 years, a method of setting blog goals and strictly organizing my time to create income as I go.? When I did my 2008 taxes I saw that I made nearly $3,000 blogging … it adds up!? Who would have thought you can make that kind of money writing about things like: appetite suppressants? If I was seeking a full time income, this would be disappointing but I am not.? Without my job, what would I write about?? Beyond that, I feel my blog helps my career.? Reflective journaling has been proven study after study to be an ideal habit for leaders in their fields.? I don’t blog to escape my life, my blog is integrated with my life.? Reading my blog you get life as I see it and I wouldn’t want to sit around in pajamas raking in millions through my blog.? Furthermore, I get comments and emails all the time from readers who tell me my “journal” has helped them in some way.

This year I hope to make more than last year but it still won’t be enough to pay my student loan each month.? One of my blog tenets is “100% transparency” and I publish my blog stats every month.? I’m not seeking to get rich blogging but I am seeking to get rich-er.? My college degrees, my teaching career, my 3 children and lovely wife make me rich in ways far beyond money.? I am comfortably writing about that every day and broadcasting a weekly podcast every weekend.? One part of my individual earning method is having 4 blogs instead of just one and scheduling post deadlines for myself throughout the week.? This allows me to have more variety in advertising pull and all I am doing is journaling, in essence.? I have been a mentor to a total of 11 people formally since I started this.? I tell them all I don’t know how to get rich at this, I only know how to manage time and tasks to write good content and and make some side money.? No one has backed out of being my mentee after hearing that.

In conclusion, If you read blogs to learn how to get rich, don’t waste your time on mine.? On the other hand, if you want to compare notes on how to get tacos and pizza and take your wife out on a fancy date once in a while, you would definitely profit from reading and listening to my stuff:

https://www.rileycentral.net/ – My thoughts on psychology and inspiration
https://www.rileycentral.net/ – My personal blog
https://www.rileycentral.net/ – My teaching reflections blog

What’s your take on blogging?

I Didn’t Realize Google Gave Free Images to Bloggers!

Just ran across this on Twitter. This looks like a cool feature for getting fair use photos for free through Google. Google rocks, I must bow down. This is an excerpt and then a link to the original article below that.

I like to use images in most of my blog posts. Whether it’s for my own blog or a client’s, the use of the right image can enhance the post and compliment it perfectly.

Whilst in some instances it does require for a stock image to be purchased, more often than not there are suitable royalty free images available to use online – it’s just finding them that’s often the problem.

Fortunately, Google Images makes the process so simple that you can be presented with a screen of suitable images in a matter of seconds and all you have to do is go to the ‘Images’ section of Google’s search engine, click on the ‘Advanced Image Search’ link and then choose ‘labeled for reuse’ from the ‘Usage Rights’ dropdown box.

via 5 Reasons Why Google Rocks My Freelance Writing World | Get Paid to Write Online.

How to Monitor the Analytics of Your Blog

Nowadays, a lot of people have blogs. At the same time, not as many know how to check and monitor their stats in a productive way. This is a quick way to check the daily visits, or analytics, to your blog and how you’re doing compared to your monthly average. Just like custom address labels are there when you need them, so a few tools can help you check your analytics quickly on demand.

What you need (materials):
A Google Analytics account for each if you have multiple blogs.
Optional: Mozilla Firefox (for ease of shortcuts)

Steps:
1) Make a new folder on your shortcut bar entitled Analytics (or whatever you choose).

2) Go to your blogs “Overview” page in Google Analytics.

3) Drag that url into your new Analytics folder on the toolbar.

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 with any other blogs you wish to monitor.

5) Click on the folder. When all GA shortcuts drop down. click “Open all in tabs.”

6) Start on the left tab. Look at your graph. Note yesterday’s number of visits by scrolling over the point. (ie; 151 etc.)

7) Now find the monthly number of visits on the bottom left of the graph (ie; 4,846 visits etc.) Click on that.

8) In the same area you will now see a visits / day number. That is your daily average for the past 30 days. (ie; 156.32 etc.)

So, if you had 151 visits yesterday, you were about 6 visits lower than your monthly average.

9) Go back to step moving one tab to the right and repeat the rest of the steps until you’ve monitored all your blog analytics.

10) Note the changes or lack thereof. Make tasks for the week that will help you raise your analytics or keep them high.

This is an excellent way to monitor the “A” in my acronym CAN. CAN is a method I created of improving blog stats through setting strategic goals.