Well friends, here we are. Lucky number seven! This is a weird week because so many people were getting ready for BlogWorld. I like to think of this as my own personal blogworld. Maybe that’s just making me feel better about not going to the real thing Anyway, I think there are some real gems once again for you to peruse. Give these writers mass kudos!
1. I debated whether to highlight this 1st post. It was so well written, and the advice was so good, I couldn’t pass it up. The post was written by Joshua Noerr for ProBlogger and it’s about how doing good blogging deeds can actually grow your blog’s traffic. I debated only because I didn’t want you all to think that it was self-serving including it in a #30thursday post, but I hope you all know that I don’t give a care about my traffic in comparison to helping people network and share. So there it is!
2. Jason Sokol has a really great post covering 5 things about blogging he wishes he had known in the past. Save yourself some time for the future and read this great post!
3. The great thing about Beth Harte is that she doesn’t just write about the Gap rebranding debacle. She also provides you with a ton of really great resources about other Social Media missteps. Check out her post called What were they thinking. You’ll find yourself wondering the same thing!
4. Really smart post from @B2CMarketingInsider asking whether it is ever appropriate to discount. When competing, our first instinct is to slash prices, but that can get us into trouble later.
5. Dawn Westerberg has another great post up. The logic has been that if you have certain numbers in your portfolio, you’ll be a successful marketer. What happens if marketing becomes a game of trying to reach tons of individual potential customers, though? “The Power of 1″ will have an entirely new meaning!
6. Oliver Blanchard (The Brand Builder) wrote a really interesting post called 6 Common habits of Highly Effective Social Media Rock Stars. It doesn’t exactly paint a stellar picture of some of those super klouty folks we hear a lot about. This was brought to my attention by my friend Cristian Gonzales. Blanchard also references a post by Liz Strauss, so in fairness…
7. Liz Strauss wrote a post called Five Signs that a Social Media Star’s Reputation is Spin. Oddly enough, I hadn’t seen either of these posts when I wrote mine called “Are you practicing what you preach.” I guess something is in the air!
8. Cristian Gonzales also recommended this post by Mack Collier. You know how I always rant and rave about numbers in Social Media? Mack PROVES why numbers are silly in this post called Too many social media numbers are completely useless. Amen, Mack!
9. Lou Imbriano blogs at RelationshipArchitecture.com. His post is about using Social Media for sports, but his wisdom extends to anyone using Social Media. Great stuff here!
10. Over at SocialMediaToday, Jon Burg wrote a post whose title says it all: “Is Social Media Child Friendly.” Short title, huge topic!
11. My friend @knowledgebishop really was ambitious this week, not only blogging but vlogging! His point: Bring your whole self to work in Social Media. Or put another way – don’t be afraid to have a wee bit of fun
12. My friend @tommyismyname did a fantastic post that is, wait for it…at ProBlogger.net! Yes indeed. It’s ProBlogger quality, too. Using Inception marketing. It will put Facebook advertising into a new and helpful perspective.
13. My new friend @gagasgarden brings a refreshing approach to her blog – funny, cute, but really useful. Check out this post about what gardening and any great job that brings success have in common!
14. Susan Murphy wrote a great post for my friend Mark Dykeman’s site, ThoughWrestling.com. Her post is called Drawing Inspiration from Others, and it’s a reminder that sometimes it’s important to take in great music, beautiful art, or a great book, just to remind you of where your own passion lives and breathes.
15. Struggling with how to get your arms around everything going on in Twitter? My friends at MentorMarketing have you covered. Check out this post, which focuses a lot on a great product called TweetGrid.
16. Sue Young snagged a great interview with David Pogue. Check out this informative post on how Web 2.0 is impacting PR and Business. Great insights here!
17. Mary Biever wrote a tremendous post explaining what can happen when a company works together in an integrated fashion. Think orchestra versus solo. Great analogy!
18. Cristian Gonzales (@galactic) wrote a really helpful post about Twitter No-Nos. For example, is it okay to jump into a conversation? How do you do that? Great post to read, especially if you’re new to Twitter.
19. Josh Chandler wrote a heckuva post about why personal advocacy in Social Media works.over at Suzanne Vara’s blog. Great stuff!
20. I am going to risk looking like an egotistical maniac…this post from Stan Smith @pushingsocial was just astounding – 29 No-Brainer Tips for Quick Blogging Success. Yes, I am mentioned. I’d love it regardless
21. MayaREGuru asks if some folks are interested in doing Social Media more than doing Social Media the right way. She writes about Real Estate agents, but it’s a good question for any industry you’re in.
22. Laura Petrolino wrote a post responding to the TechCrunch article about women and start-ups. I thought her approach was excellent. Check out Women Want to Run Startups, Have Children, Own a Farm…and they Can! Lots of interesting perspectives.
23. One thing I love about @FredMcClimans is that he always makes me realize how much more there is to learn. Fred hosted B2B chat last week and the topic was Analyst Relations. I need to learn a lot about this! To give you an example, check out Outsourcing Analyst Relations: A Viable Option, which is Fred’s latest post.
24. I adore Molly Campbell’s writing style. This post, Don’t Touch Me, I’m Sterile is so true…and hilarious!
25. I really liked this post by Amber Naslund this week. You’re Already a Community Manager. I’ll bet you are!
26. Seeing a lot of #projectpink hashtags on Twitter? Kristi Colvin explains why – and asks you to help!
27. A reminder from Geoff Livingston that the average person doesn’t care a jot about Social Media best practices. How can we use that reminder to make sure we use Social Media to do good?
28. I enjoyed this post by my friend Lisa Alexander, called off the grid. I often think how nice it would be to be unplugged, but I always seem to remember just one more thing I need to do, and then away I go. How about you?
29. Do you think better when you are walking around or even running? Running to Create, by Jonathan Fields over at MyEscapeVelocity explores that phenomenon.
30. Chris Brogan wrote a post called Start from Nothing 2011. If you feel like you’re starting from nothing, or maybe if you really are, this post will get you revving your engines.