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Tell the time Uniqlo Style

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

A fun clock that tells the time with synchronized dance moves. If you want to embed it into your own blog the code to do that is below.

<embed src=’http://www.uniqlo.jp/uniqlock/swf/blog_small.swf’ width=’200′ height=’150′ type=’application/x-shockwave-flash’></embed>

Enjoy, it should work on any blog or website posting.

The controversial Microsoft Ad Campaign

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Recently Valleywag posted about a Blogger sellout where major well known bloggers such as Om Malik, Richard Macmanus and Michael Arrington amongst many others sold out to do a similar ad as displayed above. This caused a firestorm where people are talking about a blogger sellout to big bad Microsoft. Om Malik immediately apologized, Michael Arrington is unapologetic, who is right and who is wrong?  Many more continue to chime in.

It’s just an Advertising for crying out loud, relax you people. Everyone seems too fussed about how these bloggers sold their soul. They are web celebrities, that’s what web celebrities do! Michael Arrington put it best when he wrote:

So here’s my position on all of this: Go pound sand. People understand that if there’s text in an ad box, someone is paying for it to be there.

Indeed, how is this different than some business person endorsing a new drink, credit card or banking service? It’s the same as opening up a newspaper and it says in big bold writing: THIS IS A SPONSORED PAGE PAID BY THE ADVERTISER.

                        No difference.

With Valleywag posting up a storm on this issue they’ve proved one thing over and over again about blogging. It’s as sensationalist driven as the traditional media they blame for being too "sensationalist".

A Simple Guide Blog Editors

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Using a good blog editor makes life a lot easier when you blog, in particular as you blog several blogs at the same time (say 5-6 blogs or so) on various different platforms.

Editor choices are plenty….there are no "best editors" although a poll by Lifehacker suggests that Performancing (also known as Scribefire) is the most popular one so far followed closely by WBloggar. What makes these editors so cool in some cases is the ability to add plugins inside your post without dealing with all this HTML messiness, this is particularly true for Wordpress. Some of them support picture editing, cropping and importing as well, spell checks and so on and so forth. Best of all, almost all of them will do the pinging for you when you post, so saves you time to go visit pingomatic or similar.

Here are some download links for good Blog Editors

Windows Live Writer, if you like editing Microsoft Word style, this one is for you. It has interesting plug-ins but I haven’t had the time to check it out. It’s also nice because it lets you custom edit tags….

http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/

Qumana, simple fast and easy. For major editing needs it may not be suitable, but it’s pretty decent nevertheless.

http://www.qumana.com

Scribefire, this one used to be called performancing and is a firefox plugin, very popular but in comparision relatively simple.

http://www.scribefire.com/

Zoundry, don’t know it, looks decent enough.

http://www.zoundry.com/

Ecto is shareware, and developed in Japan.

http://ecto.kung-foo.tv/

WBloggar

http://wbloggar.com/

Blogdesk

http://www.blogdesk.org/

Open Source Semagic

http://semagic.sourceforge.net/

and BlogJecosts money is available at http://www.codingrobots.com/blogjet/ and Rocket Post also costs 12 dollars available at http://www.anconia.com/rocketpost/ and although FLOCK offers blog editing as well, it’s really basic, so I don’t recommend it.

Just because it costs money, doesn’t make it the best however…so if you have time I suggest you start trying these tools for yourself. I currently use Qumana although it’s somewhat basic, but they all do the job. I’m going to update my findings here as time goes on…but feel free to let me know what you think! Oh yeah, all of the above should work fine with Sanriotown!

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Search Engine Optimization

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

There are a couple of good places to look for search engine optimization to make sure your site is getting the attention it deserves.

Wikipedia has a good primer here and  Google directly answers how SEO can benefit you using Google, which for most company websites is all that really matters.

This also is important for your blog, you can add your URL and create sitemaps to help Google better optimize the search experience on the site.

Rich’s Guide to Blogging A+

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

I was just providing a little primer on the basics of blog promotion a little while ago when Rich Tatum commented on it and provided me a link to his far more comprehensive blogging promotion guide. Some of them aren’t exactly “rule guides” though. I wouldn’t blog about Sex or be Extreme just because I’d want to get traffic, it’s a double edged sword, just check out Xiaxue’s blog for something in that direction!
Ultimately you need to ask yourself the question “why do you blog?”. Have your voice be heard, share your opinions, but obviously share it with those who you think can contribute BACK to you. Not everyone needs to be a blog superstar!

Other things I would also add is to promote activity via other social media sites, and link them back to your mainblog. So instead of uploading your pictures on Snapfish, you upload them on something like Flickr where you have another way of finding more like minded people (on like minded visual topics for instance…).

How to promote your blog?

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Once you make a blog posting you may find that even though you have excellent content, nobody can find it! With millions of blogs out there, that’s hardly a surprise.

Here are a few tips and suggestions on promoting your blog…
1. Join technorati and claim your blog. Also, be sure to add an avatar to your blog, that way you will stand out. People use Technorati to search for blog content.
2. Join Feedburner, this not only gives you interesting tracking stats for your blog but also auto alerts other blog search services everytime you make an update.

3. Use your actual URL in Sanriotown when you join, eg. my blog URL is blog.hellokitty.com/ypsilonsiu but Feedburner and Technorati won’t recognize these, it recognizes only the actual URL it’s redirected to, in my case that’s http://blog.sanriotown.com/ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com/

4. Once you’ve posted your blog, have it pinged using a service like http://www.pingoat.com/ or http://pingomatic.com/ or http://pinger.blogflux.com/. Just enter your blog URL and sometimes a brief description and it will ping/notify that your blog has been updated to a variety of blog search indexes.

5. Update regularly and cross link regularly with the blogroll option. Get people to link to you and reverse.

6. Finally, the most obvious (but often forgotten one) TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT IT!

There are some more detailed sources that discuss how to make a better or more prominent blog here and here.

Good luck, let your voice be heard!