New Year. New Life. New Blog.
Oh my Wordle! I love typography!
Where can I find Wordle? You can find Wordle at http://www.wordle.net
Why do I need/want a Wordle? There are several applications for using a Wordle.
- Blogging: Once you save your Wordle to the Gallery it provides HTML code for you to insert into your blog. The image is small so bear that in mind (see above). When creating your Wordle you can insert the text from a single blog post, or type in your blog URL to pull text from all your posts. You can dedicate an entire page to Wordles!
- Logos: By typing in your name, title, company name, and what you do, you can create a fun logo. You can change the colors, background and font or keep selecting Random.
- Birthday Cards/Holiday Cards: Type in the person’s name and words that describe them or how you want them to feel. You can weight certain words in the Advanced Functions to ensure they appear larger in the finalimage . You can print right from Wordle too.
- Brainstorming: Need a fresh take on a BORING brochure. Cut and paste the text into Wordle and see what jumps out at you as far as ideas.
The sky is the limit as far as applications for Wordle use. Let me know how you use it!
This is post #11 of The 28 Day Blogging Challenge
What is this 28 Day Blogging Challenge?
A few days ago, Scott Bishop posted a blog about how he was going to Blog 28 days in a row as opposed to his normal routine of weekly to bi-weekly with the goal of increasing trraffic and subscriptions. A friend of his decided to join in on the fun and that spawned the 28 Day Blogging Challenge. It’s a challenge to post something each day for 28 days in a row. Dozens have joined Scott in this challenge, including myself, and are listed on his blog.
Why am I partaking in this challenge?
Back in December, I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew Sapaula and something he said resonated with me. He said “It’s okay to not be perfect (in your blog writing). People want you to screw up and be human.” By nature I’m a perfectionist, and my frequency of posts has suffered because of this. I’ve joined Scott in his challenge to help shift my mindset to “delivery over perfection”.
What can you expect over the next 26 days?
- Lots of posts! 26 to go!
- Variety of topics
- Perhaps some video (Jumping out of my comfort zone here!)
- Fun and laughter!
Enjoy the flurry of posts and feel free to comment!
Photo courtesy of hannah.aviva and Flickr
Talking To Myself: An Apology To My Blog
Reddsmitty: Hi Blog.
Blog: Hi Reddsmitty.
Reddsmitty: I’ve missed you.
Blog: I’ve missed you too.
Reddsmitty: Sorry it’s been a while since I posted.
Blog: A “while”? That’s an understatement…it’s been 5 months and 3 days.
Reddsmitty: How have you been?
Blog: Lonely…bored…bloated with drafts. How could you leave me like that?
Reddsmitty: I’ve been…busy.
Blog: You’re unemployed.
Reddsmitty: Hey now, I’m starting a new job next week! And you know I only write when the spirit moves me.
Blog: I thought maybe the spirit buried you. Congrats on the new job, by the way. Perhaps that will “inspire” you to visit more often. What inspired you to visit today anyway?
Reddsmitty: I joined Scott Bishop’s 28 Day Blogging Challenge
Blog: You’re going to blog 28 days in a row? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! You can’t be serious.
Reddsmitty: I am serious! It was the least I could do to make it up to you. Well, that and the flowers.
Blog: The flowers are a nice touch. Thank you.
Reddsmitty: You’re welcome. So am I forgiven?
Blog: I suppose. Committing to 28 blogs in 28 days is, well, an overwhelming and generous gesture. So yes, I forgive you. I do have one request.
Blog: Could you outfit me with some of those snazzy new buttons and perhaps update the About page?
Reddsmitty: I’ll see what I can do. Good night Blog. Talk to you tomorrow!
Blog: Goodnight Reddsmitty.
Bouquet of Flowers courtesy of p_jp55 and Flickr
How To Throw A Killer TweetUp
Have you ever wondered what your Tweeps are like in real life (IRL)? Ever wondered if they really look like their avatars? Why not host a TweetUp! No matter where you live or what you do there are others on Twitter nearby and there’s nothing quite like meeting your favorite Tweeps in real life (IRL). Just ask @RobinWalker or @MisterNoodle…I hugged them when I met them at a TweetUp. Besides hugs you may also find job leads, sales leads, new connections, and folks with whom you can barter entrepreneurial services…I know I did. So what’s stopping you?
Here are 7 tips for hosting a successful TweetUp in your neck of the woods:
1. Select the Venue – Choose a location that’s central and easy to navigate. Find a spot with plenty of standing room as well as seating for those with “barking dogs”. Convenient parking and/or public transportation is key. Free WiFi is a consideration if the event is in the morning or midday when Tweeps are tethered to their laptops. Be sure to talk to the owner/manager of the establishment prior to the event for their blessing and possible sponsorship. Make sure you visit the venue before publicizing the event.
2. Choose the Date – These days it seems there are local social media events every night of the week. Try your best to avoid scheduling conflicts. Run some dates by a few of your local Tweeps before committing.
3. Tweet it Up -Spread the word via Twitter. Invite local celebs, Twitter Elite, bloggers, entrepreneurs. Use www.twtvite.com or www.meetup.com to collect RSVPs and share more details than a single tweet allows.
4. Invite the Media – Contact your community newspapers, business mags, etc via phone, email, or Twitter. Tweet your local TV anchors and invite them to attend. You may be pleasantly surprised at the attention you receive.
5. Feed the Tweeps – Find a Sponsor or see if your venue will “throw in” some food for your hungry mob. Even if Tweeps have to pay for food individually make sure it’s available. If it’s an after-work event no-one’s probably eaten since lunch. Fed Tweeps are happy Tweeps!
6. Wear Nametags – Not everyone is great at remembering names. Providing nametags will save Tweeps from possible discomfort and/or embarrassment. Be sure to use 3M nametags (Yes splurge. The adhesive will stick to all fabrics and the backing comes off easily). Consider bringing sharpies in various colors, pens, a sign-in book (notebook, guestbook, sheets of paper, etc), a fishbowl for biz cards, and a stack of your own cards.
7. Have Fun! – No matter how many or how few, how hot or how rainy, enjoy yourself and your TweetUp guests. Expect hugs!
So start planning your next TweetUp today…your future awaits!
Additional Tips or Questions? Please Comment below.
Thanks to Flickr and RevMike88 for the use of the photo.
An EXTRA SPECIAL thanks goes to my Napertweetup co-host @foiledcupcakes !
Anatomy of a Friend
I’m not a sappy person by nature, but I have recently been overwhelmed by the love and generosity of friendship.
- Friends are there with hugs and flowers when your spouse is not
- Friends are there with food and wine when grocery money is tight
- Friends are there with stories more horrific than your own
- Friends are there to make you laugh despite your situation
- Friends do not judge
- Friends are there to listen and love
- Friends are there with laughs and smiles when all you have is gloom
Are you a good friend? To many? To someone?
Reach out to someone as a friend and you WILL make a difference.
Thank you to my friends who have lifted my spirits! You know who you are 🙂