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Picture Perfect

A key to growing your personal brand online is having a good picture ready to use for your social networking profiles. Here are a few tips to help: 1. Intentional Picture. If you have a digital camera and a friend then all you’re lacking is taking the time and effort to get a few good [...]

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Is Your Personal Brand a #fail?

In today’s online communication, the “cool” thing is to be negative. If you do a search on Twitter for the popular #fail tag, you’ll see countless statements observing the failures of organizations and products. Pointing out the bad is always easy (and many times valuable). The question, though, is if you want your personal brand [...]

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Back To E-business Basics

The epitaph on last year’s collective, high profile e-business failures might well read: Way too much money. Not enough real business sense. Big surprise. The problem, however, wasn’t in the technologies employed or the markets targeted. The problem was in the fact that just about every e-business start-up seemed to expect that a mature industry [...]

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My agile epiphany

“‘Who wrote the spec?’ – A tool to support effective requirements communication in software development” was the title of my coursework – possibly the driest title in the history of titles ever. Anyway, the software was a rather drippy user interface for recording and tracking user requirements. What is more interesting is to understand my [...]

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On being controversial

Differentiation (and more than that, being remarkable) relies upon having a unique angle. There is nothing like a good argument to get people going. How do you leverage the power of emotion as a blogger? Chances are that you are passionate about something, otherwise you wouldn’t bother with blogging – after all, it can be [...]

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Blogger’s Block. Sources for material

It is inevitable that every blog about blogging has to have a post on blogger’s block – the inability to find new things to write about and to actually write about them. I would add the following: Keep your ideas journal close to hand: I use a mobile phone as both ebook reader and ideas [...]

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Is your blog good enough?

We set up blogs and pour our heart and soul into them. Sometimes we blog until it hurts, and often to the exclusion of those we love. We satisfy ourselves that our daily post is, well, good enough, and click on the Publish button and hope for the best. “Good enough” is how most of [...]

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Blogging till it hurts: Blogging health hazards

Generally, we spend too much time on keyboard-based equipment. This raises a lot of potential health issues – issues that we need to be aware of as bloggers, including: Carpal tunnel syndrome Relationship issues Sedentary occupation issues Mental health issues Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Wikipedia tells us that: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is idiopathic median neuropathy [...]

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Married to the Blog?

In Married to the Mob, Michelle Pfeiffer eventually moans “I want a divorce!”. While the movie was a comedy, it makes me think about my own situation and that of the bloggers I know personally. Without going into specifics, or naming names, it is fair to say that intense blogging puts a strain on any [...]

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Beyond Blogging: What happens when you don’t need it any more?

I have a couple of friends who are fairly well known within their respective professions. Their blogs are also fairly well known. It may be that blogging helped to establish their international fan base, but it was only one factor to their success. Truth be told, they are good at what they do. Blogging may [...]

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