- DRAGONS! I’ll be back with more!
- My Twitter account @drbexl has been suspended due to “suspicious activity” – would that be the 1-per-5-mins tweets going on from my account? We’ll see, currently 6pm, so been down for around 24 hours, I am feeling rather bereft of part of my identity!!
- Mark Howe gives a great summary of the conference, ready to LOL?
- Brownblog: My thoughts on the Christianity in the Digital Space Symposium
- Windo on the World: Is there anybody out there?
- Windo on the World: What future has the Bible got?
- Windo on the World: Does Church Work?
- Windo on the World: Day 3
- Windo on the World: Walking in a Geeky Wonderland
- Mark Fletcher/Church on the Corner
- Ulfilas on Qik.com
- Darren R Hill: The Weekly Review
- St Pixels Discussion
- Anglican Ecumenical Society
- Church Mouse Blog
- The Digital Sanctuary
- Dave Walker: Bishop to Address Christian Geeks
- Ship of Fools: OK if a Dragon Leads Evensong?
- Kouya: Instant Bible Translation
- Less than 5% can name the 10 Commandments
- Athiest Ireland: Read the Bible Campaign
Proof positive I was there tonight (and I know, I have a bit of a backlog of other blog material on this blog). My other blog has gone crazy today after that New York Times article yesterday, and yes, I am behind on my tasks for today (and yes it’s nearly tomorrow)! See more about the Winchester Web Scene, formed in November 2008, growing monthly I do believe – not a networking business-card exchange kind of evening, but a chat with people who have shared interests – some coders, some developers, some content writers, some social media types…
Since 1997, I have had “mydesigna” as a catch-all for the websites that I’ve designed. As I move more and more into social media, I have set up a new WordPress site, which will become the new, up-to-date site, far more appropriate! I’m faffing around with Blue Host, and hopefully will learn how to upload my own CSS/use my own domain name, then I’m all set to help other people with the same! I’ve just had a fun day helping Deborah Kerslake of Serenergise gain an understanding of some of the possibilities for social media, I think the one she’s most looking forward to using is Twitter! As a result of teaching Debs about fan pages, I have also set up one of my own for Digital Fingerprint!
I love this from Barbara Sher: “you wouldn’t ask a bird to pull a plough. It’s not cos it’s an inferior bird, a naughty bird or a lazy bird. It’s just cos it does other stuff and there are animals who do that… it’s their thing, they know how to pull a plough. And there are people who do the things you don’t like to do, and they like to do them, and they’ll do them better than you’ll ever do them on your best day because they get a kick out of it!”
Wow, this is really interesting!
There’s been several mentions of Chris Moyle’s show the other day, where he was absolutely amazed to see people ENJOYING being Christians – clearly been going to the wrong churches!
Currently at the Churches’ Media Council (officially retired last night, to be renamed the Church and Media Network) Conference in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Already over halfway through, and it’s really interesting. Haven’t got time for a full-blog as need to get back into the swing, but thought I would register my presence here, and can add a blog, or blogs later, as the mood takes!
- The Attourney General, the Rt Hon the Baroness Scotland, QC: Faith in the Public Sphere (see this blog for a good summary)
- John Lloyd, Pastor Nims Obunge and Professor Mona Siddiqui: What are the media doing to our… (respectively) politics, young people, God?
- Hardeep Singh Kohli: Comedy
- Olly Hamilton: Music
- Torin Douglas and Philip Graf: “Faith and Values in Digital Britain: PSP RIP?”
- Joel Edwards, Andrew Graystone: “Launch of the Church and Media Network”
- Paul Jackson, Nick Booth on Beyond Broacasting: What Next?
- nickbaines (see his blog post)
- qpalm (first time back on Twitter for a year – hmm, that link doesn’t seem to work!)
In discussions with SuperFunDaysOut about taking over their blogging, Twitter and bookmarking strategies (looking forward to all that adrenaline flowing online!), I thought I’d see if there was more to learn – there always is – but was pleased to note that much of it was familiar, although I need to put more of it into practice!
Previously Tony had given a talk on outbound (interruption) versus inbound (permission/opt-in) marketing – with social media falling into the second category, and much the way that business now goes. How it all fits together.
- Blogs are outdoing the web for SEO/traffic, as they are indexed quicker, therefore move up the Google, or Technorati, chain faster.
- WordPress is Tony’s recommended tool for blogs, with its own analytics software. It’s free, strong, professional (around 4,500 themes), and 6000+ plug-ins available. He particularly recommends allinone. As WordPress also functions as a CMS, can have a consistent look to website/blog.
- Particularly recommends Ping.Fm, allowing autoupdates of all social media.
- Internal headings (indicative of content)
- At least one graphic
- 500-800 words (ok, view many of my posts so far as extended reportage, rather than blogs!)
- Lists – not too many (e.g. 10 things for x)
- 1 idea per post, keyword related.
- The headline should assume that the reader won’t read the article.
- Can surprise people with twists on words, etc [although I would add I’d take care not to be nothing to do with the words, as I get REALLY annoyed by that]
- No problems with being commercial if it’s a personal opinion, clarify as such.
- No spelling errors!
- 1-2 times per week and stick to it.
- With WordPress (and probably others) can set a date to publish
- Create keyword content/strategy.
- Interviews (including via email)
- Video interviews
- Guest posts from similar blogs (copy but provide a backlink, this is your CURATORIAL slant – pointing people to the best material)
- “Best of” lists
- “How do we do it” posts, including screenshots
- ="font-weight:normal;">Take comments seriously
- Comment back – share an example, etc. (don’t just market your product). Tony recommended CommentHut for commenting (along with another product he’d forgotten the name of!), aiming for 10 comments/backlinks per day.
- Off thought leadership.
- Find out who people are and follow links.
- Subscribe to blogs and follow on Twitter
- There are pros/cons to monitoring comments, but easy with WordPress
- Use it as part of your blogging strategy.
- Check out the “social media experts”, who’s following them?
- Aim for 95% personal tweets, 5% sales, otherwise likely to be de-followed.
- Place Twitter URL on homepage, press releases, business card, email signatures!
- Under 35: Digital Natives
- 35-55: Digital Immigrants
- 55-65: Digital Aliens
- 65 + Silver Surfers (who largely want to PhotoShop their family history then email it!)
As Aung San Suu Kyi approaches her 64th birthday (June 19th 2009), and around 13 years of imprisonment, this site was created to collect hundreds of messages of support before that birthday. Created in only 6 days by Rechord, and launched only a couple of hours ago, the site already has a buzz going on Twitter, largely thanks to @SarahBrown10 (Gordon Brown’s wife, he’s also posted an entry, but it keeps disappearing thanks to the volume of Tweets!) and @JimmyCarr, and now @eddieizzard! You can read more about ASSK, and her fight against illegal imprisonment.