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May 1
Blogtipping Day: Tip Your Fellow Blogger
It's Blogtipping Day!  The first calendar day of each month will be a special day for sneaking up behind three other bloggers and giving them each three good compliments and a gentle "tip."  If they happen to fall over, that's just part of the fun!  And hopefully a good habit of reaching out to encourage someone else will prevail.

So it's time for me to go blogtipping.  I'll spare my fifty-plus Know More Media colleagues, as they're always hearing my feedback anyway.

Darren Rowse:
1 - Your blog optimization is impeccable, and it shows in your careful site design.
2 - You have a knack for spurring fruitful conversations - few blogs get more comments per post than yours does.
3 - You clearly want to help others prosper at blogging as you have been able to do, and your posts reflect that humble willingness to share your blogging wisdom.
Tip - It's not easy to blogtip a Hall of Fame blogger like you - you do everything so well - but I would simply suggest that you look at possible changes to your layout.  I think it's fine the way it is, but you could always test it for a week with a third column on the right for the b5media blog links, for example, or with a slightly different color/font scheme.  Although I've grown fond of the ProBlogger yellow look ... anyway, you're an inspiration to me and therefore to all the KMM bloggers, Darren.

Paul Chaney:
1 - Like Darren Rowse, you blog with such positive energy and avoid bashing other bloggers.  (That's actually a more common phenomenon than many people might think.)
2 - Your writing style is very enjoyable - I think a lot of people probably don't pick up on your subtle wordplays, puns, and clear analogies as much as I do.  Just wanted you to know I notice!
3 - You pick great topics for your posts - quite often you put a totally new spin on an old subject or ask a question that gets the rest of us thinking in a new way about something.
Tip - Keep doing profiles of small and large business blogs - I miss that ongoing series about 52 weeks / 52 blogs.  Let me know if you're still doing that, I really enjoyed it!  Your experience with blog consulting makes you an expert on what works and what doesn't for professional blogs.

Amy Gahran:
1 - Your sidebar at Contentious is so addicting and downright useful.  So many goodies to choose from!
2 - I love that you openly share your feedreading list with the world.  I've been meaning to do that myself, but I need to make sure I don't mix business feeds with random personal feeds (and I suppose I could cut out all my crazy ego feeds so people wouldn't have to wade through them to get to the good stuff :)).
3 - You're very good at pointing out nitpicky things about writing, commenting, problems with blog tools, and other such minutiae.  I really enjoy that because it teaches me to be specific in my blogging - not just to gloss over a topic, but to drill down into it.  That's where the greatest benefit to you and the reader emerges.
Tip - Put the phonetic spelling of your last name in your blog masthead.  Kidding, kidding!  I just think it's funny that we bloggers can know each other so well from such a distance and then not know how to even pronounce each other's names (poor Darren - it took me forever to learn how to pronounce Rowse).  My real blogtip for you would be to consider maxing out your tags for the three blogs you have claimed in Technorati.  It'll let you put up to twenty, and it's one more free way to guide people to your blogs organically.

Whew!  Blogtipping is addictive!

Read more about blogtipping:
Blogtipping Day
My first three blogtipping "victims"
Technorati index of posts tagged "blogtipping"

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Thanks for sharing such a great resource with us all...I am already addicted to the idea, because it makes absolute sense to be sharing preferred sources and saying just why.

I'm grateful, too, for advising me it's to be a monthly activity! I thought it was just to be annually prescribed!

Best wishes, and thanks for an excellent example of a wonderfully written, wonderfully articulated, blog.


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