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May 5
What Can Bookmarklets Do For Business Bloggers?
Arrgh ... Have you ever crafted a post that really mattered to you, and then somehow lost it all before you could hit Publish?  I totally goofed up and lost what I had written about bookmarklets.  I'm too frustrated right now to rewrite it all.  So here's the short and sweet version:

1.  Every business blogger should learn what bookmarklets are and how to use them.  Basically, they are quick-fix magical tools you can add to your browser as bookmarks.  They can help you work faster and smarter!

2.  Check out Lorelle VanFossen's post about bookmarklets and Steve Rubel's classic top bookmarklets list.  I plan to do some more digging through Lorelle's bookmarklet gold mine; I've already scavenged Steve's list and found it very tasty.

3.  My favorite bookmarklets are "Alexa This" and "Technorati This" - what are yours?

4.  I'm trying out blummy and I think you should, too.

Let's learn about bookmarklets together, shall we?

May 3
Does Your Blog/Company/Idea Deserve A Wikipedia Entry?
Yesterday I created a Wikipedia entry for blogtipping in order to help others understand how and why to blogtip, but it's probably going to be deleted because it doesn't (yet) meet Wikipedia's criteria for publication.  I didn't know how the process worked and now that I do, I'm happy to see the entry deleted.  However, I believe that in a few months' time, when hundreds more of you have gone blogtipping and can vouch for its significance, it will deserve a (small) place in the annals of Web history at the greatest Wiki of all.

My question for you is, what ideas, blogs, companies do you have or work with that you think deserve a place at Wikipedia?  What ideas are you working on that are important enough to someday be remembered by many as genuinely inspiring?  (Hey, if Janice Myint likes it, how inane could it be?)

After my lesson-learning at Wikipedia yesterday and today, I recommend that you think twice before creating an article referencing your corporate blog, a meme you've created or even a simple explanation of your business.  However, there are many other places to stand on your soapbox and spread the good word about your work.

I'd be happy to hear your experiences with Wikipedia or other places where the importance of blogs, memes and other things is evaluated.  What do you think would be the tipping point for blogtipping to merit a place at Wikipedia?
May 2
The BlogBurst Debate: Who Will Benefit?
BlogBurst Logo.gifI have a question for you.  Please post your answer below.

Question: Who will benefit from BlogBurst?

I think many bloggers will benefit from BlogBurst.  Would you object to a post from your blog appearing in a major newspaper or at a major news website, along with your name and URL - at no cost to you?  (I didn't think so.)  All you're doing if you sign up with BlogBurst is accessing one more potential source of incoming traffic to your blog.

The key benefit to BlogBurst, I think, is the exposure that you'll get.  People you never could have reached otherwise will come to your blog wanting to learn more, and they'll come trusting that your voice matters because they first heard it through BlogBurst.

The only possible drawback I see is that BlogBurst requires you to give them a full feed of your blog, without embedded ads.  To me, the benefits outweigh the potential costs.  Can't you just create one feed especially for BlogBurst and another that includes ads if you like?

Some bloggers worry that BlogBurst will make money off of their content without rewarding them at all.  You can follow some of the ongoing BlogBurst debate at ProBlogger and TechCrunch.

A few hours ago, BlogBurst's Dave Panos explained the service's plans at ProBlogger.  Listen to Dave:

"We have repeatedly said that we will have a blogger compensation track after we get out of the lighthouse period. Everyone needs to see how the system works before weighing in on the monetization approach for Publishers, Bloggers and Pluck. This is all in the spirit of cooperating to build a system where everybody can win. Second, all posts do provide full attribution back to the blogger, including their byline, a photo/icon, a link to their blog and a link to the specific post. That’s a lot of very valuable exposure — and the key ingredient."

Sounds very fair to me!  I think Aaron Brazell, Darren Rowse and Quick Online Tips would agree with me.

If you have a corporate blog, you should strongly consider joining the free BlogBurst program.  Give it a shot and you'll be surprised how much you may reap from letting BlogBurst sow your posts everywhere!

(Disclosure: I'm enrolled in BlogBurst, as are several other Know More Media authors, such as Jeff Carr, Razib Ahmed, Bill Belew, Marshall Sponder, and Maria Palma.)

So: Who do you think will benefit from BlogBurst?  It's okay to say "nobody" - but please defend your answer.
Update: First Blogtipping Day A Fun, Tip-Filled Success
I was amazed at how many of you - and your friends, and even their friends - went blogtipping with me yesterday.  The Technorati "blogtipping" tag, which lay dormant prior to this grand experiment, now boasts links to several excellent, thoughtful, fun blogtipping exploits.  Here's an incomplete list of May 1, 2006 blogtippers and blogtippees.  Thank you for participating!

Blogtipping Honor Roll, May 1, 2006:
Liz Strauss
Liz Thompson
Mike Barlow
Martin Neumann
Mike Sansone
Phil Gerbyshak
Tom Vander Well
Greg Balanko-Dickson
Joseph Thornley
Chris Clarke

Let's make next Blogtipping Day, June 1st (it's the first day of every month), even more special.  Do you think I should offer prizes?  What would you do if you were in my shoes, watching the surprisingly quick viral spread of a decent idea?  How would you capitalize on it in order to benefit the greatest number of people?

Learn more about blogtipping:
May 1, 2006 - the first Blogtipping Day
How to go blogtipping
Technorati index of posts tagged "blogtipping"
Apr15
How Hard Is It To Make Money Blogging?
Many people wonder how difficult or easy it is to make money from blogging.  The answer depends on many factors, but it mostly boils down to this: the more intelligently you use your blog, the more likely you are to make a profit from it.  It's nearly always possible to make your blog produce an excellent return on investment, at least in terms of your corporate reputation if not also in terms of real profits.

Andy Hagans writes at Performancing about the challenges of making money with a blog.  Andy's post responds to Guy Kawasaki's assertion that it's hard to monetize a blog well.  Says Andy, "the vast majority of people do not make much money from their blogs... and even if they do make a decent bit, if you amortize it over the hours they put, it's still likely they're effectively earning less than minimum wage while blogging."

I'm looking for a study that would inform us as to the validity of Andy's conclusion.  Do you know of any recent reports on the ease or difficulty of making money blogging?

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