Tag Archives: blogging

Pay Yourself First

Paying yourself first is good financial advice. I’m going to need to do some of that for my sites as well. I was going through some of my old sites, ideas and domains and they are not doing so well.

Dilantha.info is okay as far as WordPress core is concerned but the old K2 theme and numerous plug-ins are killing my page performance.

Date 05/12/2010
Average page load 10.9s
Home page size 1MB
Requests on home page 49
HTML requests 7
CSS requests 7
JavaScript requests 19
Images 11
Flash 4

I was getting very few search hits as well. The reason was my Sitemap plug-in was broken, and the web crawlers were not picking up the latest content. Bummer.

So looks like I have some tinkering to do over the holidays. That’s good considering I was demoted from Christmas decorations due to my lack of taste :(

Come Back to Blogging

I see a lot of tweets saying that people don’t blog anymore because of micro-blogging.

Keep tweeting but and come back to blogging as well. On a blog you can build a longer lasting impression where a tweet would have past someone’s time-line even before they saw it.

Blogging is more personal since you don’t have to compete with all the other tweet noise. People who follow your blog is more likely to hang around and comment on a few posts, micro-bloggers are jumpy, trigger-happy clickers who will just scroll away you well crafted short message to the world.

Social Network Status Mapping

I use a plugin to post to twitter every time I post a blog post. I also have Facebook pull in my new posts and notes. This works reasonably well and I get some traffic from them.

You can also use twitter tools to post your tweets on your blog after a certain threshold. I don’t use that because I want to keep things separate. I’d rather have a block that shows my latest tweets somewhere.

There are so many ways you can cross post from your blog to twitter to Facebook and LinkedIn. For me personally this is too much cross posting of not too related content. Let me explain.

On twitter I have mostly techies, locals, bloggers and new age marketers. On Facebook I have friends and family who for the most part are not techies at all. On LinkedIn I have co-workers and professionals.

So for me at least these networks mean different things. I saw a tweet yesterday on LinkedIn it was a personal quote about love. Also when you see auto posted blog posts with tweets and link bits it seems less personal and mechanical. You know the blogger hasn’t taken the time to write something.

I prefer to post separately to each network depending on what I have to say. This is except for getting link backs for my blog posts which I mentioned first.

I’m sure there are people with a consistent profiles across networks that pull this off well, but I’ve yet to see one.

My 2 cents is keep things simple and think of the audience for your post before you setup automatic cross site posting.

Breaking the ice

I’m not really a writer. I prefer to code 100 lines than actually put down a sentence. But the blog thing was hot and I’m glad I jumped in the bandwagon at the time. I was once introduced as;

a fellow blogger that blogs now and then

and that fits me.

I’ve seen more than a few people fold up and shutdown their blogs in the last year or so. I’ve thought about it too but this thing costs me next to nothing to keep and so what if I don’t blog as often.

It’s good for a cubicle code monkey like me to have a public channel, even though only 12 Kottu visitors read me sometimes :)

A lot has changed for me in the last year or so. I’ve moved to Australia, and we had our first born here. Well thats 2 things if I say it like that, but its a world of change.

So I think its fair that I didn’t have the time to put down some words in a while, but anyway I’m back.

My Current WordPress Plugins

Here is a list of WordPress plugins and run and why.