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Design a Blogging HQ

We’ll be moving into our new house (the one that blogging built) in about a month and I’m starting to think about my new Blog HQ. The new house has a nice room that we’ll be setting aside as my office but I’m dreaming of all the goodies I could stuff it with to make my blogging easier (and a bit more fun). So – its time for a reader question:

What would you put in your Dream Blogging HQ?

What would your set up look like? What computer system would you have? What other things are ‘must haves’ and essential tools in your HQ? How would you furnish it? What gadgets and toys would you include? Feel free to get as creative and crazy as you’d like.

New Entrepreneurial Blogs

In-Flight-BlogTwo regular stops on my RSS morning rounds have gone live with new Entrepreneurial blogs in the past 24 hours or so. Both are examples of Niche Blogging and are worth taking a look at to see what you can learn about the art of blogging for dollars.

Firstly is legendary Will Pate who has gone live with his new In Flight Blog – a blog that finds anything and everything in the news about Air Travel. It is the third blog is the GoodBasic Network that also includes the Game Blog (a blog about video gaming) and the Host Blog (a blog about Web Hosting). So far Adsense seems to be the main income stream on the new Air Travel blog from Will which is a good move as there are plenty of well paying ads on that topic (so I’ve heard) but down the track the blog will be perfect for travel affiliate programs which I’ve heard are also quite valuable.

Vancouver-Coffee

Arieanna from Blogaholics has launched a blog I’d use every day if I was living in her city – its Vancouver Coffee - a blog with reviews of cafes, coffee news and all other related Vancouver coffee news. Its a pretty tight niche topic – a small pond that Arieanna is obviously hoping to become a big fish in. Again its an Adsense blog – but they’re also using their Amazon affiliate program to monetize what they’re doing. Arieanna and her fiancee could well be the most hyperactive and wired bloggers in the world if they keep up their high rate of reviews of cafes!

Blogging for Business

Arieanna is writing a series that might interest beginner Business Bloggers. Check out her posts so far at:

Blogging for business: the new marketing tool
Why should you have a blog?
How to start blogging on the right foot

Ten Trends for 2005

SandHill has an interesting article on Ten Trends for 2005 that might be of interest if you’re looking for some emerging trends to blog about. Of course most of us already know tip 8:

‘Blogging and Social Networking Become Accepted Business Tools’

found via NevOn

ProWiki(er)

PaidContent points to the latest venture of Jimmy Wales (the wiki guru), WikiCities – a way of creating communities around topics, places, people and more. In a sense its the same principle that people are using with Niche Blogging successfully – its the Niche Wiki approach.

PaidContent points out that the team behind WikiCities are attempting to monetize it via Google’s Adsense which in my mind is a good move as Adsense is perfect for the Niche approach. Paid content says that Wales told the Wall St Journal that Wikicities ‘so close to (earning) zero that it’s not worth mentioning’ – but I suspect with time, traffic growth and some optimizing of their ads that this will change and that the WikiCities could be a real winner.

Back in ProBlogging HQ

After a great break away filled with sun, golf, tennis, wine, cheese, food of all kinds and fun with friends I’m back. I hope those of you able to take a break over the Easter period had as refreshing a time as I did – hopefully away from your blogs like I was able to get. Its amazing what a few days break from blogging can do to your mind.

The only problem now is that I have an email box with 903 emails in my inbox and literally thousands of unread articles and posts in my RSS feed to wade through. This could take a while.

A quick question for my WordPress using friends – does anyone know a reliable comment spam prevention plugin for WP 1.2? I’ve got Kitten’s Spaminator installed on all of my blogs and it works perfectly in every case but this blog here at ProBlogger.

Does anyone have any suggestions for WP 1.2 plugins that might help?

Lastly – thanks to all those who’ve been leaving comments on the posts from the last few days – I’m particularly impressed with your answers on the Introduce Yourself Post which helped me discover a few excellent blogs that I’d not known of before.

Thoughts on The Future of WordPress and MovableType

Jeremy Zawodny writes on the Future of WordPress and MovableType and writes:

WordPress will come to be the de-facto choice in the world of self-hosted personal weblogs and low-end webhosting “value added” package. MovableType will be the blogware of choice in the corporate blogging world, both for internal weblogs and those that face the outside world.’

I can’t say I’d made that distinction – I use both on very similar blogs and find they each have their own advantages. I’m probably leaning more towards WP at the moment – but could go either way.

What Do Bloggers Want From An Advertiser?

Jim over at BlogKits writes a good post on What Do Bloggers Want From An Advertiser? and answers the question by telling us what we don’t want. The ‘Do Want’ article will come next week. Looks interesting.

What do YOU want from blog advertisers dear readers (apart from the obvious bucket loads of cash)?

Generating High Quantities of Content for your Blog

One of the previous series of posts that I wrote in the early days of ProBlogger (before all 4 of you started reading) was a series on generating high quantities of content for you blog.

I wrote it after reading article after article of people writing about how you need to work on the quality of your posts – quality not quantity seemed to be the catch cry. It got me wondering however – what if they were wrong?

You see my experience indicated that it was about BOTH quality AND quantity of posting. Check out the series that starts here but that continues in these posts titled Set Targets, News Sites and Aggregators, Start a New Blog, Break Down Your Posts, Ecto and Recruit Writers.

The Blog Cycle

Anil Dash posts an interesing post on The Blog Cycle that sub-communities within the larger blogging population go through. Its an interesting post and one that I see the ‘entrepreneurial blogging’ community going through at the momemnt. The stages of the cycle that he identifies are:

  • What is blogging?
  • Our community invented blogging!
  • Blogging vs. Journalism Phew.
  • Where are the women/minorities?
  • You’ll get fired!
  • Think about the children!
  • The technology is boring/unimportant.
  • Will blogs change the world?
  • What you do isn’t blogging — do it this way.
  • They don’t deserve it!

Fascinating observations of someone who is a position to have observed many such blogging sub communities. Read more at Anil Dash: The Blog Cycle

What would you add or subtract from his stages? Where do you think the ‘Pro’, ‘Entrepreneurial’ and ‘Business’ Blogging community is at presently?