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How to Be a More Social Writer

In Blogging, Writing on June 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm

By Tim Beyers
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I don’t need to tell you that I haven’t been posting as much recently. Don’t take that to mean that I’ve lost interest in this blog — to the contrary, I’m more interested than ever. You might even call me obsessed.


Source: Screen Gems

Of course, there is good and bad that comes with obsessive behavior. Here, I’m consumed with ways to engage you using social media and other community-building tools. Have a look at my task list and let me know what you find useful.

New social bookmarking toolbar. Thanks to help from Hillel Stoller and Adam Freetly, I was able to create the social bookmarking options bar you see below. No scripting or plug-ins were required, everything was created using HTML.

At first, I thought Stoller’s tool — GetSocial — would do all the hacking for me. Turns out there was one problem: The software is based on Microsoft’s .NET platform and is therefore not natively compatible with my Mac. Even so, Stoller generously guided me through other steps for creating my own toolbar. His ideas were instrumental in creating the final product.

Freetly contributed the basic template. What helpful code this was. Other than the hours I spent adding my own solution for Twitter and tweaking the reddit and Newsvine buttons, Freetly’s template saved me huge chunks of time.

Email me here if you’d like a copy of the HTML I used to create the toolbar and be sure to send your thanks to Stoller and Freetly. They, not me, are the ones who made this possible.

New About page with Twitter policy. Those who know me from Twitter know that I don’t always follow back. This isn’t to be callous but rather to foster dialogue; I follow back those with whom I want to have conversations. Conversely, I don’t always follow to have conversations. At times I’ll follow a feed that’s known for good source material. No follow-back necessary, or expected.

I’ll explain this policy and more via an enhanced “About” page. Look for it in the next two weeks.

New portfolio page. I am very proud of the writing I do for The Motley Fool, but you wouldn’t know that from this blog. I’ll remedy that soon by creating a “Portfolio” page with some of my favorite Foolish articles, as well as favorites from other blogs and magazines where I have been a contributor.

What am I missing, writers? How do you engage with your blog’s readers? The more responses I get, the more you can expect me to research and test new resources.

© Copyright 2009, Tim Beyers.

  1. It could be difficult if you’re maintaining your readers online. Take offline gathering instead.

    Or with a passionate you are visiting & drop comments to one by one your blogroll list. 🙂

    Or-this is the most difficult one- you have to do some real contribution in the real world, if you are some public figure, automatically you will have a loyal readers..

  2. Tim, good updates all around, and congrats on the social bookmarking tool. I’m interested to see what you do with your evolving portfolio page, as that’s something I wrestle with, at least graphically.

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