Author Archives: Tara

Seth Godin — Joined by Dan Pink, Rich Sloan and Debbie Weil: What Will Make or Break Your Marketing Efforts in 2008?

Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Sync? is NY Times Bestselling author Seth Godin’s latest book.
What are the right marketing strategies, the best tactics, and the most effective tools to grow you business? Find out on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern as Dan, Rich and Debbie in on the conversation …
Joining Seth Godin are …

  • Dan Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
  • Rich Sloan, author of Startup Nation and co-founder of StartupNation.com
  • Debbie Weil, author of The Corporate Blogging Book

I know that this one-hour power-packed teleseminar is sure to inform and entertain. For more information and to sign up, click on over to http://www.sethgodinbooktour.com
Until then … wishing you the best of blogging.
Tara Kachaturoff

Bloggers: Energize Yourself

We’ve arrived. It’s Friday, — make that Thursday, January 31, 2008. One month done; eleven more to go. This year is zooming by. How’s your energy? Are you as refreshed as you were when you kicked off the New Year on January 1, 2008?
As bloggers, it’s important to keep our energy level high so that we can deliver our very best work to our readers. I came across an interesting article about 20 Foods to Snack on For Enhanced Productivity over at LifeHack.org founded by Leon Ho. Since productivity and blogging go hand in hand, I thought you might enjoy this article.
I loved all the foods on the list. I don’t typically eat while I’m working, but when I take a break, I love to snack on nuts, berries, and popcorn. I don’t think popcorn is a particularly energizing food, but it is my favorite snack.
What keeps you going during the day? Do you snack while eating working? Do you have any favorite power foods? Let us know.
Tara

Seth Godin, Andy Wibbels, Pamela Slim, and Tim Sanders: Meatball Sundae

Join a lively discussion with Seth Godin, author of Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Synch? with Andy Wibbels, Pam Slim, and Tim Sanders. A replay is available for your listening enjoyment. We would love to hear your comments — about the audio and the book.
Tara

Anywired.Com: Attention Freelancers, Bloggers, and Other Web Workers

Skellie, well known “web-only freelancer and staff writer at Problogger.net, Daily Blog Tips, Freelance Switch, NorthxEast and Daily Bits (sounds like a list from my blog reader), has started another blog.  In addition to her wildly successful Skelliewag.org site, she’s started a new one called AnyWired.com.
She sums up her latest blog … “Whether you’re chained to a desk and dreaming of freedom or enjoying a 4-Hour work week in Rio, this blog will provide the knowledge you need to be more flexible, more mobile and more productive.”
Flexible, mobile and productive?  That sounds exactly like what I’m looking for and I’m sure the readers at AndyWibbels.com will agree.  So check it out and see what new tips and techniques you can learn to help you work, as Skellie says, “when you want [and] from where you want to be.”
Tara

Lists: A Blogger’s Best Friend

I don’t know about you, but I love lists — and so do all of my friends. We have lists for everything — from all the details of an upcoming course we’re teaching, to our daily To Do’s.
And what makes list keeping so fun (besides crossing off or deleting all the things we’ve accomplished) is that we use all sorts of tools — sometimes simultaneously — including sheets of paper, online reminder systems, spreadsheets, and other creative listing systems.
And, now, I’ve come across a wonderful post over at Darren’s Problogger.net. Written by well-known and highly talented blogger, Skellie, she comments that resource lists are a favorite of social media. She comments that while they take a lot of time to create that they have, “the potential to grow your blog more quickly and powerfully than a dozen of your ordinary blog posts.” You must read her article entitled, “How to Create Social Media’s Favorite Type of Blog Post.” It’s fantastic.
You may want to check out a list she posted earlier entitled “110 Resources for Creative Minds.”
If you were to write a list of resources to include on your blog (and we hope that you’re inspired to do so), what topic would you select? If you’ve already published a fairly extensive list on your blog, what was the topic? Let us know.
Tara

Design: 34 + 60 = 94

A favorite blog — Freelance Switch — offers a wide variety of content perfect for the aspiring and established freelancer alike. There are two blog posts that really caught my attention — both about design. Whether you’re designing a website, a blog, a room in your home, or even re-arranging the thoughts in your mind, looking at creative things can inspire and invigorate you. If you’re looking for some Design Inspiration, click here …

Tara

WordPress Themes: 2 More Really Cool Ones

I know I’ve posted more than a few times about WordPress themes, but I’ve found some more! Currently, I’m reading Robin Williams’ Web Design Workshop for a class I‘m taking — I love design, color and I want to improve my skill in that area.
In the past few months, I’ve spent hours looking at all sorts of WordPress themes and am continually amazed by the creativity I see. Problogger, Daniel Scocco, editor of Daily Blog Tips, has published several complimentary themes and they’re definitely worth checking out. I believe he has plans to release one new theme each month.
Currently, there are two available — DeepBlue and GreenTech. Both have been very popular with his readers. Deep Blue was designed by Nathan Rice and GreenTech created by Mayank Gupta from Review Saurus

If you’re looking for some very nice designs that incorporate ad blocks, check these out.
Deep Blue WordPress Theme
GreenTech WordPress Theme
Tara

Seth Godin — Joined by Tim Sanders, Andy Wibbels and Pamela Slim: What Will Make or Break Your Marketing Efforts in 2008?

Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Sync? is NY Times Bestselling author Seth Godin’s latest book. What are the right marketing strategies, the best tactics, and the most effective tools to grow you business? Find out on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern as Tim, Andy and Pamela join in on the conversation …
Joining Seth Godin are …

While the thought of a meatball sundae is truly unattractive, I know that this one-hour power-packed teleseminar is sure to inform and entertain. I’ll be there — will you?
For more information and to sign up, click on over to http://www.sethgodinbooktour.com
Until then … wishing you the best of blogging.
Tara Kachaturoff

Bloggers Unite: BlogPotomac in Washington, D.C.

According to Debbie Weil of Blog Write for CEOs, it’s time to put the BlogPotomac event on your calendar.
This event is co-chaired by Geoff Livingston of The Buzz Bin and Debbie Weil. She comments …

“Sponsored by Livingston Communications, The Point, Viget Labs and WordBiz.com, Inc., BlogPotomac is an “un-conference” on best marketing practices for the social media community in D.C. Our goal is to provide advanced marketing insights beyond the average social media 101 event.”

The event is actually in Falls Church, VA. With the elections this year and all the buzz around Washington, DC, this could be just the event to attend. You might also be able to fit in a vacation around DC and all the sites. Although I haven’t been there since I was a child, it’s a fabulous place to visit.
Tara

Video: Resource for the Resourceful

I love video/screencasting. It can add depth and variety to your blog post. I’m a big fan of Camtasia. I just came across a resource posted by Amit over at Digital Inspiration. It’s called Tip Cam — a free screen recorder that you can use to make videos of up to 5 minutes. They also host your videos. Personally, I haven’t tried it out, but it sounded interesting and might be worth investigating.
Tara