Why We’re Removing Comments on Copyblogger

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Would you ever consider taking comments off Copyblogger?

When the question was posed during our editorial meeting, my immediate reaction was, “Absolutely not.”

I wasn’t even interested in considering it, because I like conversations. I enjoy seeing what people think of different posts. I like the quick view of what people react to (positively or otherwise), and what seems to need more explanation.

While the comments on the big CRaP websites are mostly pretty awful, I’ve always enjoyed managed comments on real content blogs. Conversations, after all, are typically more interesting than monologues.

But the team and I got together and talked about it. And as we talked, I started to see it differently.

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Save $100 on SMX West in San Jose this March

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Search Marketing Expo — affectionately known as SMX — returns to San Jose this March 11-13.

Our own Brian Clark will be speaking and Google’s search chief Amit Singhal is keynoting — just two highlights of three days of sessions, keynotes, and clinics on paid search, SEO, social media marketing, mobile search and more.

Check out the full agenda here, with thirty new sessions plus brand new social media boot camp and digital marketing summit tracks.

Sign up today to snag the early bird rates, and while you’re at it, save yourself $100 with our discount code smx100copy.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Copyblogger Media crew are taking advantage of today’s U.S. holiday to eat way too much pie, watch sports, and navigate complicated conversations with family (thank goodness for this pro tip from Tim Siedell on twitter yesterday):

Whether or not you celebrate, enjoy a quiet day on the web … and consider entering our essay contest for fun and some very cool prizes. Here’s how:

How to Enter Copyblogger’s First-Ever Essay Contest

See you next Monday!

Happy Labor Day!

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Today is Labor Day in the U.S. (and Labour Day for our northern friends), celebrating the dignity of working men and women by … working as little as humanly possible.

Here’s to a day of hammocks, loafing, burning some meat on the grill, maybe a little Frisbee, and plenty of time to enjoy your family and friends.

Also, please enjoy this picture of a kitten.

(And if those family and friends are driving you a little nuts, go sign up for some free marketing wisdom. We’ve got 14 free ebooks to keep you busy as long as you need a little peace and quiet.)

Back to work tomorrow … see you then and enjoy the day!

Summer at Copyblogger …

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Kids are out of school, flip-flops have taken their place in the hallway, summertime is just around the corner. And as is our tradition at Copyblogger, we’ll be easing up the post schedule just a bit.

We spend a lot of time teaching people how to build smart, sustainable businesses with content. The kind of businesses that give us enough free time to have some decent work-life balance.

After all, working your own schedule, to suit your own life, is one of the biggest benefits of running a business, right?

So tomorrow, we start our official summer schedule.

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Taking Time Out for Memorial Day

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Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. — a day that commemorates the brave men and women who have died in our military service.

Today also unofficially kicks off the summer vacation season for us and a whole bunch of other people. So wherever you may be, we hope you’ll join us in spending a little extra time with family and friends today.

And if, for any reason, you might need a break from the relatives — or if picnics just aren’t your thing — why not get started with our newly updated free marketing course, along with 14 free ebooks?

It’ll start your summer right, and it’s guaranteed not to get rained out.

See you tomorrow!