This week, the sky decided that it was sick of my crap and dropped like a foot of snow on me all at once. I guess I shouldn’t complain. I live in northeast Ohio. Although this deluge is extremely annoying, it’s hardly surprising given our state motto: “So, are you ready to kill yourself yet?”
So instead of leaving the house today, I’ll start the tractor (trying not to catch it on fire like I did two years ago) and plow the driveway. And, you know, write Copyblogger wrap-ups to keep warm — because this isn’t just a blog; it’s a small piece of digital Texas.
Everything here is bigger, warmer, and more likely to involve the death penalty.
If this nerdy post were still in high school, it’d be walking around with toilet-wet hair and with its underwear wedged painfully up its crack. This post is so chock full of data on how to get more blog comments, you’ll get the most out of it if you get out your protractor and your TI-80 graphing calculator. Charts, metrics, and analyses — oh my!
The core point of this post is that if you want more people to read your stuff, you’ve gotta allow for the fact that a lot of them won’t read it, but will scan it instead. And it must have worked, because I only scanned this post before writing the blurb for it, and understood it fine and didn’t misinterpret anything. Really, the only thing I don’t agree with is the vehement pro-cyborg-rights stance that this post takes.
This installment of the Copyblogger podcast is all about getting into the brains of readers and customers. Like, you can see what really motivates their actions and get them more engaged. But if you’re in the brain anyway, be sure to check out a show in the visual cortex while you’re there. (Just stay away from the groin pain center.)
I agree with Sean on this one — timing really is hugely important when making an offer. Make an offer on your website too early in the relationship and your readers will say, “I’m not ready… let me settle in here.” But make it too late and they’ll whine, “That Ratt concert you’re scalping tickets for was twenty-three years ago.” Some people are never satisfied, but this post will help you get closer to the mark.
Although I still think it sounds like a hygiene product, people really seem to love the iPad. And in this post, you can find out how to be a more productive writer on it by checking out some cool apps that will help you write better and easier. Yeah, the iPad can do everything, but my big question is how long we’re expected to wait patiently while they develop that waffle-making app we’ve been promised. Steve Jobs, don’t think I’m not watching you, restraining order or not.
This week’s cool links:
- 100 Things You Should Know About People: #48 — What You See Is Not What Your Brain Gets: This is a great piece on how your brain interprets things differently from how you may think, but I have to warn you that she really misspelled a LOT of words at the beginning of the post and so may may be looking to hire a proofreader.
- How to triple your Twitter traffic in 7 days: This post is simple, and the moral of this post is simple. Want to get more traffic out of Twitter? It’s less complicated than you may think.
- 9 Practical Ways to Start Attracting an Audience to Your New Social Media Account: Got a new venture with a new social media presence that needs attention? Here are a bunch of ways to give it some love without walking the streets wearing a sandwich board.
- Schedule your fun stuff: Yes, I’m linking to my own post, but this is an important topic. Entrepreneurs do a ton of stuff, and that driving behavior can burn you out with stress. This post contains the secret to doing more of what you want despite your hectic schedule so that you can actually enjoy your life and business.
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