Blog of the Year Award 2013

One of the things I love best about the end of the year is all of the Best of designations, Year in Reviews, Top 10 lists, etc. (The year that ESPN showed the Best Sportscenter Commercials was at the top of my list.)

So you can imagine how thrilled we were at CCC when The Journal of Wall Grimm decided to designate this blog as a winner of the Blog of the Year Award for 2013. How exciting! It’s the blog’s first award, and along with the thoughtful comments, likes and visits, encourages us to continue down this long, strange road we’re traveling.

Blog of the Year Award

As a recipient of this award, CCC has the responsibility of passing it along to the blog(s) that we feel deserve special recognition. We follow some insightful blogs from a variety of people, so this was a decision we really had to think about. Without further ado, I present to you our 2013 Blog of the Year winners… (drumroll please)

101 Books

Robert Bruce is reading his way through Time Magazine’s 100 greatest novels and taking us along for the ride. As a fellow writer and fervent reader, I appreciate his honest commentary and insight into each of his selections. It really helps me decide what — and what not — to add to my lengthy, always-growing reading list. For unbiased book reviews, insight on writing and a fun mailbag feature (where he answers readers’s questions), follow 101 Books.

Ahh The Simple Life

Carol and Michelle are sisters who value the Simple Life and want to help you shed the complicated nature of today’s world. They share insights on food, decorating, stress relief and living more simply, while actually enjoying day-in, day-out living. Looking for a scrumptious, healthy recipe? Trying to figure out how to have fun on a budget? Head to Ahh The Simple Life to start feeling better and getting more out of your life.

Bucket List Publications

Some people make a bucket list when they’re dying; Lesley Carter makes one to live life to the fullest. She’s packed more into her years than people who have been around three times as long. Rock climbing? Paragliding? Dog sledding? Check. Check. Check. Lesley’s been to 34 countries and has no plans on slowing down. Follow along on her world tour as she seeks new adventures and works toward completing her annual bucket list at Bucket List Publications.

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Congratulations 101 Books, Ahh The Simple Life and Bucket List Publications! I’ll be in touch shortly to personally congratulate you and offer some easy instructions on accepting this award. We’d be honored to have you guest blog here at any time.

Again, a heartfelt thank you to Sage Doyle at The Journal of Wall Grimm on honoring the Clearly Conveyed Communications blog with this award. Thanks for being a loyal follower and guest blogger!  

By the way, what’s your favorite blog? Drop the URL in the comments below along with a short description on what the blog’s all about.

Blog of the Year award badge courtesy of the Thought Palette, the originator of the award
101 Books, Ahh The Simple Life and Bucket List Publication headers courtesy of the respective companies

Cheers,
Jaime

p.s. We need your help to hit 150 fans on the Clearly Conveyed Communications Facebook page! When we do, we’re celebrating with a ‘Big Bang,’ and some fun prizes. Check out our contest and bring your friends!

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This Blog Is Made For You And Me

This blog is your blog, this blog is my blog…

In my last post, To Blog, or Not To Blog: That Is The Question, I touched a little bit on why I started this blog in addition to the topic of blogging in general. As readers of my thoughts and musings, I value your feedback and welcome your insight and opinions.

First ask, then bribe…

Where should this blog go from here? In general, my posts are wide-ranging but fall into four main categories: marketing, writing, social media and personal reflection. The first three categories mentioned mirror the main services that my company, Clearly Conveyed Communications, provides.

While focusing on these areas, the topics themselves are broad. Below is a current tag cloud of this blog (and a clickable version is housed in the right-hand side menu if you’d like to delve deeper).

blog tag cloud

Yes, I can look at analytics and see which posts draw the most eyes and engagement, but analytics don’t always tell the whole story. People do. Share your thoughts and help shape the future of this blog (and possibly other blogs).

Step Into the Spotlight

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Original photo credit: Danielle Buma (CCL)

What’s your favorite type of post? Or your favorite post specifically?

Would you like to see the content of this blog narrow? Or shift focus?

Would you like to see different types of posts than what’s currently here?

The Incentive

Anyone providing sound feedback will be entered into a drawing for a Starbucks or iTunes gift card. There will be at least one winner but may be more based on the quality of the feedback left. Please share freely… Thank you!!

The keeper of your blog,
Jaime

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Do You Mow Your Blog?

As a homeowner, there are certain tasks that you tackle on a regular basis. Mowing the lawn, taking out the trash/recycling, washing and drying clothes, cleaning, etc. While they can seem repetitive and sometimes annoying, they’re necessary to maintain the look and feel of your home.

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As a blog manager, there are also certain tasks that you should tackle on a regular basis. These include:

  • posting quality content 
  • responding to readers’ comments
  • updating the About page
  • cleaning up your categories/tags when necessary
  • analyzing blog stats and making updates as necessary
  • ensuring that contact information is up to date
  • visiting your blog on various devices to test loading speed/quality
  • checking for broken links to external content 
  • reading and engaging with other blogs

 

Regularly visit your site as a reader does. What kind of experience do you have? Does your blog load quickly? Is it easy to navigate on a smartphone and tablet? Does it have compatibility issues with any browsers or operating systems? Is it easy to find specific content via categories, tags, archives or a search box? Can a reader quickly contact you if interested?  

Yes, these are basic blogging tasks, but they’re easy to forget or push to the back burner — just like those homeowner tasks. Admit it. When’s the last time you’ve decided to clean only because the massive amount of dust is triggering a sneezing attack? 🙂  

So remember to mow your blog. You don’t want to be that creepy blog with stale content, overgrown navigation and an absentee owner.

What other blog tasks do you perform on a regular basis? Do you disagree with any I’ve listed? Chime in below!

 

Happy blogging,
Jaime 

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