It’s easy to end up having a boring blog. Depending on how serious a blogger you are, there are some of us who may be concerned about losing our readership (especially if your readers are not already your friends). Part of the reason is that many of us are simply dumping del.icio.us links onto our blogs on a daily basis. I’m somewhat responsible for this since I wrote that del.icio.us how-to post a few months back. Now I’m hoping to make amends by helping to put a stop to this form of “Blog Pollution”.
What is Blog Pollution?
I refer to blog pollution simply as “the deliberate act of overloading your blog with disorganized information”.
Instead of publishing out random links into your posts, try to put them into usable contexts such as stories or guides (like this one!). Contexualize information is easier to digest since readers know where they belong. I feel that taking the time to fashion, package and present your links add tremendous value to your posts… much like how value increases from raw data to information to knowledge. Take this post as an meta-example of what I mean… Here are interesting things for spicing up your blog life:
- Blog software comparison chart
Great for bloggers thinking about starting from scratch! This chart reflects only standard features of the tools’ installation, and not every possible extension, plugin or hacks. RamblingLibrarian referred to this for his “starting a new blog” series. This chart is taken from the article “Time to check: Are you using the right blogging tool?”, published July 14, 2005 in the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review. Keywords: blogs, howto, productivity, review, tips, tools, web2.0
- Audio player WordPress plugin
Finally someone made a decent looking Flash mp3 player for WordPress. Easy to install, easy to use, looks great too! Keywords: blog, mp3, plugin, productivity, wordpress
- Chicklet Creator 2: Personalized RSS Feed Subscription Buttons
Use this Chicklet Creator to make a personalized set of feed subscription buttons. Supports the biggest range of feed subscription services out there. Keywords: blogs, design, generator, rss, tools
- dPolls.com – Create polls and vote for free!
Now you can easily post web polls on your blog. DPolls is an Ajax-powered poll with interaction occuring in-page (no need to refresh), perfect for encouraging people to actually vote. It’s a little buggy; you can’t edit the polls once you publish. Keywords: ajax, freeware, research, tools, web2.0, wordpress
- url(x) · Shorten a long URL
Need I say more? Keywords: ajax, hacks, productivity, tools, web2.0
- Free file storage/sharing web services
CreativeGuy compiled a neat selection of free online file storage / sharing services, great if you wish to distribute large files to a bunch of friends when your email bugs out on you Keywords: email, freeware, media, productivity, storage, tools, web
- HOW TO: Make a Torrent with Azureus
If you ever wish to share a big video file via your blog, try making a torrent from it. Paul Stamatiou show us how to make our own torrents, complete with step-by-step images Keywords: howto, tips, torrents
UPDATE: Otterman gave his picks from CreativeGuy’s free online file sharing services. Since there’s a feature chart mapping out the various blog services, we really need a similar feature chart to map out file sharing services as well. Any takers? I can almost guarantee the author getting tons of hits for this one!