Pull Up a Chair and Get Comfy: Building Blog Community and Reader Engagement

building blog communityDo you remember when traffic used to be something you wanted to avoid?

If you’re involved in any type of Internet marketing, whether you do business online or just have a website for a local business, your attitude toward traffic has most likely changed. Traffic is now something you try to coax to your site like a squirrel herder trying to get his charges to all go in one direction. Continue reading

Your Official Motivational Message for the Week

Be YourselfToday’s motivational message is actually more on the motivational side and less on the funny side. It’s from one of my favorite movies, Akeelah and the Bee. The movie itself is inspirational – it’s about overcoming fears and being your best self. It’s also about a little girl who goes from nearly flunking 7th grade to competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Continue reading

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The Problem With Fixin’ To

In Texas, we have this expression: I’m fixin’ to. (There is no ‘g’ on fixin’, by the way.) As in, I’m fixin’ to make supper. You hungry? or I’m fixin’ to go to the store. Want to come along?

A lot of times in business, we get stopped by a bad case of fixin’ to’s. We’re fixin’ to set up a website. We’re fixin’ to write articles. We’re fixin’ to learn how to use a Facebook page. Continue reading