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New MyBlogLog Wagon – Choo Choo

Court from CourtneyTuttle.com made me aware of a new link train to get on board with. It’s the MyBlogLog wagon!

MyBlogLog is a great way to meet other bloggers in your field, and joining the MyBlogLog train can help you to get a bunch of extra links for your site.

Join the train to find some new readers and gain some links!

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Here are the rules:

1) Write a short introduction about how you found this list and include a link back to that blog.

2) COPY the rules and ENTIRE list below and post it on your blog.

3) Take “My New Community Members� and move them into the “The Original Community Members� list.

4) Find 3 new blogs, join their MyBlogLog Community and add them to the “My New Community Members� section. Remember to also add the “Join the Community� link next to your new blogs. ( Example: http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/community/ReformatThis/ )

5) Join as a member to each Community listed here by clicking on “Join the Community�. The goal is that all of the new Members listed will join your community, and you should do the same!

My New Community Members
Reflections of TimeJoin the Community

Blog-Blond – Join the Community

Google Tutor Join the Community

The Original Community Members

CourtneyTuttle.ComJoin the Community
SmartWealthyRich.comJoin the Community
BloggerLounge.netJoin the Community

The Thinking BlogJoin the Community
Blogging For BillsJoin the Community
Randa Clay DesignJoin the Community
2PerfectJoin the Community
PureBloggingJoin the Community
DietrifficJoin the Community
Shawn KnightJoin the Community
Reformat ThisJoin the Community
Kelly ChoJoin the Community
Ms. DanielleJoin the Community
The Man of SilverJoin the Community
Nate WhitehillJoin the Community
Leo ChiangJoin the Community
Garry ConnJoin the Community
SamanathonJoin the Community
Mr. Gary LeeJoin the Community
Feats of a Chilean Dot Com EntrepreneurJoin the Community
Jon LeeJoin the Community
Everyday WeekenderJoin the Community
Bryan’s RantsJoin the Community

WriteToRight.ComJoin the Community
TagsKitchen.comJoin The Community
LifeLearningToday.comJoin The Community

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Why I Blog About Life and Why Should You Care

Why do you blog about your topic? What made you choose it?

I blog about Life Learning tips because:

  • Life is a learning experience. The more I pay attention to and use what I learn, the better my life becomes.
  • I am passionate about sharing what I learn in order to help others.
  • It provides a fantastic place to explore what I learn with a community that is also interested in learning.
  • I learn from my reader community.

Why Should You Care?…A Tip That Can Change Your Life if You Use It

Helpful Tip: At the end of each day, ask yourself “What did I learn today and how can I use that to make my life better?” If you do this every day, little by little you can make dramatic positive changes that will benefit not only you, but also the people in your life.

This is part of a meme started by CourtneyTuttle.com. If you’re interested in joining the list, please comment on this post. (You will get a link from everyone else that does it. You will of course need to link to everyone that does it as well.)

Find out why they chose their topics (It will probably take them a day or two for them to get the post up): CourtneyTuttle.com, CJ, The Nerds, MoneyZ, Tags Kitchen, BlogRaters, Advice Hero, WriteToRight, Deni Preston Fitness, AccelerationOfMoney, CameronSpeaks, ErikSvend, BloggingForBills, LifeLearningToday, YOU! (if you want to join the list, comment!)

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The Learning Blog Awards!

What are The Learning Blog Awards?

This is an award that highlights outstanding blogs from which we learn a tremendous amount  of useful and interesting information. Presenting:

The Learning Blog Awards!                 

Learning Blog Award recipients consistently provide well written information that is both useful and interesting.

Here are the winning blogs. Each of these blogs can now proudly display the award gif on their site.

  1. Be the Change You Want to See in Yourself by Catherine Marie
  2. Change Your Thoughts by Steven Aitchison
  3. Paula Neal Mooney by Paula Neal Mooney
  4. Blog About Money Online By Alex Bamo
  5. The Positivity Blog by Henrik Edberg
  6. Life Coach Daily Tips by Thea
  7. Clever Dude Personal Finance & Money by Clever Dude
  8. Earth & Sky by Ryan Britton et. al.
  9. Dumb Little Man by Jay White
  10. Indexed by Jessica Hagy

Congratulations! You have won A Learning Blog Award

Participation Rules

  1. Only if you are tagged with this award, please write a post on your blog with links to 5-10 blogs that you learn great things from.
  2. Link to this post, so that people can easily see where these awards began. (Link to The Learning Blog Awards post)
  3. Optional: Proudly display the “Learning Blog Award” with a link to the post that You wrote.

Please check out these great blogs and let me know your thoughts!

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Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition

My Lucky Day!

I recently won a blog redesign from the world famous author of The Thinking Blog, Ilker Yoldas. I wrote this review of her blog, The International Woman of Mystery, to win this fabulous makeover.

And you are looking at the results. Here is the before and after:

           

This gifted designer also created a streamlined and eyecatching favicon  for the Life Learning Today blog that you should see in your browser tabs and address bar.

Other Winners

I am honored to have won because many other great bloggers competed in this contest. You can read about the honorable mention and runner-up winners in the What Do You Think post.

Promote Your Blog

YOU could be the next winner. Ilker’s re-design contest is ongoing with new winners on a regular basis. Click here to learn how to enter this contest. If you are one of the the winners you will gain a very valuable link from a site which is highly ranked on Technorati. The Thinking Blog is currently ranked 877 out of the millions of blogs in the universe!

World Class Designer

If you have graphic design needs, I highly recommend hiring Ilker Yoldas. She is very detail oriented, a computer whiz (just check out what she has done with the Blogger template on her site!), a quick study, and a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Ilker for your great design!

Please share your thoughts on the new design in the Comments! Thanks!

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International Woman of Mystery: Ilker Yoldas and The Thinking Blog

Inspiring Blog Inspiring Author

There is a site that inspires me and it is called “The Thinking Blog.” It is authored by Ilker Yoldas. This blog inspires me to write my best for my blog. The Thinking Blog provides “Thinking Fuel” for your brain, which is similar to what I want to bring to my readers, “Learning Fuel” – to borrow a phrase. The posts are diverse, well researched and make an impact on you. I am also inspired by Ilker and her positive, friendly, good-hearted nature which I believe is genuine. I am inspired by her success story in gaining a very solid readership in just 3 months, but I believe that her success directly stems from her superb content and her positive nature.

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Posts of Note

I have yet to read all of The Thinking Blog, but that wouldn’t be easy as she posts religiously every day, which means after 3 months, she has at least 90+ interesting posts to choose from in categories such as: arts, cars, computers, creative, design, games, health, music, sports, technology, and more. A couple of posts that demonstrate her well researched, well-thought out content are: The Cult of Apple-Part 1 and Microsoft Substitutes. These are two of her longer posts. The Cult of Apple-Part 1 is a well thought out examination of the merits and fallacies of blindly following Apple (without being negative or disrespectful). Microsoft Substitutes is about all the cool open source computer goodies she uses with links to where to get them. In her posts, Ilker makes good use of including videos, diagrams and other visuals to relay good food for thought. Oh and of course you won’t want to miss her most popular post, Support Topless Women.

Designer Extraordinaire

Ilker is a designer and a good one. Here are 2  links to some of her work: Her website redesign and John Chow redesign idea. Of course there are many more examples in her blog. If you need to hire a freelance designer for your website, she is available. And of course you must check out her Free 2007 Calendar giveaway that showcases her beautiful photography.

Mystery Author

So why do I call her the International Woman of Mystery. Well it is because none of us, her readers, really know her. In fact we don’t even know if she is a man or a woman. I’ve seen her readers refer to her both as “he” and “she.” The avatar that she uses is a picture of Natalia Oreiro, a popular Latin Grammy-nominated Uruguayan singer and actress. She started by using the avatar as a test, and when she tried to go back to her alien fetus avatar, her readers demanded the Natalia avatar back.. She either lives in Turkey or is Turkish, but seems to be very American. Again another mystery. With every post we learn a little more about Ilker, like connecting the dots in the stars to form a constellation. I believe that her mystery is partially what keeps us coming back for more. With each post another clue is revealed. It’s a little bit like a reality blog, although the focus on herself is not Ilker’s aim. Her aim is to invite us to think along with her on the subjects that fascinate her.

One to Watch

Ilker has amassed a large community of readers. She claims to not be interested in “traffic or SEO or nothing like that,”  and also she “never thought of making money with this blog.” She claims it is “Just another hobby. Time left over from studying, sports, and hanging out with friends, this is what I enjoy doing. Its some serious fun!” (My guess is that she doesn’t sleep with all her activities both offline and online. How do you do it Ilker?) However, by design or by intuition she promotes her blog well and in doing so she has gained much blogging success.  As of this writing, she is ranked the 5th most popular community on MyBlogLog, and her Technorati Rank: is  8,646 (581 links from 360 blogs) which is excellent. UPDATE: Technorati Rank is now: 1,281 (1,943 links from 1,213 blogs)! That’s a jump of 7000 places! Wow!

Her Secret

The key to her success? She blogs with honor, her content is high quality, and she keeps us coming back for more because we all want to know this positve person a little better than yesterday. Congrats Ilker! Keep inspiring us all!

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Easy Blog Posting by ECTO: Why You Should Check It Out!

What is ECTO?

ECTO

Ecto is a desktop blogging client for MAC and Windows that is compatible with most major blogging platforms including Blogger, WordPress and Typepad, amongst many others.

Why I Started Using ECTO.

I switched from Blogger to WordPress for two reasons. One was for more flexibility with my template and the other was for a better tool for writing my blog posts. Well I’m sorry to say that even WordPress, while much better than Blogger still has some kludginess in it’s text editor. I need the WYSIWYG feature. I found my holy grail of text editors: ECTO from a recommendation by ProBlogger, Darren Rowse.

Why You Should Try ECTO:

Time Saving Benefits

  • Easy formatting in WYSIWYG. No more losing your post in unreliable WYSIWYG text editors. Both Blogger and WordPress have this problem. ECTO eliminates this problem.
  • No more losing code or gaining random code.
  • Free 21 day trial.
  • Save your posts locally on your computer
  • Easy insertion of YouTube videos.
  • Easy insertion of Flickr photos.
  • You can manage multiple blogs across multiple blogging platforms inside one program!

Monetizing Benefits

  • Amazon links with your Amazon Associate ID is all embedded in the program for ease of use.
  • ECTO allows you to set up HTML tag shortcuts, which is handy if you use Adsense Deluxe,

Promotion Benefits

  • ECTO comes set up to automatically ping weblogs, blo.gs, and technorati. so the world will know each time your blog is updated.
  • You can use tags with ECTO. This important because Technorati, Flickr and Del.icio.us all use tags making searching for your information easier.

Try It Today

I am writing this review because I have found this software to be so useful. I hope you do too. I have kept this post short and sweet to give you a quick flavor for what ECTO can do for you. Please share your thoughts and learnings with our reader community!

 

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There’s Gonna Be a “Mobbst” Over At BLOGGST!


 

There is a brand new blogging community forum that just came on the scene and You should check it out!

It’s called Bloggst!

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Bloggst is an online blogging forum where you can learn, promote, and have some fun! Not just another way to get your blog’s name out there, this is a USEFUL site!

The colors and layout are very happy and visually pleasing. For that alone it’s worth a look-see.

You can browse in many different ways such as looking through News items, Articles, by Tags or in the Forum itself. And of course you can always Search for items you need or are interested in.

In the Forum, there are 2 general topics: “General Chat” and “Feedback, Suggestions and Support.” Then there are currently 4 Blogging Topics: “Develop & Maintain,” “Design & Code,” ” Promotion & Adverts” (this is a how to topic, not a place to just promote your blog), and “Monetizing.”

The Navigation has links to a user Control Panel, FAQ, Members List, Calendar, New Posts, and Search.

This is a very exciting new forum that I think could possibly be as big as MyBlogLog eventually. It is designed to be a useful place to share information and in by default the quality of what you share will bring you traffic to your blog.

Bonus if you hurry: a current contest will reward the first 30 Bloggers with FREE ADVERTISING of their blog on Bloggst’s Main page!!

Let me know what you think in my comments below! Good Luck to All!

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Moving From Blogger to WordPress. Is it Worth It?

Moving from Blogger to Wordpress. Does It Pay?

Yes! And let me tell you why.

For me the biggest benefit is the easier blog posting tool. Blogger was always dropping my posts or part of posts. Blogger users – you know what I mean! I just couldn’t stand it anymore.

Wordpress has way more functionality. For instance you have more advertising flexibility. You can place adsense and other ads inside your posts more easily. A great plugin for this is Adsense Deluxe. There are a gazillion free plugins to choose from for adding cool things to your blog.

Is it easy?

No. I’ve just spent the last 5 days putting together the whole thing. Courtney Tuttle has an excellent article that walks you through setting up a Wordpress blog. I recommend printing it out and reading it. If you are serious about setting up a professional blog that will serve you and your readers well for the long term, then this is the way to go. The only changeI made was I used ANHosting instead of Prouddomains.com. ANHosting is recommended by Wordpress along with a few others. I like that ANHosting are very responsive to email and I can do an instant chat to get help 24/7. Of course their phone service is 24/7 also. And their install of Wordpress took all of about 5 minutes. The whole time for setting up hosting can take a little longer than that as you will need to update your DNS if your domain is registered elsewhere like mine was.
Where to find Wordpress Themes.

Once your Wordpress is installed on your host, you’ll probably want to customize your template or theme as Wordpress calls them. When you do this you will need to download the theme, then upload it to your server according to the author’s installation instructions. You can either use any FTP program like WS_FTP which you can try for free for 30 days. Or Wordpress recommends Filezilla which is completely free. If you use ANHosting they also have a Control Panel (CPanel) which has FTP capability under the “File Management� link.

Here are some links for places to find Wordpress Themes: (all of these are free)

Free WordPress Themes

Wordpress’s Theme List

Alex King’s WordPress Theme Competition Winners

Emily Robbin’s Review of 980 WP Themes

The theme I use is called Tiga.

One Really Important Thing You Need to Know.

For uploading to your hosted server, you may need to turn off your internet security and firewall. I had to learn this the hard way. I spent way too much time trying to figure out why I couldn’t upload files. If you turn it off, turn it back on right after uploading the files.

Plugins and Widgets I am Using

AdsenseDeluxe – helps put adsinside your posts.

FAlbum – can put photos from Flickr on your site.
On this site I use an older version than the latest version because
for some reason it works better on this theme I have. I use version
0.5.6

Wordpress Widgets – this is a must have if you want something that makes arranging your blog layout easy.

Paypal Donate – Allows easy addition of Paypal donate buttons in pages and posts.

WP-Amazon – adds the ability to search and include items from Amazon.com to your WordPress post entries.

Subscribe to Comments 2.1 – allows commenters to check a box requesting email updates to those comments.

Show Top Commenters – shows top commenters on your site. This is one of 7 helpful tips for increasing comments on your site.

Others that I plan to check out and use are listed here by the author of this template I use which is called Tiga.

Is it worth the effort?

Yes. After many hours of updating my widgets and links and searching for the right template, I am finally able to start writing again. At the end of the day we all know that content is king when it comes to developing a quality blog. Hopefully this article was helpful to you. Please subscribe to my blog to receive more articles like this one via email!

If you find this site helpful, you may contribute a donation below. My heartfelt thanks & blessings to those who take the time to do this!

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Life Learning Today Moving Soon!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, but I have been busy with setting up my blog with WordPress. I’ve finally gotten too frustrated with the Blogger posting tool. I’ve had to type in posts numerous times and when I edit them parts just go missing. That’s just not acceptable. I still like blogger. If you can have patience, it is free.

But I’m moving to a hosted solution. This has been a bumpy ride too as starting with WordPress is not that easy. I had problems with the first host and have had to switch to another one. The host will be installing WordPress for me. I will keep you updated on my experience so you can benefit from the bumps I encounter and any mistakes I make.

For those of you recieving an RSS feed of this blog, I will have that updated. But please check in with the new blog.

Here is the address:

http://www.lifelearningtoday.com

If you’ve ever made the switch to WordPress and have some advice please add a comment! Thanks!

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Promote Your Site: A Blog for Promoting Your Blog

Promote Your Site: How to join

This is a blog promoting website that I just found. Here’s how it works: You create a link to this blog by making a posting in your blog. Then you email echomixednuts@gmail.com.

Here is information directly from echomixednuts.blogspot.com
“This blog is open to all who wants to join and promote their blog(s) or daily article for free by posting whenever and whatever they want (except porn). Please note that at least you owned a blog.Joining is by invitation, just tell me if you are interested and send it to echomixednuts@gmail.com with a link to your blog(s) for review and you will be invited. Linking back is not necessary, however if you are generous enough here’s the URL: echomixednuts.blogspot.com

Members post articles and can have a link back to their blog.

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