Monthly Archives: July 2009

Recycle your RSS readers

I wasn’t going to write anything today, but since something awesome just happened, I decided that I will entertain you guys with a post. Who knows, you might even learn a little something.
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Right, so what was all this awesomeness I was talking about? Well, I received a tweet today (Yes I’m on Twitter – I’m hip like that) from a name I had not seen in a long time, Julie Bonner, who was one of my first blogging friends back in the day (That would be about two and a half years now, right Julie?). Since I had pretty much fallen off the grid after I sold johncow.com, and bobmeetsworld.com before that, I never really expected to see some of the people again that were there when it all started for me.

After getting back online after an 18(!) month hiatus, I noticed that my old feedburner account still had several of my old feeds, and that they were still getting hits every day. So why would I let them go to waste? All I did was change the Feed Title, and the original feed source in every old feed, and people that were subscribed to my old sites are now getting all the updates from my new blog!

 

I did have a small moment of hesitation, since technically this could be considered spam. Then again, all of you that were subscribed to my old RSS feeds opted in on my updates, and I’m still the same guy writing about the same stuff!

Now, the only thing that I can’t seem to do is add all of the subscribers to the same feed. Right now I have 6 different feeds that add up to a total of nearly 400 subscribers.

I would really like to clean this up and have everyone subscribed to the same feed again!

So here’s the deal: If you receive this in your inbox, or read it in your favorite RSS reader – please take 5 seconds to subscribe to my main feed again, which is http://bobjones.nl/feed. And in return I’ll give you a free link from my site (dofollow), follow you on Twitter and subscribe to your RSS feeds. How’s that sound kids?

*Disclaimer – this post might contain typos. Not because I am illiterate, but because the keyboard on my macbook pro is on its way out.

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Anti Social in a Social WWWorld

How much longer will Mr. Webster acknowledge the word “anonymous”?

solitudePhoto by Payton Guerra

Does anyone remember good-old IRC? I used to spent hours a day, chatting away to other geeks in the #root channel. At one stage I could even call myself a Net-admin since I had my own 100Mbps server from the Amsterdam exchange hooked into an large IRC network. Aah – those were the days.

There was no filling out profiles, no poking and no little green patch requests. All you needed was a nifty nickname and an even spiffier exit message. There was only text. I tend to think that my mindset got stuck in that period when I look back at it now. I was what you could call ‘anti-social’. If I didn’t like what you had to say, you were booted from the channel. If you kept on being a prick, you got K-lined (banned)from the server or even the network. We had no faces. We had no responsibilities.

Fast forward to current day. EVERYONE has a Facebook account. Even our Moms. We all have or had a Myspace page, and if you don’t Tweet, you’re kinda weird. You can’t just have clever and witty remarks anymore to make an impression. People don’t go to eat in an empty cafe.

You’ll have to boast a large number of friends and followers on your social profiles. You have to have pictures of yourself for all to see. They want to know what you ate last night, who your favorite band is, what books you read, and what your sexual preference is. If they don’t like what they see in your profile – they simply won’t connect with you.

So in order to keep up, you have to get socially accepted on the Net, you’re going to have to play the game. Follow random strangers on Twitter. Become ‘friends’ with anyone on Facebook. Share all your photos on Flickr. Let us know what you’ve been listening to on Last.fm. You’ll need to establish your web-presence to get respect. Try not to piss off too many people – Online, word spreads faster than a speeding bullet.

But what if you can’t? What if you don’t want to reach out and connect? What if you have burned one bridge too many? Well I guess you’ll be stuck in second gear for the rest of that ride. There is no turning back this social web 2.0 crap. You’re either in or out. Don’t get me wrong, I know there’s always the possibility to live completely offline, but you will probably soon find that you’ll have less and less people to be social with in real life.

No matter how advanced all this social technology gets, we will always be the weakest link.

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So You Think You Can Blog?

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This, for me, is basically all there’s to it. I’ve been doing this blogging thing since 2006, and constantly trying to think of interesting things to write about can really wear someone down. Blogging about whatever you like is fine, and if you’re lucky, other people will be interested in the same topics. If you’re not that lucky – nobody will give a F-word toss about your blog.

Getting yourself a blog is simple. Sign up with blogger or WordPress, score a fancy looking logo, add some shiny buttons and Bob’s your uncle. Now to make your blog a huge success, all you have to do is provide the stuff people want – great content.

If you’re having fun blogging about what you had for breakfast/lunch/dinner. What awesome movie you just saw. The loss of one of your socks in the washing machine. How cool blogger XYZ‘s latest post was. By all means – continue. But I would recommend using Twitter for these kind of social updates.

So what do you do? Well you could consider a career change. Seriously, people have only been blogging for 10-15 years. (Jerry Pournelle seems to have one of the oldest blogs around, dating back to 1998) I’m sure everyone was doing loads of other fun stuff before that like…uhm…well, just other stuff okay.

Another viable option would be to quit. Then again, if you’re anything like me, you know that quitting is for losers. And chicks (usually) don’t dig losers. (Author note – I’m a happily married man!) It all comes down to what you want to get out of your blog. Some of us want to make a living by blogging. Others are genuinely social and just love to interact and share with others.

All I can tell you from my blogging experience; People are looking for interesting content. They want to know how to count cards, or read reviews about a new gadget they want to buy. How they can improve their lives with the help of a simple step-by-step plan. How to become healthy and wealthy. They want value for their time spent on your blog!

Build your blog by keeping in mind that you need to provide others with useful information if you want it to have a function besides being your online diary and to update your mum. There’s already so much crap out there. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years time anti-litter laws for web content will be instated.

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