Month: January 2010

Guest post: Going global with social media


This post was contributed by artist Vicki Boatright (aka BZTAT). She specializes in contemporary artwork of dogs and cats. She is known worldwide for her unique and colorful pet portraits. I helped to create her website BZTAT Studios after meeting her in the Twitterverse. The author of this blog is a British gal living in Canada. I live in Canton, OH in the USA. According to Google Maps, we are 1,254 miles and two countries […]

Social media is bloody hard work


I’m about to deliver my final social media seminar in a series that I’ve designed for the National Screen Institute. We’ve looked at Twitter and Facebook and this Wednesday I’ll tackle some of the other stuff that makes up a social media toolkit including blogging, RSS, FriendFeed, StumbleUpon and LinkedIn. One message I’ve carried through these seminars is that social media is hard work. Bloody hard work. I’ve been asked by seminar participants, ‘How much […]

Using Facebook & StumbleUpon to increase traffic to your blog


At the end of 2009 I committed to Project52 – a year long challenge to post new content to your blog every week. As part of that I asked what you’d like to read about in 2010. This post is a direct response to one of the suggested topics I received from my online pal and fellow Canadian blogger, Heather whose blog The Unexpected Twists and Turns we worked on together to revamp during ProBlogger’s […]

Guest post: Preventing a nervous breakdown in the age of social media


This post was contributed by Ari Herzog. Ari Herzog is an online media strategist for organizational leaders, providing consulting, speaking, and writing services. He is also a first-term city councilor in the city of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Maybe you know Ari and read his blog. His posts usually cause a stir and he remains the blogger on whose posts I’ve commented the most. Sales revenue forecasts are down, customers are jumping to your competition, and you […]

Diary of a Web Gal least popular posts from the past year

Diary of a Web Gal

After listing my most popular posts of 2009 it seemed only fair that I list my least popular posts of 2009. These posts are basically the fat kid that got picked last in gym class (in England we say P.E. – physical education). I’m hoping you’ll discover something in one of them that will help you or someone you know. And if you feel so inclined you can check out my archives which list in […]

My dog’s blog gets nominated for Canadian Weblog Award


There was a little rejoicing in the Web Gal household yesterday. One of my blogs, Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu has been nominated for a Canadian Weblog Award (Life category). The Canadian Weblog Awards promote blogs from across Canada year-round with interviews, articles, and the nomination, judging, and award process. A jury then decides on a short list and winners are announced in January 2011. The awards are something of a breath of fresh air: […]