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

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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 a nice and simple format all past posts on Diary of a Web Gal.

So here are my blog posts most in need of a big hug.

My dog’s blog gets nominated for Canadian Weblog Award

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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: they’re designed to uncover good, but perhaps not mainstream or popular blogs.

Much of the judging criteria focuses on common sense stuff that all web designers would apply when creating a website. The same stuff I use in my job as website manager.

Design

  • Usability — Is the website user-friendly and easy to navigate?
  • Operability — Do all of its components function properly?
  • Interactivity — Are a comments section and author contact information available? Are its interactive components (including comments, audio, video, etc.) effective, appropriate, and accessible?
  • Aesthetics — Is the website pleasing to look at? Is its design original?
Content
  • Originality — Is the content original and creatively expressed?
  • Intelligibility and clarity — Is the content well-written? Are the content’s messages clearly and effectively delivered?
  • Currency — Is the content timely? Is the weblog updated on a regular basis?
  • Transparency and authenticity — Is the author’s purpose and realness both trusted and apparent?
  • Attention to detail — Has the content been edited for spelling and grammatical errors? Is the content arranged for ease of consumption?
  • Engagingness — Is the content interesting? Does it contain broad appeal within its genre?

So we’ll have to be patient for a few months before we find out if Sadie’s blog progresses any further.

This is truly an honour to be recognised among my fellow Canadian bloggers. I’ve never envisioned making money from Sadie’s blog. It’s only ever an online space for her personality to come alive for others. Pure entertainment. And with the deluge of blogs available it’s a wonder anyone ever found Sadie’s.

We’ve no idea who nominated Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu. If it was you, thank you.

There is more to social media than Twitter and Facebook

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I’m not the first person to say this and I won’t be the last but I’m getting a bit bored of reading that social media is all about Twitter (or maybe I’m getting bored of reading about Twitter?)

It isn’t. And it never will be.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Twitter. Most of the time.

And most of the time, it loves me back.

But people – there is a world outside Twitter.

I worry about the marketers who think as long as they have a Twitter account they have their social media bases covered.

No. You. Don’t.

I should be thankful that there’s so much interest in Twitter – most of the popular posts on my site from the past 12 months are about Twitter.

This all goes back to what I’ve said before: social media is a silly term. Misleading in fact.

There are many tools ‘out there’ that allow you and me and many others to talk to each other online including Facebook, Twitter et al. Many (most?) websites let you communicate through comments or using sharing tools.

In fact, the internet in general lets us all communicate with each other and have ongoing dialogue. That’s why it’s called ‘the social web.’

So to focus on one website (Twitter) is a mistake. It’s also foolish for websites dedicated to social media to largely be trumpeting Twitter.

There is so much more out there.

And if we’re to teach communication professionals (and anyone else willing to listen) about the benefits of the social web we’re not doing those folks any favours by remaining so narrow-minded.

This isn’t a case of me listing for you all the sites, in addition to Twitter, that make up the collective we call ‘social media tools.’

I’m talking about the entire internet. This blog. Your comments and so much more.

The internet has given us a way to talk to each other. To listen to each other. To share. To create. To manipulate content.

If you’re a communications professional, for the love of God, don’t let Twitter cloud your vision of what social media really is.

Amazing list – best internet marketing posts by Tamar Weinberg

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I love a good list.

Well I’ll be damned if the wonderful Tamar Weinberg hasn’t saved me an awful lot of work by curating the most delicious list of internet marketing posts from the past 12 months.

Apparently she makes this list every year.

It’s almost art.

If you’re looking for a diverse range of reading material (and one of my top tips for folks wishing to learn more about the social web is to READ A LOT) then this is an amazing place to start. In fact it may take you until 2011 to finish them all.

Prepare to be dazzled: The best internet marketing posts of 2009 by Tamar Weinberg

Diary of a Web Gal top ten posts from the past year

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In blog land there are two common kinds of post you’ll see at this time of year.

I tried super hard not to become one of those cliches. Alas, I fail.

They are: Predictions for 2010 and My blog’s top posts.

As annoying and ubiquitous as the practice may be, looking back over the last 12 months at what you liked reading on my blog is a healthy and interesting exercise, both for you and for me.

So I now present to you the top 10 posts you read on my blog in 2009. (Cough, cough, notice a tweme theme?)

I reckon I should have done a top 10 of my least popular posts.

Hmm …

Dear reader: next week read my top 10 least popular posts.

What do you want to read about in the coming year?

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As mentioned yesterday, I’ve signed up for Project52 – a year-long challenge to post at least one new article to my blog every week until January 2011.

I’d like to know what you’d like to see me write about over the next 12 months.

Is there a burning issue you want to know more about?

Does some part of the social web or this thing we call ‘social media’ confuse you?

Are you interested in my personal opinion on something?

Would you like to guest post with your own topic?

The social web changes frequently. So even if you don’t have an idea now, remember I’m doing this for 12 months so you’ve got plenty of time to get worked up about something.

I’m still angling for a guest post from one of the most interesting bloggers I read, Ari Herzog but we can’t agree on a topic. Do you know Ari? What do you think we should get him to write? This is a guy with some of the most unconventional ideas and behaviours I’ve seen in social media land. Always thought-provoking whether you agree with him or not.

So, over you dear reader. What do you want to read about in 2010?