Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Launching a blog


A snippet from the article:

Goals to Achieve in a Blog’s Launch Phase

Brian has put together a Blueprint for a Brilliant Blog Launch which I think will be helpful for bloggers in startup mode.

Brian’s 3 step process of starting a new blog is pretty simple:

1. Cornerstone - before launching writing some ‘cornerstone’ content that will be a great foundation for your blog. This means that when you launch your blog will have something solid for readers to read when they come and visit instead of just seeing a blog with a handful of flakey posts.
2. Networking - becoming networked within your niche is important if you want to grow your readership via other blogs and sites in it. This means connecting with other bloggers, building relationships with them and becoming a part of the niche.
3. Attraction - doing something to get attention will accelerate your blog’s growth. I’d suggest doing a number of things over a number of weeks. Like Brian says it could include writing a free report, writing some link-bait content etc

The launch phase of a new blog is one where you need to perform a balancing act between a variety of tasks and attempting to achieve a variety of goals simultaneously.

by Darren Rowse


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Adobe and Happiness at Work

Adobe Acrobat 8.1 for Office 2007 and Windows Vista

Finally, after a long long wait, Adobe today released an Acrobat 8 patch that makes this popular PDF writer compatible with Microsoft Office 2007 programs and Windows Vista.

[Sorry, but no Office 2007 update for Acrobat 7 users]

Other than the new PDFmaker add-on for Office 2007, the second most exciting feature is the PDF Preview Handler - you can now view PDF files in Office Outlook 2007 as well as in Windows Explorer on Windows Vista without starting Acrobat or Adobe Reader.

And like Mindjet MindManager 7, Acrobat 8.1 too sports the new Office 2007 style Ribbon UI - we are likely to see more and more vendors adapting to the new Office Ribbon especially when their application is tied to Office applications.

Organizations who have shifted to Office 2007 may be desperately waiting for Acrobat 8.1 since the Save as PDF plugin, available for free from Microsoft, doesn't work with Outlook emails which is like a lifeline for most Office users.

User who do not have Acrobat 8.0 Professional or Standard version may download the new version of Adobe Reader 8.1 to view PDF documents.

(Amit Agarwal,Wednesday, June 06, 2007)

Happiness at work

Steve Richards (Jun 05, 2007) writes that "Over the last few years I have paid a lot of attention to improving my happiness at work and it's certainly paid off". Right now life is pretty interesting with the increasing acceptance of consumerization and work life balance and integration as important issues for enterprise IT. I can only see things improving as we see more people working outside the office, further integration of work and personal IT, more work/life integration, and richer IT experiences . Finally I am excited about the gradual recognition within business of the value of a happy workforce. The Happiness at Work Index 2007 Research Report provides a useful summary of the current state of happiness at work and the workbook provides some good tips if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the volume of work.

Steve Richards Jun 05, 2007

Join the B-society

Link to the B-society, check it out!


Link to FlickrStorm which is a better search for Flickr!

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