Category Archives: blog and rss tips

Tools, tips, and tutorials for technology

I told you about a week or so ago that I had several announcements to make over the next few weeks. Today I’m going to make another one.

Since it’s good to do something memorable on February 29, I have launched a new website that I think should be interesting to many, many people. The site is called 170spoons.com and interestingly enough can be found by typing in “170spoons.com“.

I’m convinced that there are many people who understand how to use their computers and the internet in ways to help them just do a few things. They know they could probably learn how to do much more but they are either unmotivated or intimidated by the thought.

It’s my goal to not just present new and interesting things. Instead, I want to help others be more streamlined with their life by using the internet and their computer more effectively. And I think you can have more fun when taking advantage of some of these tools and tips.

So I want to write technology tips, tools, and tutorials to not just help, but motivate someone as to why use this tip?

I am aiming this site to be the best place for tools, tips, and tutorials related to technology:

A spoon is a tool that is often needed to do some tasks well. The same thing is true of new technologies β€” these tips and tools aren’t always needed, but when used, they are quite effective for helping you accomplish your goal. The “spoons” presented here will make your life better, easier, efficient, and effective in your Internet life.

It’s also my desire that it turn into a community of people sharing tips with each other. I’ll present at least one way to do something, in the comments you can tell us other ways. That’s fine with me. If it needs a new post, I’ll do that. But I want it to be an interactive place.

So I invite you to stop by 170spoons.com as I get it started. Choose one of the multiple ways to be notified of something new, and join the conversation!

Today is just the welcome day
. This weekend the tips begin. Feel free to use the website logo in this post to help spread the word and join the new community at 170spoons.com!

Free SEO eBook that’s short and decent

I just read through a 15 page eBook called The Easy SEO Report Launches – SEO Advice and Money by Josh Spaulding. It’s not bad.

If you have a website or thinking about having a website, this is a nice, short eBook that will take you through some of the basics easily (though he talks about buying links, I’m not a fan of that).

One day I need to write one of these myself. Everything he talked about are things I’ve touched on through my Internet consulting and teaching.

Anyway, download it here if you’re interested.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Just so you know, I supposedly get 20 cents per referral who downloads his free eBook. Meh. Whatever.

Google Reader Improvements


Well I’ll be! Google has gone and done a novel thing. They have added Google search to Google Reader. I’m still perplexed why it took so long. Seemed like a no-brainer. Guess that’s why I’m not working for them.

They also changed the unread items numbering system they used. It used to be if you had over 100 items unread, it would just say 100+ items. Now it gives you the number.

And I found out that they’ve added a quick way to collapse the left-hand listings of feeds.

Funny how little things like this make my day.

Kevin told me first.

Email in Google Reader Updated

greader

Man it seemed to take forever but Google Reader finally improved the one feature that I really thought it to be lacking in.

One of the features that I really liked about Bloglines is emailing an RSS article out to someone. The email received was nice and clean, formatted for your liking. When Google Reader came out, their email was just plain text that looked like garbled gook.

Today I noticed that they had the word “(updated)” by the email icon. And wouldn’t you know it? The email looks great! Finally! Thanks Google Reader!

NOTE: I’m am talking about a feature it already had. I still think it’s a crime that Google Reader doesn’t use Google Search!

UPDATE: Ha! After I made my discovery I found that Download Squad already reported this after the official Google Blog announced it!

blog world expo

Oh, I feel as giddy as a school girl pumped ohmygosh ohmygosh ohmygosh, uh, yeah, that sounds cool.

blogworldexpoI’ve always wanted to go to Vegas. And next November I might just go to the Blogworld & New Media Expo and meet a bunch who would rather communicate with others by typing and not speaking.

I can dig it.

Scheduled for November 8-9, 2007, the event will be a combination of a trade show, conference and media event. Blogworld & New Media Expo will be a unique blending of the needs of individual bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, internet radio broadcasters and corporate America. It will provide a vibrant platform for an exchange of ideas and technologies that will make attendance in Las Vegas a β€œmust” for all serious bloggers.

syndicate fully please

If you’ve got a blog, please syndicate fully. In other words, don’t send just an introduction in the RSS feed. Put it all there. I promise I’ll click through if it’s good enough.

If you’re not syndicating fully, I may drop you from my RSS reader. I just can’t click through to everything anymore.

And if you really want to do a better job syndicating, do like Kim did and run your feed through Feedburner. It’s better for us all.

There. That’s my shot across your RSS bow. πŸ˜‰