A while back I ran across a site called DailyBlogTips.com. This blog is devoted to creating a better, more effective blog. Many topics are covered, starting from the basics. The owner of the blog, Daniel Scocco, who also periodically puts out an email with some of his tips, has produced an eBook entitled “Make Money Blogging.” This book has a lot of great information on starting and continuing a blog. While my primary purpose in what I write isn’t pulling in money (in fact, I currently have no mechanism to do so), I have learned quite a bit about blogging from this book.
Make Money Blogging has advice on blog format, headlines, content selection, usability–all items that can bring people back or drive them away. Scocco then covers promoting your blog with other bloggers, link exchanges, social networking sites, etc. After all, it doesn’t matter how good your post is, if no one reads it, you’re not accomplishing much–unless, of course, you just have an online diary. Finally, he covers ads and marketing, getting to the objective specified by the title.
So why mention this to all my activist friends? Well, most of these strategies and techniques are just as applicable to us. Our goal is generally selling a message. It may be support for a candidate, rallying people to sign an online petition, or just to spread the word about the insanity permeating our government as of late. But the point is, we still need to get people to read our blogs. Give it a look–it’s free, as are many other tips on his web site.
Random thoughts on several topics:
1. War in Afghanistan. Well, I have to give credit where credit is due. The Obama administration has made some gains in the Afghan war. Drone attacks have been significantly stepped up in the past year, and seem to accomplishing goals. Quite a few Taliban & al Qaeda targets have been taken out. This week’s revelation that the #2 Taliban leader was captured in Pakistan further illustrates progress there. Mind you, it’s probably driving the “bring ’em all home” crowd nuts, but they haven’t been as vocal about Afghanistan as they are Iraq. This is probably the biggest (only?) area where Obama is leading from a centrist position compared to his campaign.
2. Special notes on Capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. What makes the capture of this Taliban military commander especially noteworthy is it happened in Pakistan, with the help of Pakistani forces. I have long felt that Taliban influences in Pakistan government and military were hindering our efforts there–at least by not disclosing all information and possibly tipping off Taliban and al Qaeda insurgents. Guess they have finally figured out they are going nowhere as long as they align with the Taliban.
Also, officials have publicly stated that Baradar is providing valuable intel. I’m sure this is because he is being held by the Pakistani government. The Obama administration has made sure that no terrorist fears an American interrogation, but they will be very aware of the techniques available to the Pakistanis!
3. Biden & Iraq. This information is from Gary Bauer’s email of yesterday (16 Feb 2010), as I try to avoid listening to Joe Biden’s comments. Last week he predicted that success in Iraq would be one of Obama’s “great achievements.” This comes after both Biden & Obama voted AGAINST the Iraqi surge in 2007. It is that very surge (proposed by General Petraeus) that Bush put into place that was the turning point in the military efforts in Iraq. Another moment of “audacity” for this administration . . .
4. Anniversary of the so-called “stimulus.” I’ll just include this, courtesy of Lori Ziganto.