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Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”  Calvin Coolidge

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started...

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

♥Think through that blog name ~ Choose one carefully and think long term
♥Invest in a custom domain name and use it ~ Buy your name and use it
♥Brand your blog name across a few social media sites not all ~ Stay involved
♥Blogging, like any small business, has growing pains ~ There are quiet and busy times, and times to change direction
♥The blogosphere is a microcosm of the real world ~ There are nice and nasty folk in the community and we learn to seek like-minded bloggers

20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging: When I launched my WordPress blog in late 2008, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew people across the globe were writing blogs about all sorts of things, and I had an idea of what a blog looked like but not much else. Back in the early 2000s, I had checked out a few top blogs on the internet and found it fascinating that some bloggers were not shy about taking positions on controversial subjects and that all had their soap boxes of opinions. Some were personal blogs, others offered information, education or inspiration.

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started...

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

♥If you want a future in it, treat it like a business ~ This means setting clear goals and managing its growth
♥Quality will always trump Quantity ~ Great original content that helps others learn remains king, and will always bring traffic = fewer better posts.
♥Don’t wait forever to monetize ~ If earning some income is a goal, start building towards that end and then do it whether WordAds, Affiliates or other.
♥Blogging Can be Healing ~ Writing a motivational blog can offer some surprising insights and rewards
♥The Blog Tank empties/dries; its okay to take five but be consistent ~ Bloggers  need time to regroup and rejuvenate. Take it!

To spur me on, my cousin Frieda who was an HP engineer at the time, offered to build a website/blog page for me and I agreed. She built it, I played around on it for a few weeks and then let it fade into obscurity. When I returned to the medium in 2008, I was ready to write, engage, support, promote, build community, align my blog with other service oriented, do good groups and grow.  But, I had no clue how to accomplish any of it.  I joined a few communities: Problogger, SITSGirls, CopyBlogger, and later Daily Post and a few others, and I took workshops to help the blog along; my posts got better. By 2010, traffic was growing but not the readership; that would come later. I persevered and kept blogging and connecting.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started...

Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

♥Protect and Maintain other interests ~ Blogging can be all consuming, so it’s wise to determine how much time is feasible to assign elsewhere
♥Focus, focus, focus ~ Whether we create a niche or not, become an advocacy blog  or not, find a focus and make your blog matter. we can offer a bit more.
♥Building a Readership is important and maintaining it is a full time job ~ Even if we fail first, keep working on connecting with the readers as it is worth the effort.
♥Google Stuff happens: ~ From re-calibrations to Panda, Google makes changes that can kill or increase our traffic in a blink. Key is to keep building great content
♥Get a grip on SEO and HTML basics ~ learning even a smidgen on both can bring great changes and pay dividends in polishing and highlighting our blogs

During those early days, I wasn’t focused much on a name and learned the hard way when a name I chose for my blogger blog was bought by someone else, and I had to change the blog name. Instead, I spent more time meeting other bloggers on line, connecting and interviewing people through social media, and trying out new things, like blog hops, blog carnivals, special promotions or conferences to help my blog grow….  At some point, I had decided to maintain two blogs on different platforms (WordPress and Blogger) to see which I like best. They are quite different blogs (even typealyzer agrees) and I soon learned it meant more work to do. Contd. More below!

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Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…

“No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action.”  Emma Goldman

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Collage of Guest Speakers

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First off, I’d like to say a big Thank You to the 2012 Summit sponsors: Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, Ericsson, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for inviting and welcoming bloggers from around the world to the three day event. It was a generous gesture and we were fed and given access to the full program.

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…Dr Gro Bundtland with Sigrid Kaag (Photo credit: Mashable)

Watch the Video here: Global Sustainabilty in the 21st Century: Dr. Gro Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway with Sigrid Kaag, Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Maria Bello (Photo credit: Mashable)

Watch the Video here: Going Digital with Activism: Maria Bello, Actor and Women’s Rights Activist and Brian Sirgutz, Co-Founder and Editor of Impact, The Huffington Post

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…Susan Rice with Peter Cashmore (Photo credit: Mashable)

Watch the Video here: A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Pete Cashmore, CEO, Mashable

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Janet Napolitano, Secretary Homeland Security

Watch the Video here: Commit To ACT: Achieving Cyber-security Together – Janet Napolitano, Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security with Moira Forbes, President & Publisher, ForbesWoman

On Sunday and Monday, the Social Good Summit continued to “explore how communities and audiences are connecting with each other through social and digital innovations to solve global problems. This {came} in the form of keynote speeches, Q&As, conversations, case studies and networking sessions.” I’ve added some links above to videos from some of our key guest speakers and I’ve added footage of some videos I took below.

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…Jane Goodall

Jane GoodallTeaches Us the Chimp Call

Jane Goodall Conversation with Matt Bishop

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Alyson Felix, Olympic Gold Medalist

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… America Ferrera

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Melinda Gates

Both Summit days were packed choc-a-bloc with an impressive list of speakers. For this recap on the Summit, I’ve put together a selection of photos, videos, and a slideshow from the event for your perusal. You might recognize some celebrity faces; Mira Sorvina, Forest Whitaker, Jane Goodall, Alyson Felix, America Ferrera and a few others. Jane Goodall was sensational and her chimp call, which she tried to teach us on the video above, was hilarious. I’ll add some names where feasible or do ask me in the comments section and I’ll respond. TY!

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…Angelique Kidjo

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Angelique Kidjo Sings

I hope you enjoy the clip above titled Angelique Kidjo Sings. I’ve listened to Angelique’s African/Euro pop sound for years. I remember the first time I saw her perform at Central Park, her energy level was incredible; she pranced and danced and sang with all her might. She is quite the stage act and entertainer, and remains one of my favorite singers.

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Mira Sorvino and Laura Bolthouse

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Forest Whitaker

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Jeffrey Sacks, Hans Vestberg, Forest Whitaker, Heather Grady

What to Expect from the 2012 Social Good Summit

The Summit brought home the fact that there is still so much we can all do to create and share good in the world. It does begin at home. Our global conversations must begin with local ones and then expand beyond our local communities to embrace others globally…. This reminds me of the adage: charity begins at home. I invite you to scroll down and watch Andy Borowitz‘s and Dr Chopra’s videos. Andy is hysterical and Dr. Chopra gives us food for thought; they are excellent. More Below!

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Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012…

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.” Mahatma Gandhi

Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012… at the East 92nd St Y

Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012… Pete Cashmore, CEO & Founder, Mashable w/ Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP and Kathy Calvin, CEO, United Nations Foundation

Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012… Peter Gabriel, Singer &Songwriter (in glasses), and Andrew Raslej, Founder, Personal Democracy Media

The Social Good Summit which began on Saturday, “kicked off a phenomenal conversation about how technology and social media can change the world.”  The 2012 Summit, an important collaboration of social media, corporations, and other social good advocates, is  sponsored by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, Ericsson, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. On opening day, the summit officially started with a special video message from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then was followed by an impressive list of interviews with experts on topics ranging from The State of Social Good; The World in 2015: Millenium Development Goals; How Technology Can Impact Sexual & Reproductive Rights; Unleashing The Power Of Open Innovation In Government; to Ocean Conservation In The Digital Age; to How Google Earth is Changing the World; Project Diaspora: Africa’s Technology Renaissance; The Future Is Broadband;How Millennials Will Save The World; Save the Children: Every Beat Matters and so much more. I took copious notes and photos and will share more with you in the coming weeks. We had a wonderful surprise visit from Peter Gabriel and other fantastic visitors are expected throughout the weekend and on Monday.

“Instead of telling the world what you’re eating for breakfast, you can use social networking to do something that’s meaningful.” Edward Norton

Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012…

Inspiration: Social Good Summit 2012… Secretary of State Clinton speaking to the audience via video

A key goal of the summit is to encourage/increase global digital activism and, so far, it has been quite effective.  Over 200 meet-ups in 100 countries are participating in this event through their own grass roots efforts and conversations. We got to see and hear about a number of them and it will continue throughout the weekend; culminating in a huge global conversation on Monday. On Saturday morning, I met one of my favorite blog friends and we were excited to connect in person. I will share more on that later. If you are a blogger and would love to attend, I’d encourage you to do so. The program starts on Sunday at 1pm. More below!

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