Dumps it’s Content Curators in One Swoop

snipit may be excited. I feel used and tossed aside. Yes, it was a free service so I should appreciate what I had. But, that’s just it. I did appreciate it. I went out of my way to promote and I did give suggestions for making it better. I was really happy and feeling good about the community there and the content we were building. I invited friends to join. I was banned from a forum on another site because I tried to encourage more people to join

I noticed things were quiet on for the past couple of months. It was unusual, but I didn’t really think about it. Then, out of  the wild blue today this notice came up when I tried to add a fresh link to my account. I had already added several links just hours ago. So, this really did happen without warning. In spite of the words they say I feel betrayed and shocked even. I’m kind of angry.

My traffic was building, I had over 5,000 subscribers to my topics and I was able to see what was bringing traffic and what wasn’t. Now I have no way to keep in touch with my subscribers or ask them to follow me to a new site, nothing.

In the end, is dumping us all for some mystery Yahoo! thing. What does that leave us with? A job curating content at a new Yahoo site? No. It leave us with absolutely nothing. But, we can take our links (which aren’t going to mean much stuck in bookmarks) and quietly get lost.

I made the Hall of Fame. I didn’t look until I read the post Snaps on Kitsch Slapped. Somehow it doesn’t seem to mean all that much. It would have meant a lot more when there was a and I felt a valued part of the site and important to it’s growth. Now I wonder what Yahoo actually bought. (Our content collections and mainly, our subscribers? What was if not a place for snipping content and sharing it with subscribers and those who wandered in from links we posted to social media?) I heard Yahoo paid $10 million for They say thanks for being a part of, but I get no part of that. I’m left with far less than what I put into the site and I feel burned, really burned. The Hall of Fame thing is like getting a gold watch out of a bubble gum machine.


Crossposting a Thing of the Past?

LiveJournal was taken down by DDOS in 2006.

WordPress › Live+Press « WordPress Plugins.

People jump and scurry so much for Google ratings I doubt the old crossposting plan will hold on much longer. (Unless you can just crosspost a link, without the content).

It was nice to be able to share across the waves when you had a few blogs, a few social media sites and so on. Now, Google has let it be known that duplicate content is bad, a bad thing. Not to be tolerated – and so mote it be.

That won’t be a good thing for sites like LiveJournal, Tumblr and other microblog sort of things. Not everyone wants to support a microglog in addition to their main sites, where they put in most of their time with maintenance, promotion, artistic and content creation. It will be the small blog sites that starve first. The people there tend to have other blogs or just be dabbling their fingers into the pond and not last a long time. The accounts on LiveJournal, Google’s own Blogger/ Blogspot have loads of abandoned accounts like skeletons in the closet.

Crossposting may have caused duplicate content… but was that really such a bad thing?

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Taking on a Blog Partner?

Say Media / Creators.

Do you have 25,000 readers a month? Would you want to partner up with Say Media?

I didn’t read the terms and conditions. I already know I would have a hard time accepting a partner who would want control over what I’m doing. Not that I have that kind of traffic to be of interest to them, yet. But, even if I did, why would I need Say Media at that point?

It’s all a circle.

Editorial Intern Post

Job post for an Editorial Intern at XOJane Magazine (online site). It reads like a blogger’s to-do list. Some of these I do and some I try to do and one I have not done for quite awhile.


Editorial interns should be creative, hard working, and able to multi-task. Familiarity with Jane Pratt’s work, the voice and tone of the site, and a desire to contribute to the production and growth ofthe site is crucial. Must have a go with the flow ‘yes’ attitude and sense of humor. Interns should be comfortable with delicate topics. Writing for often means sharing personal stories, so those looking to get clips should have the desire to write in the style of the site’s current editors. Responsibilities:

  • Reading xoJane daily
  • Working with social media to contact individuals and brands who are mentioned on the site
  • Creating creative #hastags for @xojanedotcom
  • Managing our Tumblr page
  • Contributing and creating site content
  • Assisting editors on photo shoots
  • Tracking traffic from link partnerships and syndication deals
  • Attending weekly editorial meetings
  • Planning and managing giveaways
  • Assist beauty and fashion editors with special projects and creating content

Interns must receive and provide proof of school credit for this internship. This opportunity is unpaid.

What Does a Managing Editor do Online?

Cut and pasted from the job boards on ProBlogger.

We’re looking for a content expert/managing editor to help with our content marketing strategy. You’ll work with a very talented team of people all around the country.
Key responsibilities

Creating high-quality, compelling content:

* Edit and rewrite articles and other types of content for tone, accuracy, and brevity
* Being able to manage content creation across a range of media types, including written, visual, audio-visual content (blog posts, ebooks, infographics, white papers, interviews with experts, survey reports, videos, webinars, etc.)
* Identifying and managing a team of writers and other contributors to produce high-impact, high-quality content
* Supervise and coordinate work of writers and other contributors
* Hire other writers as necessary
* Ensuring content is produced to a high standard, on time and on budget
* Developing and managing a content calendar
* Repurposing existing content for multiple uses
* Assist with e-mail marketing duties
Curating high-quality, compelling content:

* Working with the marketing team to understand the subjects of greatest interest to Treehouse’s members
* Identifying and curating content that matches those areas of interest
Engaging and researching community and social media:

* Suggesting the places where high-quality, compelling content can be promoted
* Planning, writing and managing social media posts including link posting, participating in conversation, commenting on content produced by others
* Planning and managing activities aiming to generate traffic from social media

Desired Skills & ExperienceAt least 3 to 5 years of proven experience in content editing and web-based content creation. Skills of copyediting, copywriting, and project management are a requirement.

Content editor experience:

* Knowledge of content production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes different ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media
* Proven ability to research and understand a wide variety of web design, web development, marketing, business and technological topics and bring them forward
* Have established relationships with journalists, writers and subject matter experts
* Great project management skills: ability to organize and prioritize work between different types of contributor
* Excellent copywriting and copyediting skills
* Ability to manage and process a variety of document and media files
* Very high level of accuracy and attention to detail
* Ability to take instruction and work independently
* Excellent oral communication
Content curator experience:

* Ability to identify target audience in online communities
* Ability to research ideas and topics for creation
* Experience in collating the existing content and reusing it
Experience in engaging online communities:

* Experience in managing an online community, moderating comments, overseeing social media communication.

A Simple Thing I Learned Today from BrandYourself

Have you put your name on your site? Simple, right?

I have my name on my About page. I don’t have it on the main, landing, front page. Not anywhere. I hadn’t even thought about adding it in there. Now it is. Stuck at the bottom, but it exists.

I will work on adding it elsewhere.

Part of the problem is my use of ThatGrrl instead of my name, Laura Brown. When I started online (doing the early form of social media which was more like a dating zoo than anything social) women did not want to broadcast their name, age or location. Men were forever posting “asl?” Well, lets not label all men, it was the horny net geeks who were disguised as men, trolling for women desperately lonely enough to grab their worm… I mean bait. (Yes, that kind of humour was popular then – and it was kind of fun).

Anyway, that is how my name never became my Internet profile name. Instead I used ThatGrrl, most recently. I’ve started using my name, Laura Brown. But, I admit I still feel funny about having it out there.

I do see the sense of it now that I’ve had it pointed out to me. What about you?

Spread Yourself Out without Spreading Yourself Thin

Spread yourself out without spreading yourself thin.

This is my new motto. I think it can be done.

Time management and planning. Thinking of ways to combine tasks like promoting on social media that does some of the work itself, but not in a way that makes it too automatic so that it lacks any feeling of a human touch.

I’m working on it. One person can run a blog or a few of them, by herself. Without losing too much sanity or feeling overwhelmed.


Would You Host a Local TweetUp?

This information is from the Vancouver Tweetup site. I noticed the post on Twitter and followed it back. I was hoping it would be a lot closer than Vancouver, like maybe at least Toronto. But no…

Anyway, I’m considering running one locally, of course. I always want to take on more. I’m sure there’s a psychological disorder behind that. But, my Tweetup would start small. For now, it’s just me. That’s a place to start, right?

What is a Tweetup?

A Tweetup is:

A gathering of people who use Twitter
It can be a general geographic Tweetup like a Tweetup of people in Vancouver
It can be a Tweetup for a cause where Twitter friends organize a get together to do something for the community
It can be topical such as a Tweetup for martial artists, cyclists or people who are in the social media scene
It’s about the fact that when we get offline and meet in person it cements relationships and builds community
An Event that Usually lasts from 1 to 3 hours

A Tweetup is not:

An event where you pull people in from Twitter to pitch or sell them something
A seminar event
A tradeshow or multi-day event
A general community event like a sports event, lecture etc.(it’s called a Tweetup because it’s people on Twitter connecting in real life)

Who Can Organize a Tweetup?

Anyone with a Twitter account
You don’t have to be a social media guru or expert, it’s about community.
Usually one person will announce a Tweetup but many are involved in the organization and promotion, it’s a community focused.

I have a big event happening already. Can I promote it as a Tweetup?

No. People who come to a Tweetup expect to connect with those who use Twitter as a networking and community tool. This would be misleading if a large portion of the people were not in fact on Twitter, people go to meet their online connections offline.

You can however create a special Tweetup within a larger event. For instance at a race, or something like Dragon Boat Festival you could have a “Tweetup Tent” for a 3 hour period during the main event where Twitter folk meet and mingle. If you’re doing a fundraiser at a pub or lounge, have the Tweetup for a couple hours before the main event, then let people know they can hang around later if they want to network with the rest of the community.

Who made these rules anyway?

Twitter, social media and etiquette attached to it are evolving constantly, this however is accepted practice right now. These answers are a summary of how the concept of a Tweetup is being used within the social media community. The majority of people attending or promoting Tweetups follow these loose guidelines. You can break these rules (or bend them) just realize that you may get a fair bit of negative push-back or even lose good Twitter connections.

Write up done by @shanegibson

I’m Applying for Suite101, Again

I’d like to be part of bringing Suite into the new social media age. I’m active on Twitter, I’m a content curator on Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and I’ve been a web publisher, doing it all myself, since 1998. My oldest, still active blog is now 8 years old. I have a lot of experience to bring to Suite; some of it from Suite itself!

I was accepted as the Writing Community Manager at Suite101 in 2004. I also wrote a regular topic, The Internet Unplugged. At some point I became a copy editor and felt quite pleased to be entrusted with extra responsibility to maintain standards in the Religion topic.

The site is doing some new stuff, making big changes. I’d like to see what they do with it. I used to write there but quit when they put the ad content over all the writer’s content, blocking it from being seen at all. They still run a lot of ads on the front page of the site but, once you get in there they are developing a lot of new areas (it seems to me). It should be an interesting time to be writing there again.

My old profile is still there and yet it comes up 404 if you click the direct link. Interesting in an odd way. All my old content seems to be gone too. I wish I had kept copies of it all at the time.