Kevin Rose, founder of Digg.com, announced last night that he is forwarding his blog domain KevinRose.com directly to his Google+ page, where he will be posting instead of blogging. This is how he announced it on Twitter: “Decided to forward http://t.co/hsxKjXW to Google+. G+ gives me more (real-time) feedback and engagement than my blog ever did.” I have about 10x fewer followers on Google+ than Kevin does, but I have found a very engaging community there.... Read More
I am a huge believer in blogging, and have posted before that every CEO should blog, and now I find myself both so busy as a CEO and so concerned about how my blog posts will be read, even though this is my personal blog, that I find myself overanalyzing everything I want to blog about, and usually just concluding, "I'll just do it later." Sometimes I learn something incredibly important and want to blog about it, but then I worry about the impact on my industry and what my competitors will do--will they act on this news before my own company does?
Utah blogs are buzzing about the chance we have to get the legendary Seth Godin to visit Utah as part of his new book tour. We just need 500 people to each pay $50 (and get 5 copies of his new book) so that he will stop here on his tour. I took a trip to NYC two years ago to hear Seth speak, so I paid a lot more than $50. He was the keynote speaker at an advertising conference, and he slammed traditional advertising and explained in a powerful way how the internet changes everything. To hear him speak in Utah would be incredible.
Someone sent me this link today about a blogger/author who shares the same name as the current Prime Minister of Canada. Sharing a famous name seems to have helped his book sales, like my name has helped my blog traffic grow. http://thomsinger.blogspot.com/2007/02/author-and-prime-minister-of-canada.html
Some people are born with great names and others have great names thrust upon them. In the 1960s when I was given the name "Paul Allen" it was an ordinary name. But thanks to the dynamic duo of Microsoft's Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the name is now famous. But what do you do if you want to be found online, but you can't possibly stand out like the rich and famous person with the same name? Or what do you do if you have a name like "John Smith" that is so common that it can't possibly stand out?
I finally got around to linking to my two latest Connect Magazine articles. You can read all my part articles here. I love writing this column, and as I've said before, my blog got me in the habit of writing regularly and was responsible for my getting this column.
My Google Reader (for RSS feeds--highly recommended!) now has a wonderful "share this" feature, which allows me to quickly tag the best news stories that I read each week, even when I don't have time to blog about them. Then, those shared items show up online for others to view. My shared items can be found here.