You might think that with all this technology around us, that not only makes our lives easier, but supposedly makes us more comfortable, human society (I won’t dare call it a civilisation, until it becomes one) at large has become more efficient in whatever goals it’s pursuing, but the truth is, that if we compare the simplicity and efficiency of some of the programs and ways of interacting with computers from just 10 years ago, with the programs and ways of interacting of today, the programs and workmodes of ten years ago, beat ALL of todays programs and workflows, methodologies, no exception !
One of the challenges of every blogger is obviously, bringing traffic to the blog, but most bloggers using the “generally accepted” methods for doing that, forget that there are simple, policy-compliant, easy-to-implement, and easy to overlook solutions.
While some of the social media sharing specialists like addit, sharethis, and others, do offer some form of “next article” or “similar stories” widget or popup for wordpress and other CMS-es, it’s quite difficult to implement some of their trinkets in blogger (blogspot) blogs, and if you do get to implement them, they greatly reduce the speed of the blog.
The Blogger platform, operated by internet giant Google, is actually a quite complete blogging solution, and currently millions of bloggers use it to publish anything from poetry to rants to tech news ans gossip, basically, if any topic is decent and useful, you can probably find a .blogspot blog about that topic.
But even though the userbase is huge, given the fact that blogger is mainly used by non-techie bloggers, some very useful functionalities are missing from the platform, and most often a year or more passes before any user feedback or feature request gets actually turned into a new blogger function.
And and it’s every blogger’s wish to increase the number of people that usually read the blog’s posts, it’s curious, that it is particularly the subscription mechanisms used by blogger, that are lacking almost any semblance of currentness, the simple “subscribe to posts via atom” links and the very few widgets that can be added to a blogger blog, don’t really qualify.
Feedburner, also operated by google, does have a pretty good subscription management mechanism, but it’s often cumbersome to even link the two together, and the “Click to subscribe” option which opens a popup window in which you’ll have to enter an e-mail address, and confirm a captcha, doesn’t really have too many options, it’s just a popup window activated on a click.
After following a very interesting thread on google plus with regard to people using adblockers while visiting sites on the internet, I’ve realised that so many people simply don’t understand that some of us actually make a living, as humble as it may be, by displaying ads on our sites.
And according to some of the comments there, visiting a site that uses ads to support the site owner’s work while using adblockers to get their content, but not the ads on their sites, to be displayed in your browsers, is THEFT at best, and I completely agree with it.
When I discovered Linkedin a few years ago, I was very excited thinking that I’ve discovered a great network of potentially like-minded professionals, from whom I could learn, with whom I could cooperate, build, share, essentially, grow both as a human being and as a blogger and an IT professional. I already had more then two decades experience in IT, and several years of blogging behind me, but since the environment in my country of residence is not exactly a friendly one to those who desire to make it on their own, being an (ex?-)communist country and part of the big former soviet communist block… I was hoping I’ll find more occidental, more pragmatically-minded, more evolved people on Linkedin.
Sometimes even the “big boys” of the internet world have errors in their services, sites, etc.
Here’s a proof: trying to access a link from aweber.com, which was sent to me in an e-mail to confirm a subscription to some ezine, their site showed me an internal server error.
I’m not debating whether it’s a customer’s error, maybe the site that sent me this link, did something to it, modified it, or maybe their system messed up some code 🙂
NOT very convincing 🙂