New Blogs – 28/12/08

BloggerImage by kuribo via FlickrProbably the last of these this year, but these are a few of the blogs that have recently been added to my blogroll.
Tallyman is a blogger I know! And I am delighted he started blogging as so far he has really interesting posts and has even made me rethink things (see: Did we get it wrong on the Pope?). Do check him out. One to watch for 09 I’d say!

The Other Fellow
The Other Fellow is Grandads long suffering typists. He has an excellent blog and one I am enjoying reading!

Sully’s Blog
Sully is a nerd too! Lol! But in all seriousness, it is a very good blog.

Despod is a fellow Corkman, and his blog is full of interesting pictures and views about Cork. Check it out!

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Some tips for new bloggers

Lego Blogger PictureImage by minifig via FlickrSo I’ve been blogging now for over three years and have built up a bit of knowledge on whats makes a good blog. Of course, I don’t consider this blog any way excellent as there are loads out there which are better, but lately I have gotten the blogging bug again and I think its only right that I share some tips on how to increase page views and therefore visitors.

1. Get Listed
Get your blog listed on blog directories and blog aggregates. Just to show in last year I have gotten 1,092 hits from That is about one sixth of my total refereed page views in the last year. is also in the top ten but unfortunately you can’t add new blogs at the moment. There are lots of directories and aggregates out there so have a look around!

2. Feed you blog
By this I mean feed your blog into other websites. For example I have a twitter bot for this blog @stevemyopinion which allows people on twitter to see when you have posted something. Another idea is to feed your blog into facebook where it will appears as notes. This shows you friends who might not be aware that you have a blog the stuff you are writing about and it might get them onto your site to read more. Friendfeed is also handy for amalgamating all your feeds twitter, blogs etc into one handy place.

3. Say something controversial!
This is a tricky one, but it does work. If you say something controversial and it gets picked up it can take off. But be prepared to back up your statements. I noticed this through my support for McCain/Palin ticket and my opposition to Gay Marriage (though I’m Gay!). NOTE: only say something controversial if it is true!

4. Link!
Link, Link, Link. This is important. i notice a lot of visitors to my site are coming from back links either through their WP-admin page or through the link created on blogger. This sometimes leads to the other person linking you. If someone links you it is polite to link back, especially if you expect other to do the same!

5. Comment
This is something I am useless at, commenting on other blogs. Normally if I like a post I will “share it” on Google reader but if you have the time do this! It create rappor between you and the other blogger and therefore increases likelihood of them linking and each comment creates a link in its own right. Also remember to respond to comments on you posts!

6. Blog about what you want
Lots of people make the simple mistake of button-holing their blog to one specific subject. I did at the start at the start to an extent that I only blogged about news and politics, lately I have diversified and think it is better for me. Specialist blogs are great, if you have a lot to say on one subject stick to it, but if you can for only a short time allow some diversity!

7. Enter Competitions
Put yourself out there no matter how you feel about your own writing. When I was long listed for a blog award back in 2007, I was shocked. When I entered the EU Blogging competition I was not expecting to be picked. So put yourself out there!

8. Guestblog
If a major blog is giving an opportunity to Guest Blog forward take the chance! this worked for me when I emailed earlier this year and they reproduced it! Again just take the chance and put your thinking cap on.

9. Go to tech events
When you have established a routine start going to tech meetups such as open coffee and bar camp and things like that. I was daunted the first time going to OpenCoffee Club as a blogger and not being in the tech industry but I was able to hold my own with my views on software and the like. These days most tech companies (well the ones that go to Cork OpenCoffee Club) nearly all have blogs so they appreciate the views of a blogger.

10. Mis-spell!
Strangely enough my bad spelling leads to lots of hits from Google from other people who can’t spell! This leads to me looking a Google analytics going that is spelt right following the link to find that I couldn’t spell in the first place. So if you make a mistake, don’t be in too much of a rush to change it!

Right that’s ten tips from me that hopefully someone will find useful! Feel free to add your own tips in the comments and I’ll add them to the main post!

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Bloggers Late Christmas Lunch Cork

Joe got volunteered to organise a bloggers lunch next week and its happpening at 5pm in The Market Lane on Oliver Plunket Street. Sign up on Joes Blog, im down as a late arrival so do come along, it should be interesting.

In defence of Fine Gael

Its not very often I disagree with Damian Mulley, but I think in one of his latest posts “On why Fine Gael as a party can go fuck themselves“, he’s gone a bit wide of the mark.

Damian is currently being harrased by two people who claim to be FG’ers from UL. Now I am not doubting that this is the case, but I think Damian went a bit overbaord by throwing the entire Fine Gael party and organisation in the same bucket as these gobsheens.

Firstly, YFG is an autonmous organisation and you must apply seperately to join Fine Gael senior party.

Secondly, FG and YFG has no control over what indivual members do in their spare time and can only reprimand them when they misrepresent FG (or YFG)

I dont blame Damien for making his twitter private but lumping all blueshirts into one basket cause of two bad apples is a bit OTT.

I know and like Damien, I truely hope he follows trough with contacting the Gardai and the UL authorities about these two trouble makers.

Harassement, whether online or not, is not acceptable.

I had my own brush with this kind of thing from a student in UCC. Once the college authorities were contacted, it stopped.

I don’t expect or want an apology from Damian, just hope in future he won’t bandy all blueshirts into one label cause of two people.

I wish Damian the best and know this kind of stuff affects his health. I hope the blog awards will without a hitch on Saturday.

Please Damian remeber some of us Blueshirts aren’t half bad!

Free Burma

Work! What work?

God, I’m officially unemployed as of yesterday (though still in full time education) so need to find a part-time job!

So as i was bored i took a trip around the blogosphere and found some interesting stuff.

A People’s Ard Fheis? hmmm would it work??

Is there a vast lesbian conspiracy? My jury stills out on this! 😛

Excellent post on the greys anatomy-homophobia debacle

An all-Ireland soccer team? If they can do it for rugby why not soccer?

Methodists dont want bush’s library! can u blame them?

some funny bloopers

If you hate cheerleaders you’ll love this

Golden Globes Live Blogging!

No, I’m not blogging at the awards (I wish) but NBC have a blogger at the event! It may require registration, just pick a time zone and hit register to ignore the rest!

Blog Awards Open!

Well nominations are open for the Irish Blog Awards!

Click here for the nominations page

dont forget there is also a bebo competition and the more entries the better the prize!

Click here to nominate a bebo page

Best of luck to everyone.

Dont forget its on March 3rd in the Alexandria Hoitel in Dublin!

PS: You can nominate me!!! 😛

Blog Events

Des Walsh over at Thinking Home Business and Business and Blogging has created an events list at the link below

Blogging Events

For more info on adding your events check out the original post here

Hungover and excited! wooo!

Well as my last post was sooo short I have an excuse and cause to celebrate!

Firstly Calibrations it was my 300th post!!! Wooo! go me! Pity it was a one liner.

And my excuse twas my 21st last night, yes i am that young/old! But also it was my 6 month anniversary with my boyfriend Luke, who I love to bits and has helped a lot this summer! Love ya babes!!!!

So therefore am still hungover!

Neways pinochet’s dead, good riddance, pity i dont believe in hell.

News from the Irish bloggersphere the Categories for the Irish Blog Awards 2007 have been announced!

* Best Blog
* Best Blog Post
* Most Humorous Post
* Best Photo Blog
* Best Arts and Culture Blog
* Best Political Blog
* Best Group Blog
* Best Personal Blog
* Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog
* Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere
* Best Technology Blog/Blogger
* Best Designed Blog
* Best Sport & Recreation Blog
* Best News/Current Affairs Blog
* Best Specialist Blog
* Best Newcomer
* Best Business Blog
* Best Music Blog
* Best Podcast
* Best Podcaster
* Best videocast

For details keep an eye on and Damien Mulley’s blog as he organises it!

Also one of my friends from college will be starting a blog shortly, his name is Sam Bowman and his blog is entitled ‘Pull Out the Pin‘. He’s a PD and is completely ideologically opposed from me, so their might be a few online arguments!!!

Anyway hope all yer Christmas preparations are going good!