Monday, March 25, 2013

✔ Blog, link-blog... or both - my new blogging test

When I moved my blog from old "MichaelNozbe.com" domain to this one, I decided to actually create two blogs - this one... and a Link-blog at Links.MichaelSliwinski.com in order to be able o post links to the things that might interest you on my own platform instead of using apps like "Buffer" or "Tumblr". After three months of this experiment I feel like experimenting even more :-)

Blog, link-blog... or both - my new blogging test

I'm a big fan of John Gruber, Marco Arment and MG Siegler... as well as Michael Hyatt, Fred Wilson and Seth Godin

The first three guys run very successful link-blogs - I usually read their blogs more for their comments and opinions than for the links they post to. Yes, I do click on the links very often or add them to my "Read-it-later" app but their comment is what counts. I like it and I'm tempted to try the same... On the other hand the other three guys run very successful blogs with original content and I want to be able to post as frequently and as thoughtful as they do... what to do then?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Losing time when seeking a perfect blog post

If you look at my blog you'll see it's been more than three weeks since I posted anything. It's not that I don't have anything to say (I have material for more than one blog post a day), I just have so much on my plate that I forgot why I started this blog in the first place... and this blog post serves as a reminder why I (or anyone in my place) need to get back to posting on a regular basis.
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It all comes down to habits

I've stopped cultivating some of my habits and one of these was to post frequently. And if you're using services like posterous it's just one email more a day. I've learned how to process email to zero, but I've neglected emailing my blog. It's time to revisit this habit and also check out if there are other habits I neglected in the process.

There is no perfect blog post

I read Seth Godin's blog every day and he keeps on reminding me to ship - write and ship - and some of his blog posts are not perfect, but most are really good and make me think. I have stuff like this to share in my head all the time... but I always seek to convert them into a more complete (aka perfect) blog posts that eventually... never get posted.

I started blogging to learn to write and share... and learn from you!

Blogging is about writing and sharing - and I want to keep on learning how to scribble short and to the point blog posts so that I can get you (my reader) involved in the discussion - as I really want to hear your opinion and learn from you. We can learn from each other... and if I don't post, I just lose this opportunity.

How about your blog or site? Time to re-activate it today!

If you are in a situation like me, time to take action. Stop seeking a perfect blog post and start writing. Most of the time your initial thoughts are really good - so cease the moment and write them up... and post them!

Have you ever been in a situation like this? Any additional tips how to overcome this procrastination problem and to get back on the old habit?

Do let me know :-) Let's hope to shake this up a little bit and start posting more!

I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My top 3 blog posts for the first 2 weeks of November

So I started blogging regularly at the beginning of this month and I'm loving it.

Three weeks have passed and I'm happy to report that I want to continue this path and I'm very happy with the positive feedback I've received so far.

This is why today I wanted to point my new readers to the top-3 blog posts of my first two weeks of daily blogging. I've checked the stats using Google Analytics and here are the results:

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Curiously this post was written on my iPhone (using iPhone's native email client!) just after I visited the local Apple Store and took the Magic Mouse for a spin. It's all about designing with less noise but more features.

Here I described my struggles into learning regular expressions - a powerful weapon for every programmer out there. I find them really useful during the development of a new web application I'm working on but can't tell you about just yet.

This is not a review of the Google Wave... it's more of a concern about its use and how it changes the way we use Email... should Wave become Email 2.0.

Question: Where these your favorite blog posts too? Which type of content on my blog you particularly liked/disliked - I'm starting my blogging adventure and would love to hear from you!

--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dear dairy - after more than two weeks of blogging by email

I've always had problems keeping the schedule and posting on blogs on a regular basis... among all the reasons and excuses the one that really stood out was the fact that you'd have to log in to your blogging platform and click on "new post", etc. You get the picture... the logging part was hard enough from the psychologic point of view... Posterous to the rescue...
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Suddenly I can blog by just sending email!

This changes everything - to blog regularly I don't have to log in anywhere, I don't have to "maintain" my blog in a traditional sense... all I do is just send an email and it gets converted to a blog post.

Email is still my killer app

I'm using email every day and I've already developed several cool habits that help me deal with email. Now with my blog being integrated with the email, the barrier of entry is very low.

Offline blogging? Drafts anyone?

My mail application is also perfect for drafting posts. Whenever I have an idea for a blog post, all I do is just write an email with a subject line and a few notes in the email body and save it to Drafts. That's it. I can blog offline and online like this.

Handling comments is a breeze... just reply to emails!

My blog is fairly new, I'm getting quite a good traffic of readers from various places but not that many comments yet. However when you do comment on any of my blog posts, I receive your comment as an email that I can reply to... and when I do reply, the comment automagically shows up below your comment. Again, working perfectly with my email flow.

Email is 50 years old, and is still in a good shape

Yes, we have TwitterFacebookGoogle Wave and the like, but Email is still the number 1 communication tool for each and every one of us. It is for me. This is why any startup or web application that plays nicely with email is a winner for me. My next startup will have a lot to do with email, but psst, it's still in alpha stages :-)

So what does it take me to blog every day? All I do is just send one additional email message per day. That's all there is to it. This is my current cost of blogging every day - one more email message :-)

A few recommendations:

- check out posterous if you want to start blogging via email

Question: Is Email also your killer app? What are your tips and tricks for email processing? How do you like my email-generated blog?
--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday reading - Responding to stimulus, Blogger's discipline and your customers

Every week on Friday it's time for my Friday reading - a compilation of top-3 (or more) blog articles that were "starred" by me during the week in my Google Reader RSS channels... here goes the list of my favorites: 
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The Space Between the Stimulus and the Response by Michael Hyatt

OK, this is kind of spooky, Michael and I wrote about the very same subject on the very same day and we didn't talk about it or we didn't read each other's posts.

I encourage you to read both posts, Michael Hyatt's and mine, especially with great comments by Neils Warnecke that explore the subject even more.

Conclusions? Take your time, don't react immediately after an action towards you. A response after a few moments of thinking is a much better one.

I've taken blogging seriously. Now that I'm using a platform that support my email routine (posterous) there is virtually no barrier for me to write a new blog post each day. I only take 5 on Sundays.

I really like advice by Chris and intend to follow it. So far so good. After two weeks of blogging daily, I'm happy with my results, I'm thrilled by every new comment on this blog (so please keep on commenting!) and it's really fun to write about stuff that's always been on my mind: Internet Business Productivity.

Following Chris I will do my best to: Show up (post daily), Deliver value (write about stuff that matters), keep on improving (and experimenting), clarify my desire after each blog post... and do my part every Friday showing you other blogs I'm reading.

I cannot and don't want to pre-screen anyone who uses Nozbe, I also cannot and don't want to force anyone into using my web app. I appreciate all the positive and negative feedback, I appreciate constructive criticism, but I don't appreciate trolling or insults.

Luckily, most of my users are really cool and we communicate great, but if someone is not happy with my app, me and my team will strive to do everything right, and if it's still not enough, I'm more than happy to refund the money. Unlike many of our competitors we offer 60-days money back guarantee, so anyone can try us out for 2 full months with no risk whatsoever.

This way both my team and my customers are in the comfort zone that no one is risking anything and we can all focus on getting things done.

Question: Which articles caught your attention this week? Which other blogs you'd recommend? Feel free to let me know! I love reading interesting stuff :-)


--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Friday, October 30, 2009

A blog with email - by the Twitter user called MichaelNozbe

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Hello here in the new place.

I decided to replace my blog at www.sliwinski.biz with this new blog at posterous.com.

I just like the fact that it's a simple email message and that it works. I don't have to worry about Wordpress updates, tweaks, settings, I just prepare an email, send it and that's it - my new blog post is posted!

Hope you like my new blog and if you do - please follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MichaelNozbe

Cheers!

- Michael


--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.