These days we are increasingly connected via social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, YouTube. We are no longer just visiting our favorite websites and blogs but connecting to them via third party applications that keep us informed of new articles and updates. As some of you know, I love tech stuff and I love trying out new plugins, applications or anything that helps me get the word out about what’s happening in my little corner of the blog world.
I have made a few additions over recent weeks and here’s an explanation of them for those who are not so familiar with techie stuff.
I have added a Facebook Fan Page for the blog. You will see a Facebook Fan Box in the right hand column of the sidebar. It is rather too large for my liking but there is no re-size alternative that works at the moment! Becoming a fan means that you can connect to all my posts through your own Facebook page. You can also send news articles and photos, join in discussions and receive messages from me to events of interest. You can also bookmark the page without becoming a fan from this link.
I also have a Twitter account in the same column, a little further down. The Twitter updates gives you the title, the first few words of each post and a URL that will take you to the actual post on the blog. I occasionally post short updates that do not appear on the blog. I am intending to tweet more often… Follow me on Twitter here
With both Facebook and Twitter, you have to have an account to follow me. So how can you get updates from THIS IS NOT MY COUNTRY without joining another social network? You can subscribe to my rss feeds. They are at the top of the left column in the sidebar. From there you can subscribe to my posts, the comments or the community news. You can also subscribe via email where you will automatically receive a message each time I write a new post.
I noticed recently that Gravatar have updated their profiles. Gravatar is a globally recognised avatar. I use it on this blog so that you can have your own image appearing next to your comments instead of the “Mystery Person” or the Gravatar logo. All WordPress bloggers have it built in but if you don’t have a blog, you can still have a Gravatar. Just go to the Gravatar website and sign up. All you need is an email address. I think it’s a nice addition to comments around the blog world. I always love to see people’s personal avatars. Give it a go….
You might have also noticed that I have added Adsense advertising back on this blog. This is my second attempt at bringing a little cash in from blogging. I failed miserably the first time I tried, probably because my blog doesn’t get enough traffic for the google advertising bods. Anyway, I’m going to give it a couple of months and see if I can earn more than 0.03 cents per day! If nothing happens, Adsense will be gone. I’ve had a lot more luck with Text Link Ads anyway. If anyone has had any success with Adsense, I’d love to hear from you. I’m not very business minded so I’m having difficulty understanding what works and what doesn’t. Reading through the Adsense help files sends me to sleep.
So that’s all for now. If you have any problems with any of the technical aspects of the blog, please let me know via my email. Have fun with the new toys….