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Chris Brogan’s Advice to Me

As far as all of my blogs have gone, GeekLad really has started with a bang. I never really had this kind of blogular momentum (I think I just made that up).  My other two blogs ( and WealthBoy) have been plagued with inactivity.  Although in WealthBoy’s defense, it has fallen back mostly due to my efforts on GeekLad.  I really have no excuse for having neglected other than my own laziness and lack of direction with that blog.

GeekLad has been a great experience in trying to find my identity online.  I can’t say that I’ve truly found my online identity yet, but I think I’m probably closer than I’ve ever been.  Today I read an article by Chris Brogan about what he would do if he started today.  Having “just started” only a few months ago, it’s as though he wrote the article just for me.  Thanks Chris!

It was actually quite reassuring to know that so far I’ve been doing a lot of things right.  There are also a few things that I could be doing better, and Chris has helped to bring some of those things to light.

Before it All: Listening

Earlier this month, when I spoke about my experience as a microblogging n00b, I discussed my approach to getting started with microblogging.  Essentially, I started following my good friend Bwana and some of the folks that he follows.  Bwana and I are of like minds and have many common interests, so I knew he would be a good place to start.

Microblogging services like Twitter and FriendFeed can be a great place to start listening.  In addition to following some of the people Bwana was following, I started reading their blogs as well.  That’s how I came across Chris’ article.  I’ve been following his blog for a while now.

First Platform: A Blog

Got that covered, you’re reading it.  🙂

Second Step: Outposts

I more or less started my outposts at the same time I did this blog.  However, I really have not done a good job of promoting my outposts on the blog.  I also haven’t really used them to their full potential.  I’m on all three that Chris mentioned (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) and many more.  I think that FriendFeed is a very good one to add to the list of outposts.  It’s a great place to aggregate all of your outposts in one place.

Third Step: Audience

This is what I’ve really struggled with the most.  I think the biggest reason why is because I haven’t listened enough.  Chris put listening as step number 0 for good reason.  You can’t just fabricate a reputation overnight.  You can’t build a good reputation by screaming at the top of a mountain like a lunatic and expect people to listen to your every word.  You have to earn your reputation and when you do you will reap the rewards.

In order to build a good reputation, you’ve got to listen to what people have to say and interact directly with them.  I’ve been struggling to find a good platform for doing this but I’m experimenting with them all of the time.  Of the ones I’ve seen so far, I think FriendFeed has gotten the most attention.  I like the forum-like qualities of FriendFeed, and I think it will be a great place to get to know some sharp people.

I also like DISQUS because of the way blog articles become forum posts and the comments are the thread that follows the initial discussion.  I also like DISQUS for SEO reasons, but that’s another post for another day.

Fourth Step: Experiment

I’m definitely experimenting and having fun with it.  For instance, last night I found a good article about copywriting, SEO, and blogging with a FriendFeed search for SEO on DISQUS.  It was actually a rather cool way to combine both of the services I’ve been experimenting with recently.  I’ll continue to experiment as I always do, and I’ll be sure to share all of the interesting things I find here.

5 thoughts on “Chris Brogan’s Advice to Me”

    1. I think many of the themes are very similar to the many articles I've read on SEO. I find it a fascinating topic, and I always enjoy reading well-written articles such as yours. The copy itself provides good a very good example of writing that attracts attention and delivers the intended message. The information you provided reinforces concepts I've learned elsewhere.

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