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I Need Your Vote For The Shorty Awards

Honestly people, if you were ever going to do something for me it would have to be to vote for me in the Shorty Awards. It didn’t even know what a Shorty Award was until I read Mitch’s post, My Pitch For The Shorty Award, Being the person that I am I went out of my way to vote for Mitch and it did it not only because I consider him a friend and all round great guy, nope, I did it because he’s a great blogger and I reckon he deserves to win it.

Strangely enough I awoke this morning to a Tweet that someone had nominated me for an award as well, ergo this post, and yes that person was Mitch. Thanks mate   :drunk_tb: Being nominated I don’t expect to win, as like Mitch mentioned in his post this contest started way back in Jan 3rd and although it ends in February 17th we’ve lost almost three weeks in the voting race.

What Is The Shorty Award?

So, what is a Shorty Award? It’s an award that has been running for several years, four to be exact as this is the 4th Annual Shorty Awards, but far be it from me to put words in their mouth. This is straight from their about page.

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The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content on across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, and the rest of the social Web.Every year, millions of people visit the Shorty Awards site to tweet nominations for their favorite social media content creators. All those tweets culminate in a highly anticipated awards ceremony that celebrates the winners in dozens of featured categories, as well as thousands of crowd-sourced community ones. For the second time, the Shorty Awards will also honor the industry’s best agencies, brands, and social media professionals. 

Just so you know there are heaps of categories but the only one I’m interested in is not coming last in the blogging one.  :loser: If that’s not enough incentive for all my loyal fans let me list a few reasons why you should vote for me in the Shorty Awards.

You should Vote For Sire In The Shorty Award Blogger Category because;

  • I’m two inches off being 6 feet tall which puts me in the short category so I deserve a Shorty Award  :smoke_tb:
  • I’m and Aussie an all around good guy
  • I know my way around the blogging world and have amassed one or two followers
  • So that I don’t win the wooden spoon by coming last in the blogging category, and this could happen because I am last and will remain there unless you people pull your finger out :hey_you:
  • I actually know a fair bit about blogging, having 9 blogs and combined having written over 3000 posts.
  • So that I don’t embarrass myself by coming last  :hairout_tb:
  • Because you love me and want me to have a good chance at getting somewhere near the top  :wub_tb:
  • So that when I do win you can pat yourself on the back and can tell everyone that you helped me to win it  :laugh_tb:
  • Because it will give you an all round fuzzy feeling in the pit of your stomach knowing that you did something nice.  :whistle:
  • Because if you don’t your comment will be deleted  :guns_tb: OK, I’m only kidding about that one….or am I?   :crazy_man:

Well, there are 10 perfectly good reasons why you should vote for me, and just so you know where to go I’m going to make it very easy for you.


Vote For Me!


Just so you know, being a social media site and all, you need to be a Twitter member to vote as the votes have to be tweeted. I’m not sure if you can vote more than once but I don’t mind you experimenting.  :thumbup_tb: Unlike Mitch I did vote for myself just to see if it works  :tongue_laugh_ee:

So, don’t just sit there thinking about it, click that link and vote for me and then come back and leave a comment, and remember my social blogging status depends on you!  :clap: And remember when tweeting you need to add a reason why you’re voting for me. I’m sure you can think of something.

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Kondoot, The Next Big Thing Since FaceBook

I bet there aren’t too many of you guys out there who have heard of Kondoot and if you haven’t don’t feel bad because it hasn’t been live all that long, about May 2011. Having said that the guys at Kondoot have been developing it for about 18 months and although it’s still in the early stages I can see them cementing a foot hold in the social networking market providing people like what they are offering.

The guys behind Kondoot are a couple of Aussies, Mark Cracknell and Nathan Hoad who just happens to have his own blog, nathanhoad.net. I’ve actually been chatting with Ben Hoad, Nathan’s brother and one of the founders and developers of Kondoot, via their live feed which proved to be very interesting.

Naturally people will compare Kondoot to FaceBook because there are certain similarities, apart from them both being developed by a Mark  :wink: The biggest difference that sets them apart is that Kondoot is a social network based on live broadcast feed which means once a member you can sit in front of your computer and broadcast yourself to the world or just to friends and family.

Kondoot The Good The Bad & The Ugly

One of the things I asked Ben is what Kondoot stood for, I mean you have to admit it sounds looks kind of goofy. “It’s derived from Conduit, basically the idea of being the best way to connect two points” Yep, that makes total sense. We chatted about other things but I’m not about to bore you with all the details. What I will say is that it’s early days for Kondoot and there are a lot of things on the drawing board, things that will make Kondoot a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the social network market.

As a blogger I always look for things that I can use to market one of my blogs. Like FaceBook once you become a member you can set up pages to promote your blog or business. I set one up to promote my Lotto site and as you can see from my page it’s really pretty basic because there’s not all that much that you can do with it at the moment, something that Ben says they are working on.

There are a couple of positives about setting up a page on Kondoot, apart from being able to promote your business. You can see the first one by studying the image below. As you can see I can post comments using either my original login name or my page persona. The other is I can also choose from the two when deciding to do a video broadcast. If you’re lucky enough to have employees working for you then you can also give them admin privileges so they are able to make changes to your page.

Probably the biggest thing about Kondoot, as well as being their biggest money spinner,joining a kondoot event is their unique broadcasting platform which allows people to charge others to view their broadcasts. Remember, this is live so bands and musicians could virtually sell tickets, via PayPal, to their fans so they can attend concerts from the comfort of their home.  :thumbup_ee:

Another great way to utilise this would be for those of you who wanted to charge people to view a particular webcast. All you need to know is when you want to view it, how much you want to charge, set up the event using kondoots event page and then to get the word out to your prospective viewers. Naturally they will need to join but that won’t be a problem as joining Kondoot is free. As all broadcasts have a group chat feature you can answer any questions people may during the broadcast.

OK, that’s it for now! I’m sure you will have questions and if I can’t answer them I’ll just ask one of the guys from Kondoot. Who knows it may even be Ben who as you can see from the image below has a Space Invaders picture on the wall. What you may not know is that it’s made from post it notes.  :smile:

 

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My Favourite Posts And Why I Liked Them

Even without doing any blog hopping I can just imagine all the blogs out there that are doing posts on new years resolution or about how you should be doing your business plans for the coming year. Not me! :smoke_tb:  Nope, I don’t do new years resolutions and I’ve never willingly done a business plan. Sure they’re a good idea to keep people focused and to help them with building a strategy to follow but they have never interested me.

I’m not even going to do a post about how things transpired last year because I covered that in my last post, A Recap Of 2011 And Best Wishes For 2012. Instead I want to write a post that may reveal a little about myself as well as giving my readers a chance to promote their favourite post.

My Favourite All Time Posts

I reckon that pretty well gives you an idea what this post will be about. I’m hoping that in sharing my favourite all time posts you may get an inkling of what sort of things appeal to me and in knowing that perhaps a little of what makes me tick.

OK, I reckon you’ve had enough of the posts that I like and you’re champing at the bit waiting to find out exactly how you get to promote your blog? Well, it’s quite simple really, all you have to do is to leave a comment linking to your favourite post while telling us why  it is that you love that post so much. Leaving just a link without a reasonable explanation will get your comment deleted so put a bit of thought into it. Remember that leaving a good comment will have more chance of getting others to read that post.

Oh, and you may want to tell me which of my posts, if any, you liked and why? :wink_ee:

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