You Can’t Please Everyone So Stop Trying

In my last post about whether or not you're providing value to your readers I said that the term value would mean "different things for different people and there is no way you can please everybody so there is no use in trying." I was thinking about that today and I came to the conclusion that particular statement just didn't cut it, that perhaps it needed a post all of it's own. I know if I was to look at my own life I could safely say that I'm the type of guy that is always trying to please everyone around me. Business wise it makes sense as you want to make sure that your customers are always satisfied and personal wise it also makes perfect sense because you also want to make your loved ones are happy. But at what cost? Let's not kid ourselves, keeping others happy always comes at a cost and we're the ones that are paying for it. The problem is that for some people they don't know when to say no and they are so busy trying to keep others happy that it affects their own quality of life. This is not a good thing and learning to say no once in awhile won't make you a bad person. Even when it comes to business there are times when the customer has to realize that you can't just drop everything for something that can wait until tomorrow. I used to have the tendency to let this…

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Does Your Blog Provide Value To Your Readers?

I've read a lot of blogs in my day and I've learned that I only return to those that have provided me something of value. I reckon that's why I don't bother returning to those blogs, and there are quite a few of them out there, whose sole intention is to try to separate me from my hard earned money. What I find extremely amusing is that the way they are trying to do it is by selling me their secret to making a fortune and it usually turns out that I have to do the same to someone else in order to secure my own fortune. :ponder_tb: Nope, as far as I am concerned there is nothing there of value to me and so I don't pander to their over inflated egos by commenting on them. So, what constitutes value? I suppose it means different things for different people and there is no way you can please everybody so there is no use in trying. Providing A Solution To A Problem Many people search the Internet in the hope of finding a solution to their problems and if you can provide that solution they will be more than grateful, they may not part with any of their cash but you still get a nice feeling from the knowledge that you helped someone out. One particular post that highlights this is the one I did explaining how I finally got Safari to work on my iPod Touch.  That particular post received more…

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Auto-Submitting Your Posts To The Web’s Top Social Networking Sites

As far as blogging platforms go I reckon that WordPress has to the the best freaking platform on the planet. If that wasn't enough for the average run of the mill blogger then the variety and quality of plugins available for Wordpress makes it even better! If I was to compare it to anything I would say that plugins do the same job for a WordPress blog that a turbo charger or any other number of accessories under the hood do for a high performance car. When looking for a plugin it has to fulfill at least one of three criteria. Make Life Easier: Let's face it, blogging is a grueling thankless task that can take so much time out of your life that you barely have time to make love to your prospective other. Rewarding Commentators: There are many plugins that do this ranging from commentluv to dofollow and many plugins in between. Make Life Easier For The Visitor: This could include plugins that make it easier for someone to Tweet a post or perhaps it could allow them to leave a link in the comment without having to know html Before even considering installing a plugin I make sure that it's able to fulfill at least one of the above conditions. This brings me to OnlyWire for WordPress, a plugin that allows my visitors to select from one of up to twenty social networking sites. Now, I've seen several blogs that have four or five buttons at the  top of…

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