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@schmittastic i'm loving it for my blog photography, even though i haven't even played around with manual settings too much. It's just really freeing to be able to choose the focus point in the depth of field for what i typically photograph. I have not, unfortunately, tried it for video!
4 months ago on Top 5 Beginner Tips for Vlogging with a DSLR Camera [VIDEO]
I purchased a Canon T4i recently, but that doesn't mean I know much about manual settings. These tips kind of made my head spin but were super helpful. I'm glad I invested in the nifty-fifty lens since it seems like everyone recommends this one. Now I just need to really sit down and focus on each of the three manual settings to get to know them better!
Great tips. I used to do this but should pick it back up again, especially on the "best posts in x category for the past month" realm.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 Ways to Repurpose Content [VIDEO]
@schmittastic mm good point... the honesty is a really good point. I'm working on a responsive site design so I'll think about incorporating that into the new site. Thanks as always!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on To Lightbox or Not To Lightbox [VIDEO]
While I find lightboxes annoying (especially since I clear my cache all the time while I'm web designing)... you're absolutely right, I almost always sign up, especially if I've scrolled down a third or a half of the way down the page and like what I've seen so far.
I'm not sure a lightbox is a good solution for my site since the content isn't fully niche... but I will definitely reconsider it if my site does end up steering one specific direction.
This is a really great article for me to read this morning; it helps me feel re-energized to work on my site for realsies. Paying too much attention to stats, while important, can be draining if they don't align with your goals.
Perhaps my goals should be a combination of "grow x% of twitter followers each month" AND "receive x number of interactions from people saying I helped or inspired them in some way". While the latter is more subjective and maybe shouldn't be counted so intensely, THAT's the kind of feedback that really does matter.
So, your article is really inspiring because it'll help me to remember to really soak in those positive interactions and stop worrying about stats so much, because those positive interactions is what success looks like for me. Thanks Amy!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on When Are You Going To “Blow Up”? [Sunday Real]
Incognito window-- excellent tip. Btw I have a question for you-- In the past, I've branded myself as Jenn Staz but am going back to my maiden name, which unfortunately is pretty common. Do you think I should keep Jenn Staz as a "stage name" of sorts, or really try to rebuild my brand under "Jenn Coyle" or "Jenn of Hello Brio"?
Love your shirt, it's so purty! And lol on the "much shorter version of the question" comment :)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Prepare to be Googled: 4 Tips To Impress With SEO [VIDEO]
I know sadly very little about SEO. Your video helps me understand that if I want the business end of my site to take off (which, honestly, I haven't focused on yet), I really do need to focus down on one niche on the blogging end of things. (Sigh)
More SEO tips please! Unfortunately, SEO is something I've wanted to ignore and thought was a bunch of hocus pocus (because of bad advice from certain people)... and I need to know more. All of it.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Blogging is Good for SEO [VIDEO]
I'm glad Twitter finally did this. However after looking at my "best" tweets, I feel super lame!
But I did see some trends and will take those into consideration. Actually, now that I look at it closer, it seems like it's only pulling in stats for after my handle change, which makes sense. Looks like I screwed the pooch on that one.
Anywho, thanks for sharing, as always!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Twitter’s New Analytics [VIDEO]
@schmittastic oh that's weird... I always thought you had to press enter for Google Plus, but yeah you're right! (You CAN press enter which makes it draw a box around the hashtag... but yeah, it's not required, apparently!) I do use G+ hashtags all the time, so not having to press enter will make it a lot faster.For Twitter-to-Facebook, I meant that if you post something on Twitter that posts to Facebook, I wondered if the post would automatically "pick up" the hashtags. And I answered my own question- it does! (I don't expect hashtags to be clickable across social media channels)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Hashtags Have Arrived on Facebook [VIDEO]
#hashtag!! Finally Facebook, really? I'm definitely excited about this. On Facebook it seems pretty seamless in my .5 seconds of testing, in terms of typing hashtag-something.
Google Plus's integration of hashtags is still a little clunky in my opinion. Having to press "enter" and doing so too fast on G+ feels a little wrong to me, do you agree?
I'm wondering if hashtags will convert to clickable hashtags from Twitter-to-Facebook posts. Have you tried that yet?
And yes, thanks for the news!! You are definitely where I hear these things first.
Ah, I did not know this! Nor have I hit my previous-limit of 20 lists. But that's definitely something I need to start using more. Thanks for sharing!
And Happy Belated!! I hope you reach your goal for charity water :D
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Twitter Lists Update [VIDEO]
Maybe I'm überly old fashioned about music.. but what ever happened to old school iTunes and syncing that with your iPhone or iPod? Maybe I need to get on the streaming bandwagon. The only way I discover new music now is by going to concerts of my favorite bands and hearing their opening bands.
Okay, so I'm lying a little. I did what @edebont did and put all of my music on Google Play (which, if it's now called Google Music, would explain why Google Play doesn't load on my web browser at work anymore).
Am I totally missing out? Should I just hop on the spotify bandwagon?
6 months ago on Google All Access vs. Spotify for Music Streaming [VIDEO]
Hola! Very good to know about this. When doing my taxes for 2012 a few months ago, it almost made me not want to freelance anymore. Well, that's being overly dramatic - it was just exhausting trying to sort it all out, as you know.
So then my question becomes- how much does this end up costing a person per month? i hopped on over to their site to check it out but was scared at the lack of information and pricing.
6 months ago on Freshbooks: Accounting Made Awesome For Small Business [VIDEO]
Ah, I never noticed it, but great idea linking the "As seen on" buttons to your press page!
8 months, 1 week ago on Analyzing Your Blog’s Sidebar [VIDEO]
Voted, good luck Amy!!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Happy 100th Video! Vote For Me For ColumBEST Blogger! [VIDEO]
I kind of have my toe stuck into Google Plus but easily get the most traffic from Facebook and Twitter out of all the social media sites. And oddly enough, for the number of followers I have on Google+, it doesn't really make sense! However, I do know that I only use G+ to push out new blog content, and not to chat, like I do on Twitter.
G+ is frustrating and is like a plane that keeps trying to get off the ground. I do know that we have to keep up with our presence on there in case it ever does fly and take over powerhouses fb & twitter... but until then, I'm not sure what to do with it.
The tip for uploading photos with every update is great. Instant highlighting. I will definitely strive to do that!
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Google Plus Tips From Guy Kawasaki [VIDEO]
LOVE the productivity video. Have I suggested the book "The Way We're Working Isn't Working" to you yet? It talks a lot about the 90 minute intense work / break intervals and some other topics touched on in the video.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Vlogs to Watch: Productivity is a Science
I just emailed you about this... but the biggest thing that's holding me back from starting a NEW blog is potentially losing the readers from my current blog! Oh, and the design. It's easy for me to design other people's blogs, but when it comes to my own... well, you know.
PS - does aweber allow you to do an automatic newsletter every other week? (Mailchimp doesn't)
1 year ago on How To Find Your First Blog Readers
Great video as usual, Amy! What really spoke to me was you saying that you need to provide readers with a call to action... Sounds so simple but it can be overlooked so easily. Also, conversion! Now that's a word I didn't think I'd hear again since I worked in retail. Also a great tip. What are other types of conversions to measure besides signing up for newsletters?
1 year, 2 months ago on Measuring ROI in Blogging [VIDEO]