One of these weeks, I’m going to get the Weekend Reading List out on a Friday like it’s supposed to be! But at least this is closer (Saturday morning). I’ve got a great list of articles (most from this week) that will help you in many different areas.
Kevan Lee writing for Jon Morrow’s Boost Blog Traffic put up a great list of 27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know. I must say that even as a heavy WP user for 10 years, I found a couple of new tips in this list that will make my (blogging) life easier. And I even used a few while writing this post!
Darren Rowse’s Problogger site has a short and sweet guest post How You Can Make Your Writing Twice As Fast By Making It 3x More Time Consuming – Wait, What? I will say that this idea is not new and it’s something that I do use all the time. It’s something I was taught in my high school composition class and it will make your writing take less overall time, and will greatly improve the quality.
Frank Sonnenberg has a great piece Instant Gratification: Are you selling your future short? This is something that everyone should read and give thought to. Years ago, I learned the discipline of delayed gratification and being disciplined in this area has kept me out of debt and allowed me to focus on building a solid financial picture. Instant gratification has gained steam in the culture – a culture of “I want it now” that builds a fragile lifestyle on debt and credit. Frank takes this beyond finances and describes how short-sightedness for instant gratification actually damages your long term results.
I’ve been trying to work more with Google+ these days – it is gaining ground in social media, although Twitter is still the king of the hill. Ryan Hanley has a good piece on implementing rich media into Google+ for more maximizing reach and engagement.
A killer headline is the beginning of great content. Without it, no one (or close to no one) will read your post (besides your mom). Demian Farnsworth has some great insight into better headlines with “6 Ways an Empathy Map Can Make Your Headlines Even Sexier.”
It seems like everyone is talking about the new Rainmaker Platform these days (including me). Here are some good posts on Rainmaker:
- Brian Gardner: Why I built a membership site
- Rafal Tomal: How I moved my website to the Rainmaker platform
These are good posts. I’ve been trying out Rainmaker myself and I’m considering moving this blog over to the platform. “But wait? Don’t you have your own membership site plugin? What about that?” Yes, I do – and in my (biased) opinion, WP-Members is still a fantastic plugin. Built on a framework concept, it is more flexible than any other membership plugin available. But it serves a different niche. WP-Members is for users who host their own WP site. Our customers are different.
The Rainmaker platform is for users who want to focus on publishing and media development without focusing on running maintaining technology. I’ll be writing a completely detailed post on this in the near future, but I highly recommend you check out Rainmaker. You can take it for a free test drive. And they will even give you free training for two weeks while you try out the platform. What could be better than that? While you might think that it is an expensive solution, you couldn’t even come close to the price they are offering if you purchased the individual pieces separately. The cost of Scribe alone (which is included) is more than Rainmaker alone. And there is incredible value in a managed platform solution.
Well, that should keep you busy for the weekend and give you some great ideas to attack in the coming week!