Oh yeah, I finished the day after Thanksgiving.
I’m changing doctors.
It’s December 9th and I haven’t even started thinking about Christmas. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
On a side note, Christmas is also my birthday. Please send all presents to:
100 @DannyBrown Highway
Middle of a Cornfield, Illinois
So, since I’ll soon be behind the eight ball with Christmas for my family – let me tell you what I want under my blog’s Christmas tree this year.
4 things I want under my blog’s Christmas tree:
1. A prominently placed email subscription form.
I want to better connect with my readers. I want to do it in a more personal way that just a Feedburner email subscription box. I want to be able to email them with free stuff and maybe pitch a product ot two throughout the year.
Tip: “Prominently placed” are the key words here. Make them stand out a bit and get them above the fold.
2. Less clutter.
Life affords me tons of information overload each and everyday. I am bombarded at every turn with the latest, greatest gizmo.
When I read a blog – that’s what I want to do – read the blog. I don’t need you to scream at me with anything and everything having to do with your products, services or otherwise.
Place them neatly in your navigation bar or nicely in your sidebar, but, please. let me read your content without getting a headache.
Kaarina Dillabough’s blog is a great example.
3. Great content.
Nice transition into this one eh? Tons has been written on the notion of “content is king.”
Here the deal though – I not only want to read content – I want it to be GREAT content.
GREAT content is king in my book.
As a blogger, I want to write it. As a community member, I want to read it.
Produce good schtuff. Give your readers the delight of their day.
4. Livefyre commenting system.
Yep – HUGE Livefyre fan.
Livefyre is so much more than just a commenting system that you slap on your blog because you want your readers to leave you a nicety or two.
It is truly a “real time conversation platform.”
Do you desire to carry on a conversation with your readers? Do you want to build a community and not just a readership?
Then you will love Livefyre.
Maybe you have seen me write about it over at Creating Conversations With Frank.
You’ve seen my list – now what about yours? What things can you add to my list – programs, plugins, concepts?
Let’s continue the conversation below.
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