50 Sources of Inspiration for Blog Content

50 Sources of Inspiration for Blog Content

REMEMBER: Write about something you are passionate about; it will show in your writing. Write to the needs of your readers; they’ll establish you as an expert and look forward to what you have to say. 1. You are welcome to think of and write the content yourself,...

Each Time I Teach, I Learn

It’s no secret that I have a passion for rural Minnesota and helping small businesses. That is why I love traveling around Minnesota, teaching others how to grow businesses or non-profits using technology and the web. For each hour I spend researching, writing...

Using URL Shorteners to Make Your Work Easier

It has happened to me several times; I’ve been talking to someone about Bit.ly or a URL shortener and realized they have not been introduced to this feature. Let’s take a minute, go over the basics of URL shortening, and help you get the most out of...

Stop Wasting Time – Invest in Your Passions

I was driving home with my 11 year old daughter a few days ago.  She was sad that I was going to be going to a conference in Chicago over the weekend.   I told her it was a great conference that will give me a new outlook on what and how I blog, use social media, and...

The Repetitive Social Media Question

“It seems so repetitive, doesn’t it?” It’s a common question I receive when working with people who are new to the social media scene. So common, in fact, I decided to write a blog post about it. Hopefully I can ease the fears of other people starting out with social...

Twitter Giveth and Twitter Taketh Away

Only a short time ago Twitter added the much talked about “RT” button. For days I read nothing but negative tweets with #fail hashtags. Nobody seemed to like it. I was hesitant to use it, but forced myself to give it a try. It was easy to ReTweet with a...

Managing Fan Pages on Facebook Just Got Easier

We’ve all done it. We’ve opened our Facebook emails, read an emailed comment from our Fan Page that ignited our creative juices, and hit reply only to realize that Facebook doesn’t allow you to reply this way. Not anymore! Facebook recently launched...

Minnesota Fields are Smiling

My daughter and I recently went on a trip to Barnes and Noble to find a couple books.   She is a math genius and wanted to find a book to help her study math at a higher level.  I had an obsession to find a book that was recommend by a friend. Our drive was...

CaringBridge.org Social Network

Today’s post is to provide an example of a social networking website that has connected millions of people world-wide. Designed to be a free online journal for anyone going through medical crisis, CaringBridge has become common practice to keep loved ones...

Google Friend Connect as a Marketing Strategy

If you frequent blogs, you’ve maybe noticed a box like this (pictured left) in the sidebar titled “Google Friend Connect”, asking you to “Join this Site”. If you are like me, you skipped over it for months, hurrying on to articles and...

The Three Pitfalls of Business on Facebook

Setting up a fan page on Facebook is a great way to reach people who are passionate about what your business or organization does. However, the choices you make when setting up your page dictate the success and effectiveness of your fan page later. I work with many...

The Mystery Business

Every town has one; a mysterious business that nobody seems to know what they do. No one seems to know another person who works there, and the mysterious business seems to elude social events and sponsorships that other area businesses use to thrive. I wonder if these...