Good Reads: Buzz in Blogs 2007-08-18

It’s time to take a look around and see what’s happening around us.

  • Review of GreatNews RSS Reader: Neely of NutShell Journal
    It’s no secret to my readers that I am a fan of GreatNews RSS reader, a portable and versatile feed reader. Neely  found that my reasons for using Desktop feed reader compelling enough to try and it and she has put up a nice review of GreatNews. I have been postponing my own review of GreatNews and Neely has given me some motivation now.
  • 5 Reasons to Send A-List Bloggers To The Coal Mines: Kumiko’s Cash Quests
    An interesting read on how Kumiko compares the life of probloggers with that of coal miners and makes a point that they should stop whining about their job. Interesting pictures too. Meet Miner Mike.
  • DCOT: Blogger or Art Thief? – Tim at Daily Cup of Tech
    Tim is running a logo contest for DCOT. I learnt quite a bit from his encounter with difference in a no-spec and spec contests. Read on if you are interested in hosting design contests.
  • How To Find Hotspots On Your Blog: Mark at Me And My Drum
    Mark talks about a free web service that helps you track hotspots on your blog. I’m currently trying CrazyEgg on here but the number visits reported by FireStats and CrazyEgg doesn’t seem to add up. It’s still pretty cool visualization though.
  • Why Does My Feedburner Subscriber Count Fluctuate: Darren at ProBlogger
    This is something I used to wonder and later learnt that it has to do with the subscribed users actually pinging Feedburner when they read or update their feed readers. Darren goes into a little bit more detail and is a nice read.
  • Newbie’s Guide to Google Reader: Josh at Webware
    ShanKri-la’s RSS subscribers have gone from a couple of dozen to ~190 in a few months. For the rest of you who are yet to subscribe, here is a guide to using one of the most popular web-based feed readers to get updates from ShanKri-la.

Here is the round up of stuff that caught my attention this week. Hope you enjoyed it and plug away your own nice posts in the comments if you’d like to showcase some for us to read.

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4 Responses to “Good Reads: Buzz in Blogs 2007-08-18”

  1. Mark August 19, 2007 at 8:11 pm #

    Thanks for the mention, buddy! :)

  2. K-IntheHouse August 20, 2007 at 12:42 am #

    You are very welcome, Mark! I have read about CrazyEgg but your post made me try it. So, thanks to you! :-)

  3. Jeanne Dininni August 28, 2007 at 7:06 pm #


    Thanks for pointing us to these great posts! I’ve read the post at ProBlogger, but I’m looking forward to digging into the one about Google Reader. I have G-Reader, but haven’t really used it yet, except to give it a quick look.

    The others actually look great, as well! Where do we find the time for all this indispensable reading, and still find time to write our own blogs, complete our other freelance writing projects, and do all the other things that make up a life?!

    I guess we’ll simply have to work on that one!

    Thanks, again!

  4. K-IntheHouse August 29, 2007 at 11:50 am #

    Hey Jeanne.. great to see you here and thanks for taking the time to comment. Just rescued your comment from the moderation queue.

    RSS readers are great and Google Reader is one of the best web based readers. Bloglines has just come out with their long needed improved version.

    Time management is one of the biggest challenges for bloggers. Balancing between the time you spend reading and spend writing posts is a tight rope walk. I try not to regurgitate the tech news that everyone covers and provide original content even if it makes 4-5 posts a week.

    See you around soon.

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