Thinking Home BusinessDeveloping a Corporate Blog - Jeremiah Shares the Pain (9.12.2005, 01:04 UTC)
New member of our LinkedIn Bloggers group on yahoogroups, Jeremiah Owyang, is a corporate blogger who is refreshingly humble about the learning experience of developing a successful corporate blog and at the same time has produced what looks to me like an excellent, sixty-six point "best" practice checklist (quotation marks are his - I said he was humble). See Learn from my Pain: Business Blogging "Best" Practices He invites comments and additions to his list.  
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Thinking Home BusinessHappy About Linkedin for Recruiting Book (5.12.2005, 05:33 UTC)
It's more lack of being super organized than any blogger's block that I have not posted much here in the last week or so. My excuse is that I'm deeply immersed in the co-authoring of a new book on the online social networking phenomenon, Linkedin. The book is primarily for people in the recruiting industry. It would not come as a surprise to anyone that, with over 4 million members - and growing - Linkedin has a goodly share of members from the recruiting industry, and of course plenty of p...
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Thinking Home BusinessSkype Password Drama (1.12.2005, 02:31 UTC)
Received an email today purporting to be from Skype and asking me to log on to a site hyperlinked from the email and change my password. To me it looked like a scam, not least because it included a somewhat confusing - to me - explanation of how I could know it wasn't. As if! So I contacted my friend and Skype guru Phil Wolff, who posts regularly to the SkypeJournal (which is actually independent of Skype). Phil assured me that actually the email was the real thing and pointed me to a ...
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Thinking Home BusinessSmarter Web Design and Would You Like a Blog With That? (29.11.2005, 02:02 UTC)
Until recently, when someone has been telling me about the new website they are having designed, I have asked whether they are incorporating blog functionality. I've stopped doing that, because what seems to happen is that those who get interested and then go and ask their web designer the question seem to get nowhere. In one instance, a person was told that yes, a blog could be incorporated, but it would be "very expensive". I wondered how expensive it would be for a good web designer to incor...
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Thinking Home BusinessHelpful List of Blog Directories (29.11.2005, 00:38 UTC)
Lately I've been thinking it's high time I checked my listings on various blog directories and at the same time kept an eye out for new directories. Someone was listening. Thanks to Lee Odden, via Dina Giolitto of Wordfeeder.com for the link to the Monster List of Blog Directories or to give it its full title, TopRank Monster RSS and Blog Directory Submission List. Very handy.
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Thinking Home BusinessYoga (28.11.2005, 23:43 UTC)
If you spend a lot of time in front of your screen working online you may find it useful, and healthy, ....and pretty easy too, I might add to do a Yoga workout that I do. It is called T5T and was developed by an Australian lady called Carolinda Witt.... She has just started a blog too, and is very open to discussing with people how they can help themselves, heal themselves.... By the way, I do the T5T excercises or rites every day.... well most days anyway.
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Thinking Home BusinessWorld Swim for Malaria (25.11.2005, 08:50 UTC)
The equivalent of seven jumbo jets full of children die every day from the highly preventable disease, malaria (3,000 children every day) The single most effective way of preventing malaria is to have people in affected areas sleep under a mosquito net which can be bought for US$5 So a young Australian, Rob Mather, and a team of supporters and sponsors and swimmers are doing a World Swim for Malaria on Dec 3, 2005 - only one week away - to get a million people swimming to raise money to buy mill...
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Thinking Home BusinessBetter/Best Blogging Tools (25.11.2005, 05:45 UTC)
Here is a question I would like to pose to Des's blog visitors.... What is the blogging tool that is best in your opinion?  I am familiar with a couple of the bigger branded products that are out there... but what is the favored tool for people who are in the home or small business environment? And why? Is ease of use the important thing or is the ability to customise the layout, or is there some other aspect of the tool that you use that makes it special... Oh and also, are you aware of ...
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Thinking Home BusinessHappy Thanksgiving to All My American Friends (24.11.2005, 00:16 UTC)
Never having been in the US at Thanksgiving but having picked up a bit of the significance from my reading and from association with Americans, I understand this is an important time. And looking through my address book today I realise I have quite a few American friends living far from their native land and who today will probably not be surrounded by other Americans celebrating the holiday and its deep significance. So here is a heartfelt Aussie wish for a Happy Thanksgiving, for my American f...
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Thinking Home BusinessHelp Me to Help You: Leave a URL Link in Your Comments (23.11.2005, 00:46 UTC)
I'd be surprised to find a blogger who doesn't like the idea of someone finding their site via a link in a comment on another blog. and I'm happy for bloggers to leave a link to their site, as long as the comment is a real comment, on topic, and not one of those stupid spamming comments (which I will continue to delete instantly and on the basis of my own judgement of what constitutes spam). Now some bloggers may assume that all blog platforms link the commenter's name to the commenter...
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Thinking Home BusinessOn being "A Consultant" (22.11.2005, 02:35 UTC)
To be a consultant a few years ago; and as well; work from home, was considered "being unemployed". And perhaps for a few consultants it was. That's changed. It's the technology that's made 'solo' the same as 'big'. Powerful PCs, big screens,(for everything) cable TV, laptop, blackberrys, DSL, wireless, PDA, cellphones, Skype, IM, fax, videophone, Kinko's! have all been part of the building blocks. They enable replication of the office environment at a fraction of the cost. ...
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Thinking Home BusinessHow to Pronounce SQL and MySQL (22.11.2005, 02:25 UTC)
One thing about working from home is that you can get to the stage where a lot of your knowledge inputs are coming from text, online or in paper format and you are not hearing as much chat as you might have done in a traditional workplace. And as new words and technical terms come along it's possible to get a bit behind the game. There is a possible risk, in business communication with people more up to date and attuned, of sounding out of the loop. I feel pretty comfortable about how to pronoun...
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Thinking Home BusinessTravels (20.11.2005, 14:44 UTC)
My first time in Helsinki. Arrived this morning about 9am. Beautiful crisp clear nordic day. Minus 8 degrees Celsius.This is a beautiful country with tremendously friendly people.... Staying at the Hilton right next to the harbour. Regardless of how easy it is to stay home and run a virtual office, there are some real benefits to going into the field and meeting the people you plan to do business with....
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Thinking Home BusinessSkype Tip: Start a Chat as Default for Clicking (20.11.2005, 07:34 UTC)
Pleased to see Chris Gilbey activating his guest blogger role and interested to see what he has to say about Skype. Last night I had my own excellent Skype experience. A colleague in California and I had been trying to work out a good time to talk. I saw he was listed on the Skype interface as being online, so we were able to have a very productive forty five minutes or so going over some important business matters. It was quite late at night where he was and ordinarily I would not hav...
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Thinking Home BusinessOn The Road (19.11.2005, 06:12 UTC)
Well, since you invited me, Des.... I am currently at the Crowne Plaza at LAX - due to catch the early (7am)  flight to NYC and onward to Helsinki.... The one thing that I can share with you is that when I sit here at the desk at the hotel there is a small chart of countries you can call and the resepctive toll charges (with the customary massive added margin that hotels like to charge). For instance to call Australia - where I live costs US$31.85 for a 3 minute call. On the other hand t...
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Thinking Home BusinessGuest Blogger Chris Gilbey (18.11.2005, 01:10 UTC)
Googling 'home business' shows there's no shortage of information on the topic (try 2.4 billion searches). How much of that information is useful for the man or woman who has a home based business, or is contemplating establishing one, is another question. Extrapolating from my own experience and interests, and from conversations I have with various people about working from home, I have a hunch that a lot of us would like to know more about how we can amplify our business capacity with acces...
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Thinking Home BusinessGuest Blogger Richard McKinnon (17.11.2005, 07:41 UTC)
One of the best informed people I know on issues of the day, Los Angeles based Richard McKinnon, co-founder of Perceptric Forum, posts often and always interestingly at the Perceptric blog. I'm delighted that Richard has accepted my invitation to be a guest blogger here at Thinking Home Business.  Richard and I have spoken more than once about how much the 'home based business' concept is evolving, as more and more business people with serious corporate experience and global vision choose t...
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Thinking Home BusinessA Week is a Long Time in Business Blogging (16.11.2005, 06:20 UTC)
Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson famously observed that 'A week is a long time in politics'. Actually, this post has nothing to do with politics, but the quote sprang to mind when I saw that I hadn't posted here for more than a week, which doesn't sit well with my belief that, for a business blog, a week is too long between posts.
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Thinking Home BusinessWhy Pro Blogger Darren Rowse Loves His Blogging Business (3.11.2005, 23:36 UTC)
Checking out the new SoloTees blog today, I found an interview with pro blogger Darren Rowse, aka the 'six figure blogger'. The whole interview makes very interesting reading for anyone interested in what makes an entrepreneur tick. It also gives some insight into why some people really enjoy making blogging the focus of their business. Darren says there among the factors that attract him to his current business are: freedom flexibility independence creativity innovation networking ...
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Thinking Home BusinessSometimes I Just Don't Want to Play the Survey Game (2.11.2005, 00:38 UTC)
I have this impression, which I can't substantiate with empirical data (other than the empirical data that I have this impression), that every online marketing 'guru' says that surveys are a great marketing tool. The argument goes something like this: people love completing surveys; surveys are easy to whip up and there are tools online to make them easy to run; you get a lot of information which you can re-cycle as a report, an article etc; by publishing the results, say in a newsletter, y...
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Thinking Home BusinessSolopreneur Bliss (1.11.2005, 06:49 UTC)
From the Couldn't Have Said it Better Myself Department: The best part of being entrepreneur: I work on things I love. Things I’m passionate about. All of a sudden my ‘work’ becomes the interesting part. All of a sudden I actually enjoy life. Thanks to Tim Grahl at his Solo Tees blog. Tim and Dane Carlson of the Business Opportunities Weblog have teamed up to produce these tee shirts with amusing graphics, as in the left sidebar here. I thought ...
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Thinking Home BusinessBlogroll Choices and Linking Policy (1.11.2005, 05:50 UTC)
I sometimes wonder if anyone has a simple set of rules for working out which blogs to include in your blogroll, or favourite blogs list. I have a couple of working principles to guide me in this:
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Thinking Home BusinessMartin Neumann's Home Office Voice in Top Ten (31.10.2005, 02:27 UTC)
One of the many things I love about the blogosphere is that so many bloggers are very generous with information. Martin Neumann of Home Office Voice is no exception. So I was pleased to see Martin indulging in some well-earned kudos by being listed in Scott Allen's Top Ten Most Practical Blogs for Entrepreneurs.
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Thinking Home BusinessDave Taylor and Other Pioneers of Online Communities (28.10.2005, 07:05 UTC)
Of all the bulletins and ezines that have come and gone, one subscription I have enjoyed over the years is to The Internet Tourbus (Why Surf When You Can Ride?). Year in, year out this little bus has rolled up to my email box bearing goodies - lots of advice, helpful tips, explanations of internet arcana, plenty of humour, things to buy but never a hard sell.
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Thinking Home BusinessTypepad's Blues Not Relished by Competitor (28.10.2005, 04:55 UTC)
It's hard to keep a secret in the blogosphere and it's certainly no secret that some Typepad users have been having a less than totally satisfactory experience lately. See for example Toby Bloomberg's comments at Typepad's Growing Pains. I like a lot of things about Typepad, but as regular readers of this blog would know I moved months ago to using Blogware via the reseller BlogHarbor, as offering me a better user experience than I perceived I could get at Typepad. I've not been disappointed.
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Thinking Home BusinessA Few Irons in the Fire: My Recent Blog Diversification (25.10.2005, 08:34 UTC)
I've been a bit remiss in the past week in terms of posting to this blog, but I haven't been idle on the blogging front. In fact, as well as spending some time on my real-soon-now e-book, an introduction to business blogging, I've been getting a couple more blogs going. One is a re-working, as a blog, of my deswalsh.com website, which had gone from being a jumpsite for other business sites of mine to being basically a placeholder, while I figured out what to do with it. The other is a new blog...
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Thinking Home BusinessTop Ten Weblog Usability Tips with Comments on 1-5 (19.10.2005, 02:09 UTC)
As a longtime admirer of the work of web usability expert Jakob Nielsen I was pleased to find today, via a review on Josh Hallett's hyku blog, a link to JN's list of top ten weblog design mistakes, from the point of view of usability, which is a pretty crucial point of view for business blogs (although JN's list is not written for business bloggers as such).
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Thinking Home BusinessWhy Even Wrong-Headed Print Stories About Blogging are a Good Thing (16.10.2005, 02:32 UTC)
Nice to see that Mark Jones, IT Editor at the Australian Financial Review, is finding time to post to his Filtered blog. Interesting post a few days ago about the increase in coverage of blogs, podcasting and various Web 2.0 stories by the New York Times and other newspapers. Mark sees this as a version of what he calls the 'TV Week Strategy',
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Thinking Home BusinessWho Else Wants to Get Comment Spam Under Control? (14.10.2005, 04:05 UTC)
I was interested to read a rather plaintive post on Managing Comment Spam on the Blog Business Summit blog which included the following: If you’re running a high-volume site, with lots of comments, you’ve going to have to allocate a resource to manage the blog conversation. So far, this has not been a problem for me with this blog and I believe that's more due to the service provided by the blog service provider, BlogHarbor and my following until recently the policy of not allowing a...
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Thinking Home BusinessTips for Home Based Business and a New Book (13.10.2005, 03:22 UTC)
My ears pricked up this morning when the breakfast TV program Sunrise announced they would be interviewing a couple of people about home based business. Sam Leader is co-author with coach, writer and presenter Robert Gerrish, of a new book Flying Solo - how to go it alone in business. Kylie Carlson founded her very successful online kids educational toys business, Organised Kaos, from her back bedroom.
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