SiteProNews published a list of the 10 Blogging Sins that can help you be succesful by avoiding common pitfalls.
10. Sending Mixed Messages
9. Making It Hard to Subscribe
8. Inconsistent Posting
7. No Contact Info
6. Not Moderating Comments
5. Excessive Advertising
4. Not Linking to Posts
3. Dark Background, Light Text
2. No Search Box
1. Hiding Navigation
My defence for committing a couple of these is “well they are not all deadly”, as I am not aiming to do this professionally, nor is my readership extensive. But they are all very sound advice, and there’s no excuse for not starting off on the right foot.
Yet again the promise of ten top tips includes an 11th “bonus” item – and this time its from a blogger who’s name you might actually have heard.
Actually I will applaud these recommendations because they are about getting MORE out of LinkedIn, rather that merely getting started with it like so many I’ve come across (and in some cases mentioned here).
So have a look at Guy Kawasaki’s list How to Change the World: Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn, and whilst you’re there check out some of the categories on his blog – there’s a reason you’ve likely heard his name.
I have decided to bin the old idea of a Curriculum Vitae (Latin for “the course of my career”) because there is no point in listing the jobs I have done and the responsibilities I have had. What I need to have now is a Résumé (French for summary), which summarises the benefits I can bring to a prospective client.
I have been encouraged, by seeing award wining resume samples, that I can expand on the “introductory sentence or two”, and have chosen to go for the following structure:
Scott Allen shared this list of Top Ten Linked-In Do’s and Don’ts from Liz Ryan with fellow members of the LinkedInnovators group. Although I am still a novice mysef, these look like sensible ways to avoid setting off on the wrong foot.
He also blogrolled the following, and on a quick scan I’ve already found some useful tips in them:
So the other thing I have done is to make my first step in trialing CRM (contact tracking) systems to trace my networking activities in a more relaible storage place than my sieve-like brain.
I have signed up for an account with JibberJobber.com, an online repository for noting contacts, their details, and the activities and interactions you have with them. I will be trying out various aspects of their service over the next few days, and hope to be able to give some feedback. However I can already say that the associated blog contains some well written articles and very interesting and relevant links. This prompts me to try and work out how I can add this to my own blogroll here. The irony is that I am probably more excited about bestowing this accolade than its recipient, Jason Alba, might care (“Great! A zero traffic site has linked to me – so?”). Still, I am sure that he would be grateful (if ever he discovered 😉 ).
Just in case anybody (including myself) ever asks me “where should go to host a new, free wiki?” there’s a comparitive review at http://pascal.vanhecke.info/2005/10/30/free-hosted-wikis-comparison-of-wiki-farms/. Ok, so it’s a year old already, but its a start. Thanks to Pascal van Hecke.