Liz Strauss asked me, Dawud, "When I go to your blog I get the feeling there's a back room behind your blog where you work. What work do you do there?" And so kicked off our one2one conversation. So what am I doing behind my blog? When I'm not rubbing the swollen feet of my pregnant wife, … Read more about What I Do In The Back Room Behind My Blog :: a one2one conversation
How do you bridge two blogs in conversation? That's the question Liz Strauss and I kicked around together a couple of weeks ago. And what was birthed is what we're calling a one-2-one conversation. One conversation across two blogs, in two directions between two people. Here's how it works... Liz … Read more about One Conversation…Two Blogs :: announcing the one2one Conversation
Are you blogging to build relationships? I sure am. And so are many other bloggers. Sure, if we're blogging, we probably like to write. We also probably enjoy playing on the internet to some degree. And for many of us, we've got businesses to promote. Yet the reason many of us blog is to create … Read more about 5 Ways Not To Make The Biggest Mistake In Your Blogging Relationships
Some of the best advice I've ever heard has come in unassuming moments in casual conversation. Moments when I was relaxed and just open to something new. I can recall many moments like that with my grandfather. My grandfather loved birds. He used to sit for hours watching finches fly in and out of … Read more about Small Business Advice: Listen For Unexpected Wisdom
Many bloggers, like Preston, have asked this question of whether they should fake comments on their blogs to begin the conversation. Darren Rowse had some great advice. As did Jason Kaneshiro from Webomatica and Dee of Blogozine. They each had some great suggestions of writing more conversationally … Read more about New Bloggers: An Idea To Get The Conversation Started
You probably want more comments on your blog, right? I know I do. I guess I'm just greedy. Or maybe I love having these conversations so much with you that I want to see them ever growing. So what do I do when the comment box goes dormant? Is there anything I can do to kick off the … Read more about Can Faking Comments Start The Conversation?
Is marketing about transactions? Is it about communication? Is it about conversations? Or is it about relationships? Of course, marketing isn't about one thing in particular. Yet marketing tends to focus on one, specific outcome - often the transaction. But what happens if we only focus on … Read more about How Is Marketing About Relationships?
I love to read. Yet being a solopreneur, a husband, a father, a constructrion worker (I've just gutted our kitchen), a friend, etc - it's hard to find time to read as much as I'd like. So Doug Karr helped me out yesterday when he posted about the book, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz & … Read more about The Four Agreements of Conversational Blogging
Believe it or not, I've actually said this to a few clients - that conversational blogging is like a conga line. I know it's sounds funny, but it's true. Think about it. When do we conga? Usually at a party. Well, isn't conversational blogging is like a party? Someone has to start the conga, of … Read more about Why Conversational Blogging Is Like A Conga Line
What inspires you? For me, it's my kids, being anywhere in nature, a rolling thunderstorm across the plains, a fresh mountain snow above timberline in September, the sound of water falling from a cliff - okay, really anything involving nature. And words. Words that express depth and meaning. … Read more about 5 More Inspirational Quotes For Conversational Blogging
There I was sitting at SOBCon07 over the weekend enjoying the speakers and the conversations they started. Soaking in all kinds of great ideas for taking my blog the conversation (and my business) to the next level. Then, out of nowhere he said it...what's been on my mind since I began writing … Read more about Business Blogging Advice: You're Not a Blogger
Liz had been telling me (that's she and I on the right) for weeks that SOBCon07 (link to pictures) was going to be a different kind of conference. How? She kept telling me that we were going to take the comment box to the conference room. Boy, did that ever happen. From when I arrived on … Read more about SOBCon07…Sharing Our Best Conference 2007