Thursday, May 15, 2008

I Signed Up for Bloggerwave!

I signed up for a new paid posting service called BloggerWave. If you have a blog and want to make some extra money by writing paid posts, give BloggerWave a try. Bloggerwave is working hard to become Europe's biggest paid post "blogging for dollars" advertising service. BloggerWave seems to have a couple advantages for bloggers when compared to similar paid posting services here in the United States:
  1. Bloggerwave is headquartered in Europe, which may be a benefit for non-U.S. bloggers like my friends Mariuca and Lady Java;
  2. Bloggerwave lets each blogger register up to five (5) different blogs, and they're not as tough as some of the other services about the criteria for acceptance. I've registred three of my blogs so far: Roxiticus Desperate Housewives, Makin' the Bacon, and this one, Roxiticus Best Blogs.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Wordless Weekend? I Am Mother of the Year!

New Friends from Social Spark

I have posted quite a bit over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives blog about SocialSpark, a new membership site that combines social networking with advertising/paid posts.

On the social networking side, I have made quite a few friends (closing in on 1,500 at the time of this post) and have accepted a good number of paid post opportunities for advertisers like Dockers, MAXXED Energy Pops, and a scary movie called Frontier(s). In addition to paid post opportunities, SocialSpark offers the opportunity for bloggers like me to create our own split personality of Advertiser in order to promote our own sites through free "BlogUBack" posts called Sparks.

So far, my Roxiticus Best Blogs "Spark" has not generated a lot of action for me, but I have made three new "BlogUBack" friends who have written nice posts about me on their blogs:

  • I accepted another blogger, Dan Rua's, Spark for "VC FAQ" (venture capital frequently asked questions) on his Florida Venture Blog and wrote a post on Roxiticus Desperate Housewives called "Show Me the Money" about Angie's List being funded with a $35 million VC investment, along with my questions for the venture capitalist about valuation insights in the Blogosphere. Dan "blogged me back" with his VC FAQ: Venture Capital Valuation post. I highly recommend reading that post if you're a blogger who is considering the question of enterprise value for an Internet venture, way beyond the hundreds or thousands you may be earning now through Google AdSense and paid posts.

  • WhatASlacker devoted a post to "Roxiticus Best Blogs: A Blog About Blogs" on What A Slacker! (the rantings and ravings of an antisocial slacker). I'm glad to see that an antisocial slacker has joined a social networking site like SocialSpark and appears to be making friends left and right!

  • Aris Martant posted about "Blogging as a Tool for Business" on his Business Quotes blog. Aris' profile describes him with the following quote: "You cannot be what you are not, but you can become what you are not. If you sow a thought, you reap an act. If you sow an act, you reap a habit. If you sow a habit, you reap your character. If you sow your character, then you reap a destiny."

Monday, May 5, 2008

Ramblings of Maggie @ Coffee Shop Mafia

According to Maggie, “Blogs are like flashers. They exhibit themselves anonymously and publicly, with little consideration for you, the audience."

I love the quote, but despite Maggie's alleged lack of consideration of me, her audience, Ramblings of Maggie makes her readers want to come back every day to see what she has to say.

Maggie's blog is her online confessional. Sometimes she speaks of her sins and some of the sins of her family and friends. Check it out and you'll see for yourself that Ramblings of Maggie is a digital journal inspired by her life, her love and the colorful world around Maggie. In Maggie's World, things aren’t always the same as the outside world. Sometimes a Swirling Stormy Great Red Spot dominates the atmosphere. However, the Great Red Spot remains a mystery and causes insanity, silliness and an occasional snippet of wisdom.

Things about Maggie:
She's in love (awwwwwwww), has two kids (a lot older than I expected from such a swingin' chick), a single mom who works full time as an Executive Assistant and still has time to blog (hope she doesn't get Dooced!), owns her own home, drives a mini van, loves computers, spends too much time in front of said computers, has a terrific sense of humor. Maggie worries that sometimes only she "gets" her own humor, but I've enjoyed many laughs in Maggie's World over the past couple of months. Maggie grew up in the town next to where she lives now, once was a sassy temp, Not a sassy temp anymore. She likes to camp with her honey, drink coffee with him, surf (the blogosphere or the ocean??) and eat chinese food. Maggie and said Honey like to cook together (don't get any ideas, Rex, the kitchen is your domain around here) and Maggie doesn't like to clean. She has a quick Portuguese temper but it passes quickly. Some have said she's “crazy” but she thinks she's just a normal stressed-out woman.


BlogBackupr: Not A Paid Post, Just a Really Good Idea

I don't know about you, but I have really really bad luck with technology. I've paid more than I care to mention to various hard disk recovery companies after expensive IBM notebooks crashed at the same time as my office server, causing me to lose a combination of important business documents and precious family pictures.

Since I started to blog in earnest back in late January/early February 2008, I have started to "learn the ropes" of the blogosphere and have developed a certain mistrust of Google and their Blogger/Blogspot service. ("Our Googlebots think this is a SPAM blog and have locked you out. You can attempt to restore access but we will keep you waiting for months and months.") As a result, I have started to migrate to a self-hosted WordPress blog on my own url, but it's not an easy process. In the meantime, what to do to protect my precious content?

One night when I was surfing Other People's Blogs (OPB), I happened upon a post about Blogbackupr. Blogbackupr is a FREE service that backs up your blog content every day over the Internet using your blog's RSS feed. As someone with limited technical capabilities and even more limited patience, I found it easy to use and their tech support people helped me out within a day or two when I ran into trouble.

Give it a try...BlogBackupr works with any blog and you've got nothing to lose (but you could lose your blog content if you don't Backupr).

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Nose On Your Face

The Nose On Your Face, written by the blogging team of R.H. Potfry and Buckley F. Williams, is one of my favorite BlogExplosion discoveries. These guys are hysterical, but you may not be familiar with them because they don't participate in Battle of the Blogs or EntreCard.

I first started ROFL with TNOYF when they posted a Brit Hume interview and photodocumentary about Hillary Clinton when she "mis-spoke" about sniper fire in Bosnia.

My other favorite TNOYF headlines include:

Friday, May 2, 2008

Lady Java: The Blogger Who Never Sleeps

Lady Java, another terrific BlogExplosion discovery, is one of the friendliest and most prolific (or blogalific, if you will) bloggers in the blogosphere. Her secret to getting everything done is that she nevah evah sleeps...she just pours herself cup after cup of that hot java and delivers her Midnight Magic (and cheerful comments) around the blogosphere. Lady Java's Lounge is where you'll find LJ's ramblings on daily living, home, family, health, love, beauty, shopping and product reviews.

Lady Java's Life Pages are where LJ feels free to let go and be herself. It's a blog revolving around her life, daily activities, special events, love and relationships. Enjoy!

LJ also has a blog about her six furry kitties, but I am so highly allergic to cats that I'd be sneezing while I blogged if I posted a picture, so....just a link to Cat Tales.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Sosuna-o-lata: Procrastination Comes to Those Who Wait

Sosuna-o-lata is another great blog I found through BlogExplosion.

Our blogging host is a dreamer and a procrastinator, married with two children and working full-time. She jots down her thoughts, adventures and misadventures, and shares them with her readers. You'll find a mixed bag of photos, movie reviews, recipe reviews, silly findings and great places she finds on the web.

Nooice! Buffy's Blog from DownUndah

Buffy's Blog is one woman's opinion on love, life and the male species. Buffy blogs about her life DownUndah and the people in it...from her family and friends to her work at SexyAds. She discusses things that make her happy and issues that "urk" her. You'll find Buffy to be honest, frequently funny and at times blunt.

I found Buffy's Blog while surfing the blogosphere via EntreCard, and dragged her with me into SocialSpark, who promptly declined her dirty dirty blog due to content of an adult nature. Go ahead, click the picture, there's nothing on Buffy's Blog you won't enjoy!

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