Sunday, June 26, 2011

Blog of the Week : 06/26 - 07/02 2011

The Blog of the Week for June 26th to July 2nd, 2011 is 'Hypergraffiti' and in fact, I'm going to do something I haven't done before and give shout outs to two blogs this time around. I'll get to the second blog in a second but this first one is a personal one from Trudy Morgan-Cole and is one which has been listed on the roll since 2006, pretty much since this whole thing began. The blogs content is evident from her about me section:
I'm Trudy J. Morgan-Cole. I'm a published writer, but never as published as I'd like to be. I'm married to the one of the funniest men I know, and I'm the hardworking, frustrated, delighted mom of two bright and beautiful kids. I'm an adult-ed teacher who thinks my students are the bravest people on earth. I'm a Newfoundlander first and a Canadian second.
I was originally going to select her reading/book review blog ('Compulsive Overreader') this week in reference to 'things to do in rainy weather', but realized there was a better story here; that being the longevity of her blogs being listed. Both of these blogs are wonderful additions to our community and have been for a while. It's about time I have them featured in this initiative and with that, it's time for me to shut up and for you to get visiting. There's two to check out this week after all. Have fun!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Blog of the Week : 06/19 - 06/25 2011

The Blog of the Week for June 19th to the 25th, 2011 is 'Flatout Buddy'. I figured with summer approaching (though you couldn't tell by the bad weather) it was a good idea to select a recreational related site to feature this week, and this blog from Jim out of St. John's fits the bill perfectly. Jim's space is all about 'Balancing Life and a Love for all things Swimming Cycling, and Running' and is filled with a multitude of posts related to his journey into triathlon; everything from his training routine to nutrition and all things in between. It's a wonderful and informative site for anyone with similar interests and perhaps one that can inspire those who want to get into such activities but haven't yet. Either way, it's a great addition to our community here and one well worth visiting... which you should go ahead and do now. Get going! 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

NL BlogRoll Makes The Telegram

A couple of weeks ago I sat down with the awesome Colin MacLean of The Telegram to discuss our wonderful community here and I'm ecstatic to announce that today his article was printed in the weekend version of our provincial paper. How incredible is that?!

What's even more exciting than the fantastic article itself, is how heavily featured it was. Not once did I think so much coverage would have been given to our community here, but when I opened the paper this morning to see my mug plastered over the front page of the Province section, accompanied by a great article spanning two pages, I became very excited to say the least.

As I mentioned in the article, this whole thing is about promoting our Province and the Blogger's from here, and this article will do wonders in helping me achieve that. I want to take this time to thank the folks at The Telegram for printing the article and more so to Colin for writing it. He truly was a great guy and the hour I spent with him was quite fun. I wish him all the best in his career and I for one will follow his articles along the way. Best wishes to him and all the folks at The Telegram. Again, I can't say this enough; on behalf of the entire community here, I thank you.

Now go read the article!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Category Pages Launched

I've been teasing everyone with this development for quite a while now and it's about time I can finally announce the newest addition to our beloved hub here: Category Pages! That's right, the addition of categories this year didn't stop with the inclusion of those mini rolls found on this page, but also includes a new section where each category can easily be browsed and has a full list of applicable blogs found within.

The task took quite a while to sort out and get ready, but I'm happy to say that things are finally at a point where this announcement post can be made. I've been working feverishly in getting it done as I wanted them ready for the upcoming Bloggers Choice Awards. As I mentioned in this recent post, each of these pages will be used to help promote the winners in each category with each page having links and RSS feeds of the winners and they will stay that way for a year!

OH and to all the current members of the NL BlogRoll: If you feel your blog is better suited for a category different than what it's currently found in, please reply to this post (or email me) with your suggested category and I'll be sure to move it!

Now, all I have to do is finalize the prep work for the awards initiative and all I'll be well on the way to getting my task list for the year completed! As always, stay tuned for future developments on that and more.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Blog of the Week : 06/12 - 06/18 2011

The Blog of the Week for June 12th to the 18th, 2011 is 'lowercase studio'; another delightful photography focused blog out of St. John's from the mind of a man who I could not describe better than he does himself:
By day i am a mild mannered designer and art director at a small marketing house. By night i play in traffic, i skulk with camera in hand and steal souls
If you haven't already gone to visit based on that, you may also like to learn that if you read 'The Scope' you're likely already familiar with some of his work, as he does contribute. As a member of the BlogRoll for going on 2 years now, he has also already contributed much to our community here, and with that the blog of the week is well deserved. Go check out some of the amazing shots!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Blog of the Week : 06/05 - 06/11 2011

The Blog of the Week for June 6th to the 11th, 2011 is 'Conversations'. This space is from the mind of Jon Reid out of Corner Brook, which focuses mainly on Tech, Literature and Business but is essentially a true example of a 'Mixed Bag' blog. While Jon does indeed post quite a bit on the 3 main topics listed, there are posts found throughout on just about anything that he feels worthy discussing, each one as informative and interesting as the one before. From local issues and observations, to photography, to entertainment related topics, to anything and everything in between Jon definitely has a lot to say and all if it is well worth the read. At this point, instead of wasting any more time reading about the blog, go visit for yourself. There's a lot to take in, so get started! Click the pic.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Twitter Tips for NL Bloggers

Twitter has been invaluable to our community as of late and I'm not only talking about the wealth of new blogs I've discovered either. The ability to spread the word about our beloved blogroll to a whole new group of socially connected people has been very worthwhile. Not only have I met a tonne of new and awesome folks, many new visitors are checking out this blog as well and thus, everyone else's blogs. Most of all though, twitter has been fun and if you're a user yourself and an NL Blogger, you're going to want to read up.

Twitter Lists
I've created a bunch of Newfoundland and Labrador related twitter lists (NL Newsies, NL Arts, NL People and Newfoundlandia), some of them displayed on the sidebar, but the main one we have to chit chat about is the one dedicated to this BlogRoll community: NL Bloggers. It currently sits at 136 followed, all bloggers from the province also using twitter. If you're not listed there yet, let me know and I'll rectify that problem (@seliharris).

NL Blogger's Daily
A related initiative comes from a free service (Paper.li) which collects links from tweets into one online 'Newspaper'. I've created one for us (NL Blogger's Daily) which will collect posts found in the NL Bloggers Twitter list daily. Every 24 hours a new paper will be created and with that, a new tweet of the top stories selected from these posts sent out to the twitter-verse. Lovely no?

Twitter Feed
Speaking of sending posts into the twitter-verse, I strongly recommend any blogger n' twitter user sign up for TwitterFeed. It's again another free service which automatically tweets whenever you post a new entry to your blog. It creates a short url of your post and includes it in the tweet, along with the title. It also lets you add a prefix and suffix (any text you want) to the tweet as well. For mine, I decided to have 'NL Blog Post' before the link and title followed by a couple hashtags: #Newfoundland #Blogs. It can be anything you want though. Have fun with it. I think it's a great tool to easily help promote your blog posts. Check it out.


As you can see, I've been busy trying all kinds of new way to help promote all of us here. Twitter has provided me an opportunity to network with a boatload of new people and with that an ability to talk about this beloved community we have here. That to me is worth all the time I spend there.

Of course, I'm slightly twit-dicted, so that helps too...

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