Posts tagged ‘reading’

February 4, 2011

Always Leave Them Wanting More— How the Adage Applies to Blogging

Etsy, Thetwitterpatedtoad

Problogger recently suggested twenty nine ways to generate or sustain blog traffic. In an effort to evaluate my own blogging success, let’s take a look at the list together:

  1. Teach me how to do something.
  2. Entertain me.
  3. Stimulate me to think.
  4. Tell me a story.
  5. Present me with some interesting research results.
  6. Make me laugh.
  7. Review a product or service to help me make a decision.
  8. Tell me why and how something applies to me.
  9. Show me a case study of something you’ve (or someone else has) done.
  10. Make me feel like I’m not the only one who….
  11. Predict what will happen next.
  12. Collate what other people say about….
  13. Inspire me.
  14. Give me a project to go away and do.
  15. Give me a sense of belonging.
  16. Explain what something means.
  17. Summarize a topic or issue.
  18. Intrigue me.
  19. Introduce me to someone of interest.
  20. Tell me your opinion.
  21. Link to something that I need to see or read.
  22. Share something I can relate to.
  23. Provide me with a list of resources.
  24. Stimulate me to enter into a dialogue or debate.
  25. Give me a point of view that is different from the rest.
  26. Encourage me to keep going through something I’m finding tough.
  27. Keep me up to date with the latest news or developments in a field of interest.
  28. Guide me through a process.
  29. Solve a problem that I have.

Of the above criteria, I can identify my strengths for sure. Alternately, I can see areas of improvement. I encourage you to consider what you like about this blog or any others you visit, and what sustains your interest over time.

Source: Darren Rowse, “29 Ways to Keep Me Coming Back to Your Blog Again and Again“,

December 17, 2010

Online Magazines: A Legitimate Excuse to Stay Indoors

After three hours of extensive, pleasurable research, I’ve managed to formulate a rather extensive list of online magazines sure to keep you indoors until Spring. Okay, maybe not that long, but surely long enough for a relaxing weekend.

Note: All pictures and descriptions are property of each respective magazine.

1. Sweet Paul Magazine / Sweet Paul Blog

Sweet Paul magazine is based on Paul Lowe’s wildly successful blog Sweet Paul, which ranked 22nd in the London Time’s Top 50 Best Design Blogs. With over 100,000 hits a month Sweet Paul has become a regular read for editors, stylists and foodies all over the world. Paul’s motto is “chasing the sweet things in life” and the magazine sure lives up to that. It will be filled with easy and elegant recipes, fun and stylish crafts, entertaining ideas, shopping tips, up and coming crafters and so much more.

2. Rue Magazine / Rue Blog

Your pathway to stylish living.

3. Nonpareil MagazineNonpareil Blog

Nonpareil is an online magazine that approaches weddings and other occasions with a focus on hip, stylish, do-it-yourself projects and inspiration, and our goal is to awaken your creative side and to help you plan a beautiful wedding in a more accessible way.

4. Babiekins Magazine / Babiekins Blog

Babiekins is a magazine that translates the style,comfort, and sophistication of must-haves for real kids all around the globe. We feature a range of fashionable designs and designers, amazing party ideas, an array of fun DIY projects, family relationships, as well as real issues concerning children.

5. Southern Flourish / Southern Flourish Blog

Southern Flourish is dedicated to producing a chic, modern magazine full of fresh editorial for those that love and live the new Southern style. Created for and by young Southerners, the magazine highlights the best of the Southern lifestyle, while providing readers with enjoyable content that helps improve and enrich their lives.


LMNOP is a free quarterly PDF magazine for hip, stylish parents and their children. Practical and fun, LMNOP shows you how to laugh, make, nurture, organise and play – with the best of everything right at your fingertips.

LMNOP only showcases unique and imaginative brands and products. We source many things from all over the world and have a keen interest in introducing our audience to artists, designers, and companies who offer something truly clever and unique.

And whilst we share many labels and products with our readers, we also (more importantly) share ideas on how to have fun with your children. Bringing you book reviews, fun craft ideas, recipes for home-made treats, the latest info on things to see and do, plus exciting ways to celebrate holidays and important occasions.

7. Maeve Magazine / Maeve Magazine Blog

MAEVE Magazine is a quarterly online publication aimed at the conscious consumer. MAEVE targets 30- 40 something’s… women… grown ups… parents… people who want more from their media. MAEVE is an observatory on human kind, incorporating a plethora of ideas and inspiration to bring life to your life and your family.


8. N.E.E.T. Magazine / N.E.E.T. Blog

N.E.E.T. Magazine is the brainchild of Stephanie J, who is based in the UK. Everything in the magazine is handpicked, designed and organised by her, the editor. N.E.E.T. began in December 2005 as a quarterly, online publication, laid out in a magazine format – as a showcase for grassroots creativity. N.E.E.T. is the first of its kind – online, free and packed with everyone from a crafter creating from their kitchen table, to a fashion design graduate straight out of college, to a team of people doing it for the love of it. N.E.E.T. Magazine is an eco-friendly, grassroots style bible for the digital age. It would be impossible without the wonderful contributions of all those involved and many thanks goes to a wide network of global talent, with the internet playing a vital part in research and communication.

What Do You Think: What online magazines can’t you get enough of?