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If I had a dollar for every time I (figuratively) banged by head against the wall while learning blogging, I would be rich.

It’s no wonder bloggers get stressed out and aren’t always sure how to grow their blog.

In yesterday’s post we learned how addictive we become to spikes in traffic created by social networking sites.

But have you ever done any research on how many social networking resources there are?

I did, and I may have only touched the tip of the iceberg.

Today’s Lesson

Wikepedia has a huge list of social networking websites (approximately 125). They include sites such as Buzznet, Couch Surfing, Linkedin, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and many more.

Of the big shooters, Facebook reports:

* More than 70 million active users
* Facebook is the 6th most-trafficked website in the world (comScore)
* Facebook is the 2nd most-trafficked social media site in the world (comScore)

According to the data on Wikipedia’s site, MySpace claims 110,000,000 registered users, and Windows Live Spaces reports 120,000,000.

I’m not done yet.

Lets jump to another class of social networks.

This list is the result of a link Kaye (NBOTW) shared with me.

On Social Maker.com you can join up to 47 social bookmarking sites. These include Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Propeller and Spurl, just to name a few.

Whew!! That’s exhausting.

And there is more (+/- a duplicate or two), as neither list included MyBlogLog, Blog Catalog, or Squidoo.

Add to that, bloggers who strive to get their blogs listed in Technorati’s “top 100” blogs.

So the question becomes, what will work best for YOU?

Do you do what others do, or do you venture out on your own, researching each social networking website to determine if you want to be a part of that specific community.

It’s a tough choice, but it’s a choice only YOU can make.

Today’s Assignment

How have you determined which social network works best for you?

Do you allot a specified amount of time for time spent on social networks?

Has it helped get your blog found?

Do you think it’s important to join multiple social networks, or is what you’ve done enough?

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Bloggers are always looking for help. Help to get found. Help to make money online. Help in writing. Help in turning a blog into an online business, and help on how to blog.

Well, I’m here with help.

Today’s Lesson

Listed below are 1066 great resources. Some are lists of links, some are lessons in blogging, and some are great tips. You may find duplicates, and those that are, are worth reading more than once.

Happy Clicking!

Maki at Dosh Dosh, has compiled a great list of 63 Constructive Opinions on the best way to make money online”

MAD – Martyn Davis. and Lid (Lidija) of Blogwell, keep adding to this list that currently has “121 Resources for Web Developers

The writing team at Daily Blog tips, shares this great post: “Become a Blogging Wizard – 6 Lessons From Harry Potter”

If you would rather have your blogging information in the form of an e-book, at Blogging StartUp, Jim lists “11 Best Damn Blogging ebooks That Cost You Nothing”.

Lorelle, the “Queen of WordPress”, created a no nonsense list titled: “The 12 Biggest Problems With Your Blog”

For links to over 90 sites on writing and blogging, you must check out this comprehensive (and growing) list from All Freelance Writing: “The Big List Of Writing Blogs”. Jennifer Mattern, undoubtedly spends countless hours updating this list.

For those of you who want to make a business out of blogging, Catherine Lawson, compiled a list of “107 Great Resources for Entrepreneurs”. These links will keep you clicking for days.

A classic post, and a favorite of mine by Darren Rowse (Problogger.net) is “18 Lessons I’ve Learnt As A Blogger”

Do You want great traffic building ideas, Seth Godin lists 56 ways on “How to get traffic for your blog”

In a popular post of hers, Skellie shares “101 Essential Blogging Skills”

In this post, Darren, of Problogger.net, reminds bloggers to slow down. Here he lists 13 Questions To Ask Before Publishing A Post On Your Blog

Here’s a classic post from Steve Pavlina named: “10 Stupid Mistakes Made By the Newly Self Employed”

And for another great post from Steve Pavlina, “10 Reasons You Should Never Get A Job”

Mark, over at Business Blogging 101, likes to teach via YouTube video tutorials. On his site, he has 25 WordPress Tutorials. Keep on eye on this list, as he’s always adding more.

If you really want to know what the “competition’ is doing, here’s a link to “Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs”

Daily Blog Tips team published: “101 Blog tips I Learned in 2006“. Although it may sound like it could be outdated, some of the tips are timeless.

Want to boost your productivity? Steve Pavlina shares 99 ways, in a series of three posts (33 tips in each). The links are as follows: “33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity – Volume 1″, “Volume 2“, and “Volume 3″.

Are you a “mommy ” who’s looking to share with other moms, in 2006 Guy Kawasaki listed 59 such blogs in his post: “The Ultimate Mommy Blog List” Three cheers for moms. 🙂

We can never read enough about blogging. Joshue Clanton agrees. He published this list of “64 Thrice Vetted Posts On Blogging”

Today’s Assignment

You know what to do. 😯

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Have you read Darren Rowse’s Random Reflections on SXSWi-2008 (South x Southwest interactive) convention?

In his first “reflection”, he writes:

The more I meet bloggers the more that I find that many of us are lonely soles (to some degree). We sit alone in our home offices/living rooms/beds etc and often feel quite isolated and at times misunderstood.

Today’s Lesson

This one sentence saddens me.

Are bloggers really that lonely?

When I look back on my life. I lived by myself for many years. Often, friends would ask me if I was lonely. My answer was always “No”.

To me, there’s a difference between “being alone” and “being lonely”. Although I cherish time spent with friends and family, I also enjoy my alone time.

But, back to the question.

I wonder, has blogging actually become a therapeutic medium for those that are lonely and/or feeling misunderstood?

Does blogging give some a “voice” they wouldn’t normally project in real life?

Is the world becoming so “busy”, we don’t give others “the time of day”?

Is that why social networking sites like StumbleUpon, Digg, and Technorati are becoming so popular? Because we can “friend” someone without exposing ourselves?

Do bloggers feel more comfortable interacting with others as they hid behind the protection of their computer screen?

Is it a good idea to set a goal of becoming a problogger? A profession that would isolate a person even more?

Today’s Assignment

What do you think? Are most bloggers lonely, misunderstood individuals?

Does a blog help a lonely person communicate?

Is your blog therapeutic for you?

Should you be spending time with family and friends instead of blogging?

Does blogging isolate you from “your public”?

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