About Time For Blog Help?

Where to Find About.com Web Logs:
Blog URL: http://weblogs.about.com/
Category: Blogging

About.com Web Logs

We do tend to venture from time to time to the periphery of blog reviews and into blog resources for bloggers. One popular resource that comes to mind is from a very well-known network, the About.com self-help topic and information website. About has been in the business of providing reliable information pages on a variety of topics for years, extending that list to include weblogs just a couple of years ago.

About.com Weblogs – Why You Should Go

About.com Weblogs is a comprehensive guide to blogging. The site is now maintained by Susan Gunelius, who comes to the job with a resume complete with corporate and blogging experience, as well as experience as a published writer.

About.com Web Logs has been designed as a “go-to” resource for blogging. It has a wide range of related articles, from how to get started to how to utilize individual resources and features of software and programs. In addition, there are links to many outside resources and related articles on topics of interest to bloggers. Articles and advice can be found through one of three basic categories:

• Start a Blog
• Grow a Blog
• Monetize a Blog

Summing Up About.com Web Logs

About.com Web Logs is a comprehensive resource for new and experienced bloggers alike. Stop in or subscribe to capitalize on this reliable blogging resource.

Go here to check out About.com Web Logs.


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
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Recap Review, April 25 Edition

It was quite a mixed bag of work and reviews here at Digg It this week.  We checked in to see how some old blogs were doing, celebrated Earth Day, and found some new fun and exploration, too.

Week In Review, April 25, 2009

  • To start the week, we took advantage of the quarter-year point to check in on the New Year’s resolutions blogs from the beginning of the year.  While Christine Kane is still bombing along, others fared not as well.
  • We got a little personal with the next post, sharing our personal resolve success and checking in on Sean Rasmussen’s progress on his publicized New Year’s Goals while asking the question: “How Is Your Resolve?” (do stop by and share!).
  • Sean’s working vacation to Vanuatu was inspiration for the next post, which reviewed a network site for diving blogs, sharing the love and beauty of the deep blue sea.
  • The next day brought us to Earth Day and another kind of dedicated blog network, the Earth Day Network of blogs.  This is a place where Earth Day is celebrated all year long, striving to make sustainable living and preservation a part of every life.
  • To follow up on that great score, we dugg back into the Digg archives and renewed attention to some of our all-time favorite “green” blog reviews.
  • To complement the last two, the week rounded out with a celebration of life on Earth through pictures at A Photo A Day from Planet Earth.  This is a true global community effort giving you the opportunity to explore more of the world through contributor lenses.

That’s a busy week for sure.  Hope you didn’t miss any of the activity from the week before, either, but if you did, here’s a link to last week’s Recap Review.  Keep the blogs submissions and suggestions rolling, and we’ll do the same with great blog reviews!


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
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An Earthly Photo Celebration

Where to Find A Photo A Day:
Blog URL: http://planetearthdailyphoto.blogspot.com/
Category: Photoblog

A Photo A Day From Planet Earth

A Photo A Day From Planet Earth is the work of Rich from Oxford, England. Inspired by his friend’s Oxford photoblog, Rich decided to take the idea global and create a blog where contributors would send in photos from points all around the globe. The result is a highly successful blog and supportive blog community, all working together in appreciation of the planet we call home.

A Photo A Day From Planet Earth- Why You Should Go

The premise of the blog itself is very simple. Contributors from all over the world are invited to send in their photos, with a minimal requirement of location details and preferably a short description of the location and/or events. Submissions are accepted via email or via a dedicated Flickr group, and then chosen and posted by Rich. From that well of submissions, Rich selects and posts a new unique picture each day. Submissions have come from all corners of the world and include some fantastic takes on life and photography.

Summing Up A Photo A Day From Planet Earth

“I think I wanted to launch an experiment in randomness, do something truly global and collaborative, and just see where it went.”
–Rich, in an interview with Free Photo Resources

That quote is a good summation of what this blog is—it is a global effort that illustrates the random, diverse, and eclectic nature of life on Earth which has grown into a truly collaborative community effort, giving us all the opportunity to enjoy a new view of our planet.

Go here to check out A Photo A Day From Planet Earth.


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
Do You Digg It! © 2017

 

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The point of Earth Day is not just to fix it once and forget it; it is to draw consciousness to the struggles of the planet and to induce people to change and action.

Blogs are excellent resources for ongoing learning and lifestyle change.  Many of the “green” blogs that have been reviewed here on Digg It are perfect examples of that, and ideal resources for the average earth citizen looking for realistic ways to achieve cleaner, more sustainable living.  Today, I’ve gone back through our archives to pull out some of the best environmentally friendly blogs of the past.

Blasts From The Green Past

We’ve got quite a few excellent green and environmentally friendly blogs in the Environment category, but here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • Tree Hugging Family was our first green review.  It is a blog run by a dynamic duo who is providing us daily with tips, tricks, and gadgets for better and cleaner living.
  • Green Living Tips is Australian Michael Bloch’s contribution to bettering the planet.  Michael is a very well-respected writer in this area, and his site is absolutely packed with information and resources–including carbon-clean web hosting options!
  • 365 Days of Trash started as Sustainable Dave’s journal of his experiment not to throw anything away for an entire year.  Dave succeeded quite admirably, and gained much fame in the process.  The original experiment has grown into so much more, not the least of which is his educational efforts and outreach.  His blog still goes strong to educate and support clean living initiatives.
  • The BusinessGreen blog is dedicated to helping us take greener, cleaner living throughout all aspects of our life, not only at home but in the workplace, too.  This is a blog that helps to round out the process and create an entire core of action toward real change and environmentally friendly practices.

We have many more excellent environmentally-friendly blog reviews within this category.  Be sure to check them all out and subscribe to a few of your favorites so that you have the daily resources you need for daily better living and maintaining a cleaner, greener, lifestyle.


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
Do You Digg It! © 2017

 

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Where to Find Earth Day Network:
Blog URL: http://network.earthday.net/
Category: Environment, Personal Interests

Earth Day Network

Today is Earth Day; our day to pay particular attention to our planet and to plan and strategize ways to improve and protect it. This is a day that has been recognized for well over thirty years now, and one that we all know needs to extend beyond the reaches of just this annual date. That is just what the Earth Day Network of blogs has been designed to do.

Earth Day Network – Why You Should Go

The Earth Day Network was founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970. It is designed to be a place to continually prepare for the annual event, and also to blog and discuss events and topics of importance related to preserving the Earth and her natural resources. The site describes its mission in this way:

“Earth Day Network is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day Network, activists connect, interact, and have an impact on their communities, and create positive change in local, national, and global policies. EDN’s international network reaches over 17,000 organizations in 174 countries, while the domestic program engages 5,000 groups and over 25,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year. Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a half billion people participate in our campaigns every year.

Our mission is to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet.”

Summing Up Earth Day Network

The Earth Day Network is home to a great variety of blogs all with a focus on bettering life on this planet at home and abroad. Each blogger has his or her own perspective and agenda, so you can be sure that your personal tastes will be represented here. Get involved or just come to learn how to live more environmentally friendly, starting small with you and yours in the comfort of your own home.

Celebrate Earth Day today and….

Go here to check out the Earth Day Network.


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
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A Blog Network For Diving Enthusiasts

Where to Find My Diving Life:
Blog URL: http://www.mydivinglife.com/portal1.php
Category: Blog Networks, Personal Interests

My Diving Life

Sean Rasmussen is in Port Vila, Vanuatu sharing his love of scuba diving with his boys and blogging about some excellent local Vanuatu scuba diving professionals. In that spirit, I thought maybe we’d look up some scuba diving blogs for review; after all, when it comes to diving, the pics alone are always worth the visit! What I found was a number of great scuba diving blogs, and an entire community dedicated to the sport.

My Diving Life – Why You Should Go

My Diving Life is an entire blog network dedicated to scuba diving and diving enthusiasts. It’s dubbed as “The Divers Blog Community” and is home to a number of great scuba blogs from all over the world. The network offers other resources as well, including a job board for scuba divers and related professions.

Summing Up My Diving Life

My Diving Life is a great network to explore for dive enthusiasts, but also for those of us (and that’s me!) who’ve never had the pleasure. The pictures, stories, and information are top-rate, and there are plenty of diving blogs to choose from on this community blog network.

Go here to check out My Diving Life.


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
Do You Digg It! © 2017

 

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How Is Your Resolve?

Speaking of New Year’s goals and resolutions, why not share a little of our own success (or not) here?

How Is Your New Year’s Resolve?

I have to say that New Year’s resolutions have never really stuck with me.  So there is no judgment here if you don’t have stellar results to report.  We hope you do, because we’re really all about success around here, but we understand how these things happen, too.

Personally, I kind of gave up on the whole resolution-setting deal, and opted to follow Christine Kane‘s lead and choose a word for the year rather than to commit to a bunch of overwhelming goals that I couldn’t even remember, much less follow through on.  The word I chose was “prosperity” because I felt that it represented the kind of lifestyle I’d hope to achieve.  I don’t mean just financial prosperity, either, this includes prosperity in all aspects of my life; in business, but also in family and spirit and more.  To help me remember I purchased one of those inspirational word stones carved with the word “prosperity” in gold.  I consider it my touchstone and keep it on my desk to keep me motivated when I’d rather not be.

So far I think it’s working, although there is a long way to go.  Quite likely I won’t even accomplish it all this year, but that’s okay.  As long as I’m progressing I consider myself a success.

As for our Digg It creator, Sean Rasmussen, well, he’s always a master goal-setter.  I seem to recall his goals being to focus more on new aspects of his internet marketing business, and to devote more time to the most interesting and promising projects.  His joint ventures with Shaun Stenning attest to the success of this goal.  The two of them are all over Australia and beyond presenting winning internet marketing seminars and bringing up a whole league of successful internet marketers.  That sounds like an accomplished goal!

Never Too Late

No matter where you are with your New Year’s Resolutiuons (or maybe you never set one, either), just rememebr that goal-setting and success is not limited to that one time of year.  It’s always a great time to resolve to live better.  Don’t get hung up on the calendar, just take the initiative and enjoy the excitement of new goals and new opportunity!


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
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I do like to go back every now and again and check up on past blogs just to see what they’re doing, and to see who has had the persistance and dedication to stick with their blog and who hasn’t.  Blogging is a tough act to commit to for the long term, and it isn’t for everyone, even for people who love to read and write and share.

How Well Did Your New Year’s Resolution Perform?

I feel an especial need to go back to those we’d reviewed as New Year’s Resolution Blogs and see how well they’ve maintained their resolve.  It’s seems Christine Kane, the blogger who brought us the concept of one word for improvement for the year, is going strong and learning a lot about what it really takes to persevere and succeed.  Christine is still mentoring, still working toward her personal goals, and still posting some hugely insightful and inspiring articles.  I know just visiting there this morning gave me a kick I very much needed!

Unfortunately, we can’t seem to say the same for the New Year’s Resolution blog.  It seems that there hasn’t been a post there since about January 15th.  That sounds about right given the record of success for the average person and their resolution.  This blog was to be a year-round site for support, largely a community effort.  That may have been its demise, relying heavily on reader activity.  It’s still a great blog premise and we’ve seen it revive before, so who knows, maybe this won’t be the last we’ll see of it.

I’m glad to see at least Christine Kane still going strong and living true to her word of the year.  Hers is an inspiring blog and good dose of success reality.  Be sure to go and take your daily dose of self development medicine!


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
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Recap Review, April 18 Edition

It’s been a heartening week full of awareness here at Do You Digg It.  It started with an inspiring collection of stories from a young girl with autism, and grew to a theme of its own from there.

Week In Review, April 18, 2009

  • Actually the week started with Easter well-wishes, including an update on Sean Rasmussen’s internet marketing seminars and travels.  Tough to keep up with that one!  Enjoy our belated Easter message, or as the case may be for some of you, consider it timely if you celebrate this week!
  • The official blog review kick off for the week found us at Amy’s Short Stories blog.  Amy is that inspiring, insightful young girl I mentioned who is teaching all of us through her blogging, writing, and outlook on life.  Be sure to stop in and meet this young talent.
  • Amy’s blog led us to several others of similar interest, focusing on increasing the awareness of autism and spectrum disorders, and in supporting and educating others.  The next blog, Beautiful Spectrum, is one of these blogs, a true celebration of the diversity of life.
  • Faces of Autism is an equally informative and compelling blog.  It is just as it sounds, a photoblog celebrating the diversity of life and increasing understanding through photos and artwork.
  • The next site is dedicated to special needs, including a large segment of autism-related works, but has a bit broader topic, too.  5 Minutes for Special Needs is a blog supported by an expert and experienced team of writers dealing with special needs in many forms, and offering both education and support.
  • Our final blog review for the week was a visit back to a blogging friend we reviewed last year, the inspiring Glenda Watson Hyatt.  Glenda is an amazing woman doing amazing things in the face of insurmountable odds given her diagnosis of severe Cerebral Palsy.  It’s hard to maintain a poor mood when Glenda is around!

That rounds out our week here at Do You Digg It.  In case you missed it, here is last week’s Recap Review of all the previous week’s works and reviews.


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
Do You Digg It! © 2017

 

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Glenda Watson Hyatt Still Going Strong

Every time we start talking about exceptional people with special needs and exceptional skills, my mind goes back to Glenda Watson Hyatt of the Do It Myself Blog.  And so, I thought this was a good time to check up on Glenda and what she’s been doing.

Still Glenda

For those of you who are not familiar with Glenda, aka the “Left Thumb Blogger,” take some time to get to know this inspiring woman.  Glenda has cerebral palsy and has been categorized by doctors as being “non-verbal,” but her blog definitely proves otherwise!

I’m happy to report that Glenda is still every bit Glenda, still cracking jokes and working away, putting the rest of us to shame.  She is currently working on her presentation for SOBCon 2009 and taking up the battle of making the internet and social networking sites accessible to people with all types of disabilities, not just those with visual impairments as so often seems to be the case.

Glenda continues to be one of the most inspiring bloggers around.  Revisit this old Digg It favorite for a healthy dose of knowledge and inspiration, and a great many laughs, too!

Go here to check out Do It Myself Blog.


Mary Ward
Do You Digg It!
Blog Review Team
Do You Digg It! © 2017

 

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