This post serves two purposes:

1. To confirm that I can post by email both to my main blog  via posterous through email. I stopped by the Posterous booth  during BlogworldNYC and they said that I didn't need to hashtag before the name of blog to post to said blog. so we will see.

2. Also to point out a few blog posts that I found interesting over the weekend so far. We get so caught up in social, that is easy to forget why we are so social, because of our foundation, websites and blogs. These are a few posts that got me motivated to get back into it.

This post talks about returning back to basics, which is what we all  need to do from time to time and remember, we all have much more room in our blogs, than we do on Facebook and Twitter.

This is a "no brainer" for me personally, but my side projects somehow always manage to bring me new perspective on a current project and how a desired solution can be  attained just by looking at it another way.

I know this doesn't talk about blogs, but it helps. Its been a while since I sent an email to my list, but its coming soon. This checlkist by Seth Godin is enough to get anyone motivated to get back to writing a newsletter, which is what I'm going to do after I publish this post.

I need all the motivation I can get and setting this up for me personally will help. I know I have the Highrise (aff link)  email reminders, but "hearing it in stereo" wouldn't hurt  either.

Once you have everything typed out, go over it and have this post in mind. Dot those T's, cross those I's. ( See what I mean??!!)

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Well for the most part.

I can see someone asking me which site to use for their blogging needs. The answer is “it depends.”

I have been using Tumblr a bit longer than Posterous, but not by much.

With Posterous, I have been able for the most part, to post to other sites including this blog (within the Posterous inferface, not by email, sigh.), my TypePad blog , the college one, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

However, with the Tumblr one (known for microblogging), I’ve been pulling from my other non-work related blogs as well as finding non-work related links and posting them there. Of course, Tumblr also had the option to post to Twitter and Facebook.

Are you using, Posterous, Tumblr or both like I am?  If so, how are you using them?

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Holding a Megaphone

I am reflecting on this year & manifesting what’s next. Join me and 3,000 bloggers, tweeters, tumblers, etc. at to share your story.

December 17 – Lesson Learned What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? (Author: Tara Weaver)

Nothing like the weekend to catch up and/or get ahead on blog posts.

I learned to finally come out of my shell and speak up. Some folks hate me for for it. Others are wondering what took me so long.

Simply put, I was tired of always taking a back seat and sitting on the sidelines, especially if something doesn’t sit right with me, or if I can offer a better option.

How are you magnifying or amplifying your voice?

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Over the past few weeks, I nearly lost most of my blog posts. It was at that moment, I realized what’s really important.

Back in pre-2007, before Twitter, Facebook and the other social media sites,  there was blogging and websites. Now with social media, multiple posts all over the place and many options to access information, its easy to lose focus.

So my goal now is to go back to basics and blog at least once a week. (Hey, I have to work the rest of the week!) Of course there are my other sites but each has its own purpose.

So what are you doing to get back to basics, not only online, but also offline as well?

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WordCampNYC – Oct 16-17

I served some time at the WordPress Genius Bar last weekend at WordCamp NYC. It was nice to help people out and make a connection or 2 as well.

Even the genius can learn something new. I learned at least 5 different features and/or plugins  that I didn’t know about previously. I also learned more about database connections than I care to admit.

As for the sessions, I only made it to 2, both about BuddyPress. Until I have a chance to really work on a BP project, then I can come prepared with decent questions.

Thanks to Barry again for helping me get my posts back.

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A month ago, a neighbor asked me what to expect from Blogher. I know I should of written this post then, but better late than never. Plus some things can apply to any conference.

  1. Patience – It can take up to a hour to go 5 miles, so if your want to do the tourist thing (or not), plan accordingly. The transit here has seen cuts, plus the weekend schedule can be “alphabet soup” so go to the MTA site to make sure your trains and busses are running.
  2. An Open Mind – No matter if you are a Blogher Newbie, or if this is you 5th or 6th time, its good to be open to meeting people, learning, respecting other opinions, and more importantly, having fun.
  3. Connect – As some know, you can go incognio, but make sure you have a way to connect, if its through a Twitter account or a business card.
  4. It’s OK to Chill – Take a break. Walk around the block. Take a nap, or find a quiet corner. We all need to take the time to step back and charge our batteries (and the other devices.)
  5. Be Present – Even if you can’t attend the conference, you can follow along with the hashtag #Blogher10,  or on Flickr.

I can’t wait to see you all and welcome you to my hometown of New York City whether it be in person, or virtually. Now, I’m off to get some last minute gear.

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