Saturday, June 16, 2007

Quickie Crash-Course in Multitasking

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Bloggers, don't ever let anyone shoot you down by telling you that the hours you are spending on the computer is a waste of your valuable time. Make every minute you're online count: multi-task! Yup, that word has been around for a long cyber-age. The first thing to keep in mind is that when you are blogging (writing) you are (or should be) striving to improve your command of language, grammar and expression. Use and choose your words carefully to paint pictures of your thoughts in your readers' minds.

If you're on sat, cable or DSL, you should have enough multi-tasking power to get by with a single PC. If you're on dial-up, you can do what I did: network two or three computers together to decrease the time but increase the efficiency when you go online. Keep your email, internet, blog and word processors running (experiment to see how much activity your individual PC is capable of supporting without slowing down) in the background. I always keep notepad open to type in ideas (remember to "save" frequently) and reminders.

If you are keeping a blog, there are many opportunities you can avail yourself of within blogging itself: online communities like MyBlogLog, advertising networks and the extra money they can help you earn. There are many, many services out there. You have to experiment and find out which ones (if any) are right for you! Hint: try new things one at a time, especially if they involve making changes to your blog template. Give new services a few weeks to either prove themselves or play themselves out. Take advantage of IceRocket and Technorati to "tag" your blog posts so others can look up your articles!

Above all, KISS - "Keep it Simple, Stupid!" Don't overpopulate your sidebars with a bunch of flash and java widgets that slow loading time to a crawl: readers won't bother coming back to your blog if it immobilizes the browsers!

Follow this methodology and you'll be happier: getting more done in less time gives YOU more FREE time to enjoy life!

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