I read quite a number of blogs ever week, but I spend very little time "surfing the Web." Instead, I subscribe to blogs using RSS, or Real Simple Syndication. My RSS Reader is Google Reader. When I find a new blog that I like, I subscribe to it by looking for the following image and clicking on it.
If you want to understand RSS better, you should take a look at this video from CommonCraft:
The January 14 episode (click to download) of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast had an excellent interview with Seth Godin, talking about the opportunities for small businesses and individuals in the current economic climate. As usual, Seth motivated me, and as a result, I am blogging again.
Ever wonder what is the most popular site on the Web? ComScore is a business that measures traffic on the Web and publishes it on a subscription basis. Below is Comscore's listing of the current Top 50 sites on the Web (for the U.S). You can find this yourself by going to http://www.comscore.com/press/data.asp and clicking on United States.
One of the challenges of building a large Web site is getting the technical people to work with the graphic design and marketing people. The city of Columbia, SC recently experienced this exact problem when the technical department unveiled their $107,000 web site just days before the marketing department was planning to launch their own $10,000 redesign of the site.
Barack Obama has created change.gov as part of his transition to the Oval Office. In addition, he has said he will appoint a Chief Technology Officer and will push to get broadband access to all Americans. This is a good thing.
Additionally, he has said he will have a five-day online comment period prior to signing any non-emergency legislation. This is also a good thing.
One of the things that increases your "Google Juice" is "Link Love." I'm helping a friend build a Web site about Trout fishing, called www.TroutU.com. I was explaining that Google and other search engines give high credibility to sites that have a lot of links to it, coming from other sites. He asked me how to get others to link to his site, which is a great question.
I originally had a "slogan" for my site that was something like "Thoughts about Drupal and Doing Business on the Web." OK, but nothing to write home about. Then I thought of this one: Because there's more to life than pizza. Of course this is a reference to my New York Pizza Blog and the New York Pizza Finder. It really is a much clearer picture of why I'm doing this blog. I have really struggled with coming up with new things to say about New York Style Pizza.