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Hanselminutes on 9 - Social Networking for Developers - Part 2 - Make your Blog Suck Less

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This SECOND Part of my talk on Social Networking for Developers is "32 Ways to Make Your Blog Suck Less."

In 2009, I presented a talk at Wintellect's Devscovery conference called "Social Networking for Developers." My postulate was that EVERY developer should be using Social Networking, and this talk I gave was my introduction of this idea to a large group. This was the keynote for the conference. I finally got ahold of the source recordings (only guerilla recordings had been available previously) and as even those recordings were popular, so I'm preserving these talks here as a way of encouraging more discussion.
Be sure to watch Part 1 if you haven't already!

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  • Sorry but this did not convince me as a developer to start a blog, and I was thinking about it! At least it was honest about the pros and cons, and real problems, I just tallied them up and it came out negitive.

  • I'm not sure I agree with item 30.

     

    In both this and the other video/part you specifically called out that you could narrow down the focus of what people talked about or linked to on other social sites (StackOverflow, de.licio.us) but then say "However, I believe category specific feeds ultimately mean that folks could miss out on interesting stuff, and I figure they want to subscribe to ME, not to a category-subset of me." (from your blog).

     

    Is this really consistent with the rest of your talk? Heck, assuming your blog platform can output category listings and it generates feeds on some sort of listing already, you've got almost everything you need already.

  • Sorry.

     

    #11 "If your blog doesn't have comments, is it a blog? I know that Comment Spam is a problem, but don't give up quite yet. A blog without comments is a telephone with no earpiece." (again from your blog)

     

    What about sites that turn comments off on posts after some period of time (especially for a post that is deemed to have enough lasting interest to warrant a short url and as a talking point in a presentation 2+ years later Wink )?

     

    I might be the only one who feels this way, but when I see a blog that does this (excluding items that really don't warrant comments), I feel about the same towards their blog as I do towards one who doesn't enable comments at all.

  • He didn't address the fact that yet-another-guy's-blog is probably not the best way to organize all information.  This method of 'putting your code online' relies heavily on search engines.  There could be other ways.

  • Really enjoyed the 2 videos on social networking. You have been very informative and entertaining. I have bookmarked your BLOG. Much Thanks.

  • Sock Yeeksy That's me....

    True. What I feel is that nowadays blogs represent your identity and also stamp your online presence. Integration using social networks provides a simpler and more interactive platform for people to engage and follow your thoughts and at the same time find out and keep themselves updated with your content.

  • tugberk_ugurlu_tugberk_ugu​rlu_

    I watched part I and part II and the topic is prety awesome. considering the fact that some firms establish their own social networking departments, this speak is totaly makeing a point. I would like to thank Scott Hanselman for this nice and neat speak. (Note: page title is so long and tweet button is not working so properly beacouse of that :S)

  • Marcello de SalesMarcello de Sales

    How about these ones:
    * Integrate your blog with badges from other sites? For instance, Ohloh.Net has the user's profile for open-source contributions on all projects or each project (See mine as an example https://www.ohloh.net/accounts/marcellodesales)
    * For mobile devices integration, just add a QR for the blog post http://qrcode.kaywa.com/img.php?s=5&d=http://channel9.msdn.com/blogs/glucose/hanselminutes-on-9-social-networking-for-developers-part-2-make-your-blog-suck-less
    <img src="http://qrcode.kaywa.com/img.php?s=5&d=http%3A%2F%2Fchannel9.msdn.com%2Fblogs%2Fglucose%2Fhanselminutes-on-9-social-networking-for-developers-part-2-make-your-blog-suck-less" alt="qrcode"  />

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