What M*A*S*H Can Teach You About Blogging

M*A*S*H: Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

Early last week Ben Cook offered up some lessons on blogging using the show M*A*S*H as a backdrop for those lessons. At the end of his post Ben asked the rest of us to continue the discussion and since M*A*S*H is one of my all time favorite shows I couldn’t resist. Here are some further lessons on blogging that come from one of tv’s most watched and most loved shows.
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The Secret To More Subscribers: Go Back To High School

At least when it comes to their reading comprehension.

It makes a lot of sense if you think about it. Less people will complete a doctorate as will complete a four year undergraduate degree. Less people will compete a four year degree as will graduate high school. Less education usually means less reading and less reading leads to a lower level of reading comprehension. If the words and sentences you use are too complex a number of people who might otherwise appreciate what you have to say may have trouble following how you’re saying it.
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Finding The Sweet Spot In Networking With Bloggers

Two posts on the subject of networking with other bloggers caught my attention this weekend. The premise of both is that you’ll be better served working to network with non-probloggers than you will working to network with probloggers. While I completely agree with the advice, I think it’s incomplete. Bloggers come in many more flavors than pro and non-pro. They sit along a spectrum of popularity and influence and there are many points along that spectrum where you can and should try networking. Even better there’s a sweet spot along the blogging spectrum, which will give you the greatest return on your networking efforts.
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How Critiquing A Blog Can Improve Your Writing

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A number of years ago my goal in life was to write the great American novel. As part of my learning the craft of writing I enrolled in a course one summer at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. An exercise from the class still resonates with me as being one of the more useful ways to grow as a writer and I thought I’d share in the hopes you’ll find it useful too.
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What Should We Write About?

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Photo by Dave-F

Do you wear a lot of hats running your business? I know I do. The many hats I wear is reflected by the many topics I cover here on the blog. As part of my year end re-evaluation I’m thinking it would be better to keep the blog more focused, which begs the question what should I write about?
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