Blog Blazers Book Review

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Stephane Grenier was kind enough to send me a copy of his new book Blog Blazers – 40 Top Bloggers Share Their Secrets. I’m glad he did, it’s a very enjoyable read. It’s a lot like what the Random Bits podcast offers its listeners. In fact the book interviews both Jonathan Snook and Yaro Starak which have been interviewed here before on the Random Bits podcast. You’ll also find interviews with notables like Seth Godin, Neil Patel, David Seah and 35 other top bloggers.

The books main goal is to provide you and your blog some insight into what it takes to be successful. Reminding you that “A new blog comes online every 1.4 seconds” it sure doesn’t hurt to learn from some of the most successful bloggers to date.

In Blog Blazers, you’ll learn the secrets of 40 top bloggers, as they all weigh in on such questions as:

– What’s your best tip for writing a successful blog post?
– What are your main avenues for marketing your blog?
– What was your most successful blog post ever?
– What’s the most common mistake new bloggers make?
– What turns you off most when visiting a blog?
– What’s the best way to make money from your blog?
– Which books and websites do you recommend to new bloggers?
– Which five blogs do you regularly read?
– and many more!

It’s a quick and easy read and well worth any bloggers time.

It’s Been Covered…

Monday, December 10th, 2007

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE – In 1968 Marvin Gaye released Motown’s longest-running No. 1 hit topping the U.S. chart for seven weeks. In 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival would cover the song for what would be their most popular album, Cosmo’s Factor. In 2003, the album was ranked number 265 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

AFTER MIDNIGHT – J. J. Cale released this song in 1966. Several years later, Eric Clapton would record the song on his first solo album, Tulsa. The song would become one of Clapton’s standards.

LITTLE WING – Jimi Hendrix released this in 1967. Since then it’s been covered by over thirty different artist, but no one does it better than Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hendrix may have knocked up the song, but Stevie Ray Vaughan married it.

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS – The Beatles released this classic in 1967 on the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But The Beatles aren’t the only ones that found success with the song; Joe Cocker also made the song number one on the British singles charts in 1968.

While The Beatles may be the most covered band in history, The Beatles also found much success by covering other artists such as: Chuck Berry, The Isley Brothers, The Miracles, Little Richard and more.

What’s The Point?

“I can’t blog about that because so-and-so did last week…”

“I can’t find anything to blog about that hasn’t already been covered…”

“That technique is just the same one that so-and-so already talked about…”

I repeatedly hear these reasons from people on why they feel they can’t blog about a topic. So in this article I’ll explain why each of these reasons shouldn’t stop anyone from “covering” it themselves.

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