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Hot Blog Tips Hangout

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012

Here’s one of those posts that I just had to put up instead of waiting for 3 days, which is the theme of the month. I wanted to get this one out soon, as it just happened on Sunday and is something that we hope will be a regular thing.

Some of you might know that I’m a part of a blogging newsletter that goes out twice a week called Hot Blog Tips Newsletter. It’s the brainchild of Brian Hawkins, to whose site that link goes to and is named the same (without “newsletter), and it involves myself, Sheryl Loch of My Animal Pictures, and Ben Barden of Quick Blog Tips (Ben has left us at this point). The newsletter goes out early Monday morning and early Thursday morning; I’m a Thursday guy.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago we decided to record a Google Hangout and address some tips or topics on blogging in the hangout and invite people to stop in and watch the presentation or, once we had it done and up on the site, to go there and watch the video there. We were supposed to start last week but it didn’t happen, and we got started late this week. Google was also having server issues, so it was lucky for us that we were able to actually get this done.

Each of us is promoting it in our own way as well. I’m popping the embed here, and I hope some of you actually go and watch it because we had a good time. No real tips this time around, since it’s our first, but we did discuss four topics:

1. Why do we think there’s this major fascination by people on making money blogging?
2. Who do you write for, yourself or others, and why?
3. What do we think about the viability of blogging long term?
4. What is it about blogging that we like?

I moderated, which means I introduced the question, then each of us led a specific question and we all gave an opinion of each topic. I watched the whole thing once it went up and truthfully, I think we were pretty entertaining. Yeah, I know, I would since I’m in it.

Anyway, the video is below, and it’s about 40 minutes. We’d be interested in hearing your opinion on the video, which you can leave on the site or here on this blog, or any of their blogs. We also invite questions for us to discuss or help with, though I’d ask that if you have questions look at my contact information to the site and send me an email.

That’s all I have; enjoy!


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Sorry I missed your first hangout. I’ll subscribe to the newsletter and check out the video later.
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July 10th, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Thanks Scott. Actually, I was the only one who didn’t promote the first hangout because I had to leave the set up video before it got started and thus I didn’t realize we were actually promoting it for visitors until the last minute.

July 10th, 2012 | 12:57 PM

Sounds like all the kinds were worked out that you guys have a good time. I’ll come back and watch it later since it’s 40 minutes long. I have a hangout in a couple hours myself so I’ve got some work to do before then.

Thanks for sharing this Mitch and I have no doubt you’ll get more people interested in watching it as time goes by.


July 10th, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Thanks Adrienne. It was fun, but now I have to see what they’re planning for the next one. I hope you enjoy the video when you get a chance to see it.

July 10th, 2012 | 10:29 PM
Michael Belk @workplace issues:

Wow Mitchell that is good advice. It is better than some people that want you to pay a subscription for. I am glad you are sharing it with us.

I will be honest I only had time for the first 15 minutes, I caught the part about your lawn guy. funny.

I promise to watch the rest later. thanks. You guys are really comfortable with each other. Great tips.

July 10th, 2012 | 4:29 PM

Thanks Michael. We had fun and we will be doing it again, multiple times. 🙂

July 10th, 2012 | 10:31 PM
peter davies:

Sounds like a great move forward Mitch. You have a wealth of knowledge so you never know between the three of you you may well find a way of monetizing that knowledge.

I haven’t had time to check out your hangouts but will sure have to find it at some point.



July 11th, 2012 | 6:29 AM

Thanks Peter. I’m not sure yet how we inform folks we’re doing it other than via Google+ or Twitter; I think we’ll have to secure that one.

July 12th, 2012 | 12:05 AM

I will watch the video after work today. I also started using Google Hangout which is really excellent tool that can completely replace expensive webinar hosts.

July 11th, 2012 | 8:17 AM

Cool Carl; I hope you enjoy it.

July 12th, 2012 | 12:05 AM

It really was a lot of fun Mitch, it’s going to be something to look forward to each week. Michael is right, the four of us get along real well. I just watched it here on your site and tried to be as objective as I could and I think we’re pretty entertaining.

I know one thing, you have a great webcam. You have the clearest video image out of all of us. I think I need to upgrade.
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July 11th, 2012 | 9:58 PM

LOL; thanks Brian. Thing is, that bad boy only cost me $30 at BJ’s, but it is a Logitech, a company name I trust. It’s not mobile, but it is good.

July 12th, 2012 | 12:12 AM

Such a nice post! I haven’t known that you already do the vlogging on your blog! That’s pretty impressive, I have heard so much about the benefits of video blogging, but it seems too complicated for me.
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July 12th, 2012 | 8:01 AM

Actually, it’s fairly simple Katrin. One just has to be willing to create the video; it’s super easy from that point.

July 12th, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Mitch can you please share video again. As i don’t found any video above

April 2nd, 2013 | 6:35 AM

The video is there now; no idea why it disappeared.

April 2nd, 2013 | 10:22 AM