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Blogging Tools I Can’t Live Without

When creativity is mentioned, one of the first things that people associate with it is the spark of inspiration. This is the moment when a solution crystallizes in the mind of the creator, where the strings of the divine puppeteer are hinged and the creator becomes an automaton focused solely on giving life to his vision. But this depiction, more often than not, undermines the path the creator had to tread to create the fertile environment that channels his creativity and allow ideas to blossom.

While blogging is sometimes looked down upon as being an elaborate form of “copy and paste”, it doesn’t have to be. The best bloggers offer original and engaging content for their readers that keeps them coming back for more. They approach blogging as a creative process, making it a necessity for them to adopt a routine which inspires them.

Here, I’ll be sharing with you my routine hoping that it will inspire you to create your own routine, or amend the one you currently follow.

Sources

Sources are the river that feeds a blogger’s inspiration, and that river should be a deep one. Even if you are a single issue blogger, you will still need to adopt a “big picture” view on things and drop the tunnel vision. And that’s were aggregators come in to play.

Newser

Tech Grid @ Newser

Newser is by far my favorite news aggregator and I check it at least once a day. The variety of topics and view points help to always keep me attuned to what’s going on around the world. It covers the entire spectrum of news from the absurd to the morbidly serious and from the technological to the inspirational. It’s grid view makes it very easy to skim through dozens of news items and posts in a matter of seconds.

Jumo: The Social Network for Social Good!

Yes: Facebook is a great platform and it helps you keep in touch with friends, promote your social media campaigns and have fun with its many applications… But how about the greater good?

Jumo Beta

With this slogan: “We connect individuals & organizations working to change the world“, Jumo brings the world a little bit closer through the idea of a common good and a better world for all.

Leveraging connection technologies, Jumo enables people to find, follow and support those working toward solutions on the ground in their community and in regions across the globe. Jumo is founded and directed by Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook.

Goals:

Jumo’s main goals are simple, straight-forward and noble all at the same time. What Jumo wants to achieve is a higher lever of awareness of the problems going on around the world through actively involving those of interest and helping them find a way, together, to make a change.

[HOW TO] Getting the Elderly Up To Speed On The Internet: The Prerequisites

My mother is one of those people, she has been holding out from learning how to use a computer or browse the internet for the past 20 years, but now that everyone is just sending their photos through email and Facebook rather than through post, and they send each other message through the internet rather than through voicemail she has been getting more and more interested and I decide that it is time to bring her up to speed on the net. So in these posts, and hopefully some follow ups, I will be introducing her to the various parts of the net and I’ll be sharing with you various parts of what we have learned together. The aim is to create a method for teaching those computer holdouts how to use computers and the net and making the internet interesting, enticing and relevant for them using social media.

Hashable: Tracking Personal & Professional Social Interactions

Only a few hours ago, Mashable rolled out the carpet to a new startup aiming to simplify and track personal and professional social interactions: Hashable.

Warning: Your Naked Photos, Too, Might Be Posted on Facebook!

Warning: Your Naked Photos, Too, Might Be Posted on Facebook!

Brokenhearted, drunk and fueled with jealousy after his girlfriend suddenly pulled the plug on their relationship, Joshua posted his ex-girlfriend's pictures on Facebook, for millions of Facebook users to see and was made legal history for being put in jail for doing so!

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Interview with VisitorsCafé Founder: Your Custom Video Chat

Interview with VisitorsCafé Founder: Your Custom Video Chat

VisitorsCafe aims at enhancing the interactive features of websites by providing them with a video chat feature that can be added with a single line of code . The video chat enables websites to enhance the level of interaction available to their communities, and turning websites into cafes. This allows users to spend more time...

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The Zimmer Twins: Taking Story Telling to A Whole New Level!

The Zimmer Twins: Taking Story Telling to A Whole New Level!

Have you ever watched Dexter's Laboratories on Cartoon Network? Did you ever wish that the ending of an episode was different? Or maybe that the characters could do more? Well, wishing time is over, at least when it comes to Jason Krogh's and Aaron Leighton's Zimmer Twins!

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Barn Buddy Game — Apps Using Social Media Brilliantly

Barn Buddy Game — Apps Using Social Media Brilliantly

With 1,948,750 monthly active users and 1,429,112 likes, Barn Buddy Game seems to be gaining in on Farmville, Frontierville, Cafe World and other Facebook applications that fall into that category. Learn how & why!

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XKCD’s Map of Internet Communities 2010

XKCD’s Map of Internet Communities 2010

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It's as if Randall Munroe of XKCD has been eaves dropping on the conversation. Shortly after Ethan Bloch posted his updated version of Munroe's original Map, which we posted on this blog earlier on last month, he went and posted his own take on the Map of Online Communities 2010 and it is LEGEND... wait for it... ARY !

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“Twitter: The Movie”… Are You Kidding Me?

Once you think: “This can’t get any weirder!“, you find out that you were totally wrong! With Facebook’s “The Social Network” trailer becoming a hugely viral hit, it seems to make sense that real social networks would become breeding grounds for trailer spoofs. The latest: “Twitter: The Movie.”...

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