Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Essential Tools for Blogging

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, business, freelancing, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com.

The Resources Mashup

Here are some of the best articles I have seen on Google+, retweeted on @kikolani, and read in RSS subscriptions this week. Also, if you’re preparing to go to PubCon this month, be sure to get business cards and print brochures online in enough time to get them shipped to you!

Blogging / Content

  • 50 Essential Tools I Use For Blogging and Freelance Writing – As a freelance writer and professional blogger, it is essential to have a reliable arsenal of tools that allow you to promote your blog and manage your business. Here are 50 to help you with marketing, social media, promotion, productivity, and financial management.
  • Why Big Content Is Worth the Risk – I’m obsessed with “Big Content” lately – resources that go beyond our narrow bins of blog posts, videos, and infographics. I’m going to show you how that obsession is paying off, and why building real content is easier than you think.
  • Using Breaking News as a Creative Advantage – You’re likely unexpectedly bumping into killer ideas every day when you catch up on your news, favorite blogs, or other media. Learning to cultivate and research your daily media intake is a great method for brainstorming.
  • The WordPress Website Owner’s Emergency Checklist – Free download: An easy way to keep all of your important site information in a single, handy spot.
  • 10 Words Every Successful Blogger Needs to Know – Here are ten essential words you should consider constantly as a blogger, as they reflect the values you need in order to succeed.

Business / Career


Search Engines / SEO

Social Media / Social Networking

Online Baby Shower Update

It’s almost here! Just one week left until my online baby shower comes to a close with a live Google+ hangout! So be sure to join the Facebook Event Page for the latest updates plus one last piece of trivia. The winner of this question will receive a free photography print from my husband’s photography collection!

Share Your Best Blog Posts

Every week on Friday, I start a thread on the Social Media Examiner Blogging Club so members can share their favorite blog post of the week. It’s free to join, so sign up, find today’s best blog post thread, and share your proudest blogging achievement of the week!

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  1. says


    “Why Starting A Business Can Be A Lonely Path And What You Can Do About It” I enjoyed reading this article, starting a business is hard and lonely but I did it. Most of the time you will have alot of naysayers and negative energy trying to hold you back.
    Kenny Fabre just posted Local Affiliate Marketing Lesson

    • says

      Glad you enjoyed that one Kenny! Yes, there are lots of naysayers, but sometimes they’re just jealous they are not brave enough to do what you are doing.

  2. says

    Always enjoy your Fridays thing – until now – “50 Essential Tools I Use For Blogging and Freelance Writing ” is a hint at what netizens will soon be facing as the “cloud” takes over: we’ll see screens like the one that appears, blocking the way to the content you have recommended.

    I have blogged just a little about this phenomenon, but you can bet I will update and expand the post – this is the SECOND roadblock on the internet I’ve come across in the last 5 minutes! (the first was something interesting called “pocket” which is also discriminates against certain browsers)…

    You and your readers may not realize what’s happening. This reminds me of way way back when I was still using Windows95 on dial-up: MSNBC offered news update videos that I could easily watch on my pc – quality excellent – but in time they made the files impossible for Win95 to read and display – and they did it purposely – the same thing is going on here! You don’t have to be in a thrid-world country to run into censorship!
    Dave Lucas just posted I find this “upgrade your browser” crap disturbing…

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      Sorry to hear that Dave, but I just went to look at your post and I’m not sure what the issue is. I’ve run into lots of websites – regular websites, not services – where they say they don’t support a particular browser or the browser’s security, java, etc. is out of date and needs to be upgraded. Never ran into it with Gmail but I usually update my browsers pretty frequently so that doesn’t happen. In general, if you’re not updating your browser, you’re missing out on the latest security features and leaving yourself more vulnerable to viruses. I worked in IT support and the people who always ended up with viruses were the ones who didn’t update their browsers, OS, and/or anti-virus software.

      Also, I’m not sure how not being able to playback video equals censorship – I run into that every day with my iPad. It’s not censorship – it’s whoever places the videos on the site doesn’t choose to make them compatible for everyone. There are plenty of videos that do playback on any device I’m using and some that only work on my desktop – I always think of that as more to do with laziness on the web developer’s end than deliberately trying to censor something. Censorship is when a whole country blocks your ability to get onto a website because of the news you might read, or a government comes to find you because you wrote something bad about them on a public domain.

  3. says

    Wow Kristi,

    I haven’t gotten through them all, but I did enjoy the SEO resources, especially the post on ‘How Social Media Influences SEO’.

    With all the Google updates and algorithm changes, I’ve been focusing quite a bit on that lately. I know social media is playing a role in SEO but I don’t quite have my finger on how to most effectively use it just yet, but it’s definitely a good topic for discussion.

    Thanks for the great reading :-)
    Liz McGee just posted Blog Post Checklist for Publishing and Sharing