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Tubblog has a new home – update your links!

Tubblog LogoIt was this time last year that I finally moved this blog from Windows Live Spaces to the much more modern and flexible WordPress.com platform.

In the twelve months since that time, the number of readers who visit the blog every day has almost doubled and I’ve found myself chaffing under some of the restrictions WordPress.com (quite understandably) places on their free hosting accounts.

With that in mind, this blog has now moved across to a self-hosted WordPress site thanks to the good people at Heart Internet. Such a move should give me a lot more flexibility in terms of what I can do with the site.

  • If you’re a regular reader, then you shouldn’t notice any immediate changes. All the articles and comments have been transferred across to the new platform and any links to old articles will automatically forward to the new URL. Sadly, I couldn’t migrate all those Facebook “Likes” – but we’ll just live with that…
  • If you feature my blog on your blog roll – updating the link from https://tubblog.wordpress.com to www.tubblog.co.uk would be appreciated.
  • Screenshot of Feedburner E-Mail Subscription FormIf you’re an e-mail or RSS subscriber to the old site, I’m afraid you’ll need to re-subscribe – click on the RSS link at the bottom of the page, or the FeedBurner link within the right hand column.

I’ll be e-mailing all subscribers to advise them of the changes also.

One of those areas of flexibility is around the fact that the number of blog readers I’ve been getting from France, Germany and other non-English speaking European countries has risen exponentially. Many of you have reached out to me directly, but if you’re a reader in one of these countries, would you be interested in reading this blog in your native tongue? Translating the articles here is an option – but it depends on the demand, so let me know if this would be useful to you.

Finally – a huge thanks to the awesome Tim Carr at N7 Studios who facilitated the move to the new platform – the change happened absolutely seamlessly, and Tim was a consummate Professional throughout the project. A true WordPress expert.

 

Richard Tubb is an IT Business Consultant who works with ambitious IT companies who want to grow their businesses in a scalable and sustainable way. He is also a Microsoft UK Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) and the elected chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community. You can e-mail him at richard@tubblog.co.uk or connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Trust 30 Challenge

Last week I was fortunate enough to be asked by GFI Max to deliver a webinar to over 200 IT companies on my thoughts for using Social Networking in Business (If you missed the live webinar, it’s now available to view again at the MSP Business Management web-site).

There were a flood of really interesting questions from the participants, but none more so than around the topic of blogging.

I suggested that the benefit of blogging to me was less about reaching lots of people with my message, but more about me growing better at delivering my message. By learning how to positively express my thoughts and ideas through blog articles, I feel I have become a better boss, a better public speaker, a better salesmen and perhaps even a better party guest!

As Seth Godin puts it in this brilliant video with Tom Peters, “If you’re good at it (blogging) then people will start reading it. If you’re not good at it, then stick with it and you’ll get good at it".

This thought apparently struck a chord with a number of people who attended the webinar who wrote to me to say they’d been sitting on the fence with regards to blogging, but were now thinking again about getting started.

The response that brought the biggest smile to my face was from AstoldbyGel who was inspired enough by our webinar to start blog writing, and posted this blog post to explain why.

But I received many more e-mails saying that whilst they could see the benefits of blogging, they felt they had nothing to write about, or that they couldn’t see how they’d find the time to write. I understand, because I’ve been there too.

Front Cover of "Self Reliance" book by Ralph Waldo EmersonIf you’re one of those people, then serendipity strikes – check out #Trust30.

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.”

The #Trust30 initiative is brought to you by The Domino Project and features a “Pledge” that I think will help get those people who wrote to me about hesitating to blog, get started.

The Pledge Details

  1. The #Trust30 challenge starts at 6am ET on May 31st and runs for 30 days.
  2. Each day we’ll post a prompt from an original thinker and doer on RalphWaldoEmerson.me. You can also sign-up for daily emails.
  3. Fill out the short form here to commit to participating in the #trust30 online initiative.
  4. Blog, journal, or create something on each of the 30 days.
  5. Tweet using the hashtag #trust30 to show your support and involvement.

I’ve signed up to #Trust30, and I’ll be doing my best to generate as many new blog articles in the next 30 days as is possible.

I hope you’ll join me in doing the same! If you do so, please let me know so I can let others know about your work! Smile

 

Richard Tubb is an Independent Consultant who works with IT companies to enable them to feel more in control and to grow their business. He is also a Microsoft UK Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) and the chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community. You can e-mail him at richard@tubblog.co.uk or connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn.

Effectively using Social Networking to build your IT Support business

GFI Max Building Blocks LogoA heads-up that I’ll be running a Webinar in conjunction with GFI Max entitled “Effectively using Social Networking to build your IT Support business”. It takes place this Thursday, May 26th at 4pm GMT (that’s 12pm EDT).

We had around 600 people register for our webinar last month entitled “Finding Customers through Networking” (which you can now view again on-line) where we touched on Social Networking, but the amount of questions we received from the audience about Social Networking during the Webinar prompted us to run a second webinar this month focusing on the subject and allowing us to go a little deeper.

During the webinar we’ll cover:-

  • The principles for using Social Networking
  • The ROI of Social Networking
  • Social Networking vs Social Media
  • Tips for Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
  • Why Blog?
  • Content Loops
  • The Tools to use
  • Social Networking vs traditional Business Networking
  • Question and Answer

Registration is quick and free – just visit the “Effectively using Social Networking to build your IT Support business” page and sign-up!

Hope to see you there! Smile

 

Richard Tubb is an Independent Consultant who works with IT companies to enable them to feel more in control and to grow their business. He is also a Microsoft UK Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) and the chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community. You can e-mail him at richard@tubblog.co.uk or connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn.

Finding customers by Networking

Max with Building BlocksA heads-up that I’ll be running a Webinar in conjunction with Big Chris Martin and the folks at GFI Max entitled “Finding Customers by Networking”. It takes place on Thursday, April 28th at 4pm GMT (that’s 12pm EDT).

When I’m asked about how I grew my own IT business, the first thing I talk about is networking – that includes face-to-face business networking meetings, Social Networking on-line, and all the steps in between.

The free webinar is aimed at smaller IT companies who are looking to grow and over one hour, Chris and I will share with you some of the ideas, tips and techniques you can use for enabling business networking to deliver profitable clients.

We’ll cover:-

  • Why business networking works
  • Finding networking meetings (in both the UK and USA)
  • Tips for attending business networking meetings – including preparing for meetings, tips for “working the room” and how to effectively follow-up afterwards
  • Using Social Networking
  • General Tips
  • We’ll also be having a question and answer session

Registration is quick and free – just visit the “Finding Customers by Networking” page and sign-up!

Spaces for hecklers are strictly limited, so you’ll need to register fast! Smile

UPDATE:- If you join us at the webinar, then you can also expect a free copy of Chris Martin’s latest White paper “How to do Break/Fix well” as an attendee. Make sure to get yourself registered!

Richard Tubb is an Independent Consultant who works with IT companies to enable them to feel more in control and to grow their business. He is also a Microsoft UK Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) and the chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community. You can e-mail him at richard@tubblog.co.uk or connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn.

I’ve been nominated for the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2010!

For the second year running, I’m honoured to have been nominated for the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2010 in the IT Consultant and Analyst Category, as sponsored by IBM.

IT Blog Awards 2010: IT Consultant and Analyst

Consultants and analysts provide useful insight from their vantage point of working with numerous companies. If they share that insight online in a blog, this is the category for them, whether they are part of a big set-up such as Gartner or Forrester, or a sole trader.”

I started writing this blog over 5 years ago, way back in August 2005, and over the years it’s developed into my way of sharing Business, Technical and other ramblings with the SMB IT and wider business community. I’m pleased to say I’ve made an awful lot of friends through readers of this blog over the years!

I’m really grateful to those people who let me know they took the time and effort to nominate me, and for anyone else who nominated me – I really appreciate it.

My understanding of the voting structure is that it’s simply number of votes cast, with one vote cast per visitor. So if you’re a reader of this blog, and want to vote for me, visit the Computer Weekly Voting Page for the IT Consultant and Analyst 2010 category, hit the big Vote Now button, and pick my name from the list for the IT Consultant and Analyst drop-down.

There are plenty of other categories to vote for also, but it’s only one vote per person, so choose all your votes in one go because you won’t be given a second chance!

 

Richard Tubb is an IT Business Consultant who works with ambitious IT companies who want to grow their businesses in a scalable and sustainable way. He is also a Microsoft UK Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) and the elected chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community. You can e-mail him at richard@tubblog.co.uk or connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn.

An Open Letter to the Windows Live Spaces Team

Dear Windows Live Spaces Team,

Back in August 2005, I decided to start writing blog posts. When looking for a blog platform at that time, I investigated Live Journal, but decided upon using Windows Live Spaces (or MSN Spaces as it was called back then) as it was very easy to setup a blog, and Spaces seemed to have plenty of features.

Since that time, I estimate I’ve written over 500 blog posts, and have built up a modest but loyal following of readers and contributors – many of whom leave comments – of which I am always flattered to have received. Those readers don’t need to take the time to give me feedback, and so I appreciate them doing so.

Like all modern communication platforms, I’ve been inconvenienced by spam – comments with links to spurious sites with products that no sane individual is interested in buying.

On the whole though, this spam has been manageable, a few comments here and there, easily removed to avoid inconveniencing or inadvertently insulting visitors to my blog.

However, over the past few months I’ve seen a horrible trend where my blog (and others hosted on Live Spaces) have been targeted by wholesale comment spam from a specific company – Batteryfast.

We’re not talking just a few spam comments either, over the past few months I’ve had to clear up one or more spam comments from this same company to almost every blog post I’ve ever written – so we’re talking thousands of spam comments, taking a very long time to clean up. My heart now sinks when I realise my blog has been attacked in this way – it’s a massive inconvenience.

Members of the Windows Live Spaces Team – surely, on a platform as mature of Live Spaces, you could find a way to block such obvious spam from such persistent offenders?

To users of Windows Live Spaces, in your “Blog Options” settings, you give a single setting to control Blog comments. Allow or Don’t Allow.

I can therefore turn blog comments off, but then I lose the whole two way communication channel with my readers.

Surely there is a method to only allow comments from Live ID’s, or to check for such obvious spam from such persistent nuisances?

Even your “Report abuse” button takes you to a complicated form – why not make it easy for your loyal end-users to report a frustrating situation, not make it more frustrating for them with dozens of questions?

Searching the Help function on Live Spaces for advice on fighting spam is no better – a search for “spam” yields zero results.

As for www.batteryfast. (com) (uk) (au) – investigation shows that Batteryfast has web-sites in the UK and Australia, but is (no surprises here) ran by a Chinese company – Shenjun of Guangdong, and run through a German registrar – Key-Systems.net

I’m sure this will fall on deaf ears, but to the people at Batteryfast and Key-Systems.net – whilst you are clearly fraudulent losers for having to *repeatedly* turn to spam for business, have you ever considered just what low-life’s you appear to be by spamming a genuinely personal blog article such as this one?

Getting back to Windows Live Spaces Team. Colleagues and peers keep telling me to dump the Live Spaces platform and head across to WordPress or another blogging platform. This is increasingly looking like the best option for me, but before I make that decision, I wanted to give you the chance to respond, as I’ve been a Live Spaces user for over 5 years, love to the Live Tool Suite as a whole, and as the owner of a business that is a committed Microsoft partner, would love to continue to be a raving fan in this way rather than migrating to another platform from a competing company.

Windows Live Spaces Team – can’t we please do something about the comments spam? Please?

 

Richard Tubb is an IT Business Consultant who works with ambitious IT companies who want to grow their businesses in a scalable and sustainable way. He is also a Microsoft UK Small Business Specialist Partner Area Lead (PAL) and the elected chair of the CompTIA UK Channel Community. You can e-mail him at richard@tubblog.co.uk or connect with him via Twitter and LinkedIn.


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