Archive for May, 2015

I don’t often post pictures of babies, but when i do…

It’s been a while since i shared some geek magic on this blog. I didn’t think my next post would be highlighting teeny tiny little babies but then some parents went and dressed their kids up like famous sci-fi heroes and cartoons. And it’s amazing.

There is a whole series of photos which can be seen here, but i’ve gone and selected the top nerd babies and curated them all in one place for you. Moms will love this, nerds will love this. Moms who are also also nerds might just claim this as the best internet discovery of 2015.

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It’s time to vote for the @MnetMovies #Ambassadoggy winner!

The time has come to help us choose the pawfect Ambassadoggy for M-Net Movies Family. I’m sure you are horrified to see they Tyson didn’t make the finals but my involvement in the campaign means he couldn’t qualify. To be honest, after looking through hundreds of entries i’m quite worried he wouldn’t have made it anyway. But he doesn’t have to know that 😉

Ok enough with the Tyson talk and onto why you’re really here. My selection and contribution to the top 5 of course! I can see that you lot took my advice and ran with it, some of the entries were magical. Well done weird dog people of SA, i’m proud of your efforts! It’s true that every dog has its day and I am hoping the dog I have chosen to be a part of the top five wins this rad competition. So as you now know, every judge has narrowed down their favourites to one precious pooch which makes up the top 5, we are throwing the final decision back to you to vote for the coolest, cutest and most talented doggy to be the face of M-Net Movies Family.

My favourite dog, after Tyson, has to be Gunner. Because lets be honest, how can a dog THAT skilled not win this competition? Car driving, Surfing, skateboarding, ladder climbing, wave running! I think that dog has more co-ordination than me. In my opinion he’s the clear winner. It will be up to you as the voters in the end but i’m going to recommend that you vote for this guy…

Lets help Gunner win this thing. All you need to do to vote is head over here and LIKE his video. It’s that simple!

As you know, each judge chooses one dog for the top five, which makes a total of 5 top contenders. But it’s really up to you as the public to decide who takes the crown… but as the public you should vote for Gunner 😉

The lucky owner of the first ever Ambassadoggy will receive a flat screen TV, a DStv Explora decoder and a pampering voucher for his or her pooch. It’s not all bad if your bundle of fur doesn’t win the contest, you can still win a DStv Explora decoder.

Remember, public voting closes on the 25th of May so we need to get Gunner all the likes now!

Head over here and vote by hitting the thumbs up button. Do it for the pooch 😉

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Anchorman inspired tips to help you blog your way to the top

There are a million and one articles online that talk about how to earn money blogging. They all have the same tips, talk about the same things and usually just teach us things we already know.

The truth is. People like you and me (i’m assuming you’re a blogger if you’re reading this) didn’t start blogging because we wanted to be back link experts, banner ad salesmen or tech gurus. We had a passion for a topic, and we wanted to talk about it. A lot.

All the articles online educate us to become masters of everything in order to succeed as a blogger, and successfully monetize our audience. I don’t really agree with that thinking. My thinking aligns more with being the best you can be within your niche – and partnering with others to help you monetize your audience.

If you want to be the best and in turn earn an income from your passion, you need to be the guy that everyone wants to be friends with. And that means being genuine and on the ball with your content. It means you need to be, well, kind of a big deal.

As ridiculous as Ron Burgundy is, he mimics many traits of an internet celebrity. As influential bloggers, Tweeters, Facebookers and Instagrammers we need to stand out from the digital crowd. We need to be to the internet what Ron Burgundy is to the News Network of America.

Below are five Anchorman inspired tips to help you blog your way to the top:

 

  1. Start to think of yourself as an influencer. Brands want to work with people who can influence consumers within their target market. In order to be an influencer you need to work towards being an authority in your chosen blog category (or niche).

 

point 1

 

  1. Partner with the right people. The same way that Ron Burgundy relies on Brick Tamland to deliver the weather, and Champ Kind to announce the sports results – is the same way you need to think of your blogging network. Partner with people to do the things you don’t specialize in – like monetizing your audience for example. Part of my day job is running the webfluential.com team, together we are helping influencers across the globe connect with relevant brands. Partnerships like this will allow you to spend your time doing what you do best – blogging.

 

point 2

 

  1. Say what’s on your mind – even if it creates a stir. If you’re going to be a thought leader in your niche, it’s important that you speak up. If you’re a tech blogger and you think a new phone is terrible, say so. In the long run, being authentic is more important than pleasing the brands around you. Creating a stir has Ron Burgundy written all over it!

 

point 3

 

  1. PR yourself. If you work hard, write great content and consider yourself a credible source within your niche – then it’s ok to let others know that you’re kind of a big deal.

point 4

 

  1. Stay in shape. Ron Burgundy takes his personal fitness extremely seriously, you should take your online fitness just as seriously. Know who the other bloggers are, know where the best information comes from, research and write weekly. Stay in shape, on the internet!

 

point 5

 

As bloggers, we focus on a growing a community around something we’re interested in. We need to start thinking of ourselves more like brands. Brands that need marketing, tech support and other things to help them rise to the top.

Even though Ron Burgundy wears incredible suits, throws the best parties and is always on top of his game. Without the rest of the Channel 4 news team he wouldn’t even have a news show.

 

#FACT.