CaringBridge.org

CaringBridge.org is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends during a serious health challenge. I discovered it was a great way to keep my loved ones up-to-date on what was happening with my health without having to make dozens of phone calls a day. On CaringBridge.org you create a personalized web site. Then you invite friends and family to visit your page which you update periodically. (Of you can do this for a family member who is unable to.)

It's really easy and quick to set up your site. You don't need any special knowledge; Heart_pinkeverything is web based and the program walks you through the steps. There are a variety of privacy settings -- including making people sign in to see the posts. You can also upload photos and there's a guest book where visitors can reply and send encouraging messages.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention the price -- it's free. Yep, you read it right. CaringBridge.org is a non-profit organization that operates by donation. I started my pages about a year ago and have not once received any promotional material asking me to donate. (On the side bar of my web site there is a button where people can contribute to CaringBridge.org if they wish to.)

CaringBridge.org made keeping everyone "in the loop" easy and stress free. I highly recommend this service.

Essential Blogging Tool

Fb Although Feedblitz has a lot of kewl features, my favorite use for it is for blogs. Using the newsletter feature, you can set up a notification system that will automatically send an email to subscribers when a new post has been added to your  blog. It takes less than 10 minutes to sign up and create a link to add to your blog (you can also send it to your web designer for posting).


Blogs About Blogging

Over the past few weeks, I've been doing a lot of research on blogging and podcasting. I've found several sites about blogging that I found interesting, well-designed, professional, and best of all full of information.

Here are a couple of my favorites...

ProBlogger by Darren Rowse
This site has great information on how to make money with blogs.

Darrell Zahorsky at About.com has an interesting article on What a Blog Can Do For Your Business.

Technorati offers a great primer on blogging and terminology .




The Corporate Blogging Book

Blogging

I found this book by Debbie Weil recommended by TypePad and decided to purchase it. It was one of the best purchases I’ve made for my business. Debbie’s information and advice is spot on for bloggers. Both beginning and advanced bloggers will find this book useful. Order your copy today: The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get It Right