said 1 year, 1 month ago:
@kasondramorin – this is what I would suggest:
If you don’t already have a gmail account set one up (I didn’t see Google+ in your profile)
Set up several google alerts (need google account to do this): http://www.google.com/alerts
set one up for your name – so you know when someone is talking about you. set one up for your business or blog name – so you know when someone is talking about your business or blog.
The two alerts above are so that you can either give appreciation and positive feedback when someone is mentioning you or do damage control if needed for any negative feedback.
Note: you may have to do negative search parameters if there are other Kasondra Morin’s out there. As an example let’s just say that there is another Kasondra Morin who is involved in and writes about horses you could set up your alert as:
Kasondra Morin -horse -equine
This will filter out any results that are associated with either horse or equine.
Now you should also set up a couple of alerts for topics that pertain to your business or blog, subjects that you and your readers want to know and learn about. If you stay on top of the conversation that is already going on you can present your own take on things or get ideas on what you want to write about.
I would refrain from “over alerting’ if you get too much info coming in it can be overwhelming and then we tend to do nothing.
The other thing you could do is use Google reader http://www.google.com/reader/ and search for blogs that you see as good information sources and subscribe to them. This gives you an interface you can go to find topics your interested in from sites you regard as quality content.
This combined with the alerts should give you a stream of new ideas and information to write about.