The Power of Blogs Part 5 & Updates on AALBC.com

After all that talk about the power of Blogs, it is hard to believe that it has been a full month since my last update. Even now I’m thinking “I really can’t spare the time for this thing…, it is really another chore”.

However I remind myself of the real motiviation for setting this thing in the first place. One was to learn more about Blogs and use this thing in such a way that someone else can learn from my experiences. Also also wanted to see if this Blog could also help to make my site more sucessful.

Once reason I have not updated this Blog is that I’ve been busy maintaining AALBC.com. Here are some of the most recent updates

Better Support for Advertisers
I’ve added some software which allows advertisers to montior, in real time, the success of their advertising campaign. Advertisers can see which images (books, ad banersrs, etc) were viewed and on which pages, they can see which images and even control the times there visit http://aalbc.com/control.htm for a test drive.

New Discussion Boards
I’ve added three new new discussion baords:

1 – An Events posting baord - post pictures add links and more http://www.thumperscorner.com/discus/messages/2151/2151.html?1107384197

2- “Keepers of the Flame” Serial Boards Secret staff writers offer up this addictive tongue-in-cheek internet soap opera, complete with photographs and exciting plot twists. http://www.thumperscorner.com/discus/messages/2150/2150.html?1107768534

3 - The Kool Room – Hosted by Kola Boof The focus is books and current events. The atmosphere is laid back, progressive and anything goes. (Public Posting, No Registration Required) http://www.thumperscorner.com/discus/messages/2152/2152.html?1108071666

Video Archiving of AALBC.com Literary Salons
Visit http://authors.aalbc.com/toby.htm here you will find a link to a video of an AALBC.com literary Salon featuring Toby Thompkins

It is probably hard to image all of the background work that is required just to produce what a visitor sees when they visit the links above. Behind each of these activities are meetings, drama, expenses, time, learning curves, sleepless nights, etc.

I would bet most people who maintain major web sites do not also maintain a blog.

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About Troy

Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of AALBC.com, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, AALBC.com has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.
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  • Black River Eagle

    Welcome to the Blogosphere Troy. I found your blog via the Trackback features of 2 other blogs, Black Media Links & Booker Rising. XML makes it all possible you know, this is different than running a website as you point out in your postings.

    I am an African-American blogger living and working on the other side of the Big Pond for years. My fellow bloggers within our informal blogring are primarily authors focused on issues in Africa, Europe, and the U.S.A. of course.

    I’ll try to visit your blog as regularly as possible to see how it develops. You’re right about one thing, blogging can eat up a big chunk of your time, but it is worth it for good blog authors and their readers around the world.

    Good luck back in the Big Apple.

  • Ellen

    Thanks Troy for your postings. They have been helpful. For months I’ve been thinking about becoming a blogger. I’ve been made aware of all the advantages; however, like you, I’ve been concerned about maintaining quality content for both a web site and a blog. Your experiences have encouraged me to give blogging greater consideration.

    P.S. I found your blog at your high-quality-content website which I found from a Google search. You have great, well-deserved ranking! Congratulations.

    Your blog profile states you like ‘food’. Check out my site at http://www.All-About-Sweet-Potatoes.com