But how to do it?
Short of spamming all your (soon to be ex-) friends on Facebook and Twitter every ten minutes with reminders of how you posted up a blog this morning have you read it? it's really interesting this time no really it is please just have a look go on PLEASE! it's difficult to know how to get people interested.
Here's a great way to publicise your blog. It's quick to set up, requires zero maintenance and will actually make your emails look better and more interesting than ever before! (Cripes... hope I can deliver on all this hyperbole.)
This is what you do:
Feed your blog posts into your emails.
Got it? Excellent. Right, so see you next time, then?
Heh. Come back, I'm not finished yet.
Here's an example of what my email signature looks like:
So just what makes this dark sorcery possible? It's all done using Google Feedburner.
Got a Google account? Then you're most of the way there already. Here’s how you do it:
- Go to http://feedburner.google.com and put the blog or feed address you want to use in the box under where it says "Burn a feed right this instant".
- "Blog or feed address? Wha?" As an example, the address I've given Feedburner for my blog feed is http://www.daniboy.com/blog.html. Which is -- I can see that you're way ahead of me -- the address of my blog.
- Click "Next".
- Check that the Feed Title is correct and click "Activate Feed".
- Click on the "Publicize" tab, then on "Headline Animator".
- Feedburner then gives you a few options to choose from -- they're all very easy to follow. It'll ask you which Theme you want to use (like "468x60 White" or "Seasonal (dynamic background)" or just "Email Signature"). Don't worry if that sounds complicated; Feedburner shows you a graphic image of what you're choosing at every stage.
- "Activate" the animator when you’re happy with the colour, date and size settings.
- The next screen you'll see is where you get the code you need to be able to use the signature. Feedburner gives you a drop-down list next to where it says "Add to MySpace, TypePad, etc." Choose "Email signature", then "Next".
- A new window pops up with the code you need and instructions on where to put it. The instructions are slightly different depending on which email programme you use (you might be using Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail or whatever). Read the easy-to-follow instructions and you're set.
Alohomora! The keys to great-looking emails, well-read blogs, perfect health, straighter teeth and a much more successful love life are now yours. You're welcome.