What keeps you podcasting for a year? For me it’s the listeners so I decided to hand over the anniversary show to them.
This week marks a year of the Blogcentric podcast. 12 months ago I sat in front of my computer, Skype headset on and recorded episode 1. My plan was to improve my blog and tell the story as I did it.
A year on I know my blog is better but I also know that I’m loving podcasting. So how could I mark this occasion?
To my delight, some people actually listen to Blogcentric and it’s hearing from you that keeps me motivated. So this week I thought I’d introduce you to 9 of my listeners and let them tell you about how they’ve improved their blog over the last year.
So it’s over to them…
Meet The Blogcentric Listeners
Colm Baker – Whabang Media
Colm blogs for his digital marketing business Whabang Digital based in Ireland
He found the tech episodes useful and is particularly happy to have discovered the Yoast plugin for WordPress.
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Christina Ní Muirthile – Dear Passerby
Christina blogs about tech, travel and TV on her site Dear Passerby
She has 3 favourite episodes which she says she revisits regularly.
Episode 9 on visual style guides that helped her with hear design. She’s using Canva and Pinterest mood boards to help stay on track with her visual content.
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Dee Sewell – Greenside Up
Dee blogs for her business Greenside Up where she runs workshops for people on community and organic gardening.
She found the episode on Call To Actions helpful as it’s something she’s often neglected. She was inspired to add a good call to action including a link to a specific page on her site as a result of listening.
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Elaine Rogers – The Smart VA
Elaine blogs for her business ‘The Smart VA’ offering virtual services for business.
Like Dee she found the episode on Call To Actions useful and is enjoying using the ‘Click To Tweet‘ tool to get more shares on her posts.
She also found some of the tips on security and WordPress user names useful.
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Gaving Lawlor – The Digital Dub
Gavin blog The Digital Dub provides tech news and digital marketing advice.
Gavin found the episode on blog layout helpful, particularly the tip on making link anchor text longer so it’s easier for mobile users to click. It also made him rethink his sidebar use.
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Kate McQuillan – Pet Sitters Ireland
Kate blogs for her business Pet Sitters Ireland which offers pet sitting and dog walking services.
Kate has been implementing the tips from Blogcentric on updating old blog posts. She found she had a lot of older posts that were driving traffic but not retaining users. When she looked closer she realised they weren’t good quality ad she could improve them.
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Lisa Kalner Williams – AgoraPulse
Lisa describes herself as the content lady for AgoraPulse. A tool that helps you manage your social media. She’s also my boss when I write for the AgoraPulse blog.
Like Kate she found the episode on updating blog posts useful. She found the suggestion (stolen from Jeff Bullas) that we look at the posts that are ranking between 11 & 30 on Google and work on improving them useful.
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Sinéad Noonan – Sinéad Social
Sinéad writes for her business blog Sinead Social where she helps bloggers improve their blogs and skills.
One of her favourite episodes was an interview with Eamonn O’Brien on story telling. In it he recommended collecting daily stories in a notebook. She combined this with using ‘Morning Pages’ to start collecting stories from her life every day.
She also recommends reading ‘642 Things To Write About Me’ by the San Fransisco Writers Grotto as a source of inspiration.
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Úna-Minh Caomhánach – Before My Mam Dies
Úna-Minh is a travel blogger with a difference. She documents her travels with her Mother and addresses some of the taboo topics relating to death (in a good way).
She found some of the SEO tips useful particularly those on naming images before you upload to your site to include your keywords.
Find Úna-Minh Online:
A massive thanks to all my listeners over the last year. I’m looking forward to year 2.
Before You Go
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