Entertainment Survivor Challenge: Week 1

Posted in Blogging, Professional Blogging

We are running a very exciting contest in the Entertainment channel – we are calling it the Entertainment Survivor Challenge. Each blog was divided onto a team, and over the next 8 weeks they will compete as teams (then individually) for a prize.

This past week, the challenge was to put up a post for Valentine’s Day and the team with the most comments won.

Team #1: Couch Potatoes

Team #2: TV Addicts

The Results:

The Couch Potatoes had 142 Comments while the TV Addicts came in as winners with 288 Comments. Simply Dumb and Stewie’s Playground were eliminated from the challenge.

Stay Tuned…

Since I am the editor of the channel, I am not participating in the contest. I will, however, keep the results of the contest up-to-date on GilmoreGirlsNews.

A play-by-play of the results can be found here.

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Happy Belated Birthday to Blogaholics!

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Professional Blogging

Well, it just slipped by me this year, but January 11 marked the 3rd birthday of Blogaholics.ca!

That means that I’m also coming up on my third anniversary celebrating the day when I quit my job to blog full-time. A lot has changed since then – blogs have come and gone, life has changed, and I’m busier than I ever was before (you don’t want to know how many hours a week I work!). But one thing hasn’t changed – I love what I do.

So, thanks to Ianiv for geeking me out and setting up this blog for us, and for the odd series of events that led me to this profession.

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My Gilmore Girls Experience

Posted in Blogging, Professional Blogging, Social networking, TV

Since Gilmore Girls closed its final episode in May, you would think that my Gilmore Girls site would have all but disappeared. Quite the opposite. At the end of the show, I was nearing a million monthly pageviews. Not bad, hey? Well, it went down from that slowly each month, as you’d expect… but now it’s going back up.

I think I am enjoying the site more now than I ever have before. The community that stuck around is fantastic – supportive, interactive, and insightful. The end of the show has challenged me to explore a lot of new ways to develop a television fansite.

As soon as the show ended, I took stock of my categories and completely rehauled them to reflect things I wanted to improve my SEO on: actor names, shows they are in, etc. While my focus was before fairly broad, I made it an aim to seek out a lot of information rather than passively writing what’s in the news.

I started a fun trivia category, dig around for what all the actors are up to, and come up with fun posts about the show – like my Oy with the poodles already post. I have also been, since some time in November, recapping Gilmore Girls from its pilot episode onward every weekday to coincide with its airing on ABC Family – so 5 Gilmore Girls episodes a week. We all watch the episodes together and I tack on some discussion questions to my recap post. It takes a long time to do (at least 2 hours per recap), but I actually look forward to that part of my day. The early seasons of Gilmore Girls were the best ones, and I always feel good after watching an episode.

I provide regular recaps of Aliens in America (with Scott Patterson) and Samantha Who? (with Melissa McCarthy), as well as recaps of any guest spots. Right now, for example, Matt Czuchry is doing a guest arc on Friday Night Lights. I have been contacted by more publicists now than ever before, so I have been able to promote a lot of exclusive stuff and run some great contests.

The whole experience has taught me the value of community and how that community will stick by you, and indeed grow, if you support them and share with them. It has been a great experience, and I love writing this site probably more than any other. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s still one of the largest blogs in b5 ;)

Now, off to watch another episode – we’re mid way through Season 3 now. Stay tuned here if you want to read them.

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b5 is hiring

Posted in Professional Blogging

I’m hiring for quite a number of blogs right now through b5. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested, in any of the below jobs, send them over to the listings to apply.

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Christina Aguilera
  3. Ugly Betty
  4. 24
  5. Comedy / Sitcoms

I am getting a fair number of applications, so apply soon if interested.

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BlogHer 2007

Posted in Events, Professional Blogging

I have thoroughly enjoyed the weekend here at BlogHer. Probably the best one I’ve been to yet. I’ve met a lot of great people, and attended many good discussions. The "un-conference" style format is, by far, my preference.

Today I moderated a panel on Professional Blogging with Jody DeVere, Paula Neal Mooney, Stefania Pomponi Butler and Chloe Spencer. It was an incredibly diverse panel on all the ways you can use blogs to make money, grow your business, or develop your own personal brand. It was well attended and there were a lot of good questions. I felt that we just skimmed the surface on many things, and perhaps would have liked to offer more tangible tips to both the bloggers and companies there, but I thoroughly enjoyed the panel. The recap is here.

Right now I’m listening to the keynote by Elizabeth Edwards. This time last year, Ianiv and I heard her husband, John Edwards, at Gnomedex. I think that I’ve been more impressed with Elizabeth. I don’t feel like she’s doing lip service to the topics she’s talking about – whether politics or technology or the women here at the conference. She is a very intelligent and well spoken woman.

I’ve enjoyed being in Chicago – love the shopping – and meeting so many amazing women. It was especially nice to meet fellow b5ers CJ and Mary Jo – and of course, to spend time with Leora.

Tonight we’re having the final BlogHer dinner at the Children’s Museum here on the gorgeous Navy Pier. Tomorrow is some relaxing, maybe some sun, and some shopping. And Monday I return home – crossing my fingers that I leave Chicago on time to make my connection!

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Going to BlogHer

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Events, Professional Blogging, Social networking

I’ll be heading down to Chicago for BlogHer at the end of the month. It’s my third time out, and I’m looking forward to going again.

I’ll be moderating a panel on Professional Blogging, and it’s a larger panel than the one I was on last year. That should be quite fun.

I’ll be down in Chicago for a week. We’re having a b5 meetup for all the peeps in town for BlogHer, and I’ll be staying with my pal Leora while I’m there. Major shopping time. I’ve already set up a bunch of things to ship to her place from Amazon. ;)

If anyone is down for BlogHer, be sure to say hi!

BlogHer '07 I'm Speaking

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NY Times on Pro Blogging

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Professional Blogging

The NY Times did a spread on blogging as a career entitled "Can Blogs Become a Big Source of Jobs?". b5media is heavily featured in the article. And I get my own little feature in there too, although they didn’t use my name. I’m clearly the "entertainment writer, who is also an editor", and can even say that I’ve pulled in figures this past month a few hundred thousand pageviews higher.

It would have rocked to be named in there, but it’s still great to have the reference. I think the article does a good job making the blogging-for-a-living concept realistic. It can be a great career, but as yet it’s not something you can just "jump into" and expect a full-time salary. Although many jobs are now being posted for corporate bloggers, as yet this is still usually not a full-time gig, but rather a part of another job title.

That said, companies like b5 are giving people opportunities to make money from blogging much easier and faster than before. The "network effect" means that new blogs and bloggers grow much more quickly, and you reap the rewards from your effort much more quickly than you would on your own. Couple that with not having to fuss about technology, and the benefits of being a part of a community there to support you and help you excel, blogging becomes much more of a feasible job opportunity.

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