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With all these videos available it will be easy to spend hours watching and learning.
Over time I will reshuffle older posts, especially those from side topics, in order to make my core topics more visible.
I realized that my blogs overlapped in topics as well as had side topics that made it hard for a reader to see what the blog really was meant to cover.
Refocus = put again into focus or focus more sharply.
The side topics at Forty Plus Two will be covered in my new blog, Bengt’s Notes, which will help me get a clearer focus here. It will be back to the core topics which are coaching and personal development.
This is how it will work with my blogs from now on:
This means it will be easier for me (and my readers) to know what each blog is about. Bengt’s Notes sounds as “miscellaneous” but apart from quotes it will mostly be about blogging (WordPress), software, Twitter, tips and tools.
If we want to have any hope at making our dreams a reality, we have to carve out our own path. We have to find a way to get paid to be ourselves. We must drop conventional wisdom (collective assumption) and break away from the herd.
Jonathan writes about two things in this post:
• Stop caring, and…
• Break our uncertainty threshold.
Getting outside our comfort zone is scary but necessary if we want to grow. As I posted, I have decided to walk my talk and will work in order to make that dream a reality.
Over at Micro Persuasion is an interesting guest post, Leo Babauta on the Tao of Marketing. Leao writes about his own marketing experiences connected to his site Zen Habits and his book The Power of Less. He writes about th eold way of marketing before getting into the new way.
Marketers must adopt an entirely new strategy — more than that, an entirely new mindset. They must get away from trying to create new desires in people, trying to push and force themselves on people, trying to control people.
Instead, find a more natural way. Find out what people want, and then give it to them. Offer them value, and they will appreciate that. Be a resource. Give things away. Don’t force — let them come to you, because of all the value you offer.
Leo lists these points, each explained more in his blog post:
• Accept things as they are.
• Don’t control.
• Don’t force.
• Do less.
• Do small things.
• Be valuable.
• Attract, don’t smother.
There are heated discussions about Facebook and their new terms of service (TOS). But not much has changed between the old and new versions. In Facebook owns your content. All of it. Forever. you can compare the old and new terms of service. Even the old terms of service gave Facebook the license to use your data any way they see fit. The major change is that the new terms of service gives Facebook the right to continue to use your data there even if you leave Facebook.
The word own is not correct, the FB TOS gives them “an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license”. It also limits their use to “in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.”
Chris Brogan brings up what we all should consider, Wake Up to How You Share on the Web.
If you’re freaked out by Facebook, go back and take a serious look at ALL the places you’re using on the web and ask yourself what the impact of them owning your stuff really is. It’s not what you think. It’s either worse or a non-issue, depending on how you see things.
In other words, do not join if you do not like the terms. Or at least be careful about what you store in their system.
Update February 8, 2009.
Mashable reports this: Breaking: Facebook Reverts to Previous Terms of Service. There is quote from the Facebook blog, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says:
Going forward, we’ve decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don’t plan to leave it there for long.
When logging in to Facebook today, this text showed up:
Still – read Chris Brogan’s post above and consider how you handle your information on the internet.