Wednesday, October 14, 2009

5 Great New Web Site and Blog Discoveries

I've come across some really great web sites and blogs in the last few weeks. While they are not new, they are new to me. Here they are:

* the web site of MORE magazine. I stumbled upon this site after having become a FAN of More magazine on Facebook. The site is basically an extension of the magazine, but with a community focus. Users can set up a profile page called "My Studio," which allows you to publish a user name, a brief bio, some basic stats about where you live and your occupation, your likes, and how you would like to reinvent yourself. Beyond that, I was impressed the site encourages readers to post their "stories," for a wide variety of categories, such as "passions," self improvement, health, and others. Other readers can "Like," various stories, and they can be posted to Facebook, Digg, and other bookmarking sites. There is also a marketplace where business owners can include their links, and various contests and unique editorial that does not appear elsewhere. I was impressed with how easy it was to use the site, and got a kick out of reading so many other women's inspirational stories about overcoming challenges and reinventing oneself. Kudos to the team at for getting it right.

* The blog of Michelle Mitchell, a mother of 4 in Anchorage, Alaska, who blogs about crafts, recipes, communications issues, and other topics. I stumbled upon her blog while doing some research for a project I'm working on, and so glad I did. Michelle has a warm online personality and writes clearly and with good detail. Her blog was ranked fifth on the list of ten Top Motherhood Blogs in the Wall Street Journal, in April 2008, in "The Blogger Mom in Your Face" by Sue Shellenbarger, and featured on TwiTip as a blog to follow on Twitter by Darren Rowse of Problogger in 2008, "Top Ten Must Follows: Writers, GTD/Productivity and Moms."

*Blog Carnival:
This is a cool site that groups blogs together by topic to form a "carnival." Bloggers submit their posts for editorial approval, and readers can rate the posts. From their home page:

"We think blog carnivals are a great way for bloggers to recognize each other's efforts, organize blog posts around important topics, and improve the overall level of conversation in the blogosphere. Carnivals come in edited "editions", just like magazines or journals. The fact that carnivals are edited (and usually annotated) collections of links lets them serve as "magazines" within the blogosphere, and carnival hosts can earn their readership by providing high quality collections.

Since blog carnivals include lots of posts on specific topics, they also serve as a place to connect with those who are expert (or at least highly opinionated!) and those who are interested in that field.

simplifies carnivals for two kinds of people:

So this site looks like a great way to explore article marketing. I'm going to try it and keep you posted.

* those who know me know I love my Animoto, the cool make your own video site that I first saw demonstrated at the YouTube developers conference last summer. I loved how it turned still photos into great video, but now the program's been upgraded so you can upload video clips as well, either your own or some stock footage they have. They've also upgraded the options on how to post the video after it's done, with easy widgets for sharing on social networks, YouTube, etc. These people rock, and I've told them so!
Here's one of my latest videos:

*New York Public Library's Digital Gallery
Lose yourself in this vast collection of rare prints, vintage maps, manuscripts, posters, photographs, sheet-music covers, dust jackets, menus, cigarette cards and other artifacts. There are more than 300,000 digital images of original materials available for viewing. Access is free, and you can download images to your computer for personal or research use. The My Digital page will store your favorite discoveries along with your search history.

What are you latest favorites? Share them here.

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