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How to Create Curation

Curation is another way to get your image to a mass majority over the internet. Optimizing your potential success starts with curating your blog, PLN, or other. By choosing your niche, picking your prefered platform, and being consistent, you can create curation.

Niche:

Your niche is defined by your interests, what you can talk about for hours, your personality, but most importantly, what is sellable. There are probably a lot of mommy blogs, food blogs, beauty blogs, sports blogs, etc. So what makes yours stand out from the rest? You need to define your interest, then refine your niche. Taking my own business for example, I found a need for sex education for all sexual orientations, and I filled it with a multifunctional platform that includes sex toys. The point is, your niche is going to set you a part from the rest of the content on the internet, and there is a lot! An interesting way to come up with a niche could be by putting two opposing forces together. Like peanut butter and marshmallow. Here are some other creative choices to choose from:

  • Cruelty free leather chair making
  • One handed cooking
  • Public speaking for mutes

You get the idea. By putting two seemingly opposite traits together, like honest and politician, you can form your very own niche that stands out from the rest. This is fundamental to curating a blog. No one wants to read 20 different blogs all on the same subject. You need to become 3 dimensional in a 2 dimensional platform.

Platform:

Choosing your platform is the same as choosing your PLN platform. Where are you going to publish your content? Is your platform user-friendly and accessible? How can your audience find you? These questions should be guidelines into how you will ultimately chose the platform that works best for your content curation. WordPress was used here for its user friendly functions that seem more complicated than they actually are. There are plenty of tools on this very blog to look through for curation tools. Seriously, we have many weeks worth of curation tools to browse through. Choose wisely.

Consistency:

Once you have your niche in place, your platform secured, it’s time to adhere to a schedule that is consistent. Updating your project regularly with similar tone and formatting is key to obtaining an audience. You don’t want to talk about one subject for several posts, then switch to something in the opposite direction. Being on track and consistent is an important aspect to not overlook. People are less likely to come back to your blog/website/etc if it’s not consistent.

Curating your project is a relatively simple idea with a big outcome. Going down the correct path from the beginning is a lot easier than starting in the middle of a project. This site :http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-create-a-successful-curated-blog/ is a great example of expanding on the same premise here.

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Weekly Rejections

As per every week, there are a lot of websites that we search through that do not make the cut into one of our posts. There are many reasons as to why we pick the articles, tools, and websites we reblog and build upon, but some just don’t hit a nerve. This week some of us decided to look at a more international aspect of PLN and curation tools, thus some sites we found were in different languages then what any of us speak. While this is great in terms of having the same information we’re reading translated and used for specific audiences, if we can’t actually read it, we can’t write about it.

http://www.curated.by/

This is a German curation site that actually looks pretty interesting. It is nicely laid out, user friendly, and even if you don’t speak German, you get the picture of what the site is about- curation. I personally had a fun time listening to their podcasts in German. I have no idea what the woman said, but it was interesting to listen to nonetheless.

http://smartr.mobi/

This site prides itself in being “the best way to get your news on twitter” yet it has no other information or how to. It could possibly be a link? Or an App? or who the hell knows! This is a perfect example of what we can come across when searching for the perfect article to post and share about.

Qrait.com

This link has a very fancy logo design that probably cost a pretty penny. Unfortunately their site has been down for a couple days, and possibly forever.

http://wpdrudge.com/

This is a wordpress page that is meant to provide a template (theme) for your curation blog. Now we can put a certain look and feel to everyone’s curations! I thought to point of curation and PLN’s were to make them unique to yourself?


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Skloog.com as a Curation Tool

skloog.comAbout:

Skloog says, ”

Welcome to Skloog, the most convenient bookmarking site on the web! The web puts a world of information at your fingertips; Skloog puts it in your pocket! Using Skloog, you can easily create shortcuts to all of your favorite sites; bookmark pages that you’d like to refer back to in the future; and organize and arrange all of this information so that you can access it instantaneously. Combining cutting-edge technology with incredible user-friendliness, Skloog is everyone’s Favorite Site!”

Summary:

Skloog is a convenient way to bookmark web sites in an easy, user friendly format. Skloog is designed to accommodate and adhere to the viewers needs, making things more organized and efficient for the user. The most interesting aspect of skloog is you can log into it from anywhere in the world. Meaning, the site itself is not blocked in any country, which can be a great resource to have when traveling but you want to stay up to date with your curations. This is especially awesome for travelers in Ch!ina who are typically blocked from facebook, google, blogger, etc. Keep your favorite sites bookmarked with Skloog, and have the ability to access it from anywhere in the world.

Criteria:

For this curation tool, I really looked for universal curation tools and not just in the States. As a constant traveler, I’m always looking and bookmarking articles and websites that can be relevant to my traveling needs, and Skloog fits that perfectly. I also looked at the web page itself and how it added up to the other tools I’ve written about. Does this site do what it says it’s suppose to? Is it user friendly? And this week, is it accessible in other countries? All these questions have been answered, and that’s why I think Skloog is a important curation tool that should definitely be considered.

Recommendation:

I recommend Skloog because it is different from everything else that is more mainstream. It combines every component to make a website mainstream, but it relates to more people across the world and doesn’t just appeal to an American” audience. There is an international vibe to the site, but of course you can add and bookmark the sources you like. I think this would be a great website to use, especially while traveling.

 


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Listly as a Curation Tool

images-1Listly is a “Social Curation Mojo” that curates the best social media right to your site. Everything you need to keep up with the times, but not be so serious, is on List.ly. You can easily set up a free account, create content, upload, set up polls, and votes, and even embed into your own site. The idea is to constantly be aware of the social aspects of the internet.

Summary-

List.ly is a great site to understand all the media and social hoopla that can be a great and low key topic of conversation. Being able to join in and become a active user adds to the whole curation experience. List.ly also has it’s own wordpress plugin, so it can easily be installed onto any website. The level of user friendliness is a great way to implement list.ly onto any website. The premise is to create lists, of whatever you want to share. Here’s a create list of Top Business and Enntreprenuerial podcasts to show the different ways lit.ly can be utilized.

Criteria-

List.ly is definitely easy to use and navigate, and people are obviously using this site. It’s a great and easy way to build different lists of whatever your interests and “print” them onto a social media network. They use a Terms and Conditions page to bring awareness to licensing issues and agreements. They simply state:

“We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Service. However, you agree: (i) that by providing such material to the Service you grant Boomy Labs a perpetual, royalty-free license to use and display such material on the Service in accordance with these Terms of Service; (ii) to allow others to view your content upon signing up for the Service”

As a way to let users know what they are allowed and not allowed to publish. This criteria is important for the owners of the site from a legal perspective as they are curating up to the minute posts on social media.

Evaluation:

I really enjoyed learning more about List.ly as a great way to keep up to date with social media and other important topics. However, I am not a big fan of all social media, and when I was searching through there was a lot of celebrity related content. I’m not interested in curating lists about celebrities, and it took me awhile to find the business lists. This being said, if you know where and how (it is pretty easy, a search link is in the upper right hand corner) to look, you can easily skim through topics that suite your interests.

It’s a interesting concept that I completely get the idea of, but I feel I’ve seen this all over the place. Pinterest being one. Creating lists, boards, albums, etc are essentially the same idea with different packaging. (I’m still obsessed with pinterest.)

Recommendation:

I recommend List.ly if you’re someone who has expansive interests and like to group things into categories. Also, I noticed the clientele is pretty young. I would consider using list.ly as another business tool and outlet, and am already considering signing up. Although, do I really need another website to remember my username and password? Take a quick look for yourself and see if List.ly is for you!


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Pinterest as a Curation Tool

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Summary:

When it comes to Pinterest, I am all ears, or pins rather. Pinterest is a social site that acts like a virtual pinboard where you can create specialized boards pertaining to your interests. Food and fast recipes are a common thread streaming throughout pinterest. The great thing about pinterest is that it can connect to other social media sites where sharing your interests with other becomes easy and efficient. It’s a fun past time that doesn’t create any harm, as long as you’re not too hungry while looking at all the photos. In essence, pinterest is a “Wishing wall” where anyone can pin what they want in life whether it’s a fast sports car, or delicious Lemon Drop.

Criteria:

Pinterest meets the criteria for curation because it creates a social platform where you can view other peoples boards with like interests as well as your own boards being viewed and re-pinned. It can become a highly effective marketing strategy with businesses who create pinning “games” to capture attention and awareness to their brand. This type of curation is simple because it takes the guess work out of curation, and becomes a fun and highly addictive past time that becomes as natural as checking your RSS readers.

Recommendation:

I highly recommend Pinterest because it’s a fast and fun way to become even more integrated into the social world of curation. It’s another aspect of the internet that should be explored for your own benefit. There’s no charge, no drama, and no fuss. Just a bunch of pretty pictures at your disposal at any given time.

If you would like to explore the world of curation further, please check out The Ultimate List of Content Curation Tools and Platforms at http://www.youbrandinc.com/ultimate-lists/ultimate-list-content-curation-tools-platform/ .

English: Red Pinterest logo

English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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RSS Readers as a PLN Tool

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Summary:

This YouTube clip is a perfect example of finding the right tool to create your PLN. An RSS Reader is a tool that allows you to stay in constant contact with your favorite blogs, links, news, and other varies important information pertaining to you. The idea is to subscribe to a blog or other form through your RSS (Real Simple Syndication) and have a constant flow of information that is continuously updated and is always accessible.

How it meets the criteria:

RSS Readers meet the PLN criteria because they are a growing part of any individuals learning network, in fact they are quite essential. To grow your network you need to be constantly in touch and informed, RSS readers are the perfect way to be connected. It’s accessible on the go in your phone, or even stationary. Once you’ve RSS subscribed to something of interest, that will always be a relevant resource to go back to.

Recommendation:

I recommend utilizing the RSS readers because I use it and know how important it has become in my own personal life and business. It’s so essential to always be up to date with topics of interest as well as competitors on the market place. By having news worthy topics available at the touch of a button in your immediate feed is a fundamental tool that I hope is here to stay.

For a better understanding of RSS readers and how to integrate them into your life, please check out this YouTube video below.

http://youtu.be/0klgLsSxGsU