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January 12, 2005

CBA E-mail #4: Cubs Convention Lunch, New Blogs, N Syndication

From: byron@thecubdom.com
To: -- Cubs Blog Army --

Date: January 12, 2005
Time: 21:21:27

Subject: CBA EMAIL #4: Cubs Convention Lunch, New Blogs, N Syndication
---

Greetings Cubs Blog Army,

I hope everyone is doing well and had a good holiday season. Of course, the best thing about putting the holidays behind us is that the baseball season is on its way (81 days til first pitch). But first, the Cubs Convention! It is coming up on January 21,22,23.

I have four blogs (5 people) who have indicated so far that they are interested in getting together for a meal during the convention, and I am planning on doing lunch in the Hilton Restaurant. If you will be at the convention, or in Chicago on that weekend and are interested, please email me back (byron@thecubdom.com) and let me know you want to come.

There are also a few new Cubs blogs out there since the last time I sent one of these emails out. There is:

Holy Cow Baseball Blog - http://holycowbaseballblog.blogspot.com/
True Blue - http://truebluecubs.blogspot.com/
and Stuck in Columbus with the Wrigley Blues Again http://www.wrigleyblues.blogspot.com/

Again, there are links to these sites available on CubsBlogArmy.com, with a little information about each of the blogs.

Also, I have fixed the Cubs Blog Army Code generator so that it actually matches what is up on the site. Even if you updated your links a month or so ago, I would urge everyone to consider doing so again, we've got 6 to 8 new Cubs Blogs, and most of them look like they are going to make it. The Code link is on the left hand side of CubsBlogArmy.com in white text, just above the links to the rest of the sites.

Syndication:
Syndication:
Syndication:

If you know what it is, you have probably already done this... but if you don't read up.

Syndication is essentially a text file that most web blog programs will publish in one of several formats. (Blogger uses Atom) This file can then be read by programs which comb through websites looking for updates. With over 50 Cubs blogs already, most of us don't have time to check all the sites daily, so some good blogs are getting lost in the shuffle (also Yahoo is starting to use these feeds in its search engine submissions, and is doing a great job of quickly indexing blogs so that search results will be more likely to come to your site). Help yourself stand out by making your syndication feed available.

How do I make my syndication available?
If you are using blogger go to...

http://[YOUR_WEBSITE].blogspot.com/atom.xml

So for instance, 1060 West's syndication feed is available at

http://1060west.blogspot.com/atom.xml

and their website is

http://1060west.blogspot.com/

OK, now that you have found your syndication feed, go to this website:

http://sportsblogs.org/suggestion.php

fill out the appropriate information and make sure to put your syndication feed in the form.

After a few days, Todd Muchmore who runs Sportsblogs.org will add your feed, and then whenever you post a new post, it will appear on the list of Cubs Blog Entries that his site provides. These entries are then picked up, and published by several websites, including: http://www.thecubdom.com/headlines.html

This is a sure fire way to get your site to stand out, and increase your readership. Plus it helps us all stay on top of the CBA (Cubs Blog Army) easier.

(If you have already submitted your site to Sportsblogs, but didn't have a syndication feed, email Todd Muchmore at support@sportsblogs.org and let him know the URL to your feed. He'll add it for you.)

OK, thats it for this CBA update. Remember to head over to CubsBlogArmy.com and check out the new (and old) Cubs Blog sites. Also, please kindly consider updating your link sections... even some of the very frequently updated blogs haven't done so in much too long).

Finally, a reminder from the last update: Joe Aiello and View From the Bleachers are running a poll for 'Best Cubs Blog of 2004 minus a few blogs such as Cub Reporter' check it out and vote for your favorite. http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com/ voting ends the 15th I believe.

Byron Clarke,
CubsBlogArmy.com
TheCubdom.com
GoatRiders.org

p.s. If this is your first CBA update, I have recently added you to the list. If you would like this to be your last CBA update, please email me at byron@thecubdom.com and I will promptly remove you from my list.

Posted by Byron at January 12, 2005 9:21 PM | Bookmark and Share

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