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17 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Foursquare

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Foursquare

I’ll admit it. When I first hear about Foursquare, I thought the idea was ridiculous. Why would anyone ever want to publicize where they are all the time? But today, I do see the benefits (as long as you are still smart enough to do so safely), and I occasionally will check in. There are, in any case, definite advantages for small business using this service! Let’s take a look at what some brilliant bloggers have to say about Foursquare.

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Location-Based Services: Foursquare vs. Facebook Places by Ryan Goff

I love this post on Social Media Examiner – it compares two of the major location-based services, as well as goes into detail about how why and how to use them effectively, both from the user perspective and from the business perspective. you really can’t go wrong when it comes to Social Media Examiner; trying not to get lost reading all the excellent advice at that website is like trying not to breathe. After you’re done with the post, don’t forget to follow @smexaminer and @RyanatMGH.

The Island Grill Chain: How we’ve used FourSquare in our Marketing by Ingrid Riley

If you’re a small business owner interested in using Foursquare, this is a really great case study. The restaurant owners featured in this post talk about how they are using the service to successfully lure in new customers and reward fans. Check it out an follow Silicone Caribe on Twitter @siliconecaribe.

Confessions of a Foursquare Addict by Hilton Barbour

I love Hilton’s post because it perfectly sums up why Foursquare works and why businesses should be using it. There’s a bright future for not only this service, but other location-based services as well…and this post explains why. I’m sure a lot of you guys can relate (I know I can – my roommate and I were battling over Red Robin mayorship for a few months).

Even More Brilliant Advice:

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about Foursquare? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: Vlogging

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Taxes

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Today, I have something a little different for you for our Brilliant Blogger series. Usually, I post a little about the topic myself, link to three of the best posts I can find, and then give you a list of links to other posts about the topic. This week is a little different – the topic is taxes for bloggers (and the self-employed in general), and although I have several years of experience with it, I don’t feel qualified to talk about it myself. When it comes to taxes, I also don’t think I can choose just three brilliant posts you should read – you should read as much as you can about the topic…and get a professional to help you complete your return.

Instead, I just want to give you some resources to get you started. If you haven’t yet done your taxes, don’t wait – they’re due mid-April, but most accounting firms don’t have time for last-minute freelancers. So, check out the following links and then get them done ASAP:

Taxgirl – “Because paying taxes is painful… but reading about them shouldn’t be.” Taxgirl is by far my favorite site when it comes to learning about taxes. You can ask a question, but before you do, make sure to search through her site – there’s a ton of information on that site. Kelly Phillips Erb (taxgirl) has also done some posts for Problogger, which you can find at the following links:

About.com: Blogging – About.com’s blogging section is full of great information, and the tax tips page is especially helpful for bloggers. On this page, you’ll find information about how taxes work for someone self-employed, deductions bloggers can take, and more.

What Bloggers Should Know About Taxes from BlogHer – BlogHer’s blog has some of the best information out there, and this post on taxes is no different. What I love about it is that blogger Melanie Nelson links to a number of other great places to learn even more about taxes for bloggers, so it becomes a hub of information.

So, that’s the short list of resources I wanted to share. As always with Brilliant Bloggers, feel free to link to your own posts, but please make sure that they’re well-researched and clear – you don’t want to lead anyone down the wrong financial path.

On April 7, we’ll be back to regular Brilliant Blogger posts. It’s an awesome topic, so I hope you’ll all submit posts!

Next Week’s Topic: Product Launching

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

24 Brilliant Bloggers Talk about RSS

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: RSS

I have a love/hate relationship with RSS. I absolutely love that there’s an easy way to distribute content automatically. I personally absolutely hate using feed readers (which is why I rigged Twitter to serve as a feed reader). Love or hate this method of reading blogs, if you want to be a successful blogger yourself, you need to understand RSS – at least some of your readers are going to use it and, even more importantly, how to get more subscribers. Let’s see what some brilliant bloggers have to say about this topic.

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11 Ways to Get More RSS Subscribers by Brett Borders

There are a lot of articles that give you tips for attracting RSS subscribers – but of all that I’ve read, this is my favorite. In general, the tips in this post will make you a better blogger – getting more RSS subscribers is just an added benefit! After checking out the post, make sure you follow Brett on Twitter @brettborders.

53 Best Practices How To Attract RSS Subscribers by Dainis Graveris

This post isn’t the typical tips post about writing attractive posts – it includes 53 mini case studies of RSS buttons. Function + Appearance = Great Design, and if you’re not sure how you can spruce up your RSS button beyond the traditional orange box, this post can give you lots of ideas. Don’t forget to follow Dainis on Twitter @1stwebdesigner.

15 simple proven tips to prevent losing rss subscribers by Hirfan Khan

Once you have RSS subscribers, you have to keep them! Attracting tons of subscribers is no good if they only unsubscribe a day or two later. In this post, you’ll get lots of tips for keeping your subscribers interested and avoiding any of the major downfalls that could cause your readers to unsubscribe rather quickly. The WAH Blogger on Twitter @thewahblogger.

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Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about RSS? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: Taxes for Bloggers

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

16 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About List Posts

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: List Posts

For some reason, most people are just hard-wired to be attracted to list posts. List posts have the potential to go viral faster than most other types of posts and they typically keep people interested longer since they are extremely easy to scan. This is a list post of sorts, but you can format them in a number of different ways. Some lists are “top” or “best” while others are comprehensive (like this one). There’s no doubt that list posts can be an asset to just about any blog – but there are downfalls as well. Let’s look at what some brilliant bloggers have to say about list posts.

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What Every Blogger Should be Aware of Before Writing List Posts by Ritu

This is an older post, but it should be the first one you read, in my opinion. List posts can be great, but there are definite disadvantages as well, especially if that’s all you’re doing at your blog. I absolutely love the advice Ritu gives in this post at Geekpreneur. You can follow the blog on twitter @geekpreneur.

7 Ways To Write With Numbered Lists by Joanna Paterson

I love this post, because it talks not only about the benefits of writing list for readers, but also about the benefits it has for you as a blogger. Joanna also gives some great examples of list posts from around the web and discusses why bloggers so often use the number seven when writing lists. After checking out her post, you can follow Joanna on Twitter @joannapaterson.

3 Ideas for Moving Beyond List Posts: Creating an Experiential Blog by Tara Gentile

I love Tara’s guest post on Problogger because it gives some great ideas for bloggers who feel stuck in the list post cycle. List posts (and posts in general) don’t have to be boring! Take a moment to read Tara’s post, then follow her on Twitter @scoutiegirlblog.

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      Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about list posts? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

      Next Week’s Topic: Getting More RSS Subscribers

      I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

      38 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About StumbleUpon

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      Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

      This Week’s Topic: StumbleUpon

      StumbleUpon is the ultimate time waster (and I mean that in a good way!). If you don’t have the toolbar installed, I suggest you do so – it’s your portal to lots of amazing things on the Internet that you’d never find otherwise. You just set your parameters and hit the Stumble button…be warned that it’s easy to spend hours surfing this way.

      If you have a hit on StumbleUpon, you can bring in thousands of new visitors – and while traffic does spike, it also continues over time as long as people keep giving you the thumbs up of approval (like a Facebook “like”). Be warned, though – the user’s mouse usually hovers on the Stumble button, so if you don’t catch their attention quickly, they’ll be on to the next random page on the Internet. Today’s articles talk about how to best use StumbleUpon to not just see that traffic spike, but also keep people reading.

      Like last week, this week’s topic is serendipitous, since StumbleUpon just announced that they’re being newly backed by investor DAG Ventures, and with their current backers securely in place, that means the company has a reported $17 million to play with over the coming months. So, expect to see this bookmarking platform continue to evolve and expand! (Oh, and this come after buying back the company for just $29 million after selling the company to eBay in 2007 for $75 million. Talk about brilliant double dipping!)

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      Getting Mass Traffic from StumbleUpon: A Definitive Guide by Glen Allsopp

      I’m always a little wary of “definitive” guides, but this post is as close to one as you can be in an ever-changing digital world. If you’ve new to StumbleUpon, start here. If you’d a user wanting to optimize how you browse with StumbleUpon, start here. If you want to build your traffic using StumbleUpon, start. In other words, Glen is brilliant, and you should start your StumbleUpon education here. You can follow Glen on Twitter @viperchill.

      StumbleUpon Etiquette Faux Pas, Tips and Resources by Kristi Hines

      You don’ t have to convince me that Kristi Hines is a Brilliant Blogger. This post covers the ins and outs of StumbleUpon etiquette, a topic that is important no matter what new media tool you’re using. It’s just one of the many great resources on Kikolani! Follow Kristi on Twitter @kikolani.

      The Why, How and Who of Marketing in StumbleUpon by Garrett French

      Like the other two posts I’ve featured this week, Garrett’s StumbleUpon post is a wealth of resources. He gives us tips on marketing, tips on advertising, links to others’ StumbleUpon experiences, and lots more. It’s an awesome resource, and maybe my favorite of the week! Don’t forget to follow Garrett on Twitter @garrettfrench after you’re done reading his post!

      Even More Brilliant Advice:

      Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about StumbleUpon? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

      Next Week’s Topic: List Posts

      I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

      21 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Commenting

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      Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

      This Week’s Topic: Commenting

      Posts about commenting generally fall into two main categories: 1) how to effectively comment on others’ blogs to build your brand and boost your traffic and 2) how to police the comments on your own blog. Both are topics that you need to consider if you want to be a successful blogger. After all, audience participation through commenting is one of the biggest differences between a blog and a static website. Today’s Brilliant Bloggers discuss this topic from top to bottom, so you don’t want to miss a single post!

      (This is serendipitously a really relevant topic for this week, since Facebook just unveiled their new comment box plugin.)

      Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

      How to Use Blog Commenting as a Networking Superweapon by Arik Hanson

      Dude, if you want a go-to guide for how to effectively comment and turn those comments into something more than just a few clicks worth of traffic, this is a post you need. It’s actually a guest post for Social Media Examiner, so it’s also a good example of how to do guest posting the right way! Arik does an awesome job of guiding you through the ins and outs of finding blogs and leaving comments…and then talks about how to leverage that initial interaction to do some awesome networking. After you read the post, you can find him on Twitter @arikhanson.

      Is Commenting on Blogs a Smart Traffic Strategy? by Brian Clark

      I love this post because it addresses something that grinds on my last nerve – people who leave senseless comments on popular blogs because they want to be first. In fact, on the biggest blogs out there, that’s what people say: “FIRST!” Ironically enough, often there are 10+ people who all leave “first” as a comment. In any case, rushing a comment to be first not only makes you look like a tool, but it also doesn’t really give you traffic benefits – at least, that’s what Brian argues in this post (and I agree). Check it out and follow him on Twitter @copyblogger.

      Creating a Blog Comment Policy that Works by John Saddington

      I recommend that everyone has a comment policy posted someone on their blog, especially if you post anything controversial. Debates can turn sour in a hurry, and comment policies can help your readers know where you’ll draw the line. John’s post will help you create a policy if you don’t have one already, and you can also check him out on Twitter @tentblogger. (Also, unrelated, but his blog has the best subscribe button ever.)

      Even More Brilliant Advice:

      Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about comments? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

      Next Week’s Topic: StumbleUpon

      I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

      32 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Klout

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      Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts here.

      Want to be a BlogWorld Brilliant Blogger? Scroll to the end to find out how to submit your post for an upcoming edition!

      This Week’s Topic: Klout

      In case you missed it, this past weekend I posted “Klout 101: What the Heck Is It and Why Should I Care?” all about the social media influence measurer Klout. I was curious about this tool myself, since I didn’t know much about it beyond “Oh, look at my score. That’s nice.” I’m no expert, that’s for sure, but doing some research for that post and reading all of the entries and posts I found on the topic has really made me want to start using the site more often! On the other hand, there is also a downside to using Klout, so it is definitely important to think about this tool with a critical eye. If you want to learn more about Klout, the following brilliant posts are an awesome place to start!

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      Digital Influence Recalibrated, Part 1: Understanding Klout’s Measurement Spectrum by Olivier Blanchard

      This is just the first of a series of posts on The Brand Builder blog about social media influence. It’s a really thoughtful series that I highly recommend – it explains what Klout is, why is is important, and some of the problems with Klout’s system. You can follow Olivier on Twitter @thebrandbuilder.

      Klout for Business: A Sometimes Useful Metric – But an Incomplete View of Customers by Jeremiah Owyang

      I highly recommend this post for two reasons: It is a great discussion of the limitations of Klout and it includes a comment from Klout’s CEO Joe Fernandez addressing a number of the points Jeremiah made in his post. Check it out and follow him on Twitter @jowyang.

      The Klout Myth and Living Above The Influence by Dan Perez

      This post is unlike most of the others you’re read on the topic. While Klout can certainly be an important tool to use, the lessons we learn about digital influence from Klout can – and should – be applied to the more important things in life. Head to Dan’s blog to read the full post and follow him on Twitter @danperezfilms.

      BONUS POST: 16 Strategies to Win Over Online Influences Using Klout by Scott Hepburn

      Usually I only pick three brilliant bloggers to highlight, but I just couldn’t stop myself from going for a frouth this week. This post by Scott at Media Emerging is AWESOME because it explains how you can use Klout to totally rethink the way you blog. LOVE IT. Follow Scott on Twitter @scotthepburn.

      Even More Brilliant Advice:

      Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about Klout? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

      Next Week’s Topic: Commenting on Other Blogs

      Want your post included? Simple email me at allison@abcontentonline.com with “Brilliant Blogger Link” in the subject line. Remember, only posts about this topic will be accepted. If you have another brilliant post, save it for a topic that better fits the post! Submissions will be accepted until March 2, 2011 at noon. Deadline pass already? Head the most recent Brilliant Bloggers post to see this week’s topic. (Want to work ahead, getting ready for a future Brilliant Bloggers? Some upcoming topics include StumbleUpon, writing list posts, and getting more RSS subscribers.)

      14 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Blogging Platforms

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      Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts here.

      Want to be a BlogWorld Brilliant Blogger? Scroll to the end to find out how to submit your post for an upcoming edition!

      This Week’s Topic: WordPress Vs. Other Blogging Platforms

      Although I’ve used other platforms in the past, I’m firmly a WordPress girl. Most of the bloggers out there who are making an income from blogging use WordPress, and in my opinion, it’s really the best way to go if you’re a serious blogger. Others disagree with me, for various reasons. Today, we’ll look at some brilliant comparisons of WordPress and other blogging platforms so that you can make a decision about which tool to use.

      Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

      Blogging platform of the year 2010: Blogger or WordPress? by Andrew Paul

      This is an awesome post if you’re interested in blogging but aren’t yet sure if you want to do it as a business instead of just a hobby. In this post, Andrew compares the free versions of Blogger and WordPress, and although your URL won’t be as pretty, it gives you the chance to start out blogging without paying for your own domain name and hosting. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewpaul123.

      WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal by Tim Stiffler-Dean

      Tim’s post is an oldie but goodie. He leaves Blogger (as well as Typepad, Squarespace, and some other CMSs) out of the conversation, and focuses on three popular choices for bloggers. Some of the information is outdated at this point, but I think he does an awesome job at giving the pros and cons of each platform. Follow Tim on Twitter @anotherguy. (Hat tip to @JoshuaTitsworth for sending me this link!)

      How did WordPress win? by Byrne Reese

      While this post specifically compares WordPress to Movable Type, I think it makes a lot of great points that are relevant when comparing WordPress to any other CMS out there. There are a lot of great comments on this post as well, so check it out, and then follow Byrne on Twitter @byrnereese.

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      Next Week’s Topic: Blogrolls and Link Love

      Want your post included? Simple head to Blog Carnival and upload your link. Remember, only posts about this topic will be accepted. If you have another brilliant post, save it for a topic that better fits the post! Submissions will be accepted until February 16, 2011 at noon. Deadline pass already? Head to Blog Carnival and look under “about this edition” to find the current topic!

      Brilliant Bloggers #1: Contests and Giveaway

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      Brilliant Bloggers is a brand new series here at the BlogWorld blog, featuring some of the best bloggers from around the world. Every week, we’ll look at a different topic and I’ll feature three bloggers who have covered the topic in interesting, unique, comprehensive, or otherwise awesome ways. But that’s not all: I’ll also give you a list of other blog posts I’ve found about the topic, so if you want to learn even more, you can check out what other people have to say as well!

      Want to submit your link so I don’t miss yours? If you wrote about this week’s topic, simply leave a comment below with a direct link to your post. Scroll to the end of the post to read about how to be considered for next week’s Brilliant Blogger post!

      This week’s topic: Contests and Giveaways

      People love free stuff, and by offering a contest or giveaway of some sort on your blog, you can encourage others to get more deeply involved in your community. The great thing about giveaways is that you can control what your readers have to do to be eligible. This could include leaving a comment, checking out a sponsor’s site, following you on Twitter, subscribing to your newsletter, liking your site on Facebook…the sky really is the limit. So, if you’re trying to reach a certain goal (like 1000 Twitter subscribers), you can use a contest or giveaway to boost your progress toward that goal. An now, without further ado, let’s see what our brilliant bloggers have to say!

      Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

      Put Out the Welcome Mat: How to Run a Blog Contest with Panache by Nathalie Lussier

      When Nathalie Lussier writes something, you know it’s going to be good. This is a guest post she did on Problogger about running a contest that covers all the ins and outs of making it a successful endeavor. Lot’s of people have written quick how-to guides for running a contest on your blog, but Nathalie’s has some panache of its own. Check it out, then consider following her on Twitter (@NathLussier) and checking out her other projects at Raw Foods Witch, The Magick Menu, the Nathalie Lussier Media blog, and Healthy Travel Lifestyle.

      How to Run a Successful Facebook Contest by Grandma Mary

      Running a contest on Facebook actually takes some consideration because Facebook has very strict rules about how you can and cannot run a contest using their platform. This post goes over everything you need to know about using Facebook for your contest, and Grandma Mary is much more entertaining than my grandmother. (Oh, and she’s not really a grandma at all, but that’s another story!) You can follow her on Twitter @grandmamaryshow.

      Are Blog Contests Worth Your Time? by Jennifer Chait

      There’s tons of great content on the Freelance Writing Jobs network, and when it comes to posts about contests, this is one of my favorite. Jennifer talks about why contests aren’t always a good idea for bloggers and how you can decide whether or not to run one on your site. She also links to a number of other great resources from around the network. Don’t forget to follow Jennifer on Twitter @jenniferchait and check out her site at Growing a Green Family.

      Even More Brilliant Advice:

      If you have a post about running a contest of giveaway, please link it in a comment below! We’d love to learn what you have to say on this topic.

      Next Week’s Topic: WordPress versus Other Blogging Platforms

      Want your post included? Simple head to Blog Carnival and upload your link. Remember, only posts about this topic will be accepted. If you have another brilliant post, save it for a topic that better fits the post! Submissions will be accepted until February 9, 2011 at noon. Deadline pass already? Head to Blog Carnival and look under “about this edition” to find the current topic!

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