There have been lots of changes here at Countdown to Mexico lately, this post should introduce you to a few new features.
The Blogroll For years my blogroll ran down the left side of the page. It has gotten so long that I have made a separate page for it, you’ll see the link at the top of the page in the menu bar. You can also click on the badge (sample above) in the left sidebar. All the same great blogs are listed there, I hope you’ll check them out!
Netvibes I’ve always really liked those blogrolls where it is easy to see who has updated recently. I’ve used Netvibes in the past as a feed aggregator and I decided to take some time to update it with all the Mexico blogs I read, my Mexico Today amigos, Cooking blogs, and other Mexico news channels. I’ve made the page public so I hope you’ll check it out. The badge is in the left sidebar, too… and a sample is above.
Google Ads One of the reasons I decided to move the blogroll is so I could place a couple of ads in the sidebar. I’m compensated based on the number of visitors and number of clicks on the ads – I haven’t got it all figured out yet but it seems an unlikely way to pay for my web hosting. So far in the last week Google reports I’ve made 29 cents!
Amazon Ad This is an ad that I think all of you Mexico lovers will appreciate. It’s a link to Amazon products that I recommend. For example, there is a link to my favorite Michel Thomas learning Spanish CD’s, to music I like, and to books that I have read and think you will, too. I’ll be adding to it as I remember more. If you buy something after following my link I will get credit for it. And actually, If you like Countdown to Mexico you could come here and click the link before buying anything on Amazon and I’ll get credit for your click.
Social Media If you look over at the top left sidebar you’ll see a bunch of little buttons like above. The F is for Facebook, click it and you can Like Countdown to Mexico. The little bird is Twitter, click it if you want to follow me on Twitter. The + is Google+, click it to add me to your circles. The in is Linked In, click it to see my profile. But the thing I thought you might want to know is if you click the envelope you can enter your email address and receive an email of each new post.
The Mazatlán Exchange Forum Things are going very well over at the new forum. We have more than 2,000 registered users and every day more and more people are participating. I hope you’ll visit the forum and participate, too. There is a badge at the top left side of the blogroll you can click to find it. The badge sample is above, and the two posts I wrote explaining how to register for the forum and some tips for use are linked here. (I have changed things since I wrote this post… look directly above the post and you’ll see a banner that invites you to the forum….click it to check it out!)
The Mexico Today program You might remember my trip in June to Oaxaca to become a part of the Mexico Today program. It is being reported that all of our blog posts and tweets are having an impact and that the perception of Mexico by Americans and Canadians is improving, and so is tourism. I thought you might be interested in reading what we consider “the best of the best.” Laura at Go Mexico Guide put together a fantastic blog post consolidating each of our favorite Mexico Today posts.
The Truth About Mexico Back a few years this website was conceived by friends of ours in the Yucatán. At the time Mexico was getting a lot of bad press due to the swine flu outbreak, and those of us living here were pretty upset about it. They solicited contributors from the Mexico bloggers world and included news and information that would help people make their own decisions about Mexico by listening to people who live here and know first hand. My friends lives changed and they were able to spend less time on the website, so I offered to take up the reins. This project is truly one of the heart, and I hope you’ll visit the site and pass the word. The badge sample is above, you’ll find it also in the left sidebar.
The thing about both these projects that I think is so powerful is that people listen best to people like themselves. So blog posts, personal experiences, social media interactions, etc. are more likely to be heard if they’re spoken by people like you. That makes each of us the best ambassadors for Mexico there can be.
M! Magazine I am excited to be a part of the M! Magazine team! Starting in November, I’ll have a column in the magazine, which is a monthly English language magazine. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Wow, that was more news than I thought I had… I had better get back to work! Hasta pronto!