Scott Hanselman

Found Video: Social Networking for Developers and Making Your Blog Suck Less

June 22, 2010 Comment on this post [21] Posted in Blogging | Speaking
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I was putting together a list of resources for a friend on how to start in programming, and the importance of Social Networking and having an online presence for Developers. I did a talk a while back and there was really bad guerilla video taken. However, in my searching I discovered video of me (scandalous!) at a Microsoft website called Thrive. I had completely forgotten that this talk was recorded. Of course, as it's older, it may be dated in some ways.

The video player on that site is too small, so I've embedded it here and made it big. Also, I've viewed-source and here's links to downloadable video files of both. This video was taken at Devscovery last year, as I recall and the audience was hardcore developers.

Part 1: How to be a better developer through social media

Download "How to be a better developer through social media" media directly here (right click | save as)

Part 2: How to make your blog suck less

Download "How to make your blog suck less" media directly here (right click | save as)

There's newer slides at and I'm considering updating the whole deck and writing an e-book, so watch for that.

Hope these are useful!

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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June 22, 2010 4:25
So what was your completely unrelated post that made you famous?
June 22, 2010 6:00
Great talk! The tips on making your blog suck less are very helpful.
June 22, 2010 6:06
Wow - tons of great content here. This whole issue of "managing your brand" in todays age is a necessity as you make your way through your career. I've said it many times that as I'm going through a stack of resumes: A) I will google the person before initiating contact with them and B) if someone has a link to their blog/whatever from their resume, I stop what I'm doing. That blog will tell me way, way, way, way more than a resume ever will. It tells me how inquisitive they are, it tells me how technical they are, and how well they communicate an idea. Thanks for writing this stuff down, I couldn't agree more with this. Devs needs to "make an effort" to manage their brand, but there hasn't really been any real direction or leadership on this up until now. Nice work! -Rob
June 22, 2010 7:58
June 22, 2010 8:40
Get stuff Scott. I have been working on developing my online brand and, as always, you have encouraged me to keep going.

June 22, 2010 9:18
Scott - you are the first speaker that I have seen eating druing presentation.
Make your presentation suck less- dont eat during speaking ;-)
June 22, 2010 9:19
I'm diabetic. When I have low blood sugar I have to eat.
June 22, 2010 11:53
@Hannes not necessarily :) I personally don't care if people eat or drink during presentations - makes them less formal, we all hate formal.
June 22, 2010 14:10
this is a really cool post. Too bad I can't find @bikerscum anymore :)
June 22, 2010 16:37
I agreee with Adam. Content is more important rather than the way!
June 22, 2010 18:36
Thank you for the blogging tips! I'm just about to start my own blog these days and you helped a lot with these advices :)
June 23, 2010 22:43
Good stuff Scott. One thing you could do to make video, presentations more accessible or just make your blog look cooler is make a myBrainshark. I use it to put voice on my powerpoints and then embed them into my blog or facebook or whatever. Cool tool, might be really useful for you. Here's their site:

June 27, 2010 16:41
Cool Video. I have started my blog long, and just these tips were very essential for anyone.

I really like your posts. The most encouraging word from you "We all have finite number of keystrokes, ...... " Its very much appreciated and encouraging to bloggers.

June 29, 2010 19:59
I have not been able to watch. I keep getting 4001 an error has occurred.
July 05, 2010 19:20
For some reason, we are unable to watch your videos, it's firing a network error. Thx.
July 05, 2010 21:29
I just wanted to watch them and found out that they are dead. Can I find them anywhere else on the web?

July 06, 2010 1:11
If you go directly on , there you find that video and it's working.
July 07, 2010 13:30
Ya, they moved these. I'm working on getting the raw WMVs and putting them on Channel 9 myself.
July 17, 2010 1:43
This was a great set of videos to watch, oddly enough the volume was too low and was hard to hear (probably only for me), but I really liked a lot of what you're saying. I have been blogging for a while, I get a few hits here and there, but I really don't mind, I had to laugh cause you said something to the effect of "I am posting this here for me, so I don't lose it", that is honestly about 90% of why I started my blog, there were a lot of little things I got tired of searching for all the pieces for, and caught my self doing it over and over, now I can just search my blog for stuff....and have numerous times...Thanks again
December 28, 2010 18:10
amazing videos, I created my blog because of it. even linked this post. Think that you are right!

thanks for the presentations :)

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