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With all the talk lately about performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball, I got to thinking: What can I do to give my blog a competitive edge? That’s when I saw wordpress’s announcement – Enhanced Feeds liven up your feed. I learned that you can now digg my posts, you can stumble upon them, or you can simply recognize how deli.icio.us they are! This also brought back to my mind a post I had skimmed about how one blogger started getting tons of traffic simply by being stumbled upon.

In the interest of fully disclosure, I am not really sure yet that I really understand what any of this means, but all the cool blogs have them. I guess that kind of goes back to the steroids mentality, if everybody else is doing it… You should check out digg it, stumbleupon, and del.icio.us. Digg is “a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web.” StubleUpon “discovers web sites based on your own interests, learns what you like and brings you more.” Del.icio.us is “a social bookmarks manager.” Based on my very limited experience stumble is pretty fun if you just have time to kill and are wanting to browse random but interesting sites. Del.icio.us is actually the one I think has the most potential benefit for me to personally use. Digg and Stumble seem more like ways that you can bring traffic to my blog by clicking on them. So, by all means digg, stumle, and del.icio.us this post. Who knows, maybe it will be the most popular post I have ever written…

Are any of you familiar with these? If you use them, which do you particularly like and how do they help you?

(Oh, and in case you missed the sarcasm, let me explicitly state that I in no way support the steroids culture of baseball. And for the record, my blog is clean and has never failed a performance enhancing feed test.)