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Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Blogging

Simon World has a good post titled Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Its got some great advice on blogging for anyone starting out….or continuing in blogging.

Here is a couple of his tips:

4. Prepare for the reality that the rest of the world may not share your high opinion of yourself and your site.
5. You know that movie where the guy built a baseball field and waited for some dead folks to turn up and play ball? Blogging’s like that. Prepare to slog at putting up brilliantly crafted, accurate and to-the-point insights that will proceed to make no difference to anything at all….
7. The big bloggers (in terms of readership, not size. I’m sure at least some of them are thin) are big for a reason. They fill a niche, they have interesting opinions, they’ve been doing it for a long time. Whatever it is, you need to realise that overnight success can take years to create.

There is heaps more there to look over.

On a similar blogging theme – Rachel has a great collection of thoughts on Business Blogging.

How to Start a Blog

Jonny Baker has an Idiots Guide to Starting a Blog which is well worth the read if you’re thinking of starting one but don’t know how. I’m going to add it to my Blog Tips Central Register.

Other good ‘How to start a blog’ type articles include:

If you’ve written any material that would help a blogger just starting out (or know of any) please feel free to add them in comment below.

Blog Tips – Getting Comments

What is your experience with Blog Comments? Do you use them? How do they enhance or hinder your blogging experience? How do you suggest bloggers starting out approach the issue?

One of our citywide papers has a section on a Thursday dedicated to Media and Technology. One of the writers there has started his own blog – The Bleeding Edge. Its got some good posts on it and as with most new blogs its being updated many times per day.

Today they wrote a post about the lack of comments on their blog. As they put it, its a bit of a ‘No Comment Zone’. I decided to leave my thoughts and then after rambling on a bit decided to add them to my Blog Tip Collection.

Here is what I wrote…
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Weblog Primer

Franois from padawan.info has just written a great Weblog Primer.

‘Since I’ve sold the idea of weblogs within my company, I’ve been charged with the task to explain what are weblogs to people who haven’t heard of them yet. I wrote this primer as a starter. This is a work in progress, with probably more to come. I’d love to have your feedback on it.’

Its a great piece that I’m going to add to my blog tips collection. Thanks to Presurfer for the link.

How Blogs Work

How Blogs Work in 7 Easy Pieces is a great little piece that explains in easily understood language the steps of blogging and RSS. It even has pictures!

How to be a Top Blogger

John Robb posts about how to build a hot/popular weblog. His suggestions of different approaches make some sense. Basically he breaks it down into a number of approaches you might take to become popular.

– Connection machine
– Name dropper
– Ideologue
– Thinker
– Topic Owner
– Voice of outrage/affirmation
– Cool Hunter

You’ll have to head to John’s to get explanations on each.

More Accessible Blogs

30 Days to a More Accessible Blog is a great series of posts that really will help bloggers make their blogs more accessible to those that may not be able to use many of our blogs. I’ll let the author of the series explain (from his introduction to the series):
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Sins of Blogging

Caffinated Bliss has a great list of the Cardinal Sins of Blogging. Listed are 10 content sins and 9 design sins.

I don’t think I break too many of them – although might come close to the 120 in the blog roll one! Not to mention the eye popping colours in the template one.

Nice work Alison.

Rebecca Blood on Blogging

coverI’ve been Reading The Weblog Handbook by Rebecca Blood over the past few days and am really enjoying her relaxed and clear style of writing.

‘A weblog is a coffeehouse conversation in text, with references as required.’

She writes with insight and wisdom as a blogging practitioner. I found her history of weblogging in chapter 1 very helpful as a relatively new blogger. Her section on ‘why blog’ was also insightful. Her thrust was that weblogs build:

– Better writers
– Self awareness
– Critical thinkers
– Reputations
– Connected Business

Her following chapters of advice for bloggers were well presented and contained great information. I didn’t learn too many new things from them but would highly recommend them to a new blogger wanting to take their blog to the next level.