Blog | tips
Meg Hourihan (www.megnut.com)
• Frequent updates, good works, and personalities-the combination of these factors is critical. If you cannot update regularly (not necessarily every day, but with a fixed schedule), it is difficult to create impact and traffic.
• If people find the value of their work, they will forgive you for spelling mistakes. But if you can't keep your work level, the amount of traffic will fall.
• Don't worry about who is reading, just write the subject matter you are interested in. Don't try to please others, focus on what you think is interesting.
• Set range. Consider how much you can comfortably share about yourself, and you don't have to "confess". Just decide which parts of your life you want to share and try to find a balance.
• Remember: All the things you post will be discovered and archived by Google and other websites. So seriously consider this before the release. Someone has been fired for writing something on their website. Never assume that what you write about other people (family members, friends, or co-workers) will not be seen because they don't use the Internet.
• Since my site began, my grandmother has been watching, so I always regard them as a part of my important audience. It made me focus on what I wanted to share with them and cut down on the mess. I want to make the site acceptable to a wide range of people.
• One of my rules is "do not delete any diary." So before I write anything, I have to think about it and make sure I don't put anything I regret in the future. For this reason I do not recommend "Drink to open a blog." You don't want to wake up the next day and see things you don't remember writing.
• You should look at a blog like a book, I want to be happy when I'm reading a blog, so I'm looking for good articles that make me laugh. It sounds simple, I know, but sometimes it's hard to find.
• Don't try to cater to your readers, don't keep a diary just because you "feel compelled to write"-just write when you have something to say.
• The charm of personal websites is that there is no editorial discipline. If you wake up in Monday and feel completely different from Tuesday, your diary should reflect it. In the end, you will find your own voice and style, and if you write something interesting or amusing, you will have more and more readers. You don't have to intentionally impress others.
• Don't talk about work, avoid writing about people you just know. Otherwise you will eventually offend some people.
• Blogs are like a series of tips for getting your own online stickers, a record of finding interesting things or doing stupid stuff.
• If someone builds a blog tomorrow to record the childhood life of a kitten that is extremely photo-rich, I am absolutely sure there will be a huge flow of traffic.
Glenn Reynolds (www.instapundit.com)
• Regularly publish diaries, find topics you are interested in, keep track of, and write carefully (I hate blogs full of spelling and grammatical errors).
Courtesy will always be rewarded. It may sound interesting to call one's name, but it will make more readers resent it.
• Create blogs and choose topics that you know more than most people--such as your career, your local business, and so on--to make this a major part of your blog.
• When you have something of particular importance, email it to other bloggers to let them know. They will give you a link and you will get a visit from the reader.
• You should have a digital camera. The photos will make the blog lively. If the picture is good, it will really be more than 1000 words.
Robyn Pollman (www.tampatantrum.com)
• Keep your own style-don't always copy the people around you. Your personality should be displayed throughout. It makes your blog unique and expressive of "real me".
• Remember, although you think you only write for friends and family, your text will actually have readers from around the world. You never know who, where, or when to read your diary.
• When my husband and I started blogging, we often talked about movies and restaurants we were going to. Imagine our shock-readers in those places, hoping to bump into US-and write about it on their own blogs! We quickly learned to write about what we planned to do, not before.
• You have to develop your skin a bit thicker. The blog station will experience a storm, like a forum. This is part of the blogging experience. Like any sporting event, thousands of of viewers follow the rules and everything is fine, but as long as one person messes up, it immediately leads to confusion-and so does the blog station. Bloggers can't handle this too personally-though sometimes it's hard, depending on the situation.
Quin Parker (www.quinparker.com)
• There are a lot of people who are not ready to write when they start writing.
People don't like to read huge, whiny diaries that they've seen a lot.
• Like all other pages, frequent updates, and add interesting things.
• Get to know your readers.
• A good blog has a style that adapts to its content. A good element of personal blogging-such as a very subjective view of the world-may be wrong for a blog that showcases design, a blog that expands resumes, or a business blog that provides product information to a customer.
• Browsing structure should be simple. As with any Web site, it's best to stay away from flashing icons, music, or colors that are difficult to navigate on the screen.
• Blogs should be written according to what you say, and you want people to come back and become regular readers, so you have to keep your promise. If you are building a technology blog, your readers may be amazed at the chronological you start writing about why your marriage/Team/country failed. Of course, you may get new readers in the process and decide to reopen the blog.
• For personal blogs, something different is needed. It may be useful to share inline knowledge, provide the latest analysis, and find links that are difficult to find. Perhaps there is an unusual, interesting, insightful point of view.
• Blog sites need personality. Blog sites should grow and change and respond to the world it describes.
• careful planning. If the blog is doing well it may become a center of your life.
• Seriously consider the name of the blog. If you're going to use it for at least a few years. Now that sounds cool and fun, maybe tomorrow will be obsolete. The things that suit your lifestyle today may be embarrassing tomorrow.
• Find the software you need. I started with the blogger, moved to Radio Userland and now very much like using moveable Type. Every one has its advantages and limitations. Think about it. Do you want to use a blog on another computer? Do you want to build a new blog? What kind of hosting service do you have? Consider the software you use to process images, and what news aggregators you need if your blog has news. Generally speaking, update a little technical knowledge, HTML knowledge, let your computer bar physics and chemistry.
• Back up all the stuff. Don't rely on your hosting company. If it closes, you'll need to run the fastest. And you never want to lose a diary that has been written for years.