How To Get Started Blogging
I recently received a comment from a reader asking about how they could get started blogging. As a professional blogger and librarian, the first thing I recommend to get started blogging is to read successful blogs and to read about blogging. I recommend the following resources:
Technorati is a website that lists the top 100 blogs. Since it is updated daily, the list stays current. By reading the top blogs, you can get a feel for different blogging styles and techniques as well as what is popularly read. You will have your own style of writing, but this is a great place to start. This website also offers a directory of blogs.
When you do read other blogs, ask yourself:
- What do I like about this blog? What do I dislike?
- What sort of content does it provide?
- Does the blogger put a unique spin on the topic and/or share their opinions?
- Do the readers give comments? Does the blogger respond to the comments?
Another cool website is ProBlogger. On the home page, you can sign up for free blogging tips to be sent to your e-mail. This website is run by Darren Rowse, co-author of the very informative book Problogger: Secrets For Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.
Some other blogging books I recommend:
Bloggers Boot Camp: learning how to build, write, and run a successful blog by Charlies White and John Biggs
Born To Blog: building your blog for personal and business success one post at a time by Mark W. Schaefer and Stanford A. Smith
Creative Blogging: your first steps to a successful blog by Heather Wright-Porto
A couple more websites about blogging I recommend:
Daily Blog Tips, Daniel Scocco
CopyBlogger, Brian Clark
In upcoming blog posts, I plan to write about how to blog and why some blogs become very successful. I appreciate your comments and questions below.
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