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What would you want to know if you were beginning to blog?

July 21st, 2005 · 2 Comments

As Susan said: What tips would you want to know if you were just beginning to blog? What lessons did you learn the hard way? Or as Elisa phrased it on the Blogher blog, remember when you were new to blogging, feeling both excited and overwhelmed: what would have been the best advice to receive back then? Susan and I are hoping to create a blogging 101 session at Blogher that is both precise and concise, one that outlines and pinpoints the must-knows with just-the-right helpful resources and ideas. Experienced bloggers please share your stories! Please comment on this post, at either of the other two links or send me email [harrowme AT yahoo.com]. Thanks!

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  • 1 Elizabeth Grigg // Jul 21, 2005 at 8:17 am

    Beginning bloggers:
    – Take linking seriously, don’t link in a fluffy way, it’s better not to link at all
    – You do not have to be a programmer to blog. You do not need to customize anything (except make sure you have full-text rss posts). This is just taking time away from blogging, and most people will just read your RSS anyway.
    – Take original content less seriously. Set a very low threshold for if an idea or story is OK to blog. This is what makes a blog unique and special.
    – Don’t think of yourself as a journalist, or even “go there,” as long as you stay away from libel and hearsay you should be fine. Remember you are not a human aggregator, you can take time to find your own content rather than processing others (see “take links seriously”)

    Good luck

  • 2 Jenny // Jul 25, 2005 at 11:01 pm

    I like your “brief set of guidelines” for sure. Perhaps defining and explaining some of the blog-lingo too…

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