Archive for Blogging Tips
Adam McLane has some super advice for bloggers based on three-plus years of blogging … they were especially relevant to me and I thought I’d share his four rules for blogging:
Rule 1 – “Don’t ever write something you wouldn’t want your mother to read.”
Rule 2 – “Opinions are like … bellybuttons … everyone has one.”
Rule 3 – “Don’t throw gasoline on a fire.”
Rule 4 — “Beware of Trolls, learn to love Lurkers.”
Read the full post here, including his commentary on these rules.
And some of you should do the same!
To boil down his policy, it goes like this: “I will take down whatever comments and not accept whatever trackbacks I want. Period.”
Blogging purists and idealists will say “Don’t control the conversation.”
But the conversation costs … in time and energy and money. And bloggers are the ones giving 99% of that!
[Found via ProBlogger]
One of my regular blog reads is Daniel’s Daily Blog Tips … he recently posted a great interview with a wildly popular blogger named Liz Strauss of Successful-Blog and one quote just blared out to me with wisdom.
Giving her advice to fellow bloggers, she said: “Breathe. Know that the Internet has no eraser.”
I nominate it for the best blogging advice of the year … and it’ll probably not be unseated for me all year long.
As she appropriately continues in her quote, “Your children, your grandchildren, your future spouse, your future boss, and your future enemy will see what you write eventually.”
Watch what you say. Even though the web is “virtual,” it’s really not. It’s quite permanent. The web has a memory. It gets indexed in search engines, your stuff gets posted on other sites and blogs … and people will find it.
Good advice, great advice, actually, for Christ-followers seeking to make a difference by using blogs … Thanks, Liz!
Although I’ve had the Subscribe to Comments plugin installed with WordPress that allows those who comment on posts to get emailed notifications of follow-up comments and such, Nathan pointed me to an updated version of the Subscribe to Comments Plugin, as I had a little trouble with it.
For active commenters on your posts, this is a great way to help your readers keep up with the conversation, including comments you make to theirs.
It’s a simple plug and play plugin.
Art sent me an idea for a blogging tip: How to create a favicon … or those cute little browser icons located just left of the website address in your browser.
Rather than recreate the wheel (or tutorial), I thought I’d give you some links or “favicon generators”:
Get some inspiration for your favicon also with this excellent list by Smashing Magazine.