Successful Blog Building Blocks

Monday, October 14, 2013

Blog to share information

Increase your knowledge base with blogging new information

Blogging is fun!

What we will cover:

  1. Motives, Ideas, Concepts For Blogging
  2. Getting Started
  3. Write interesting stuff
  4. Etiquette, Ethics, Rules
  5. Questions and Answers
  6. Guidelines for Building a Successful Blog

Blog is a website

  • Anything accessed on internet is a website
  • Blog is a type of website
  • Static content, doesn't change
  • Dynamic content, updated continuously, reverse chronological order, a blog
  • Amazon.com from 1999 to 2013, the navigation experience is the same

Website

  • Static site accessed through url
  • Used to sell products or advertise a business
  • No obvious author
  • Can be rarely updated

Blog

  • Frequently updated
  • Usually one author
  • Shows one point of view and one opinion
  • Diary format, updated and appear in reverse chronological order
  • Way to interact with the community, not advertise to the community
  • Examples of a real world blog:Code on the Run

Why Blog?

  • Just for fun
  • To make money
  • To learn more and share knowledge
  • Connect with the world
  • You think of a reason...

Is blogging right for you?

  • Do you enjoy writing?
  • Do you love reading?
  • Do you have discipline?
  • Can you organize?
  • Do you want to control your public image?
  • Are you talented? Are you passioned by a subject?
  • Do you enjoy interacting with others? Are you extroverted?
  • Prefer an online personality?
  • Are you creative?
  • Are you a hard worker?

One Author versus Multiple Authors

  • Control your own brand
  • Alot of work to do
  • Many authors can share the workload
  • Problems if oppinions diverge
  • One author fulfill your dreams, in complete control of success or failure of your blog
  • Multiple authors can share success through cooperation

How to get started with blogging?

  • Get a domain, hosting and blogging application or build a blog from scratch
  • Custom theme, design elements, follow a design guideline
  • Parts of a blog: header, footer, sidebar, posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, rss feed, widgets

Blogging Applications

  • Tumblr
  • Blogspot
  • Typepad
  • Wordpress
  • Live Journal

Wordpress.com

  • Free and easy to use
  • No advertisements
  • Shared hosting limited options

Wordpress.org

  • Free blogging application but requires third party hosting
  • More features
  • More Control
  • Hosting with GoDaddy, BlueHost or GreenHost

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