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konqueror7
June 1st, 2009, 04:25 AM
i'm new to blogging, socializing isn't really my thing, but recently i thought that somehow i should start changing that attitude.

i thought of starting a blog, which in case will benefit others and myself.

i just wanted to hear tips or suggestions or just anything that would help me put up a blog. i have seen many members here with blogs so i thought it would be great if i asked the question here.

i have experience already in web development in PHP, so technical suggestion will also be great. only limit as of now is that i don't have a spare computer to put up as a server.

thanks in advance!

geekygirl
June 1st, 2009, 04:32 AM
If you cant run a server why not just use Wordpress or Blogger as both are free and customisable.

You can always get web hosting and run your own site from that.

Personally my very very very neglected blog (oh there is another tip I am yet to take heed of myself - write regular!) is hosted (costed me a whole $2.00 setup fee..ouch :p) and I am running a wordpress install on it.

There are plenty of other free hosts out there, but for your first blog I would recommend just using Blogger or Wordpress for now.

samjh
June 1st, 2009, 04:41 AM
For a casual blog, Wordpress.org is the best. They host blogs for free.

I run a Wordpress blog on my own website, but only because I already have a website.

bashveank
June 1st, 2009, 04:50 AM
Comment on other's blogs, most people will be kind enough to return the favor.

Blog interesting things, not the random thought that popped into your head yesterday. Treat each post as a high quality production.

Develop a specific style, don't blog about everything, blog about a very specific topic. You might not get as many readers, but you'll get readers that are way more engaged.

Plug it, a lot. Put the link in your signature, Twitter about it, tell all your friends, etc...

Once you have a lot of readers, engage with them. Respond to the comments, etc...

DeadSuperHero
June 1st, 2009, 04:53 AM
My only advice is to write controversial things. Not necessarily bad things, but attention getters. Write absurd things such as "WHY THE COMMAND LINE IS BETTER THAN ANY INTERFACE EVAR!", and then use a high-brow demeanor and sound logic to explain yourself. It can be total BS, and people will appreciate your insight.

t0p
June 1st, 2009, 05:00 AM
Give your posts pertinent titles so google will show your stuff to people who are actually searching for that subject. And put links to your posts where interested folk can see them. But don't spam - that's real evil! Take a leaf out of my book, put links in your sig. My blog gets a certain amount of traffic from this site.

monsterstack
June 1st, 2009, 05:06 AM
Some hot hot design tips from the Bleedin-Obvious Department:


Don't choose a theme that's riddled with flash or tedious javascript stuff. Or at least choose a theme that displays properly without flash or javascript--many people browse without either, and many use rss readers to get their news and blogs fix, a place where such things rarely work. Think too of those of us logging on from crappy computers which get killed by fancy nonsense on webpages.
Don't use fancy colours that make users' eyes explode.
Don't have your pages overloaded with links, pictures and blogrolls. Draw attention to your content. Relevant links should be aids, not distractions.
Use tags and categories properly. The difference between them is subtle, but important: a post about installing Ubuntu for the first time could have "gParted", "hostname" as tags, and "Computing/Linux" as the category. Similarly, a post about the new GPL4 would have "richard stallman", "fsf" as tags, and "Free Software" as the category, perhaps. I hope I made the differences clear.
Above all else, your blog has to be legible. Unreadable, nasty fonts are a no-no.
Allow anonymous comments, even if you intend to moderate them first. A "sign in to post comments" wall pushes many people away.
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You know you're browsing the web sometimes and you come across some random guy espousing the very thoughts in your head, only he's written them a thousand times more succinctly and eloquently than you could ever hope to achieve? Strive to do that. Or at the very least be bloody funny.


Good luck, then!

t0p
June 1st, 2009, 05:17 AM
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You could have at least made those links point somewhere. Some of us enjoy following links. (It is what the web was made for.)

monsterstack
June 1st, 2009, 05:27 AM
You could have at least made those links point somewhere. Some of us enjoy following links. (It is what the web was made for.)

Fixed.

konqueror7
June 1st, 2009, 06:02 AM
wow, just got back from lunch and already have so many feedbacks.

thanks for all the tips!

one more thing, what makes Blogger/WordPress better than the other. I don't really see a difference to it since they offer almost the same service.

@monsterstack
thanks for the detailed tips!

@geekygirl
thanks for your suggestions and also be the first! ;)

@bashveank
thanks for the idea of commenting other blogs, in which way i somehow also advertise myself doing it.

@Mr. Psychopath & t0p
thanks for the title tips!

@samjh
thanks for giving your opinion!

pwnst*r
June 1st, 2009, 06:12 AM
quality, not quantity. don't feel like you need to post daily, especially not multiples in a day. most people just aren't that interesting.

DeadSuperHero
June 1st, 2009, 06:17 AM
most people just aren't that interesting.

You're the exception, though. I think you're rad!

bashveank
June 1st, 2009, 06:17 AM
[QUOTE=konqueror7;7380138
@bashveank
thanks for the idea of commenting other blogs, in which way i somehow also advertise myself doing it.[/QUOTE]

Most blog commenting systems will have forms for your blog address. If you're commenting on a blog of the same engine as yours, it'll do it automatically. No self-advertising necessary, just comment.

konqueror7
June 1st, 2009, 06:21 AM
Most blog commenting systems will have forms for your blog address. If you're commenting on a blog of the same engine as yours, it'll do it automatically. No self-advertising necessary, just comment.

i meant advertising myself (my opinions) in doing comments, which will thereafter lead to my blog...:D

but thanks for the clarification...

pwnst*r
June 1st, 2009, 06:22 AM
You're the exception, though. I think you're rad!

ok.


lulz@ rad

open_coder
June 1st, 2009, 07:37 AM
My advice, aside from what has already been mentioned, is start with something free and kind of find your niche. For my blog, I have been writing for a few years. I finally only a few months ago realized that I rarely updated because it was so time consuming to write in depth posts. So now, I write small two paragraph posts a few times a week as opposed to writing long posts once a week. For me that fit better.

The real thing is to find out what method works best for you and your voice. Once you have that worked out on a free system, you can move to your own hosting, or a paid service such as squarespace. I am in the process of moving to a more professional service right now after a year of writing just for me and my friends and twitter followers.

Edit: Also, it helps to do things this way b/c i started only writing about tech, then ended up talking about my favorite tv shows and comics as well. so you never know where your blog will end up.

konqueror7
June 1st, 2009, 05:11 PM
My advice, aside from what has already been mentioned, is start with something free and kind of find your niche. For my blog, I have been writing for a few years. I finally only a few months ago realized that I rarely updated because it was so time consuming to write in depth posts. So now, I write small two paragraph posts a few times a week as opposed to writing long posts once a week. For me that fit better.

The real thing is to find out what method works best for you and your voice. Once you have that worked out on a free system, you can move to your own hosting, or a paid service such as squarespace. I am in the process of moving to a more professional service right now after a year of writing just for me and my friends and twitter followers.

Edit: Also, it helps to do things this way b/c i started only writing about tech, then ended up talking about my favorite tv shows and comics as well. so you never know where your blog will end up.

good suggestion, since until now i really don't know what to blog about...:D