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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Blog

Articles about blogging tipsInc.com’s The Top 10 Things You Should Know Before You Blog brings up some really good points. I liked “A weblog is a two-way conversation, not a top-down communication medium” and “Know why you are blogging”:

Sounds like common sense, but stating why you’ve decided to start a weblog can quickly put into perspective what you expect to get from it. “You shouldn’t be doing it just because it’s the latest trend,” Chaney says. You need to determine how the weblog will serve your organization: Will its primary purpose be to build brand awareness? Do you want to establish yourself as an expert in a field to better highlight your company’s expertise? Will it be used to simply alert people to company news and information? Are you more interested in using it as an internal vehicle for updating employees? Knowing what you’re setting out to do with your weblog will help define what you’ll write about — and keep you focused on your primary effort.

I thought I’d add my own top 10 things you need to know before you blog.

  • Everyone has an opinion – make yours count with facts, references, and validity.
  • Content, content, content, content, links, content, links, content, content, content, content.
  • Be prepared for time spent 70% blogging and 30% maintenance and updating, though at first it might be 40% blogging and 60% maintenance until you get the knack.
  • Reach out to more than just friends and relatives. Speak to the world, or at least a larger audience.
  • Want to be found and noticed – think SEO and keywords.
  • Spell check. Spell check. Spell check. Grammar check. Spell check.
  • Write in complete sentences.
  • Don’t assume.
  • Don’t read minds or assume others are reading yours.
  • Be gracious and thank those who contribute and help you blog.

Here are a few more resources listing things you should know before you blog.

Remember, it is your responsibility to know your blogging rights, what you can and cannot do on your blog. Freedom of Speech is a right and a privilege. As a privilege, there are rules. Claiming you didn’t know after the fact doesn’t work. Know before you blog.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted January 22, 2007 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I am a bit new at blogging and your tips have come in really handy. Thanks

  2. Posted January 31, 2007 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    11th thing: Don’t be arrogant.

  3. Posted November 23, 2007 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Honestly, why do people bother about what arrogance or not?
    If one is not prepared for globalisation, where mixture of cultures, norms, standards, behaviors, courtesy ways and such…

    It’s going to be a hell o a problem. And that’s not blogging.

    Blogging is a personal issue, you can’t impose your values or directions on the ways others blog. That’s narrowing and narrowing blogging to one person’s perception.

    Scope.

  4. sherry clyburn
    Posted February 22, 2009 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Do I need permission from the owner of a blog to put their blog address. Also if I want to list a person’s website say for an abuse website, do I need the permission.

    • Posted February 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      If you want to publicly publish a blog address, you can. If you want shame or call attention to a site that is abusing you or a splog, scam, or scraper site, you run the risk of bringing more harm to yourself for defamation and libel. It also doesn’t work. If you want to report a site for abuse, notify the webmaster, the web host, search engines, and various scam reporting sites and services online.

      If they are doing harm and criminal activity, report them to your local authorities.


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