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32 Ways To Keep Your Blog From Sucking

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Scott Hanselman wrote a great post on how to keep your blog from sucking. I saw it, liked it and blogged about it myself. At some point I created, with Scott's permission, this presentation based on those posts.
  • 32 Ways to keep your blog from sucking ala Hanselman http://www.hanselman.com/suckless http://www.joshholmes.com/suckless.aspx
  • Stay relevant
  • 1. Know your audience
  • 2. Keep overtly personal information out of your tech blog
  • 3. Don't apologize about not blogging enough
  • 4. Steer clear of politics
  • 5. Don't Blog Bile
  • 6. Think before you blog
  • 7. Don't post throwaways
  • 8. Avoid "excessive quoting"
  • Things to Do
  • 9. Use Spell Check
  • 10. Pay Attention to Formatting
  • 11. Turn on comments
  • 12. Solve comment spam
  • 13. Claim Your Feed
  • 14. Decide what your Blog's URL is, and use it consistently http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ http://www.hanselman.com/blog/default.aspx http://www.hanselman.com/blog http://hanselman.com/blog/ http://hanselman.com/blog/default.aspx http://hanselman.com/blog http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Default.aspx http://www.computerzen.com/blog/ http://www.computerzen.com http://computerzen.com/blog/ http://computerzen.com/
  • 15. Use Simple URLs for popular posts
  • 16. Have aCode Garage Sale
  • 17. License Your Blog Attribution . You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work and derivative works based upon it but only if they give credit the way you request. Example : Jane publishes her photograph with an Attribution license, because she wants the world to use her pictures provided they give her credit. Bob finds her photograph online and wants to display it on the front page of his website. Bob puts Janes picture on his site, and clearly indicates Janes authorship. Our core licensing suite will also let you mix and match conditions from the list of options below. There are a total of six Creative Commons licenses to choose from our core licensing suite. Noncommercial . You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work and derivative works based upon it but for noncommercial purposes only Examples : Gus publishes his photograph on his website with a Noncommercial license. Camille prints Gus photograph. Camille is not allowed to sell the print photograph without Guss permission. No Derivative Works . You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it. Example : Sara licenses a recording of her song with a No Derivative Works license. Joe would like to cut Saras track and mix it with his own to produce an entirely new song. Joe cannot do this without Saras permission (unless his song amounts to fair use). Share Alike . You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
  • 18. Make it easy to subscribe
  • 19. Have your Contact Info Somewhere
  • 20. Have an About Me page
  • 21. Use a Social Bookmarking Service
  • 22. Decide What's Above the Fold
  • 23. Integrate Google Search
  • 24. Consider Using FeedBurner
  • 25. Tune your Bandwidth
  • Things Not To Do
  • 26. "This blog has moved"
  • 27. Don't Break Links - Maintain Permalinks At All Costs
  • 28. Avoid Split Brain - Pick a Blog and Stay There
  • 29. Avoid Crossposting
  • 30. Avoid Category Specific Feeds
  • 31. Don't Blog to Get Rich
  • Conclusion
  • 32. Blog Interesting
  • Josh Holmes Recap and additions
  • 1. Know why you are blogging and blog to accomplish your goals .
  • Category 2: Make your blog easy to access, read and interact with
  • Content from Scott Hanselman http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ http://twitter.com/shanselman http://www.hanselman.com/suckless
  • Slides by Josh Holmes http://www.joshholmes.com http://twitter.com/joshholmes http://www.joshholmes.com/suckless.aspx
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