Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Why blog? Hugh Hewitt's answer
The book has useful chapters on the nuts and bolts of blogging, blogging as an organizational tool, and the kinds of blogs Hugh would like to see started himself. His list of do's and don'ts is helpful:
But Luther was living in a new day. Almost immediately after they were posted [Luther's 95 theses, which were originally written in Latin], someone, no one knows exact who. got hold of a copy of Luther's theses, translated the Latin into German, and published them. Thanks to Gutenberg, Luther--and more important, his ideas--were known all over Germany within two weeks, and all over Europe in a month.
The key rules of blogging success and significance are these:In the main, this sounds like good advice to me.
- Post often.
- Link freely.
- Be generous in praise and attribution.
- Don't be long-winded too often, if at all. Brevity is the soul of blogging when you are getting started.
- Paragraphs are your friend.
- Profanity loses audiences.
- Avoid feuds and flame wars.
- At least at the start, skip the comments sections. You end up with the problem of nuts if you are any good.
- Keep the title short and easy to remember so that it is easy to recall and type into the space at the top of the page.
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