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How to Write A Blog... And Survive


Copyright © 2004 Priya Shah

The question of the day is "Should you start a Blog?"

People all over the planet are blogging. Companies, CEOs, lawyers, journalists, stewardesses. Even dogs and babies.

Why? Because they can. It's that simple.

Blogging requires little or no learning curve. If you can type, speak into a phone, bark, chew, record a holiday movie, you can blog.

Blogs have taken publishing out of the domain of those who know HTML and designing, to make this powerful tool available to the rest of us.

That holiday in the Far East, your grandma's birthday, you company's latest product offering, your new recipe for rum cake, your daughter's first step, your pet's antics, what you thought of the Garfield movie - you can blog all this and more.

A blog is an online journal or diary. Which makes it ideal for voicing your opinion, recording your pregnancy blahs or announcing your company's latest acquisition.

People are using them to communicate with family, for education, for business, and almost anything else you can think of.

But one thing not all blogs get is a readership.

Unless your blog is only for your family or your business colleagues, you're probably writing with the hope that someone will read about what you think.

So many blogs are started with little or no purpose. If you want to blog and survive, first start by answering your why.

If you're writing only for the search engine spiders, then be prepared for no one but them to read your keyword-rich spam.

Blogs demand a readership. And for that you have to write about something worth reading.

Here are some tips to follow if you want human beings to read your blogs.

1. Stay on topic

Opinions are fine, but unless you're the CEO of Microsoft, very few people will want to know what you ate for breakfast. If you started your blog to air your raves and rants about the latest movie you saw, better mention movies in at least every post you write.

2. Write in a conversational tone

Forget what your English professor taught you. Write the way you speak, or you'll end up sounding uptight and unnatural. And no one reads tightass copy... even from the CEO of Microsoft.

3. Be opinionated

Your blog is not a company brochure or a press release, but a way for people a.k.a. your target audience, to get to know the real you. The worst sin you can commmit is to bore your readers. Most people respond better to an honest airing of views than pleasant platitudes. And if you get a few rude or nasty comments in response to your posts, just accept the fact that you can't please everyone

4. Be funny

Infuse your posts with your natural wit for a better response from your target audience. And if not everyone appreciates your particular brand of humor, read the last sentence in the point above.

5. Stay informed

If you're writing about your profession, you'd better know what you are talking about. Word spreads at the speed of thought in the blogospere and if you're trying to become an authority on something you know very little of, prepare yourself for the brickbats.

6. Stay current

Write about the latest developments in your field. No one wants to read stuff that has been around for a long time, or that hundreds of other bloggers have chronicled.

7. Update frequently, but don't burnout

Most blogs die because of blogger burnout - bloggers trying to update too frequently. Stick to a publishing schedule that is humanly possible for you. If you've just updated your blog and find a story you want to share, save it for later.

On the other hand, don't post just because you think you have to stick to a schedule. Going a few days or even weeks without posting is fine if you really have nothing worth sharing.

So are you still wondering if you should blog?

If you think you can meet the requirements above, and know your why, then like the shoe people say - just do it.

Resistance is futile.

Priya Shah is an ezine publisher by day and doubles as a Blog Maniac by night. Blog Brandz is the legitimate offspring of her affair with the blogosphere.


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Social audio is the next big thing – The Manila Times  The Manila Times

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How to Create a Secondary Revenue Stream from Home  InvestorIdeas.com

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Blogging 101: Why Bother & Key Elements of an Effective Blog  Business 2 Community

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WordPress.com Launches New Courses With A Focus On Customer Education  PRNewswire

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Young London Digital Entrepreneur Creates First WordPress Blog Hosting Control Panel  PRNewswire

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Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

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RSS bets on small shakhas in hinterland to make it big in TN  The Times of India Blog

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eBay Kills Affiliate Tool that Drives Traffic to Seller Listings  EcommerceBytes

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Plano teen creates blog about mental health | News | starlocalmedia.com  Star Local Media

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The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard

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news Packers-Saints Week 3 Live Blog Sep 28, 2020  Packers.com

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Mike Marrone's Blog - Game Dev Digest Issue #74 - Visuals and Math  Gamasutra

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RSS is the greatest enemy of Hinduism  Times of India

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RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 1  Times of India

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Link to the Original Articles in your RSS Feeds  Digital Inspiration

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VA Catholic priest blogged about child sex abuse. Now, he says bishop is threatening to defrock him  WUSA9.com

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As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current  ZDNet

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Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl  The Guardian

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Xbox goes for lock-in with All Access  Gamasutra

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What Happened to Tagging?  JSTOR Daily

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XML – RSS  Business Blog Consulting

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My Own Personal Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network  Scientific American

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What is RSS? And Is It Still Important?  Small Business Trends

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Web 100: Best law blogs  ABA Journal

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Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs  PRNewswire

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RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

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Amir H. Fassihi's Blog - Postmortem: Children of Morta  Gamasutra

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Doing Gandhi and Godse with Sikhs and farmers’ movement  The Times of India Blog

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Time has come for an all-India Muslim party  The Times of India Blog

Blogs - National Catholic Register
Blogs  National Catholic Register

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Twibble Automatically Tweets Blog Posts or RSS Feeds On a Schedule  Lifehacker

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The four reasons why Indian liberals are a fast-disappearing species  The Times of India Blog

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The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 2  Times of India

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How a blogger in Florida put out an early warning about the coronavirus crisis  The Washington Post

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A Few Simple Benefits of Using An RSS Feed  Business 2 Community

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Amazon's Luna, what's on the Steam front page, more  Gamasutra

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Is there a bigger agenda behind drug probe against Bollywood stars?  The Times of India Blog

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Manusmriti, maya and Hindutva’s other ghosts  The Times of India Blog

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A return to blogs (finally? sort of?) » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

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Best blogging platforms of 2021  TechRadar

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Intel's CES 2021 Press Event: The Future of Intel (A Live Blog, 1pm PT)  AnandTech

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Start RSS Feeding Content Today With dlvr.it to Social Media [How-To]  Rocks Digital

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What Hindutva trolls can learn from Gandhi  The Times of India Blog

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Biden holds his own as Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists and militia at the first presidential debate.  USAPP American Politics and Policy (blog)

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What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started)  G2

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How to Auto-Post your Blog Updates to Twitter  Digital Inspiration

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Agriculture’s watershed moment: New farm bills will unshackle 43% of India’s workforce that is engaged in  The Times of India Blog

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Jiri Holba's Blog - Open-world Enemy AI in Mafia III  Gamasutra

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8 Ways to Get (And Keep) Blog Readers  Backstage

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Google AdSense Ads in RSS Feeds - First Impressions & Screenshots  Digital Inspiration

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2244™ Launches an Edited Blog and Annual Festival  PRNewswire

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Facebook refused to remove anti-Muslim posts to not upset Modi govt: WSJ  The Times of India Blog

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Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense – Gigaom  GigaOM

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The APMC conundrum: Rolling back this reform will encourage vested interests to strike down all reform  The Times of India Blog

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How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

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How to Move your Blogger Blog on Custom Domain to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

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WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers?  ThomasNet News

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Where Are You Wasting Your Game's Memory? (Memory Profiler: Part 2)  Gamasutra

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Farmer agitation: Use iron fist in a velvet glove  The Times of India Blog

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Why BJP needs Nehru-Gandhi ‘dynasty’ more than Congress  The Times of India Blog

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Open world Level Design: The Full Vision (part 2/5)  Gamasutra

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Move FeedBurner RSS Feeds From One Account to Another  Digital Inspiration

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Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu  Times of India

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Chris Zukowski's Blog - Why people aren't buying your game  Gamasutra

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Will COVID-19 Make Us More Socialist? - Scientific American Blog Network  Scientific American

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Lee Odden  Business Blog Consulting

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The Rule of 5 for Bloggers  Entrepreneur

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Rising divorces a sign of justice, not arrogance  Times of India

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Introducing Circuit Breaker, a new gadget blog from The Verge  The Verge

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Sergio Garces's Blog - Steam in Graphs in 2019  Gamasutra

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Reform suggestions for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  Times of India

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Speeding Up RSS  TechCrunch

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Genre Viability on Steam and Other Trends - An Analysis Using Review Count  Gamasutra

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100 Best RSS Feeds to Follow Engineering News  SociableBlog

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How to Read More and Become an Expert Blogger in 30 Days  Business 2 Community

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12 ways to automate and systemise 95% of your blog promotion strategy  Econsultancy

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Tour of Duty – An analysis  The Times of India Blog

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Blogs:programming  Gamasutra

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How to Write an Awesome Blog Post in 5 Steps  WordStream

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Timeline: The Life of the Blog  NPR

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This Is the Dumbest Foodie Battle of Our Time  Slate

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Meet the New Blogger: Meghna Datta | Research Blog  Duke Today

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11 Amazing Affiliate Marketing Blogs  Search Engine Journal

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Everything Should Not Be A Blog Post: Start Using Silos  Search Engine Land

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How to find ‘feeds for leads’ as a journalist  Online Journalism Blog

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Content Syndication Basics: Who, What, Where, When, Why & How  Search Engine Journal

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Lessons and statistics after four years as an indie developer  Gamasutra

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Community guidelines - BMC blog network  BMC Blogs Network

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What is Mr Modi’s plan for India’s Muslims?  Times of India

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