How to Start a Blog
Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost has published the fifth installment of a pretty good guidebook of interest to new or undiscovered bloggers:
- Part I — Before You Begin
- Part II — The Beginning Bloggers Toolbox
- Part III — How to Become an A-List Blogger
- Part IV: The Art of Marketing Your Blog
- Part V – Owning a Micro-Niche
There are a few things that I’d quibble with and some of the early steps Joe recommends are “nice” but not necessary. For example, starting with your own domain and a great template are a good idea, but most of us started on Blogspot and grew out of it–although Atrios and others are still doing quite well for themselves there–and tweaked our sites as we went along. His general advice about quality and the power of networking, though, is well heeded.
See also these previous OTB entries:
- Blogging Tips
- Blogging Tips II
- Blogging Tips III
- Three Months!
- Building a Better Blogtrap
- Blogging Advice
- Blogging Advice II
- Blogging Advice Redux
- Blog About Boring Stuff
- Climbing the Ecosystem
- Link Policy
- One Year Blogiversary
I’m sure there’s more in the archives somewhere, but it’s hard to locate things in an archive of 9000-odd posts! Most of the OTB links include links to other bloggers giving their advice, as well.
(Updated to include the 5th installment of Joe’s series.)