12th February 2007

The ten commandments of blogging

One of my favorite bloggers, John Chow, published an interesting story on his weblog today, titled ‘10 Blogging Mistakes To Avoid‘. In fact there are just nine as his last ‘mistake’ is named “Not Reading JohnChow.com”, but it’s a smart point nonetheless; John does post a lot of interesting and helpful blogging advice, besides his stories about dinner and his love for fast cars, that is ;) .

Blogging Mistake #1 – Not Updating
Blogging Mistake #2 – Blogging Only For Money
Blogging Mistake #3 – Rushing a Post
Blogging Mistake #4 – Not Being Personal
Blogging Mistake #5 – Being a Copycat
Blogging Mistake #6 – Not Replying To Comments esomeprazole online
Blogging Mistake #7 – Not Giving a Full Feed RSS
Blogging Mistake #8 – Not Reaching Out To Other Bloggers
Blogging Mistake #9 – Writing For Google Instead Of People
Blogging Mistake #10 – Not Reading John Chow dot Com

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Quite a few of those points are important, such as #1; without updating your blog your visitors will consider the blog as ‘abandoned’ and just move on to the next candidate available. Same goes for number 5; if you just copy stuff to your blog chances are big your visitors have already seen it somewhere else or don’t consider the content useful.

I consider his second ‘mistake’, Blogging Only For Money, a bit overrated, or poor named perhaps: it doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you’re blogging just for money. As long as you do have some fun in the writing and keep the posts read-worthy – and not just talk about your fabulous income and such – I’m sure you’ve got quite a chance of getting some small successes. It wont be too easy though, it’s always nicer to have the ‘making money’ part on the second place, like you’d do (or pretend to) with a regular job, else you’ll no doubly become very boring later on.

One point where I also disagree with John is his fifth, ‘Not Being Personal’. Blogs are indeed often visited because people want to read your opinion but this is easily overdone.

To quote the interesting article ‘Things you should avoid blogging about OrderNoRxx.com ‘, written by Ronald Huereca; ‘Nobody cares about my stupid cat’. There are plenty of ‘lifelogs’ on the web, I suppose some people enjoy reading what the author does every hour of the day, but I doubt a lot of people do so I’d suggest to change that point a bit so it’s not taken the ‘extreme’ way.

And at last; I think one point is missing in John’s article that Ronald Huereca did mention; beware with what you write. I’ve experienced it first hand myself; you write something on your blog without expecting someone you know closely reading it, but it turns out he or she does; you could get yourself into serious trouble. Besides that you should also be careful what you write about your job or company you work at, you wouldn’t be the first one to get fired over a blogpost
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  1. 1 On February 12th, 2007, Nuker said:

    I think I have to work on point #10, who the heck is John Chow!? ;)

  2. 2 On February 12th, 2007, Leftblank said:

    How could you not know who he is? ;)

    Anyway, he’s a ‘rich guy’ from the US, making lots of money every month with his blog and even more with his tech sites :p

  3. 3 On April 11th, 2008, adam smith said:

    well it’s not the kind of news that is worth discussing. i wonder why are you all here so excited?