Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Favorite Blogs

What is your favorite blog that you like to read? (It cannot be one that you write yourself, with the exception of occaisonal guest posts.)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Flogging (Fake Blogging)

I have always wanted to start a fake blog. You know, one where you blog under a fake identity about fake occurences in your fake life. Sounds just like writing a novel, but more personal and in real time. Of course, I would include a disclaimer on every post to make sure there are no legal issues.

People get very upset when they find out they've been fooled. And if it involves asking for money or false advertising, then that's no surprise. However, people get upset about fake blogs that are just meant to be a joke as well.

Does anyone here write a fake blog or have one that they like to read? Please include a link as well as your thoughts on "flogging."
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Please Advertise

I want to make sure that I've read as many of my readers' blogs as possible, so please post a link to your blog if you have one.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Daily or Weekly Themes

Do you like doing themes for certain days of the week? For example, every Wednesday posting a picture. The only one I do is my comment of the week. I always feel like having a theme will box me in, even if I don't do one for every day. However, I know lot's of bloggers who have a theme for almost every day. The idea is that it gives you a starting point, and from there it is easier to come up with ideas. What does everyone here think?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Regular Posting?

On both of my blogs, I post pretty regularly, 3 days a week. I feel that this works best since it keeps me motivated and my readers know when to expect updates. Because my blogs are informative, I think keeping them professional in some way works best.

Other blogs and bloggers may be different. For example, if you have a personal blog, you'll want to post when you have something important to mention. If it is a news blog, you will of course blog when something newsworthy occurs which could be at any time, multiple times a day. Finally, if you blog purely as a hobby or blogging is not the number one priority in your life, it makes perfect sense to blog whenever you have time or simply whenever you feel like it.

Monday, September 6, 2010

What You Risk by Blogging

Everyone has heard stories about bloggers losing their full-time jobs over something they posted in their blog. Sometimes it happens to bloggers who are too personal or discuss their political or religious views that conflict with those of their employer. To top it off, many states have "at-will employment" laws stating that the employer can fire the employee at any time and for any reason. Likewise, the employee can quit at any time and for any reason.

According to you can even get in trouble for what you write in comments on other blogs. It seems as though nothing is sacred.

Its a fine line. Yeah, you want to be able to say and write what you want, and we deserve some privacy, but the Web is a public place. When we write something, we're saying that we want whoever wants to to read it. That includes bosses, parents, and friends.

My advice would be to not use your real name while blogging or commenting if you have a full-time job other than blogging. And even if you do this, know that it is not all that difficult to find the person behind the screen name. So just blog as though everyone, including your boss and grandmother, might be reading it.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

5 Ways to Get Readers to Link to Your Blog

1. Link to other blogs and ask if they will return the favor
2. Post about current events
3. Start a contest that requires competitors to include a link to your site
4. Submit your original articles to article directories
5. Offer to guest blog for other blogs
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