I have been meaning to capture my thoughts on writing a successful blog and then I saw this quote which is rather elegantly put if’n you ask me.
A very sage author once told me, “Write the book that you wish already existed.” I think blogs are similar. If there’s information that you find useful/interesting, chances are that somebody else will find it interesting. The way you get better at writing technical posts is by doing it. – Eric Gunnerson
So exchanging the word for blog for book you have “Write the blog that you wished already existed.” Ah, if only it was that simple. Who said something like, “I don’t know how to do it, but I recognize it when I see it.” Here is some of the simple guidance I give aspiring bloggers.
1. You will succeed if you love to write and converse.
2. If you don’t plan to post 2 to 3 times a week, you probably won’t stay at it.
3. Keep it simple.
4. Talk about what you know.
5. You will learn from the experience and sometimes you can parlay the gained insight and experience into a new job.
Another benefit I’ve taken advantage of is to use the blog as an archive. For example, if I see something really cool, like say Mercedes ‘Smart Car‘ but I don’t have time to check it out now I write a post in my blog. I leave pointers to the pertinent Web site so that I can find my way back.
Sometimes I get feedback from readers that makes me rethink my initial impressions. And using the Live Spaces ‘search my blog’ gadget means I don’t have to scroll through three years of posts to find the archived topic.
Well that’s it for now. Someone will ping me and tell me what I should address next. ;o)