Building a Better Blog for 2007: Essential Reading

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The most important lesson about blogging – in fact, the most important lesson about life – is that you’ve never learned all there is to know about a subject. Learning is a lifelong endeavor and every day you wake up committed to learning something new is a day you go to bed having grown as a person.

That being said, there are a number of essential guides that any blogger who is considering building a long-term healthy blog should read. I’m listing these as the first part in this series because I’m going to assume that you’ve already read these in future posts. If you haven’t, then you might be missing out on some key underlying assumptions.

These are all useful guides for reviewing if you’re thinking of starting a blog or wondering how you can improve your own. I often read and re-read these materials myself, as I always discover new insights from their content.

31 Days to Building a Better Blog (@ problogger) is probably the most important thing that a serious blogger can read. The only frustrating part is that several of the links are broken, mostly because they go to blogs that are defunct. Another golden series at problogger is the Blogging for Beginners series; if you’ve never blogged before but are thinking about diving in, this is a must-read. In fact, if you’re serious about blogging at all, just add problogger to your daily reading diet.

How to Get Your Blog to 100,000 Visitors and Beyond (@ free money finance) is a great resource for blogging in general, but slightly geared towards personal finance bloggers, particularly those who are just getting started.

Popular Bookmarks About “blogging” At del.icio.us is a nearly endless list of resources about blogging that a consensus of web users have decreed to be worth reviewing. Whenever I’m stuck on a creative new idea for my blog, I go here and read and read and read until my blood-shot corneas won’t allow me to read any more. Two things about this resource make it worth bookmarking: one, it’s peer reviewed, so the cream rises to the surface, and two, it’s constantly updated with new resources. Some of the great one-shot pieces I’ve found using this tool include pronet’s 50 favorite blogging resources, avivadirectory’s 21 surefire tips for a successful blog launch, and copyblogger’s five essential elements of an influential blog.

One final thing: read people who are passionate. The blogs that I keep going back to time and time again are written by people who are utterly passionate about their topic. Guy Kawasaki. Heather Armstrong. Kathy Sierra. Darren Rowse. Andrew Sullivan. What do they all have in common? They’re utterly passionate about what they’re writing about and they incorporate their humanity into their writing. I might not necessarily be interested in their topic, but I tune into all of them every day because their passion is simply infectious. Every time I read a post there, I might not learn something new or interesting, but I always grow as a blogger.

Building a Better Blog for 2007 is a month-long series at The Simple Dollar, outlining steps you can take to build a long-term healthy blog that will attract readers. Jump ahead to the next essay, Love What You Write.

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4 thoughts on “Building a Better Blog for 2007: Essential Reading

  1. One blog that I really enjoy is http://www.copyblogger.com. You can learn a lot about getting your message across with your blog, especially your article titles, just from reading only the Popular Articles on his right sidebar.

    I just ran across the site this month, I bet if you look back at my post titles in November you can easily tell which week I started reading CopyBlogger. (Hint, first half of the month).

  2. i find so many blogs like mine, started the same time of an average of 3 years ago when blogs got going, but i’m still feel stagnet and stuck. i’m very passionate about investing/personal finances, but i just don’t get repeat visitors. seeing your blog having 70 comments blows me away. i’ve noticed you do so many 12 of this/30 ways to do that…is this the only way to be successful? it sounds so repititious. i blog about something most people don’t get or think is “too risky”. i just wish i could go mainstream. i’ve considered doing video blogging. i thought maybe this might be more personal to get more more repeats since my average hit is 100 real unique visitors a day.

    got any pointers?

  3. One final thing: read people who are passionate. The blogs that I keep going back to time and time again are written by people who are utterly passionate about their topic

    This statement really hit home. Every time I come back to reading blogs I come to yours because of how you stick to your theme and it’s easy to follow. I know I can find the information I’m looking for.

    Thanks

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