More learning to blog

It’s been about month since I started this blog and I’m having fun with it.  Here are some more tips I’ve gotten and things I’ve learned so far:

  • Try the 10×10 exercise: Jay Goldman suggested I think of 10 categories and then 10 posts for each of the categories before I even started.  This has proven to be great advice, I get plenty of new ideas every day (so far) but having the 10×10 framework really helps structure this space and keep my posts on target.
  • Try a series: I was inspired by Diego Rodriguez and his series on innovation.  I don’t have to post a sequel everyday, but if I’m stuck I’ve got an easy back up idea.  It also helps to think about this ahead of time and be on the look out for things that make the posts in the series more timely, tangible and relevant.
  • Readers love lists: Dan Debow suggested using bullets or numbers to help readers quickly digest content.
  • Link to others: I’m still struggling with “track backs” but I’ve found it very easy to use posts from other people to make my posts more interesting.  I connected to a comment from Diego on Twitter and he then tweeted about my post.  Got the highest volume of traffic to my blog yet!

More to come as I stumble along.

Learning to blog- my rookie season

Learning to blog seems like a perfect experiment to explore feedback and learning.  Most people agree that you have to make mistakes to learn, but it’s a lot easier to say than do!  So, here I am getting right out there with my disclosure that I really don’t know what to do or where to start!  Just that admission got me a referral to Jay Goldman, author of the Facebook Cookbook, who focuses on Social Media at Rypple.

I’ve heard already that one key to good blogging is being active in a community that cares about topics I care about.  Not to just send out my thoughts, but to react to others as well.  Frankly, I’m concerned about what to say on someone else’s blog.  Should I act like I would in a face-to-face conversation?  I don’t want to leave a random comment, like “nice post!” (not helpful) or be too argumentative like, “that’s so wrong!” (too aggressive).

One of the best things I heard from Jay was about not being too self serving with comments like, “I agree, check out my post at jfxblog.com.”  He said, imagine yourself walking into a party and yelling out to everyone, “Here’s my phone number give me a call!”  You would actually move into a room, check out a few conversations and gradually offer an opinion or ask a question.” (DUH!) but really helpful.  Blogging seems like a “pay it forward” world, where helping others clarify things, helps you clarify things.

So I’m not so intimidated today.  Join me back here on this theme as I learn new things and try them out.  And feel free to share some of your best blog tips so we can all learn together.