Over the past 18 months or so I’ve figured out all sorts of little random things about this whole ‘blogging’ thing. Aside from finding out that it takes a fair bit of time, I’ve also picked up on a number of little tidbits along the way. These are sorta random – but may be helpful to anyone who has a blog or is considering blogging. Of course, these are just from my own little world, I’m sure everyone has really good tips as well.
- If you post photos ensure that when someone clicks on your photo in your post, it actually gets bigger, either in a second window or the same window. Oh, and if you don’t have the photos clickable – it’d be really cool if ya did. People like photos! For a long while I didn’t realize mine weren’t functionally clickable. Now I have WLV (see later item) do it all magically for me.
- Change your blogger commenting e-mail address to something useful (this goes for really anyone leaving a comment). By default whenever you comment the person on the receiving end receives an e-mail from “NAME [firstname.lastname@example.org]”, which…roughly speaking – isn’t too useful if you’re asking me a question that you want a reply on. ;) You can change it to any e-mail address you want. I created an e-mail address in 3 seconds on GMail just for commenting/my blog. Super easy! To change your commenting address, go to the Dashboard, then click Edit Profile. Check the box that says “Show my e-mail address”, but then change the e-mail address listed a few lines lower to whatever you want.
- This ties into #2 above, but place a contact e-mail address somewhere on your blog. This allows folks to e-mail you with questions or other random things. Again, it doesn’t have to be your normal/real e-mail address, just some e-mail account you actually check.
- Remember, what you post is there…forever. Within a few minutes of your posting, numerous caching services pick it up. Like Google Reader for example. Even if you revoke your post – it’s still there…forever.
- Use Microsoft Windows Live Writer (WLV) to write your posts. This is the coolest application on earth – and it’s FREE! I draft all my posts days, weeks…ok, even months in advance. Here’s a screenshot of some posts I drafted this summer (and have yet to post). It works with all major blogging services, and also does stuff like resizing of photos, etc… Just drag and drop – no tedious uploading. Again, free and no ads. Saved up draft posts are great for times when you may not be in a writing mood.
- If you want to be truly anonymous – a sports blog is not the way to go. This may be obvious, but if you post such things as a race report – it’s usually pretty easy to figure out who you are in real life.
- Show who you are as a person – it makes reading blogs soooo much more enjoyable. All my favorite bloggers write both about their primary interest, as well as their life.
Ok, that’s it. :) I know return you to your regularly scheduled something or other. Oh, and have a good weekend!