The best way to learn about blogging is to get involved, and that is something you can do today! Here are three things you can begin doing immediately:
Start Reading Other Blogs
Reading blogs as a budding blogger means looking at how they are set up, what content works and why it does, how often they are posting, what kinds of posts generate the most discussion, and so on. Reading popular blogs is a great way to get in the thick of things, and if you read blogs in the niche that you intend to blog yourself, you’ll also get a good idea of the landscape and where your new blog will fit in. The best way to find blogs to read is simply to start surfing. Google Blog Search and Technorati are two great places to begin your browsing, and more often than not, you’ll find posts linking to more posts and before you know it, you’ll be inundated! You may also wish to grab an account with a feed reader site like Google Reader and begin subscribing to the better blogs you come across. This is a good habit to get into as you enter into the world of blogging, as you’ll find there are a lot of sites to keep track of.
Start Reading Blogs about Blogging
Naturally there are some great blogs about blogging out there, and they offer a constant stream of advice and opinions on the subject. While this article gives a solid overview of blogging as a business, sites written specifically on the subject of blogging will often go into minute detail on niche topics, as well as mix in blogging news and opinions. You can find a selection of great blogs on blogging listed in the resources at the end of this chapter.
Start a Blog
Of course the best way to get involved in blogging is to start doing it. The two easiest sites to open a blog to experiment with are Blogger.com andWordPress.com. There you can literally be up and running in a few minutes. If you’ve already got an idea you’re serious about, you may want to go the whole way and grab a web hosting account with WordPress, Movable Type, or some other blog choice, in which case check the resources at the end of this chapter. In any case, starting a blog and habitually posting to it at some regular interval is the best way to find out if blogging is something you really want to get into.
So feel free to start a blog right now, about anything you like!
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