Thursday, January 15, 2009

Daily Blogging Part 2

After thinking over the challenge of daily blogging, I thought of a few more ideas as well as a few pitfalls to avoid.

The idea of writing a rebuttal to a post found on another blog comes to mind. If there is a blog that your read regularly and you come across a post that your don't agree with, consider linking to and quoting the entry; then write your opinion on the topic. Be sure to leave a comment to the original post inviting the author to come over and check out your side of the story.

I saw this idea on Brit Gal in the USA, and I'd love to know who started this trend. The idea is to interview other bloggers and have them interview you back. Here's how it works:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the


3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview

someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask

them five questions.

You can make a post with the instructions to get the ball rolling. To me, sounds like fun. Just be sure to get the e-mails off and post the whole thing within a week or sooner. It's a good way to exchange traffic and to find out more about your fellow bloggers.

Now for a few things to avoid.

The first thing to avoid is copying something, as your post, word-for-word. Not only is this plagiarism, it also shows a lack of creativity on your part. Instead of quoting word-for-word, consider rewriting the article in your own words, being sure to include your personal views on the subject.

Another tactic to avoid is the overuse of embedded materials. You might find a YouTube video cool, but you don't have to post each one you come across, instead consider linking to your favs page via RSS Feed or a direct link. The use of web clipping services, such as Clipmarks, can cause the same overload, use with caution.

And lastly, instead of using your blog as a diary of your day to day thoughts and feelings, use your blog for something you and others would enjoy reading about. If you want to keep a personal blog online to help others stay in touch with what is going on in your life, then make a private blog and invite your friends and family to read it.

Avoiding these pitfalls can make your blog more interesting and you may be able to attract a larger audience.

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