Thursday, November 1, 2007

What Makes a Good Blog?

Another week has almost passed by and I just realized that I hadn't posted to this blog yet . . .

As I was thinking about what the topic of my post should be, I ran across this article, 10 Steps to Better Blogs, in this month's issue of University Business.

Karine Jolie, the prolific blogger behind collegewebeditor.com and a regular UB contributor, provides the following pointers:

1. GET STRATEGIC WITH TOPIC, AUDIENCE, AND GOALS.

2. GET TACTICAL WITH TONE, FREQUENCY, AND LENGTH.

3. SELECT YOUR BLOGGING PLATFORM WISELY.

4. HELP READERS FIND POSTS EASILY.

5. HELP YOUR READERS ENGAGE WITH YOUR CONTENT.

6. HELP YOUR READERS COME BACK OFTEN.

7. START CONVERSATIONS, NOT MONOLOGUES.

8. PROMOTION? THINK OUTSIDE THE BLOG!

9. CHECK THE BLOG'S VITALS OFTEN.

10. KEEP (IT) UP!

Wanna know the details behind each of these pointers? (You know you do!) You'll just have to read the article 10 Steps to Better Blogs yourself.

6 comments:

MLynnCUStudent said...

Great resource. Ive saved it to delicious. thank you for sharing!

michelle

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the resource. I've bookmarked this site.

Anonymous said...

Check the blog often - that's a good one! THanks for sharing. THis is actually timely. We all just got blogs at work - 99% of the people have nothing posted after 4 weeks. Oh well.

Debra said...

I liked the section on Check the Blog's Vitals Often. I know it's important to check which topics got the most responses and look at the stats. Where do people find time for everything?

James Blake Worley said...

Wow I would have loved to have this at the begining of class. I too will add this to my bookmarks.

Leonard Low said...

If you're interested in building a better blog, you should come and join the Better Blog community on Ning! :) There's a whole community of edublogging enthusiasts who will happily share their ideas, and you can even try the "31 Days to a Better Blog" challenge if you like. :) Check it out here: http://betterblog.ning.com/