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Blog Interesting - 32 Ways to Keep Your Blog from Sucking

Blog Interesting - 32 Ways to Keep Your Blog from Sucking

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Today I came across a really good article for bloggers, Scott Hanselmans post on "Blog Interesting - 32 Ways to Keep Your Blog from Sucking

(update: for some reason the link gives an xml error, should be http://www.hanselman.com/blog/BlogInteresting32WaysToKeepYourBlogFromSucking.aspx if the link above doesn't work)

I realize that most of you are not bloggers, and also that I am breaking rule #7 and #8 on the list here:) 

7. Don't post throwaways

  • I try to have a minimum length to a post. If you don't think about your blog post, likely no one else will either. If I want to save a link, rather than posting "I want to save this link, so I'm blogging it to remember" I use a service like http://del.icio.us/shanselman. Unless you're a link blogger, but then you'd batch them up.

8. Avoid "excessive quoting"

  • Some popular bloggers can get away with this, but I think that quotes make up more than 30% of a blog post (or, gasp, 70% or more) than you really have to ask yourself "am I providing value here?"

...but I really enjoyed his post, so I'm sharing it for you to enjoy as well...

And regarding #7, trying to have a minimum lenght to a post,  a lot of people would probably argue that instead of trying to have a minimum length, I should try to set a maximum length for my posts since they tend to get very wordy... especially the folks that manage the community server for blogs.msdn.com as i suspect that most my post make it on to the large object heap:)



  • Is the XML error part of the interest? :)

  • good post. by the way i am throwing away...j/k

  • Gud post but it went over my head...I mean I didn't get it....

  • #1 should probably be to make sure your blog doesn't contain XML errors:

    "XML Parsing Error: no element found

    Location: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/BlogInteresting32WaysToKeepYourBlogFromSucking.aspx

    Line Number 1, Column 1:"

  • Not sure why those XML errors showed up when following the link from my page... I think it works now though...

  • Your posts are not too long.  When battling a nasty bug we want all the ammunition we can get; not the Reader's Digest version!

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