As someone who has been blogging for about six months, I am kind of in between being a “new blogger” and being “old” enough to give advice to new bloggers. So I am reading both sides on the Newbie Blogger Initiative.
I appreciate all those who support new bloggers. The NBI is a good way to kickstart a blog by giving some referrals and there is a also ton of good advice out there from veteran bloggers. I will keep mine short and sweet.
1. Be the blog you want to read. Write for yourself, whether it is newsy or conversation or rambling or full of pictures or speculative or provocative. I liked reading EVE exploration blogs, but there weren’t very many and most of them were inactive. So I decided to write one.
2. Blogspot vs. WordPress. Blogspot has 1 major advantage in that it has a dynamically updated blogroll. If you have a good blogroll on Blogpsot, you can get a lot of traffic just because of that. Personally, I think WordPress is better for just about everything else. The layouts are more varied and the mobile app is very nice for approving comments, checking stats, etc. I went with wordpress, but I envy that blogroll.
3. Have ideas for at least 10 blog posts before you start. Give them at least a title. If you don’t have an idea for at least 5 posts, you probably aren’t ready to start blogging. It helps to have a weekly rhythm or pattern as well, but that is easier said than done.
4. Getting traffic. Basically there are 2 main ways of getting traffic: web searches and referring blogs. To get traffic from web searches, you need to use good descriptive blog post titles. If you are writing about your experience in a dungeon or mission some such, put that in the title. Referrals are a bit harder. It helps to get some listing on the NBI. Sometimes you can just ask some of the bloggers you like if they will put you on their blogroll. For reasons stated above, it is better to be on a blogpost blogroll than a wordpress one. If you are a New EVE blogger, let me know I and I will link you as soon as you have 5 posts up.