Wednesday, January 26, 2005

On killer blog posts

This is a short post. It's all about the links. The title says it all. And there's nothing formal about it. Oh yeah, the personal angle. Did I get it right?

B.L. Ochman's How to Write Killer Blog Posts has some good advise. She captures well the essence of the blogsphere, the differences between web and dead-tree publishing. I just have one minor gripe. B.L. -- it would be much easier for me to link to your post with its full title, if you didn't upper-case it. When you have something good to say, you don't need to shout.

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Blogger BL said...

Thanks for the kind words about my article!

I'm following AP headline style. What's wrong with initial caps?
B.L. Ochman
http://www.whatsnextblog.com

10:12 AM  
Blogger tararam said...

Your article talks on how to turn a blog into a compelling reading, how to keep people engaged once they reached you blog. The other tenants of killer blogging focus on how to get people to reach your blog.

In the blogsphere this happens through other people's blogs. If you have something interesting to say, they will link to you. You want to have a permalink so people can come at any time. And you want to have a quotable soundbite, to make it easy for other people to create engaging posts about (and linking to) your post.

You have to consider the quotable bait when writing a post.

The AP headline style was created for text-only feeds. This is the internet, the rules are different. If you want to make a strong point, bold it. Upper-case doesn't translate well on the Web.

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Blogger BL said...

Thanks for the kind words about my article!

I'm following AP headline style. What's wrong with initial caps?
B.L. Ochman
http://www.whatsnextblog.com

10:12 AM  
Blogger tararam said...

Your article talks on how to turn a blog into a compelling reading, how to keep people engaged once they reached you blog. The other tenants of killer blogging focus on how to get people to reach your blog.

In the blogsphere this happens through other people's blogs. If you have something interesting to say, they will link to you. You want to have a permalink so people can come at any time. And you want to have a quotable soundbite, to make it easy for other people to create engaging posts about (and linking to) your post.

You have to consider the quotable bait when writing a post.

The AP headline style was created for text-only feeds. This is the internet, the rules are different. If you want to make a strong point, bold it. Upper-case doesn't translate well on the Web.

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