The golden rules of blogging, according to…

For some this may be a bit of a DOH!, but I’d thought share with you some little personal lessons learnt in the two years I’ve been blogging.

The rules…

GOLDEN RULE 1: THE HONESTY POLICY It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised. Be honest, direct, transparent. Do not try and bullshit your audience. Admit if you’ve made a mistake. If they see a pretender, bloggers will turn their back on you faster than you can say antidisestablishmentarianism.

GOLDEN RULE 2. LINK BABY, LINK Always link to other blogs in your posts and acknowledge your sources with links. Give ’em linklove. This is fundamental to the culture of blogging. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you’ll build a community by doing this. Don’t be shy to add bloggers you like to your blogroll. (I’m guilty of neglecting my blogroll).

GOLDEN RULE 3. COMMENT IS FREE Yes we are all busy, but always make an effort to reply to comments on your blog… unless you’re Keo or a New York A-List blogger that cops 352 comments per post.

GOLDEN RULE 4. GIVE COMMENT So you have tons of traffic to your blog and everyone is talking about little old you. That does not mean you should stop contributing to the conversation by not commenting on other blogs. Always try, even if it’s pithy. Jump into the fray.

GOLDEN RULE 5. PERSONALITY Blogs are not newspapers. And you’re not publishing from the mahogany boardroom on floor 79. Inject your own personality into your post, be informal and have fun. Kill the ivory tower. Don’t be too serious. Talk about your pet Weimeranars if you need to.

Comments (7)

  1. Mark wrote::

    Hi Matthew, great post. I’ll take some advice and follow Golden Rule Number 4.

    🙂

    Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 10:05 pm #
  2. matt wrote::

    thanks — and i’ll follow rule #3 :-))

    Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 10:25 pm #
  3. Gino Cosme wrote::

    Classic – the first 2 comments 🙂

    Seriously though, some nice stuff for bloggers to take home with them.

    Friday, April 13, 2007 at 1:35 pm #
  4. rafiq wrote::

    blogging fun-doh-mentals

    Friday, April 13, 2007 at 1:59 pm #
  5. Hilton wrote::

    nice one matt!

    Friday, April 13, 2007 at 4:17 pm #
  6. I’m a struggler with Rule #2… I really want to add so many blogs I like to mine but I just never get round to it. I also hate the “Links for 13/04/2007” concept. I understand why it’s there but it seems pointless to me…

    Friday, April 13, 2007 at 4:29 pm #
  7. matt wrote::

    agree with u on the “links for”, i need to create a blogroll page and add tons of good blogs there….

    Friday, April 13, 2007 at 4:37 pm #

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