Getting Started With Your First Blog

Keith Rabois, vice president of strategy and business development for Slide, the social entertainment company wrote an interesting anaylsis on why Facebook, MySpace and YouTube killed eBay.

No Strangers Please Most of these websites are notorious for the fact personal intrest that if you have become a member there is a high possibility that you mail box will be bombarded by mails from absolute strangers.

I love to read, and I have my list of favorite authors: Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry and so on. I use them for inspiration daily, highlighting favorite lines in a book, taking their quotes and posting them near my computer, and re-reading favorite chapters for the 100th time. But imagine my surprise when I read aloud a newly written chapter in my novel and heard a cheap imitation of one of their voices and not my own. It was Mama Cass all over again. So how do you find your own voice as a writer? The process is different for every writer, but here are a few steps I took to find my own.

Remember, music existed long before people developed systems to write it down. It was even more recently that people developed ‘Music Theory’ as a way of explaining how music works. In fact I can pretty much guarantee you know LOADS of music theory, just having listened to music. I think everyone who has a interest in music should take the time to look at a basic Music Theory book especially songwriters, as you’ll find that learning a little bit about how music works will help you enormously with basic things like song structure and working out what chords go with which notes.

Blogging began as an online journaling phenomenon, but it has evolved into a whole new animal. Many people do operate inspiration, but blogging is a whole lot more than chit chat and diary secrets spilled to the world.

I’ve found that my blog (and it’s accompanying monthly printed newsletter that’s basically the “best of” the blog entries from the previous month) seems to increase my perceived credibility and my approachability. And to get new clients and customers in the door, perceived credibility and approachability is what you need. To keep them, you will need actual credibility and good communication, so hopefully you have both.

I guess the moral is be careful what you dig and shout and be careful how much you submit because people who don’t like you can get your URL banned and of course the dig staff has not responded to my email about more details.

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