Jeff, KE9V gets the credit. He really motivated my research into "What Makes A Successful Blog."
Robin Good at Be Smart, Be Independent, Be Good suggested the following:
- Stay on Topic that is readers are interested in content and not about what I ate at the airport unless one has the gift of wit, humor, or cynicism.
- Be informative and remember your reputation is at stake always check the facts.
- Adhere to a schedule and stick to it. Basically keep the content as fresh as possible or risk loosing your really simple syndication (RSS) feeds.
- Clarity and simplicity results in a 20db signal in the amateur radio blogosphere.
- Spell checking and proof reading. Nothing to add here.
- RSS or die.
Backbone at Corporate Blogging: Is It Worth The Hype suggested common blogging mistakes:
- Not linking to other blogs. It's all about community.
- Not having an email link or comment page.
- RSS or die. That one again.
- Not updating enough. Write, write, and write some more.
Paul Stamatiou suggested 5 Steps to Successful Blogging:
- Have a solid introduction paragraph.
- Visual elements i.e. photographs or screen shots but don't overwhelm the read.
- Structure. Remember those research papers in college?
- Links and Block Quotes. Just go with your gut feeling or intuition.
Good, R. (n.d.) Be Smart, Be Independent, Be Good Retrieved on August 21, 2007 from http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2005/04/26/how_to_write_a_successful.htm.
Backbone (n.d). Corporate Blogging: Is It Worth The Hype Retrieved on August 21, 2007 from http://www.backbonemedia.com/blogsurvey/54-lessons-learned-successful-blog.htm.
Stamatiou, P. (n.d.) 5 Steps to a Successful Blog Post Retrieved on August 21, 2007 from http://paulstamatiou.com/2006/08/26/5-steps-to-a-successful-blog-post/.