How Do I Start a Blog?

There Is an Easy Answer, and a Longer Answer In the past few weeks I’ve received several LinkedIn messages from connections asking for help in starting a blog. Unfortunately, asking “How do I start a blog?” is like asking “How [...]

7 Steps to Mastering List Articles

Improve Your Blog and Build Readership with Lists Part 6 of Blogging 101 Is there a writer anywhere who never made a list? A shopping list? A task list? A list of points to make in a blog article or [...]

How to Blog with Curation

Sharing the Web With Others, Link by Link Part 5 of Blogging 101 A couple of weeks ago I was confronted by the fact that I was completely wrong about content curation on the web! Or, more accurately, I was [...]

The Mysteries of Microblogging

Everything You Wanted to Know About Microblogs, But Didn’t Know to Ask Putting Microblogging Under the Microscope Explaining microblogging is difficult because so many people do it in different ways. A microblog post can be well under 140 characters, or [...]

The Five Alternate Blog Types Every Blogger Should Know

More Bloggers, More Ways to Blog Blogging 101, Part 3 In our last post on Blogging 101, we discussed three media alternatives to the traditional written blog: video, audio (or podcasting), and image blogging. But if you thought those were [...]

Blogging Alternatives: Vlogs, Podcasts & Images

Alternatives to a Written Blog How to Use Non-Writing Forms of Blogging Video Blogging, or Vlogging In our first class on blogging, Why Blog?, we focused on writing for blogs. Today, class, let’s look at three blogging alternatives. Gary, you’re the [...]

Why Blog? – Blogging 101 Part 1

This post is the beginning of a new series, a newish topic, several new personas, and a new style of telling stories for me. Wish me a little bit of luck and I hope you like it. — Andy Why [...]

Bloggers: Live Writer Returns as Open Source

Open Live Writer Replaces Windows Live Writer WINDOWS LIVE WRITER (WLW) was one of the most popular tools for beginning and intermediate-level bloggers over the past ten years. Originally Onfolio Writer, Microsoft bought Onfolio back in 2006, later packaging Writer [...]

The Monster List of Markdown Tools on Frugal Guidance 2

Part 6 of Markdown for Bloggers - Software and Many Other Resources This list is far from exhaustive, but should be more than enough to get you started in using and learning about Markdown. Updated with additional resources, April 2, 2015. [...]

Markdown for Bloggers – Quoting Text and Code

Part 5: Blockquotes, Backticks, Backslashes and Bare Knuckles Today we talk about wrangling computer code, quotations, and blocks of text with your Markdown tool. If you use a variety of Markdown editors or styles, you will find that they can [...]

Markdown for Bloggers – Web Links

Part 4 - Creating Web Links Writing for the web naturally entails offering links to various other resources. As you probably expect, Markdown offers a couple of simple ways of including web links in your posts. Although it's slightly more [...]

Markdown for Bloggers – Headlines & Lists

Part 3 - Creating Headlines and Lists Headlines If you've been writing blog posts for a while, you're probably familiar with the advantages of using headlines to break up text and help readers browse through longer articles to find the [...]