Check out the New Blogging Tools Page

Over the weekend, I had the chance to create something I’ve been thinking about putting together for a quite a while now: a resource page with recommended blogging tools. This should come in handy if you’re launching a new blog or trying to improve an existing one. In it, I made sure to only include […]

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Technical Blogging’s First Survey Results

Last week I asked my readers to take a brief survey. It’s only fair that I share the aggregated results here. Without much ado, here they are. Q: On a scale from 1 to 10 how would you rate TechnicalBlogging.com’s content in terms of usefulness? Overall your responses were quite positive. Most, in the admittedly […]

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Please take my brief blogging survey

Please take a moment to complete the following quick blogging survey. Now that I’m publishing content on a weekly basis, I think it becomes particularly important to incorporate feedback from readers like you. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Thank you very much. TAKE THE SURVEY      

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Marketing Won’t Save You

Programmers and other technical people tend to underestimate the importance of marketing. There is, in fact, a common dislike for marketing within many technical communities. In this blog, I talk a lot about promoting your content, building a mailing list, social media, etc, because marketing can do wonders for your site/project/career. Though I’ve advocated (here […]

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Creating a Freebie to Convert Visitors into Subscribers

One of the best things you can do to grow your audience as a blogger is to have a mailing list. Instead of having people stumble upon your blog only to leave and perhaps never return after an initial visit, the idea is to capture their email addresses (with their consent, of course), so that […]

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Avoid the Abandoned Blog Phenomenon

Those who read my book know that I am a big advocate of scheduling content on a regular basis.[1] As Woody Allen famously said, 80% of success is showing up. He is right, you know. I believe that’s the case when it comes to blogging as well. Showing up on the blogging front means posting […]

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Which Blogging Platform Should You Choose?

Every prospective blogger must make a series of decisions. The subject, domain name, publication frequency, logo, font, you name it. All these decisions shape your blog. Perhaps one of the most crucial decisions that you can make is picking a blogging platform. I like to classify blogging platforms into three different categories: Hosted blogs. These […]

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Is Blogging Still Worth It?

A decade or so ago, Blogging was the hot thing to do. We all heard stories of stay-at-home moms, college kids, and unemployed middle-aged guys starting a blog about something like parenting, cooking, or fitness, who ended up creating a small digital empire. Best-selling book included. These days, however, you might find yourself thinking that […]

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What We Can Learn From Federico Clapis’ Success

Federico Clapis is an Italian artist who managed to attract quite a following in Italy. He did so by publishing hundreds of videos on Facebook and YouTube over the course of a few years. Truth be told, most of his videos are silly. Going on a date with a rubber vagina, type of silly. [1] […]

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Don’t Count on Ads

Dr. Dobbs is an iconic publication for programmers. Yesterday they announced that they’d be shutting down after 38 years of operation. Despite its growing audience, the site has failed to monetize those eyeballs to a degree that satisfies their parent company. Sadness aside, what’s remarkable here is that their number of page views grew while […]

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