Occasionally, I receive emails from people asking me about blogging. Now that the second edition of my blogging book is out, the volume of emails has only increased. A common theme I see is people creating a blog, posting as often and as much as they can, only to run out of steam. Lots of […]
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 […]
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 […]
Avoid the Abandoned Blog Phenomenon
Those who read my book know that I am a big advocate of scheduling content on a regular basis. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How Often Should You Blog?
People who are new to blogging often wonder what the best posting pace to maximize the growth of their blog is. The ideal blog posting frequency will depend on several factors, including the type of audience and the subject at hand. Let’s narrow things down however to an acceptable range. I wouldn’t consider a blog […]
5 Common Blogging Mistakes Made by Startups
Note: I, and this blog, are back after a hiatus caused by my recent cross country relocation, during which I shifted from life on the east coast to calling the beautiful west my new home. Now that I’m properly settled in, it’s high time we got back to business. Talk about bad timing though — […]
My Technical Blogging Book Is Finally in Print
Over the past few weeks I’ve been pretty busy around here, having just relocated coast to coast, from Toronto to Penticton, B.C. (my wife’s hometown). Nevertheless, something else pretty exciting happened while I was handling the move. I just found out that my technical blogging book is no longer in beta. I’m happy to announce […]
A New Blog, a New Adventure
As many of my friends, colleagues, and followers know, I’ve been working on the book Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence for the past few months. I wrapped up writing a couple of weeks ago and the book is now headed into production phase, where any additional intervention on my part […]