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Create Your Own Blog: 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 075-2063330654
ISBN-10: 0672330652
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About the Author

This is the first book from Tris Hussey, a long-time technologist, blogger, and writer, who started off as an academic and found tech support much more to his liking. After picking up blogging on a whim in 2004, he quickly became both a professional blogger and a leading expert in business blogging. He has been a part of several Web 2.0 startups from blogging software to blogging agencies and continues to write, blog, teach, and consult. In addition to providing workshops and speaking at conferences, Tris also teaches social media, blogging, podcasting, and WordPress at the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Capilano University. Tris lives and works in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (January 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330650
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
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The philosophical question of the day is: if you don't blog, micro-blog, or social network, do you exist? Certainly not to the multimillions, or billions, who at least read postings from blogging and social network sites like Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed.

Tris Hussey is one such blogger and is probably more intense about it than most. He is a longtime blogger, educator and speaker, and writer of blog related topics. His background and enthusiasm for the topic and casual, easy-going writing style serve him well in authoring "Creating Your Own Blog: Six Easy Projects to Start Blogging like a Pro."

Even though online software tools make it easy for nearly anyone to start blogging those who want to do it well for personal or professional reasons will benefit from the guidance found in this book. Hussey is comprehensive in his approach: he describes blogging as essentially storytelling and is enthusiastic and inspiring about it; he gives a short history of storytelling online via simple to very sophisticated tools; he details how to set up, install, and configure both hosted and self-hosted sites; and he even shows how to make money while blogging.

The meat of the book is in chapters 5 through 9 where he details how to set up and maintain personal, business, podcasting, video, and portfolio blogs. In chapter 10 he explains "online life streaming" where blogs, micro-blogs, social networking sites, and mobile communications converge into a mash of running digital history in real-time--for those not concerned about their life activities being stored permanently in searchable online databases.

Managing all of this does get complicated and Hussey is adept at explaining the how and why of spending the time to do it well and right.
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For years, I toyed with the idea of having a blog to share some of my creative projects and eventually to promote my craft business. I bought this book hoping to read it during my commute and have a functional blog within a few weeks. It absolutely gave me the motivation I needed to get started (and to meet that goal). Tris Hussey writes in a very conversational tone which was both easy to read and motivating for me. It was almost like having a friend giving you advice, thus compelling you to actually take action.

As you may guess from the title, this book is geared towards someone without a programming background. It is also obviously geared towards someone who is seeking this information in book form (like me!) rather than someone who would want to do the research themselves online.

The chapters are:
It's all about storytelling
Welcome to the blogosphere: Planning your first blog
Installing and setting up your first blog
Writing and creating a conversation
Building community
Creating a personal blog
Creating a business blog
Creating a podcast blog
Video blogging
Creating a portfolio blog
Creating your own online lifestream
Making money through your blog

What I liked about the book:
As noted above, the book includes chapters on both personal and business blogs. While some of the content in these chapters are repetitive, the distinctions, especially regarding voice, for a business vs. a personal blog are quite helpful.

Tris is the perfect foil for those of us who would let perfectionism get in the way of accomplishing something. He basically encourages you to just get started and not to worry too much about being perfect.
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If you use Wordpress for your blog, this will be a very helpful book. If you use blogger or another progam/engine, not so much. I'm a blogger user, so the book is peripherally useful to me, but not helpful with "technical difficulties".
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When I decided to create a blog in April 2005 after losing 180 pounds on the Atkins diet the year prior, I had no idea it would eventually turn into my career allowing me to earn more money than I ever did working in what I now refer to as "the real world." It's not that being a professional blogger (which I started doing full-time in October 2006) isn't hard work because it is. I work more hours now babying my online presence on a variety of platforms, including podcasting, YouTube videos, forum, social networking and several blogs. The key to being a success is presence and Tris Hussey shows you how to get your message out there to the world. One bit of advice I'd recommend to anyone wishing to become a professional blogger is make sure you are uber-passionate about the subject matter you write about and don't expect to start raking in money within months of starting your blog. As Tris shares in this book, you have to build an audience, cultivate your message and keep it compelling enough for people to keep coming back. Following the practical advice in this book will help you get there.
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I started my blog (Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads (And More) in Seattle) prior to reading this book. While I love the book niche, I wish I had read this book FIRST! After three+ years of blogging, I wish I had thought about the name a bit more, which the author talks about, and created a name that would have allowed me to be a little more diverse. Point one for the book!

Names aside, there are some really great tips in this book. While a more novice blogger will get more from the book, even an experienced blogger will be able to take a few things away from reading it. *Note - the author admits early in the book to being a little biased towards Wordpress, which is perfectly ok. As a Blogger user, I took that into consideration. Having used Blogger as long as I have, I do wish the author had explored and shared the same information for Blogger as was done for Wordpress (I think this is just to be fair and give OPTIONS to readers).

The book covers: It's all about storytelling, Welcome to the blogosphere: Planning your first blog, Installing and setting up your first blog, Writing and creating a conversation, Building community, Creating a personal blog, Creating a business blog, Creating a podcast blog, Video blogging, Creating a portfolio blog, Creating your own online lifestream, Making money through your blog.

Again - probably very helpful to individuals looking to start their first blog, and helpful to established bloggers, but keep in mind that the writer is bias toward Wordpress, practically ignoring Blogger and LiveJournal altogether.
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