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

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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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  • 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 (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tris Hussey is 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 giving workshops and speaking at conferences, Tris also teaches social media, blogging, podcasting, and WordPress at UBC, BCIT, and other organizations. His first book "Creating Your First Blog: 6 Easy Blogging Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro" is due out in early 2010 and has already started on his next book, also due out in 2010. Currently Tris is a consultant on to companies on social media and the social media concierge for Media2o Productions.
You can find his post on trishussey.com, VancouverObserver.com, and the Future Shop Community Tech Blog.

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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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I have a blog (pinkpeppers) and named it because I figured a color with a vegetable would be easy to remember. Tris Hussey starts his book talking about naming your blog, what to do- something memorable, what not to do- when run together does the name become something unfortunate.

My blog was created by someone else and I often wish I knew how to add a click on box, add the wall paper, basically how to change it in any fashion without bothering my site manager.

Here's help! This book has an entire section on "Tweaking Your Blogs Setup" Perfect!

The first three chapters will help you install and start your blog. I am very glad for the pictures that walk you through the processes as he explains them. And what about the difference say, between WordPress and DIY? It comes down to time and money, $10-$15/yr. for WordPress whereas DIY can be $10-$15/mo. Of course there's a tradeoff, on WordPress you are limited to certain themes and you can not use additional plug-ins. WordPress is a great start though.

This book also covers the general tell all blogger vs. the business blog and the various options for each. Did ya wanna make money? This gives you the help, directly and indirectly.

He gets into multimedia, podcasting your own on your own, video blog posts you do.

I like the books set up, I like the "notes," and "new terms," and "tips," separated and highlighted throughout the text.

Tris Hussey is a professional blogger and leading expert and for just the price of this book, you can pick his brain. Good Deal!
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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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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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