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Blog Blazers Paperback – November 7, 2008
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Other reviewers have given this book more stars than me. Yes, everyone provides interesting information. Yes, everyone is honest it seems. But my two star reduction has to do with the organization and presentation of these interviews not with the those interviewed.
First, one of the 40 is the author of the book himself. If you want to promote yourself as a successful blogger, great, but it rubs me wrong to have an interview of self in a book. Instead I really wish Grenier had used himself more in the introduction or a conclusion as I'll discuss in a moment and added another "top 40 blogger" to the book.
Second, as it is organized, alphabetically by blogger's first name, it feels disorganized. I was hoping for something along the lines of "blogs about X" and "blogs about G" and then maybe a "odd and ends category". One of the reoccurring tips throughout the reviews is to write what you know about so why not organize by subject. Or by success however that will be measured -- money made, number of RSS subscribers, number of comments, whatever.
Third, there is a very small introduction and tiny conclusion. Why not pull together some of the most common tips and answers? Why not use the author's own life as a blogger to gauge the answers? What about a list of the references bloggers gave to their questions?Read more ›
Predictably, the responses to the set of questions reflected the different interests, values, objectives, and concerns of the respondents. (Grenier is to be commended on respecting and preserving those differences.) However, there were several areas in which there was a substantial consensus of agreement.Read more ›
Only one interviewee likes my Fionnchu-dot-Blogspot-dot-com as "Blogtrotter" host, Google's e-Blogger, for example; while WordPress is favored by a few for its plug-ins, most respondents lament that they did not start blogging under their own domain name. This reliance on Blogspot or WordPress may separate we amateur bloggers from the pros. They tend to dismiss "free" or "hosted" blogging sites. Unsurprisingly, they like us hate annoying ads, although most monetize, with varying degrees of success from a six-figure income to apparently not enough to pay for a video game with gift certificates earned from Amazon Affiliates.
Stephane Grenier asks each blogger what to read when learning about blogging. Darren Rowse's ProBlogger site overwhelmingly earns acclaim, with the book "Naked Conversations" and text "Cluetrain Manifesto" also frequently mentioned. Many bloggers, however, tend to dive in and link and comment on other blogs, forums, social networks, and websites. (Twitter is mentioned by only one person, however, and I failed to see Facebook's potential explored pro or con as it might have deserved.) Pursuing SEO (Search Engine Optimization: terms lack a glossary and this may baffle the newcomer that this book's intended to assist) remains a holy grail; pros scrutinize Google Analytics and stoke FeedBurner, being tech-savvier than the common web visitor, perhaps, and most know how to tweak network systems.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The information given about this book would never inspire me to purchase it. I couldn't find good content or even look at a page which I selected. Read morePublished on December 12, 2009 by Judy C. Ahring
Steph has done a great job of interviewing 40 of the today's' most successful bloggers and finding out what their views are on 24 intriguing questions that he has come up with. Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by Ron Donnelly
If you are interested in publishing your own blog, and millions of you are, this simple book provides concise interviews with 40 people who have been successful in the blog... Read morePublished on June 3, 2009 by Craig Matteson
Blog Blazers features editor Stephane Grenier's interviews with 40 top bloggers culled largely from the technical end but also some other bloggers, including weight loss blogger... Read morePublished on March 6, 2009 by Rachel Kramer Bussel
This book set out to achieve a couple of separate but related objectives. Firstly, through interviewing forty successful bloggers, to find out their individual views on what... Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
When you don't have the resources to find a new way to succeed, do the next best thing: learn from the best and copy them. Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by SuperJason
Just like a good blog, "Blog Blazers" is full of timely information written in a very readable format. Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by Scott Meade
In Blog Blazers, the author interviews 40 of the top bloggers to provide a profile of what it takes to become a successful blogger. Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by C. Baker
As the author of 3 blogs and consultant to others, I'm always looking to learn more about blogging. So I was eager to dive into Blogging Blazers and learn some of the information... Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by Dr. Cathy Goodwin