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About the Author
Writer and designerBiz Stone made the leap from print to web design in the late '90s. Shortly thereafter, he signed on as creative director of a dot-com startup Xanga.com, which featured web logging and other community tools. Since then, he has become obsessed with personal publishing and all it has to offer. Biz has written dozens of articles about web development for Web Review and Web Techniques, among others. More information about Biz can be found at Bizstone.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The cool thing about this book is that it can take a person from absolute beginer to experienced blogger in less than a week.
The book is filled with illistrations and can be easily be read in less than a day. If you are new to blogs this book would be excellent. If you already have some experience with blogs this book might be alright, but keep in mind it starts off assuming no knowledge of the internet.
Also, his genius thing is just a joke...he does not appear full of himself or take himself too seriously. Straightforward info where he does not talk over your head.
This book does well at communicating the excitement of blogging. If you are not raring to have a go by the end of the book, you're probably not cut out for life on the web. But beware, The world of blogging is astonishingly fast moving and fashion-conscious, so a book such as this can very quickly loose its cutting edge.
The main limitation of this book is the way it concentrates so much on one blogging system (Blogger), and assumes a particular way of working. On the up-side, the system it describes is probably the most popular, but that can so easily change.
If you would like to run a blog using the Blogger software or the Blog*Spot hosting service, and want to really get the most out of it, this is a great book. If you might be interested in other software and approaches, it's less vital, but still contains a lot of useful and interesting material.
The author is excited about blogs and brings it to a head with practical steps. It does concentrate on the Blogger family of software, but does mention some of the other options, plus quick overviews on HTML and CSS.
Get learning on blogs. With this book and the web on your screen, you'll find ideas on on how to integrate this phenomenon into your business marketing strategy.
If you are new to blogging mess around, see how it works with a free blogger. If you need more you can move over to the likes of MovableType or wordpress. If you use blogger, Elizabeth Castro has a new book about a specific solution "publishing a blog with Blogger" which goes into more actual detail about getting blogger to work for you. It is better. Mess around and read lots of other blogs. This book is really worth a miss.
More than a basic blogging manual, Biz's book goes on to explain more complicated and sophisticated aspects of blogging such as Cascading Style Sheets, Sideblogs and Email Blogs and Syndicating A Blog. This book rapidly and easily develops the absolute beginner into a fairly sophisticated blogger.
As a community college instructor in the area of computer graphic art and multimedia design, I strongly recommend this book for people who are eager to create an attractive, complete weblog even though he or she may know very little about weblogs when they pick up the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is just OK - nothing that can't be found on internet. Seller was good.Published 17 months ago by MtnMamma
Stone takes us on a tour of what is available for you to start and run your own blog website. A lot of it is surprisingly easy to master. Read morePublished on September 22, 2005 by W Boudville
Even though this book is showing it's age, like in the prices for some of the software, it is still a very good primer for getting to know Blogging. Read morePublished on September 19, 2005 by John Skuja
The range of products reviewed is impressive; however, the information on each of the products is incomplete. Read morePublished on September 11, 2005 by Scott A. Gilmer
The two stars are because there is information in the book, not at all bad. The information, that is. I'm sure many members of the beginner audience would enjoy the book. Read morePublished on October 5, 2004 by Bladderskate
I sent this email to Biz about his book:
I have been tweaking my blog for a few months, I think I got it all set up. Read more