Another shot in the arm for WordPress – PC Mag’s John C. Dvorak sings praise for WordPress:
The [New York] Times standardized all its inside blogs on the superb open-source blogging software WordPress (www.wordpress.org). It is the same software system that I’ve been using on my own blog at http://www.dvorak.org/blog.
The New York Times’s blogs are much slicker than the in-house blogs that I’ve seen from other newspapers and online publications. WordPress is the reason; it’s real blogging software.
Google Blogscoped has this interesting test for checking how linkworthy your blog is. Really pertinent analysis and the feedback given was quite useful. Try it out!
Guy Kawasaki has useful suggestions for bloggers to get more visibility [via Emergic]:
- Think “book” not “diary.”
- Answer the little man.
- Collect email addresses.
- Collect links for blog rolling.
- Scoop stuff.
- Supplement other bloggers with a followup entries.
- Acknowledge and respond to commenters.
- Ask for help.
- Be bold.
- Make it easy to join up.
Maybe the most controversial one is where he asks bloggers to be more disciplined and treat their blogs as books not diaries. I think that would be contrary to the whole philosophy of spontaneity in blogging. Anyways, an interesting post and he has some useful links as well…
So I finally decided to take the plunge into the delirious and effervescent blogosphere after overcoming a serious inertia – the dreaded "writer's block". I coined the word exertia for the blog – standing for the opposite of inertia – a continuous state of change.
I wish to credit the people/groups who made this journey possible:
- Rajesh Jain's blog Emergic, of which I have been an avid reader.
- Several books which I referred to, especially one worthy of note: "We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs"
by Paul Bausch, Matthew Haughey, Meg Hourihan
- The enthusiastic team at WordPress for hosting such a wonderful free service. Keep it up (no pun intended)!
I evaluated various blogging services and short-listed two: Blogger and WordPress. Both of them had their own strong points but finally I tilted in favor of WordPress especially because of the categorization feature and the in-built stats. Of the two, I feel Blogger is good for beginners but WordPress really comes into its own with its feature-rich package. Here's a very interesting Blog software comparison chart which should help you in making up your mind.