Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet with Darren Rowse, the man behind problogger, Athens blog and plenty more besides!
It was great meeting up & having a real live talk with someone as deep into blogs as Darren (he’s also just round the corner from me!) if he’s able to make it to Blogtalk we’ll be happy monkeys indeed!
So… today I thought I’d have a closer look at problogger and see what there was there and have spent most of the morning getting blown away, granted it’s about earning money through blogs but if you’re looking for a better guide to creating a good, readable, sticky and effective blog… look no further, you’ve found it!
The first ton of posts that has got me thinking about design are How to Keep First Time Readers to your Blog – Parts I, II, III & IV.
Following that are two excellent posts on increasing the longevity of key posts, parts I & II.
There are also pointers to some excellent Blog herald articles on making your blog sticky (here and here).
And add to that Adding an ‘About’ Page, Purple Cow Blogging & The 4 Secrets to an Effective E-Newsletter and you’ve got the best guide to the design and conduct of blogging that I’ve come across so far.
Expect to see at incorporated subversion some better page designs, other relevant posts links, an email this post button, a funky ‘ask a question script, lots more graphics and a rework of the about pages real soon… might even go the old e-newsletter route too… I think I was in a bit of a doldrum but feel more like a kid in a candy shop now… thanks Darren :o)
thanks heaps for that James – the pleasure was all mine!
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