An author’s guide to blogging – some help & guidance
Posted by gazjjohnson on 4 September, 2008
As noted earlier we pioneering 4 wanted to expand out our test community to include a few more people, and hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to read the various emails I’ve sent out about it.
One thing we didn’t cover in the emails were any house rules and regulations for authors and commentors. This blog is very much an informal knowledge exchange tool, which means we try to keep the tone light, informative and professional. It isn’t an appropriate place to air any inflammatory issues; rather it is a space to seek comment and input to areas you’re working on or to share/reflect on your own experiences. It is also a useful place to post links to articles or reports that are of interest to the library community. We 4 have certainly learned quite a bit over the past couple of months already.
If you’ve never written for or read a blog before, we’d recommend following some of the links in the Blogroll(on the left) to see the tone and style adopted by other academic bloggers. It might be that you’re actually a long time blogger with a different hat on (personally I’m into my 5th year of blogging now), in which case the four of us would like to invite you to start contributing sooner rather than later. Don’t be afraid – no one is going to call you stupid!
I’ll leave you with Johnson’s good blogging conduct rules of thumb, which I’ll expect you all to inwardly digest and be able to quote from heart by next month:
- Keep posts/comments short, light and readable (yes this post probably fails that test)
- Don’t stress over the grammar – better out than in!
- If you think it’s interesting, chances are someone else on staff does too and will benefit from it.
- Add tags freely and plentiful – use categories sparingly (and please ask if you want to add more categories!)
- Try and blog at least twice a month if not more – the more voices the blog has the more valuable and enjoyable it will be
- Try and comment on at least one post a week – I will be keeping score.
- There is no such thing as a bad post…(well almost)
- If you’re unsure about anything- just ask me, Keith, Selina or Sarah
- AND remember: anyone in the world could read your post/comment…so never blog anything you wouldn’t be prepared to stand up in the middle of a crowded room and shout about!
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