10 Tips for Starting a Weblog

I’m going to try to write this simply, Khmer readers might take interest in this one.

1. Get a title for your blog
Just like a rock and roll band, a good blog needs a name. Sometimes it’s self-evident, sometimes you need to puzzle it out. Friends and beer can be a big help in this regard.

2. Think of your subject
Are you blogging about life in general or something very specific? Label it appropriately. You can always change it later.

I’ve noticed that ‘niche blogs’ covering very specific topics (i.e. food, medical issues) are growing in number. Thanks to RSS feeds, we now have huge sites like Metafilter , Technorati and Slashdot that scan and sort content and topics.

3. What’s in a name?
Most webloggers choose some sort of nickname, some are quite public. I go by ‘Jinja’ but it’s not that hard to find my real name. Kalabird recognized me when we first met via my picture!

Blogs covering politics like Details Are Sketchy and Khmer Intelligence have chosen a very careful anonymous approach.

If you are doing a blog for work like archaeological radiocarbon dating, or a trip/project, then you’ll want your name on it so you can get credit for it. If you want to vent frustration about family, life and school – probably a pseudonym is best. But with all the search engines out there, your anonymity may not last forever. Click below to see what could happen.

4. What’s in a Blog service?
The service you use should be anything you’re comfortable with.
I’ve used
Blogger for ages since I started there. A lot of people are using WordPress, Blogsome, Moveable Type, Typepad, Thingamablog; KhmerOS has Khmer language blogs. Don’t worry too much about the service, there’s many out there. Just hang on to your password.

(Many networking services like offer a free blog as a way to keep you in their network. I think their blogs are inferior; they offer less features. If you want to have a profile and share lots of media, try OurMedia.org. If you’re looking for a girlfriend or boyfriend, sign up on MySpace, Friendster, Hi5 etc.)

5. Just write what’s on your mind.
You could write about your day in school, take a picture of your breakfast, write your road trip stories… Your life may seem ordinary but to another reader it may be quite unusual and exotic.

Your blog is like your house; you get to decide who you invite in.
Your friends will probably be the first ones to comment. A good comment can
make your day, a bad comment can ruin it. Do you have comments open, moderated or closed? Do you want to have them at all? Comments can lead to new discussions and discoveries, but flames make you look childish in the long run.

7. Copyright?
Keen eyes will notice I’m sporting a Creative Commons license on the left sidebar. When I started this weblog back in 2002, I had no idea RSS feeds would eventually be streaming whatever I wrote halfway around the planet. It’s good to lay claim to your words. There’s no Khmer version of the license, but the English version should stand up in most courts.

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One Response to “10 Tips for Starting a Weblog”

  1. Wanna says:

    What an interesting article!

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