How can blogging be useful for you?

A personal blog should be more than ‘an online diary’. Such blogs should be mainly reflective of one individual ‘voice’ but having value-added information with pointers to other information. Added to this of course is the dual nature of the blog, not only is it excellent method of getting information quickly with minimal fuss, but it is superb way of making it available. These are tips for more useful blogging:

Categorization. Provide appropriate categorization. Some weblog-authoring package makes categorization much easier than others. Some tools allow creating categories, and when a post is added to the blog, it can be assigned to one or several different categories. This makes it much easier to find information in the future, since a click on a category will retrieve all of the appropriate postings. This category approach is one of the first examples of the way in which a blog can be used as a repository of information; the blog can be used as a place to store information on, and links to, a huge number of resources.

Linking. Provide links to other sites. Any blog software allows embedding URL therefore we can use that functionality to connect to other key sites that cover the subject area that our blog concentrates on. This can be included in blogroll which lists other blogs.

RSS. Incorporate RSS feed into a blog sidebar. It is not going to be possible to mention everything of interest in a blog, but at the same time we want to be able to give our readers as much information as possible and appropriate.

Sacha Chua’s approach to build a community and increase awareness of her activities is that, she uses some widgets that are embedded in her blog: MyBlogLog and FriedFeed.

MyBlogLog. MyBlogLog is a social network for the blogger community that is based in part on interactions facilitated by a popular web widget that many members install on their blog. Bloggers sign up for free accounts on MyBlogLog and can initiate a blog community for one or more blogs they author.

FriendFeed. FriendFeed is a real-time feed aggregator that consolidates the updates from social media and social networking websites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates, as well as any other type of RSS/ Atom feed. The goal of FriendFeed according to their website is to make content on the Web more relevant and useful by using existing social network as a tool for discovering interesting information. Users can be an individual, business or organization.

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