Top 10 Tips For The Novice Blogger [Jorn Barger’s Words Of Wisdom]

Veteran (B)logger Jorn Barger on Wired: It’s all about the links…He starting logging way back 10 years ago when most people didn’t know what the Internet was, let alone had a connection. Now he shares ten tips he thinks are valuable for new bloggers. I’m all for posting favorite links and generally stuff you like and I’m sure some blogs like Jorn Barger’s work out equally well, I think I’d prefer reading blogs with actual and original content.

1. A true weblog is a log of all the URLs you want to save or share.(So is actually better for blogging than

2. You can certainly include links to your original thoughts, posted elsewhere … but if you have more original posts than links, you probably need to learn some humility.

3. If you spend a little time searching before you post, you can probably find your idea well articulated elsewhere already.

4. Being truly yourself is always hipper than suppressing a link just because it’s not trendy enough. Your readers need to get to know you.

5. You can always improve on the author’s own page title, when describing a link. (At least make sure your description is full enough that readers will recognize any pages they’ve already visited, without having to visit them again.)

6. Always include some adjective describing your own reaction to the linked page (great, useful, imaginative, clever, etc.)

7. Credit the source that led you to it, so your readers have the option of “moving upstream.”

8. Warn about “gotchas” — weird formatting, multipage stories, extra-long files, etc. Don’t camouflage the main link among unneeded (or poorly labeled) auxiliary links.

9. Pick some favorite authors or celebrities and create a Google News feed that tracks new mentions of them, so other fans can follow them via your weblog.

10. Re-post your favorite links from time to time, for people who missed them the first time.

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