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Blog Advice, Round 2

Professor SnugglesworthProfessor Snugglesworth Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
A bit back I asked for advice in making a blog, and I took what I learned to make Scribbling and Scrutiny. I figured I could handle updating it twice a week with various content. As you can see, however, it hasn't been updated in months.

The reason is that I'd like to start over with a new blog site, one with a more polished presentation and a more specific list of topics. But before I do that, I need to ask for some more advice, so I can do things right from the beginning.

1. Concerning which blog service I should use: For scrib-scrut I stuck with blogspot, which used Wordpress for entries. This ultimately became one of the big hurdles to keep me from adding entries. Frankly, it was a pain in the ass and hardly worked as I wanted. If I added an italic for a specific sentence, it would change the italics of the entire post. Similar crap happened with the font size and other modifications. Images would never be centered the way I wanted either. As a result I had to spend an additional hour fixing my post until it came out as I wanted.

If a more reliable blog service exists, please let me know.

2. Layout: I stuck with a regal looking layout for scrib-scrut, since I wanted to post any written works I came up with. But as less and less stories came in, the dumber the layout looked when discussing the likes of MGS and FF. So this time I'd like a more modern, streamlined layout for the blog, but I don't know the best site to browse the layouts.

3. Additions: I also tried to experiment with other additions such as a Flickr slideshow, a youtube bar, etc, but only ended up making the site more clunky. What are some add-ons I should stick with, and others I shouldn't bother with?

4. Blog Topics: As mentioned above, I tried to make the blog accessible to everyone by bouncing around specific topics. Again, I probably added more than I could handle. How many topics should I stick to?

5. Writing: The big reason I made a blog in the first place was because a friend relayed to me how his friend was actually contacted by a publisher to make a book of his work, after said publisher read his samples on the blog. I still want to try and advertise my own stuff, but would it be better to keep two separate blogs, one for my amatuer writing, and the other for the more casual stuff (games, anime, etc)?

6. Advertising: Finally, what's the best way to get word of my blog around, aside from putting it in forum signatures? Is there a site specifically for advertising blogs?

That's about it, thanks for any further advice you can give.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The best way to advertise your blog is to get it linked at other blogs. Unless it's a total stranger, most people are happy to link your blog if you link theirs.

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    KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    There was a similar topic with great advice given. I'll see if I can dig it up.

    Found it:
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=61659

    Read over the thread, lots of good stuff there.

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    Professor SnugglesworthProfessor Snugglesworth Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Well I read the thread, and it certainly offers useful advice for blog advertising, but it doesn't answer my more technical questions (such as which blog service is best). Would you prefer I ask in the other thread?

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