The second edition of Bloggers Boot Camp is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and bookstores everywhere. It’s published by Focal Press, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group.
Bloggers Boot Camp is a critically acclaimed book written by seasoned online journalists Charlie White and John Biggs. The book is fueled by their decades of experience in online media.
In its first edition, the hot-selling book has already shown thousands of writers, editors and promoters how to succeed in the competitive world of online publishing. The second edition builds on that success, and has now been expanded to more than 100,000 words.
Who are these guys?John Biggs and Charlie White have been writing articles and posts online since the beginning of the Internet. They know why blogs fail and why they succeed. They have extensive experience in many forms of online media and feel it’s time to start sharing some of their expertise with other prospective bloggers.
If you’re a blogger, you also must be a photographer. Where to start? I’ve been taking pictures for 50 years, and I’m here to help.
In this post, I’ll show you 20 examples of product photography I’ve taken over the past year for the blog you’re reading now and on my previous job as senior editor of Mashable. I’ll tell you why I made the choices I did, and why I think these pictures work within the context of a personal blog.
Writing errors make you look bad. We’re here to help. We’ve seen a lot of grammar problems, clichés, awkward usage and just plain awful writing tics in our time, and so we’re on a mission: We’d like to cleanse the Internet of all its amateurish writing.
But writing about grammar and usage is precarious. What if we get something wrong? What if we use a cliché while slamming cliché usage? We’re on thin ice. What if we start a paragraph with “but?” We’ll take that risk with a boatload of tips that is by no means complete or exhaustive.
Before you start blogging, you need to ask yourself four simple questions. Answer them as truthfully and as specifically as possible. Remember: what you decide to write about is what you will be thinking and dreaming about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no vacations for bloggers.
Ignore these two rules at your peril. Understand that blogs take on a life of their own, and if your goal is to blog to make money, or you are blogging as an extension of your interests or job, these two rules—part of what we would call a “blogging plan”—are absolutely paramount.
Blogging is a job. It may be your second job, but it is a process that takes hard work and discipline. We have been blogging for a decade, and it’s a constant struggle as well as a source of constant reward. Our days begin at 8 a.m. and end whenever the last news item flickers across our screens.
Shooting video is not as easy as it looks, and even though most people have tried their hand at being a videographer, few are proficient at it. If you can keep in mind a few basic concepts, your shooting will instantly improve. Follow these ten tips, and you’ll set your videos apart from the crowd.
What should you post? This is the one skill you must get right. If you miss it, you’ll fail. After all, if you consistently choose stories none of your site’s visitors are interested in reading, they’re not likely to return for more.