Isaac at Parabasis linked to this great article from Firedoglake about successful blogging and I was reminded that I wanted to repost a few older things about blogging that I put up before this site started getting a larger audience. So, my apologies to anyone who's already seen this, but to those who are newer here, hopefully this will be of some use.
First of all, let me say that WE NEED MORE BLOGS.
This may seem like a crazy statement to some of you who have glanced at the list of 155 feeds over there on the left (and of course, I have a dozen more waiting to be added), but it really seems it could only be healthy for the theatre for anyone who has the necessary time and equipment (really, everything you need is available at your local library) to jump into the fray and join in the conversation. We need more blogs because WE NEED MORE PERSPECTIVES. I look forward to the day that we can list theatre blogs from all 50 states and as many nations as possible. I hope we get over-loaded with feeds. Please don't think you're not good enough or smart enough or tech-savvy enough. If you're spending a decent portion of your time thinking about theatre, the theatre-net needs you, especially if you live and/or make art in a community that is under-represented in the blogosphere.
Okay, I'm now stepping down from my soapbox.
Here are some links to links.
In case you haven't clicked over to Firedoglake yet, here's a short version to tease you into it.
Tip #1: Post Fresh Content Every Day, Multiple Times Per DayWhew, that's a lot to work on, but well worth it.
Tip #2: Enlist a Group of Writers
Tip #3: Build a Brand and Exploit a Niche
Tip #4: Cultivate Reader Participation
Tip #5: Do Consistently Great Writing
Tip #6: Make Online Friends
Tip #7: Know Yourself and Why You Want to Blog
PS. I'm going to see Seth speak on March 22. I'm giddy like a school-girl about it.