#203 Introducing the blog

Some of you may have already discovered that in addition to arriving in your email inbox, these weekly tips are also being published online at https://miketips.wordpress.com I’ve been quietly doing this for awhile now for several reasons. Among them are providing an organized archive of all 200+ tips (they aren’t all there yet but they will be soon) and the ability for anyone to comment on them and encourage conversations.  Every post has a comment area at the bottom and I hope you know that I always encourage your comments!

Blog is short for web log and generally speaking they all  tend to have a few things in common:

  • A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
  • An archive of older articles.
  • A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
  • A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”.
  • One or more “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files. (this is an entire post unto itself one of these days!)

If you’re curious take a look at this short video explaining “Blogs in Plain English” and don” get caught up with the term “news”; think of it as any information worth sharing.

Blogs are very simple, easy to use websites that can be set up in a matter of minutes, often for free.  We have a saying around here to “publish and point” people to a common space where everyone can benefit from the information is infinitely better than dozens of hidden one-to-one email conversations.  In my opinion, everyone should have a public space where they can “work out loud” or just a place to share information that might be valuable to others.  After all, we all know things  that others can learn and benefit from!

If you’re curious enough to try it out my favorite blog service is WordPress. It’s free, it’s easy and it can change the way you work for the better!  Blogger is another one although for some unknown reason it is blocked here at AEP.  (Anybody around here know why that is?)

Take a minute to head on over there and take a look around.  Leave a comment. Ask a question. Join the conversation.



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