Blogging For Dummies
- The elements of blogs, such as entries, sidebars, categories, comments, and index pages
- The different types of hosting services, from free to fee and from “turn key” services that are easy-to-use to DIY programs
- Details on two popular, free “social community” hosted Web services that are ideal for casual bloggers—MSN Spaces and Yahoo! 360
- The scoop on Blogger, a popular free hosted service that has some community tools like the social networks, but is basically blog-intensive
- DIY blogging, covering three of the most powerful and flexible blog programs—Movable Type, WordPress, and Radio Userland
- Hooking into RSS feeds to distribute your blog entries beyond your site
- Choosing a newsreader
- Ways to raise the visibility of your blog and make money from blogging
Complete with step-by-step instructions and lots of screen shots, this guide walks you through everything from setting up your blog and posting your first entry to adding photos, audio, and more. It includes the URLs of lots of sample sites to see to give you an idea of blog possibilities. In addition to the essential how-to, it fills you in on:
- The blogosphere, blog culture and etiquette, snarks, macrologues, and more
- Moblogs that let you post entries remotely using your portable computer, PDA, or cell phone
- Buying a domain through a registrar such as Network Solutions, Register.com, or Go Daddy
- MP3 blogs, vlogs (videoblogs), photoblogging, audioblogging, podcasting, and more
You know you have something to say, whether it’s heavy stuff or just your thought for the day. Make your opinions known. Get your photos shown. With Blogging For Dummies, you’ll soon be blogging with the best of ‘em.
Part I: The What, Where, Why, and How of Weblogs.
Chapter 1: Understanding Blogging at Last.
Chapter 2: Blogging Options.
Chapter 3: Living the Blogging Lifestyle.
Part II: Starting a Blog Today.
Chapter 4: MSN Spaces.
Chapter 5: Yahoo! 360.
Chapter 6: Finding a Home in Blogger.
Chapter 7: Creating a TypePad Blog.
Part III: Installing Your Own Blog Program.
Chapter 8: The Ins and Outs of DIY Blogging.
Chapter 9: Running a Movable Type Blog.
Chapter 10: Blogging with WordPress.
Chapter 11: Power Plus Ease in Radio UserLand.
Chapter 12: Hybrid Blog Hosts: Power Without the Pain.
Part IV: Total Blog Immersion.
Chapter 13: Hooking into RSS Feeds.
Chapter 14: Rules of Blogosphere Citizenship.
Chapter 15: Blogging for Bucks (or Pennies).
Chapter 16: Using Your Real Voice: Podcasting.
Chapter 17: Photoblogging and Audioblogging.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Blog Engines and Directories.
Chapter 19: Ten Resources for the Power Blogger.
Brad's books include a Publishers Weekly bestseller and a Book-of-the-Month catalog selection. Brad’s titles in the For Dummies series include Google For Dummies and Building Your Business with Google For Dummies. Brad is often consulted in the media’s coverage of the Internet. He appears frequently on television, radio, Webcasts, and has been quoted in Business Week, The New York Times, and innumerable other publications.
Brad is Associate Editor of Weblogs, Inc., the world's largest blog network, where he helps to manage about 100 blogs written by nearly 200 bloggers. As a staff blogger at Weblogs, Inc., for two years, he posted well over 3,000 entries in blogs about digital music, Google, Yahoo!, search engine marketing, and others. As a hobby, Brad operates independent blogs about dogs www.fourfooted.com, classical music (www.undeadmusic.com), and his own bad self (www.bradhill.com). He and his wife maintain a photo blog about their adventures at home and on vacations, read mostly by friends and family.
Brad has not won the Nobel Prize, and the prospect seems doubtful. He remains cheerful.