Quick Start Checklist for Blogging

I had the opportunity to present “What’s the Big Deal about Blogging?” to the Institute of Management Consultants New Jersey Chapter. Many of the consultants who attended were new to blogging, so I shared the checklist below to help them get started.
Quick Start Checklist for Blogging

  • Choose your blogging platform and register
  • View a tutorial or two – it’s worth the effort
  • Customize your blog template
    • Keep it simple and professional
    • Add extra features (“widgets” and “sidebars”)
    • Add relevant pages (e.g., Contact Us)
  • Decide on topics for your first 3 posts
  • Set a schedule to write
    • What are you doing Saturday at 7AM?
  • Add a photo to your post
    • Add interest with a creative, quirky or fun photo
    • Visit flickr.com, Google Images – Creative Commons sources
  • Review posts before publishing
    • Check for typos, inaccuracies, broken links
    • Put key words in your headline
    • Add tags & categories – search engines like these!
  • Publish your post
    • Allow readers to comment
    • Use platform’s Publicize feature
    • Respond to comments

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