Put time and effort into what you write.
Never post a first draft. Edit what you write. Write it as a MS Word document, edit and then cut and paste into your weblog.
Put effort into the content.
- Write enough to communicate meaning with the reader, but avoid overkill.
- Demonstrate your knowledge and experience as a professional by correctly using the terminology of media.
- Connect your entries to topical events and issues in media.
- Offer your own style and voice and be consistent with it.
- Be genuine.
Add graphics or photo when it’s appropriate.
- For example...consider this links about weblog guidelines: EduBlog, Educational Weblogs, The English 105 Weblog, Yahoo! Employee Weblog Guidelines, Rebecca Blog Webog Tips
- The more links you offer the better the chances are your blog could turn up in a Google search.
- Link back to your sources (this offers transparency, attribution and validity to the points you want to make).
- Update entries on a regular basis.
Going Public- Remember the World is Watching
Never reveal personal, private information.
- Never blog about your personal life.
- Limit contact information to a web-based e-mail account.
- If blogging about internship or job-related experiences, inform your employer about your weblog.
- Invite the employer to read your blog and offer feedback.
- Ask about restrictions or limits on what you can and cannot blog about.
- Ask if the company has any specific weblog guidelines you must follow.
- If the employer prohibits blogging about work experiences, then comply.
Be Positive- Showcase Your Ability to Think Critically and Creatively.
- Offer solutions instead of only pointing out problems.
- Be clear when expressing opinion or comments.
- When engaged in criticism, remain constructive.
- Recognize opposing positions.
- Support your points with evidence and attribution (include links).
- Never engage in personal attacks.
- Develop a routine so regular readers can expect timely updates.
- Entertain and inform your readers
- INCLUDE PICTURES: Offer interesting and appropriate images and context.
- Write engaging headlines.
Be Prepared- Avoid Legal Entanglements
- Be truthful & ethical.
- Read and understand the Blogger User Agreement.
- Understand the impact of what you write.
- Remember libel applies to weblogs.
- Remember false light applies to weblogs.
- Remember invasion of privacy applies to weblogs.
Other Tips- Read & Comment
- Read other weblogs.
- Routinely search for weblogs discussing topics of interest to you.
- Bookmark weblogs you think are written well or speak to you.
- Offer constructive feedback and comments on blogs you visit.