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Ocn Blogs What They Are How To Use Them

Since the very day I started blogging here on Overclock.net's blogs, it has been very clear to me that some of the members are somewhat confused on what blogs are supposed to be and what they can and can't be use to do. I'm not pointing fingers here, but seeing two sentence blog entries just makes me want to cry.

I figured that I might be useful to newer members and first time bloggers by sharing the little knowledge that I have on blogging with you guys, as to make OCN blogs a better place for everybody: bloggers themselves, regular OCN readers, and all those external readers as well.

First of all, what is a blog? According to Wikipedia, the definition of blog goes like so:
A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video...

...Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs...
In laymans terms, a blog is a tool for publishing on which an author or many authors my post whatever original content (we have a keyword here) they want, and share it with the world. While most blog's content usually follows a certain topic, the said topic can be rather large in some cases, as it is the case with OCN blogs, because computers are a rather wide topic if you ask me. Some people also use their blogs as an outlet for their thoughs, which most of the times results in a blog that's pretty much all over the place. Regardless of what type of blog you maintain, what really matters is posting interesting content, as I`ve seen many all-over-the-place blogs make their way into my Google Reader as very interesting reads.

So how do you, Mr. and/or Mrs. Joe Average, generate interesting content? Just keep those three things in mind:
  1. If your content has the possibility of being useful, educational, entertaining, or if it may bring some people to reflect on something, do post it. Most of the time, you're writing your content for somebody to read it. Before posting, make sure somebody might be interested in the stuff you write. Be careful, this rule is kinda tricky, as the way you present your stuff will play a role. Nobody cares about the T-shirts you bought online, but if you do post an article about those new tees, you might get some interest if you include your impressions on how those garments are made, how they look like IRL compared to online, or how they tend to wash out pretty quickly, whatever. Before you press the publish button, ask yourself, is this interesting to at least a certain degree? As long as the content is your own (copying is lame), and that it may interest somebody on this planet, even if it's only one, it's fair game.

    Remember, BLOGS ARE NOT FORUMS! DO NOT ASK QUESTIONS ON THE BLOGS! If you want to get an answer to your inquiries, post on the appropriate boards, not on the blogs. Answers to your questions will most likely be posted quicker and much more detailed. The comment system on the blogs is there so that readers may react to your content, help them share their views, not to tell you your Q6600 needs more voltage to hold 3.2 ghz.
  2. If you're to communicate something, do so properly. I still consider myself a novice blogger compared to the old gangster bloggers I regularly read, and one of my biggest mistakes most of the time is lack of editorial work on my articles. Countless times, I've just posted stuff one-shot without proof-reading, and all those times I've looked back at my unedited articles and hung my head in shame. It's pretty impressive how one badly composed sentence can make you look like a total retard. Spell check and proof reading aren't optional. Heck, if you can get your stuff proof-read by teachers, parents, friends, whatever, go for it.
  3. People generally write to be read, make sure your stuff can easily be found. Did you just write a kick ass article about your vision on GP-GPU's replacing multi-core CPUs? That's an interesting topic, so make sure people can easily find you articles. Overclock.net has a huge pagerank, and it's content can often be found on Google, and it's your duty to help put both your community and your content on the map for other people to enjoy. Concise titles, descriptive tags and/or categorization helps loads. If you think you stuff is teh bomb, you might as well go ahead and submit it to Digg, Reddit, and other bookmarking services.
Following those three guidelines usually results in a better blog, more readers, and will most likely make you a better writer in the long run. Next thing you'll notice, you'll be writing 5 page long product reviews like you've been doing it your entire life, and you'll enjoy yourself doing it. Have fun blogging!


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