How to Start a Blog

Way back in 2007 I wrote a blog post about Starting to Blog. It is time for an update because one of the links has been broken by other web site updates and there is now new web site information. I got a comment recently about the old blog post which shows three things:

  • • Blog posts are an enduring resource that can still be useful and referenced years later
  • • Periodic updates are needed to refresh links where source reorganizations or deletions have been done
  • • Topics need to be revisited because Internet information progresses quickly
  • The blogging format inherently takes into consideration the time element with date stamping but web sites commonly don’t update their “What’s New” section and they are often years out of date. Continuity is important as lack of updates is a quick way to see if information is stale and hasn’t been given attention recently.

    My thanks to Lisa Addington for bringing to my attention an excellent “How to Start a Blog” site that is getting regular active updates.

    BTW: I fixed the link in the old article because it just might be used again.

    On Chasing the Right “Zero”

    I like the quote by Merlin Mann and reference by Shawn Blanc because I think it is an important perspective to keep in mind that all the inputs we process should be associated with helping us to produce outputs however indirectly. Focussing on outputs gives meaning and purpose to why we should bother to selectively pay attention to the inputs that continually bombard us.

    On Chasing the Right “Zero”:

    Merlin Mann:

    Put to best use, Inbox Zero is merely a philosophical practice of learning to be parsimonious about which and how many inputs we allow into into our lives—and, then, to responsibly but mindfully tend to those inputs in a way that is never allowed to hinder our personal commitment to doing the work that really matters to us.

    To paraphrase Robert Louis Stevenson: Inboxes are good enough in their own right, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for work.

    (Via Shawn Blanc)