How to get started with a blog – The Dial Up Guide to Blogging

“Oh, you’re so definitely a techie! You make me look and feel like something from the stone age. Maybe you’re not so hot on the actual operational stuff, but on the systems, the principles, the potentialities … you are.” He’s got it  – I’m hopeless on the ‘actual operational stuff’ – so with these words of encouragement I would like to write about a book that was put into my hands recently by Gavin Heaton, ‘The Dial Up Guide to Blogging’. I wish I had this book when I started out. It beings like this:

“A couple of years ago I moved house.. [and] needed to transfer my high speed broadband account to my new address.  There was a long silence before I was informed that there was no broadband option available for my new street address.
The best offer available was a dialup connection.  I was astounded.  After all, I lived in Sydney…”

(- and if you aren’t a Sydneysider, the situation is still pretty pants out here as regard internet access). All he had was dial up and had to keep it really simple.  If you feel that others know  much more than you and you the only one on the planet who doesn’t get this stuff — this book has some simple gems written for non-techie people.

While I’m figuring out how to add a link of the book to the sidebar here is some more on what it’s about.  My copy has more highlights than white space.  Some tasters:

“My new reality made me re-think the entire way that I used the internet. It made me change the way that I write and read blogs and use social media sites.  It made me think about what I value and how I prioritise it….

Blogging can be surprisingly addictive.  It can draw you out from behind your computer into real world ‘meetups’, it can change the way you think, write and behave. And it can take an inordinate amount of time away from the daily activities of life. the-dial-up-guide-to-blogging


1. Knowing your objectives
Chapter one is one page with 13 points — if you can answer them you’re well on your way to a successful blog and it will save you a lot of time.

2. Welcome to your domain
What is .org .com. edu, subdomains, how to register your name, hosting..

3. Setting Up your blog/website
Pros and cons of using a blog service like WordPress, Tumblr, or a separate hosting site, how to install WordPress

4. Setting up your social web identity
Google, analytics, Technorati, Feedburner (Excellent chapter)

5. Writing your first posts
Types of posts, objectives, how to write

6. Making blogging easier
Finding ideas

7. Out and about in the blogosphere
RSS feeds, being part of a community

Here’s how to get it – cheap as ($10), 42 practical pages from (*)

*I have no vested interest in sales of the book – but have included the link in case you would like to know how you can get hold of a copy