Love me some Kate
OT: Started a new blog. Advice needed
First rule about starting a new blog....
Don't talk about fight club.
Trolling other boards with pointless threads just for clicks is a shitty thing to do.
Put it in your signature. Tweet about it. Write good content and try to get established bloggers to link it.
Creating a thread on another blog to hype it? Not so much.
with both of you...somehow.
My temp-to-hire contract was summarily disolved today after less than a month because I allegedly wasn't "picking it up fast enough" (less than a month, at the holidays, where my boss training me missed a week with illness. Fast enough my ass). Therefore, nobody should ask me anything.
I recommend starting a blog.
swimmingly for me.
putting a link on the board when first starting out or with some truly awesome content to your free blog is fine, especially during off topic season. If it becomes a regular thing where someone links to every new piece of writing they do, then I'll probably start taking down posts or look to figure out a new rule depending on the who/what.
I do agree his OP is pretty unclear about whether the "terrible, boring writing" comes from this site or not. If so, probably a bad way to get MGoBlog users to start reading.
He has a new blog, he's excited about it, and he announced it to his "second family:" mgoblog. The account has been here for 11 days shy of two years, so I have a hard time seeing this as any egregious violation of mgoprotocol.
I hope it goes well for him.
Why don't you spend more time on your blog Tater?
In all seriousness, the more pressing question in my opinion is why does he not respond to people who respond to his posts? It's a rather bizarre behavior to exhibit on what is supposed to be an interactive forum.
You were indeed referring to this blog when making this satement.
" tired of reading a lot of terrible, boring writing regarding the sports I love."
I love this blog. It's everything else I was tired of. Mainly ESPN and bleacher report. Thanks for the benefit of the doubt. Figured I would get some advice wasn't looking for clicks since this is a Michigan blog and that's not what I planned on doing. But sorry guess this was a bad idea.
just saying -
Thanks I have a job
My advice: Make sure you understand your company's social media policies.
Obviously you don't want to use work time or your work email for your blog, but more and more companies are putting in place rules about what their employees can do as far as referencing their job, mentioning their job on blogs/boards/facebook/twitter.
I don't think you're doing anything wrong; I'm just suggesting you proactively understand it as you consider your new hobby.
Do not let me join.
I would say your subject matter is bland and you don't offer any opinions I haven't heard before. Your writing style I will call small town newspaper. The visuals are subpar. And the blog name is not good. Sorry, I know you were probably looking for attaboys. I foresee few.
Subpar visuals? There are no visuals!
Nevertheless, gotta start somewhere.
No I was looking for some pointers. I appreciate your honestly and I'd much rather be told I suck now than continue to keep writing crap. I will work on the Kate Upton visuals as it seems to be everyones biggest request. Figured I'd leave that up to Magnus though. Thanks for the response to my post though.
It appears you have the thick skin you will need to pull thus off. My one piece if advice is to find unique subject matter. Everyone does top 25's and recaps if the college football season. I come to Mgoblog for information and insight not found elsewhere. This blog has a mix of intensely personal stories and statistical analysis to accompany more standard content (which is often presented in non-standard, humorous way). Do what no one else is doing. Find your voice. Or go use a degree 93% of people would kill for.
Make your cover slogan: "Yes is the answer, what is the question?"
With this picture:
And I'll subscribe.
jesus! nsfw yo!!
I'm glad you recognized where my expertise lies.
quality or post Upton gifs. Let me know when either happens so I can revisit your venture.
Best of luck.
Well......my wife started a health and fitness blog last March. The first six months or so were very slow but in the past couple of months her traffic has really taken off. Here's what we did to drive traffic to her site:
1. I put a link in my signature here on the blog (since removed)
2. Bought a few key words through Google (still active - small budget)
3. She started tweeting and started following everybody (this was a big traffic driver)
4. Posted a ton of content on Youtube that linked back to her site (Google loves video on organic searches)
5 Updated her site daily and sometimes twice a day (Google loves fresh content and rewards it high placement on searches)
Her site is very amateur and non-commercial. She only does it cause she likes helping people get in shape and she likes doing it. I hope this helps.
By the way....I liked what you wrote.
Thanks that actually helped a lot.
So far I have just been posting my links to Facebook and Twitter and have actually had a lot of traffic that way. Just started it Tuesday and am getting around 500 hits per day which i was told was good. The problem is I know most of those people so they don't give me honest responses. That is why I decided to post it here. I know the crowd here isn't shy with their kind words so I wanted to get some real advice.
I don't know anything about this, but it seems like you should work on the quality before you start looking for hits. You don't want people never coming back.
complaining about shitty writing, your site didn't come across as super readable. 2 sentence paragraphs. It feels more like reading a book report with the lack of graphics or maybe some bullet points. MGrowOld has some good advice IMO if you want to start there though. Good luck.
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Here are my thoughts:
1. What is your blog about? "Sports?" That is too broad, find your niche and own it. Google some of the advice Brian has given in the past.
2. What makes your opinion on any subject you are writing upon better or more informed than anyone else's? Do you have some inside knowledge, confidant or experience? If I come to your site once, why should I keep coming back?
3. What experience or training do you have in writing, web design or development? Do you have people who can help you?
4. Is Mechanical Engineering that bad? Why start a sports blog when you can start a business that actually uses your training? Is the blog going to be your primary job or just an outlet for your thoughts periodically?
5. If this is your "thing" then don't give up, work on it and make it better. If you want to be a sportswriter then consider training in journalism if the blog thing isn't for you.
You beat me to it, but I agree with what you said
probably form the best piece of advice on the thread, IMO. For example, look around threads here and see where the long posts come from. Magnus has shown to be interested in/good at scouting and posts a lot about it with good feedback (or at least a lot of feedback :) ). WolvinLA2, Ken725, a few others I'm missing are all up on the latest recruiting news and I look for their stuff if I want to read about that. Same for CenterIce and JeepinBen for hockey x's and o's; GordieBell and a few others for the same in basketball, ect.
Find a niche, no matter how small (the only stuff I'll get into real technical specifics about is hockey officiating, which doesn't come up very often), and write the hell out of one or two specific subjects. No need to try and make a new ESPN or even MGoBlog; just do what you know.
You gotta figure out a way to stand out. What makes you different than mgoblog or the bleacher report or whatever. Offer something that no one else does. Create and perfect your niche. I never did any of that (nor did i really want to) which is why i had no readers. Godspeed!
As someone who writes a small-time blog of my own with a small (and utterly miniscule compared to this one) but fairly loyal (I like to think) following, here's what I've learned in the last five years of this:
- Specialize. "Sports" is not a very good subject for a blog. If I want to learn about "sports" I will go to ESPN or something that does that genre much better. Frankly, with things like Grantland around there is no need and no audience for a "sports" blog. With things like EDSBS around there's no need for a "college football" blog either. If the main thing you are selling is your opinion, when there is already a sea of opinions on that subject, nobody is buying. Opinions on a specific team, that is something that's much more likely to catch someone's eye.
- Be prolific. Write often. The more you update, the more eyes you'll catch, and increase your chances of at least a few of them liking something they see. At a very minimum, post on a regular schedule and stick to it; people don't like to be kept guessing when to expect your content. I am sometimes bad at this and can always see the results in my traffic. And by the way, you'll have days when you have no idea what to write.
- Don't be wordy. I liked the article you linked, for the most part, but it took too long to get to the point. At first I thought you were recapping your impressions of the title game, and my first impression, honestly, was "boooooooooorrrrrrrrriinnnnnnnggggg." You buried the lead. Once you got to the point, it was much better. Lord knows I have this problem sometimes too. Hell, just look at this post.
- Don't regurgitate. Don't get your opinions from somewhere else. For example, when I write a preview of a UVA game, I refuse to read anyone else's preview first. Sometimes I do see an opinion that I like and then it becomes mine too, but by nature, bloggers are extremely opinionated people and know how to communicate those opinions in a readable style. If you keep finding your opinions are similar to what you read elsewhere, it's not going to work. Perfect example: that first post again. The first few paragraphs were your opinion, but they were also mostly conventional wisdom. Boring. The rest of it was your opinion and not easily findable elsewhere. Better.
Think of it like trying to break into standup comedy. You're going to have to work on a schtick and stand out in a crowd, and it really, really helps if you can find a few things that you can consistently do well and that you can always rely on for material. (No, "my top 25 this week" ain't it.) I highly recommend you find a way to narrow your focus or else make your writing so riveting and interesting that the writing itself is the point; Brian is so damn successful because he's managed to do both. Good luck.
I've always wished there existed a blog that was completely fact-based/analytical in terms of content. Graphs, stats, historical records, trends, in-depth looks at formations, etc. Mgoblog does that pretty well, but it would be interesting to see a blog devoted entirely to that.
You just have to keep at it and find your voice. I write for a magazine at times and my style has wit and sarcasm. I am a Second City Improv guy. You seem to be more analytical, so you better kill us with new stats. Be yourself but take risks until you find you.
Here are my perspective coming from someone who has over almost 20 year in the IT industry and developed numerous web sites:
Get a quality domain name. There's nothing that smacks more of amateurism than having a Blogspot of Wordpress sub-domain. If you need some ideas let me know. I have one I think would be perfect.
Surround yourself with people that have strength in areas your are weak in. For example, you might be a good writer and enjoy interviewing athletes, but may be weak in web development and graphic design. Find people willing to help you where you have weakness. No one can do it all.
Study your competition and find weaknesses in their sites and develop a plan to provide content that exploits their weaknesses. Trust me, most of these sports blogs lack refinement and are just the same stuff repackaged. There is a huge opportunity for someone if they are willing to put forth the effort and willing to embrace collaboration.
- Kate Upton GIFs might be cute, but they ain't gonna do you anything unless you have a buttoned down site with rock solid technology. If your site crashes when major news breaks, you have just pissed off a large number of your viewers and screams to your audience "We are amateurs!".
Anyhoo, just my $.002.
Seriously, thanks for starting this thread.
I've got a little experience writing blogs but I'm always looking for advice too. I can't really add much to what's already been said. Narrow your focus, do something to stand out, use the social media... it all sounds good to me.
I started reading the post you linked but got bored and skimmed through the rest, probably missing your main point. If I were writing the article I might have started with "the top 10 reasons a committee wouldn't have chosen ND to play in the championship game" (maybe a little humor?) or made up a nice graphic with the matchups for your proposed system. Something short but attention grabbing.
One of the blogs that I write has become a sort of service. I sort through a couple hundred (small niche) blogs and pick out the top posts of the month for this small niche and just link to them. Sort of like a human edited news feed. I just recently posted a list ranking the top 10 blogs of this niche for the past year which gave me a sizable spike in traffic. I've also got ideas for infographics and research projects and hopefully a few other posts that will make me stand out in this niche.
I don't know if you could apply any of these ideas to your blog... Does anyone else have interesting ideas for creating content?
when i wrote a couple michigan articles for realfootball365 years ago I started my posts with 'high expectations and imminent doom in ann arbor'... my writing wasn't great but the most common positive feedback was that people liked that intro...
take it for what its worth....
And don't be lame and try to overwrite, or hang on here all day like some people to the point where you have 25000 posts about nothing... have a point.
ps. this was spot on lol:
Since I have the best looking, least updated blog in the Michigan blogosphere I figured I would give my imput.
-Someone stated above that having a wordpress or blogspot is a negeitive. It isn't. It would be foolish to go spend money on a domain when you are new and have zero traffic. I remember when Mgoblog was a blogspot site. It was still just as good. There are some very successful blogs on wordpress and blogspt.
-I see you have wordpress. Switch over to blogspot. Its easier for people who don't code HTML well or know it. Its way easier for people who are new to blogging. I had a plan to switch to wordpress since I know how to code but stuck with blogspot since I know it inside and out.
-Like others have said. Just find your nitch. I am a terrible writer and don't post a lot because of it. But for some odd reason people enjoy my MS Paint. So that is what I do when I do post. I dont get a ton of traffic these days but when I post a picture the old readers all come back for a day or two. You must think outside the box.
-Stick with it. You will go months without comments. Its easy to get away from it. I know. Like others have said post a lot.
-Learn how to format and HTML your site. If its ugly people will leave as soon as they show up.
-View my blog on what not to do for content
-View my blog on what to do HTML and design wise
Let me start off by admitting that I didn't read any content on your blog, because if a website is not MGoBlog I don't know how to work it. Now I am going to comment on your entire body of work based on one factor: you ranked Ohio in your final football poll. This disgusts me. Give Urban credit for his apperances at those bowl games too while you're at it. Biased? Partial? You're cotton pickin right I am.
Maybe you could fill the (free content) void left by Tremendous getting called up to the big leagues? Recruiting junkies, of which there are scores, will flock to your site and check back multiple times per day if the content is there.
To be really blunt...
1) Your writing is just okay and the piece is a bore. It's been done a million times. Practice your craft and take some of the suggestions above regarding content. Be unique.
2) You'll almost certainly never make money with a sports blog.
3) Keeping up the content is far more time consuming than you realize.
4) If you write as a hobby and want people to read it, Bleacher Report. I know most of their stuff is crap, but there is traffic there and I think you're good enough to get accepted. Believe it or not, they reject 80% of the folks that want to write for them.
"*I will save my opinion that too many teams qualify for bowl games for a different day."
Actually, and this is strictly an organizational thing, if you integrate this opinion into your inaugural post, it would probably make it even more intriguing in my opinion as you hint at this but don't use it to further buttress the point you're making when it definitely would help and make this piece stand out a little more.
I don't have a blog beyond a rarely updated LiveJournal account, but I am a published writer with two books and a few articles to my credit. As someone mentioned, write often - it's the best way to get more proficient, and in the beginning, work on style as much as content.
Another thing that I have always found to be helpful is to have around you someone who is willing to provide honest feedback, ideally someone with no vested interest in the subject matter. I have found that if you can make it interesting for someone who wasn't interested before, you're on the right track.
Good luck on this. It's a crowded field, but with hard work and the right people to help you, anything is possible.
You can't write. Try something else.
stereotype much. plenty of engineers can write wonderfully.
Engineers and most others in academia generally write for those in their respective fields. Thus, their writing is often times very dry and verboose. They write well, but it isn't the type to attract a layperson to a particular subject.
By wonderfully, I mean on their own time they write non-fiction or blogs or poetry or anything else that they feel like it. Just because someone is good at math and may have to write dry text for their job, doesn't mean they can't write for fun.
Firstly, not everyone is a writer. Many people believe that writing is easy, but it's not. At least not the kind that stands out from the crowd. You should ask yourself if your writing ability is the type that will attract and keep readers. For blogs this is arguably the number one determinanting factor in it becoming widely read or taking up permanent residence in Bolivia.
MGOBLOG stands because of this very reason. For a guy whose degree is in copmputer science, Brian writes extremely well. One can tell two things about Brian from his writing: that he has spent a considerable amount of time writing and that he is extremely well-read. Both are equally important, but the latter is what strengthens the former. I have no idea of how well-read you are, but I would suggest reading a lot of literature, history, etc. It will surprise you how lively your writing will become once you have immersed yourself in the world of the written word. Instead of the dry scientific writing of engineers you will find yourself using the much more vibrant language of writers. This is the type of writing that will be draw and keep people in.
Secondly, establish an overarching theme to your blog. I made the mistake of doing this. My blog was a blog about nothing. I just wrote what came to me on that particular day. No informatiive or eloquent posts, just spur-of-the-moment musings. I found that this was not a good way to attract interest.
Finally, be yourself. In constructing your blog create it in the image of yourself. Don't attempt to be like Brian or any other blogger. Attempting to do so is, for the lack of a better word, the behavior of a tool. It also is the product of an unimaginative mind. Don't simply borrow memes from other places, but create your one. Creativity is what people notice and crave. Give that to them. To that end include whatever idiosyncrasies you have--and any interesting person has them--in your blog and posts. In other words, be unique.
pffft, next you will be saying he has wears glasses and has long hair.......the people here sometimes.
In all seriousness, to the OP, do what you like, follow your heart, don't give up, whatever hallmark catchphrase applies. If this is your passion, keep at it and do not be afraid to fail. Being able to wake up everyday to do something, and potentially get paid for it, you love is how you beat the world. So do your time at your nine to five and practice your passion when you have the oppurtunity.
I, too, just recently started a blog with a few friends. We've kept the subject matter as broad as possible (sports, film, tv, books, music, video games) in an effort to have enough content for at least one article every weekday.
Would also welcome thoughts from anyone bored at work in want of some reading.
Here 'tis: http://ahorizontalmyth.wordpress.com/