Tell me about your Blog?
My blog is called the Habitation of Justice, and is a personal blog with a constantly evolving theme. At first I meant to use it to chronicle my experiences in law school and beyond, but when that didn’t work out, it plunged into an identity crisis of sorts before finally settling into a story telling format, where I share humorous anecdotes about my life with my audience. I never did like being niche-specific, because it wouldn’t be long before I got bored to tears and had the itch to write about something else entirely.
What was your first blog?
It was a weenie, pitiful thing that was actually driven by a CMS script called PHP-Nuke. Back then I was more interested in creating a catch-all portal than in blogging, and most of my entries were simply links to news items I found interesting (usually computer security
What is the biggest tip you would give to a newbie blogger?
Think long and hard about the platform you want to build your blog on.
Do you want to monetize it eventually?
Are you technically savvy enough to develop one on your own, or would you rather use a blogging service like Blogger.com? Also consider what format would suit your writing style too. Maybe Tumblr.com or Posterous.com might end up being a better fit for you than traditional blogging. Both these services provide a casual means of uploading your content (whether text or multimedia) without the the structural format of a typical weblog. Or maybe you might find you’re more of a podcaster or a vidcaster than a blogger. These are all things you should experiment around with it to see what ultimately suits you before you settle on a platform right for you.
What do advertisers do that you wish they wouldn’t?
Investing in obnoxious popup/popunder campaigns that have annoyed so many internet users for far too long.
What do bloggers do that you wish they wouldn’t?
Blogging content that simply rehashes what they’ve read on another blog. Nobody likes to read the same thing over and over again, so you need to be unique, even if you’re commenting on the same issues or articles of the day that many other bloggers have.
Where do you see growth in the blogging field?
Hard to say, I’ve never been good at projecting future trends (if I could I’d be filthy rich now.) But if I had to hazard a guess I would say multimedia blogging will become more common as the technology evolves to make it even easier to create and upload.
What new ideas are advertisers coming up with to take advantage of new
Spamming the crap out of Twitter. Not sure I could call that revolutionary thinking on their part though.
What do you do to improve the world?
I like to bless mankind with my brilliant and ever witty repertoire.
If I’m not doing that I’m keeping Apple in business by continually buying their wonderful and shiny new toys.
What do you do that is green?
I have salads.
What is one thing about you that not many people know?
I love to create music, a hobby that has been hindered by the fact that Microsoft had never been able to come up with a realistic alternative to GarageBand. May a thousand bees sting the tongues of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer for this atrocity.
What’s your favourite book?
John Adams, by David McCullough. One of the most fascinating biographies I’ve ever read.
What is on your iPod?
The Police, Chicago, Genesis, Peter Cetera, Phil Collins and Air Supply. Don’t hate.
What are your contact details (email, company, blog, facebook,
myspace, forums, etc)?
How do you prefer to communicate?
By email. I just wubs email. Send me email!
What is one thing people can do for you?
For the love of all that is good and holy, link back to my blog PLEASE. It’s the one thing bloggers cannot directly control when promoting their site. Since Google places so much emphasis on quality backlinks when ranking a site, even the most fascinating of bloggers will continue to wallow in obscurity if they don’t have enough links going back to their blogs. So please, link me, and in return I’ll light a candle for you. Or maybe send you tastefully done nude portrait of myself.