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What’s This Blogging Huff About?

Posted in Blog, education, people, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus), writing with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2009 by dustus

Is blogging the future?  Well, it certainly seems like blogs are all over the Internet these days for numerous business and personal reasons.  In fact, over 120 million blogs exist in the expanding blogosphere. A majority of those blogs never grab the attention of more than a few readers. This unfortunate result supports the reality of a Field of Dreams-Internet notion where if you build it, they still might not come.

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging is a comprehensive overview of an Internet phenomenon promoting authentic online community building, presenting writing strategies for clear posts, revealing blog networking options, and encouraging citizen journalism to keep the professionals on their toes.  Setting an online example, Huffington and many notable Huffington Post bloggers (a collective of journalists, esteemed authors, socially conscious entertainers, and global citizens) contribute writings I found witty, compelling, and thought provoking.  Plus, there are many tips to increase blog traffic.

This book is not about designing stylish webpages (though it does offer limited structural options beyond choosing a platform). Rather, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging explains how our new technological media significantly influences the current political climate in America.  Huffington’s championing of the Internet promotes democracy, community dialogue, and leadership accountability— while maintaining a sense of humor, especially during caustic rants.

Overall, I believe this Huff Post “complete guide” covers many topics from politcs to tweaking posts.  What I found most useful in the guide was the book’s practical side: pointing bloggers in the right direction when it comes to sharing posts (through helpful sites like Yahoo! buzz, Digg, and Delicious).  The guide also considers ways to monetize blogs through Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliates and Yahoo! Publisher Network.

The final sections include a glossary of recommended sites for one’s blogroll, blogging-related terms, and some of the best posts from www.huffingtonpost.com

Conclusion:
The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging = Highly Recommended for Bloggers and/or Political Junkies
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Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program.

Here’s a clip of Arianna speaking about blogging…