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How to Make a Moderately Popular Blog

Let's be honest: My blog is pretty cool. It's not nearly as popular at Boingboing, Tuckermax, or that weird housewife who writes about her kids, but I have a pretty steady readership who all post comments and get something out of the site. Since I started around a year ago, I've averaged 1200 unique readers a day (half of that is thanks to huge spikes from digg and such). My blog hasn't made me rich, but I've probably made a few thousand dollars, which is a nice side effect. More importantly it's made me a much better writer, and has helped me chronicle the past year of my life.

What I'm saying is this : I can't help you build the next Engadget or WWTDD, but I can help you get started to building a moderately popular blog.

First you need decent hosting and Wordpress. Don't mess with blogger - no one reads blogger blogs because they all look the same and don't have cool plugins that you need. I know you can customize it and all, but stop arguing and do it my way.

How to use Facebook

On Alan's Journey

One of the things I wanted to do was have a post on my blog about how to use Facebook. Because we all use Facebook, but how many of us really know how to use it properly? I know I'm not sure I do.

I also know I'm not going to be an exclusive source of information on all things Facebook, and I don't want to be. But I wanted my own 'bookmark' of how to use Facebook, and this is it.

Below are some links to where you can find the most useful information on how to use Facebook. At least, I think they're the most useful... At least I've done some ground work for you, to find something that you might find useful. Maybe you can bookmark them too.

If you find any other useful guides, let me know and I'll add them to the list above.

And it doesn't need to be on just Facebook. Maybe you can send me stuff about how to use YouTube, or how to use Google+, or how to use... whatever! I'd like to build up a small stock of useful links that will help people use social media better.

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