Get blogging with a little help from the best

Back on blogging again. So you’ve got your platform, you’ve made it look pretty, you’ve added your tag cloud and your twitter stream… now what? How do you get started with that slightly important part called content? Learn from the best of course. Here are some of my favourite blogs which I think are successful for very different reasons. What can you learn from them?

For content
Gnat Gnat – written by my lovely friend DK (so maybe I’m biased…) it taught me a lot about what a blog can be. This is just a collection of words, images, videos etc that make him laugh, make him think, make him cry… things that give us an emotional response that he thinks are worth sharing with the world. Keep it short and let people make their own minds up about what they see.

For design
pandemian – it’s a blog, but it doesn’t look like a blog! This showed me that you that you don’t have to stick to the traditional formats

For business communications
Mediasnackers – it has the strengths of a blog in having video and images embedded where it makes sense, not where the template demands it. Plus it shows authors of posts, it’s not a nameless faceless webpage, and you can comment! Brilliant for listening and exchanging with your clients and colleagues

For community building
Etsy – or “the Storque” as it’s known. This is a place for the numerous craft makers and designers that sell their wares on the website to come together, learn, share and support each other in their artistic and entrepreneurial ventures. I love that it’s public but clearly has the sellers at its heart – after all, Etsy would be nothing without them.

Please do share your favourites here, and tell us all why they inspire you!

3 Responses to “Get blogging with a little help from the best”

  1. Helen@audienceslondon.org Says:

    Good post Ems. Another personalised blog taking the world (well parents and GMTV at least) by storm is My Daddy cooks, set up by Nick (the Daddy) and 2 year old Alfie (his son) and all shot from their 4 foot sq kitchen in Balham. Check it out at http://www.mydaddycooks.com/

  2. DK Says:

    Many thanks for the double-link-love here Ems – humbled x

  3. Emma Says:

    Anytime, I only use them because I genuinely learned a lot from both. You can buy me a tea next time you’re in town as a thank you! x


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