About the Book
Why write this book ? Well, um. My guilty secret is simply that I am tired of being asked. Co-workers, readers, bloggers and friends are constantly asking how I find the time to write ? What tools do you use ? How do you know what to write about ? I'm tired of answering the same question over and over so I just decided to write it down instead (like many of my own blog posts).
That's a tip right there.
I started my own blog at http://etherealmind.com in January 2008 and since then I've published more than 1350 blog posts at a reasonably regular pace. My journey in "media" continues today as I've expanded to include podcasting at http://packetpushers.net , public speaking, presenting & semi-professional writing into my fun bag of things to do when not working for my day job. During that time, I've worked out many different methods or systems for keeping myself on track, to keep focussed and keep delivering more writing. This book presents the systems that have stood the test of time for me. Hopefully, they will help you to start blogging too.
I'll be covering my very special "arse-first" writing method that makes short form technical writing easier & achievable for anyone. I'll discuss your attitude, help you find the technical voice that brings your inner nerd to life. I'll provide some suggestions on things you should do & some tips on what not to do. They are both equally important. Finally, I'll offer some of my more advanced tips on the technical writing process and ways you can build your own style.
Table of Contents
- 1 Introduction to Arse First Technical Blogging
- 2 About the Author
- 3 Dedication
- 4 Part 2 - Basic Writing Tactics for Blogging
- 5 What to write about?
- 6 Why Write a Blog?
- 7 Ready to Write Something
- 8 Part 4 - General Do’s & Don’ts
- 9 Styles & Formats
- 10 Attitude & Approach
- 11 Things Not To Do
- 12 Things You Should Do
- 13 Advice on Starting Your Own Blog
- 14 Reader Q&A
- 15 Part 5 - Some Advanced Ideas & Tips
- 16 Join Me