Arse First Method of Technical Blogging
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Arse First Method of Technical Blogging

Practical advice on writing and publishing technical blog posts

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 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 , 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.

About the Author


Greg Ferro is a Network Architect and Engineer working in the UK. Over the last 25 years or so he has worked across the industry for FTSE 250 companies, and previously across Australia and Asia Pacific. Today, Greg specialises in the design and deployment of Data Centres including Network Fabrics, Data Security, Cloud and Internet. He has worked as a consultant for well known companies throughout Asia and Europe and now lives in the UK.

Widely known for his weekly “Packet Pushers Podcast” at where he interviews network engineers, vendors and industry figures on a range of highly technical topics where the motto is “Too Much Networking Would Never Be Enough”.

Greg is widely known for his blog at where he writes regularly about many aspects of Data Networking. His personal and non-technical blog is at

He also writes for and a range of other respected websites.

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

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