Ok, ok, starting a blog isn't rocket science but we're aiming to [eventually] derive some sort of profit from this venture, so I plan on doing this right. The two blogs I currently maintain live on the free Blogger.com and LiveJournal.com. I'll be covering the adventure here on Effective Thoughts--providing insight as to what worked and what didn't.
To start off, our first activities are:
- Choose a name and a theme
- Find a host
- Help John learn the ins and outs of blogging
- Implement the site: look/feel, about/bio, 1st content, announcements, etc.
- Understand marketing best practices
Finding a host
I'm leaning toward TypePad Plus or Pro. It's not free but reasonably priced, gets rave reviews, and is chuck full of features.
Understanding blog marketing best practices
Building a Strong Online Community
Ready to Start Blogging?
Pro Blogging Guide
Be a More Productive Blogger
Make Your Blog More Valuable to Readers
Blogging for Beginners Series
Blogs themed similarly to what ours should be:
We're off and running!