Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Win-a-book Wednesday: The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

First things first: The winners of last week's video, "King" presented by The History Channel, are Quarter-Life Crisis and Mayhem. Congratulations! E-mail your address to and I will send your video via USPS Media Mail. Didn't win this time? Check the right-hand column of the blog for a link to purchase this video and other media (books, music, etc.) mentioned on What Tami Said.

This week's offering is a gently used copy of The Huffington Post complete Guide to Blogging.

From Amazon:

The editors of The Huffington Post--the most linked-to blog on the web--offer an A-Z guide to all things blog, with information for everyone from the tech-challenged newbie looking to get a handle on this new way of communicating to the experienced blogger looking to break through the clutter of the Internet. With an introduction by Arianna Huffington, the site's cofounder and editor in chief, this book is everything you want to know about blogging, but didn't know who to ask.

As entertaining as it is informative, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging will show you what to do to get your blog started. You'll find tools to help you build your blog, strategies to create your community, tips on finding your voice, and entertaining anecdotes from HuffPost bloggers that will make you wonder what took you so long to blog in the first place.

The Guide also includes choice selections from HuffPost's wide-ranging mix of top-notch bloggers. Among those who have blogged on HuffPost are Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Larry David, Jane Smiley, Bill Maher, Nora Ephron, Jon Robin Baitz, Steve Martin, Lawrence O'Donnell, Ari Emanuel, Mia Farrow, Al Franken, Gary Hart, Barbara Ehrenreich, Edward Kennedy, Harry Shearer, Nancy Pelosi, Adam McKay, John Ridley, and Alec Baldwin.

If you're new to blogging or considering making a leap into the blogosphere, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging is a great book to have on your shelf. If you have a year or so of blogging under your belt, this may not be the book for you. I rushed to order this book as soon as it was released, hoping to find out how to get the kind of mojo that makes HuffPo the number one site on Technorati. (It probably helps if your name is Ariana Huffington and you have glittering celebrity and political connections.) Alas, I didn't find much here I didn't already know. And since I am a regular reader of Huffington's blog, the "bonus" blog entries weren't new to me. However, I wish this guide had been around a year or so ago, when I was launching What Tami Said. I could have learned some stuff the easy way.

Enter to win this book by participating in this open thread by Monday, Jan. 26. All names attached to this thread will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.The winner of the book is invited to post a review on What Tami Said.

Watch part one of Arianna Huffington's talk on blogging, presented at a New York City media conference last year.


Anonymous said...

I love Arianna! And I forgive her for thinking Newt Gingrich was a great guy :-)

Renee said...

HuffPo really doesn't qualify ass a blog anymore. It is more of an online magazine. I think that we all would like her success. Wouldn't it be wonderful to run the world most successful blog? Since most of us are doing this as hobby without the star power behind us, it remains a dream. Still I am always thankful for any tips that will help to improve my blog. I am committed at the very least to make Womanist Musings the best blog that I possibly can. I think that the subjects that I cover don't get enough attention on the internet never mind the mainstream media.

quarter-life-crisis said...

Thanks for the DVD!!!! I just emailed you my address.

Reeva said...

i'd like to start a blog. i'd love to win this.

Kjen said...

LOL! Some of the best lessons have to be learned by experiencing them, but with that said I don't mind at all learning from others' mistakes so I can save time by not making them myself!

Professor Tracey said...

Disappointed that the book doesn't reveal anything to experienced bloggers, but a free book is always good.

muse said...

I need as much help as I can get!

Chi said...

I would love to check this out :) Thanks for the giveaway :)


jamaise said...

HuffPo was my daily wake up time during this turbulant election season. Great stuff.
I would love to gain some of her knowledge as I'm trying to start up a product review blog. Never know.

mindy said...

sounds like a good one thanks for the giveaway

angelacisco said...

This would be very helpful for me. I really want to start blogging. I have a few ideas running through my head but don't really know how to execute them.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Vivian Deliz said...

Please enter me in your drawing. I am fairly new to blogging. Thanks.

liane66 said...

I could use this.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Lady C said...

I bought the book in December. I enjoyed reading personal blogging accounts by all the celebrity bloggers on HuffPo. Because I have checked out from the library and bought every book I could related to blogging, my sole reason for purchasing the book was because of HuffPo.

I made up my mind to start a blog in August of 2008 thanks to Tami.

The first post I made was about Bernie Mack's death. I couldn't post anything more that day.

The very next morning I woke up, refreshed and ready to post something, anything. My next post was about Isaac Hayes.

The next post was going to be about Stephanie Tubbs-Jones. My blog had become an obituary blog in just 3 days.

I did do one other post about teachers being able to carry concealed weapons into a Texas classroom this past fall, and I've not posted anything since.

I've had a couple of great things(IMHO) to post about since then, but I have not been able to do it.

When I decide to get back into the blogging world, I'm going to use a different name for my blog, and I will be more focused on the content.

kathy55439 said...

I would love to start a BLOG... One for fun and one more of my blog on the road to adoption this would be a great book


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