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 whattamisaid@gmail.com 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.





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