I found some good tips on blogging from the course reading, ‘Blogging thoughts : personal publication as an online research tool‘ (download)
I explicitly quoted from the reading though, the order of words is not the same as in the article. I re-ordered and/or slightly changed words to be seen as a virtual conversation between me and the authors.
-What to post?Say something about what concerns you. In some manner, you are putting your daily experience into a larger context, discussing micro events in relation to the wider universe of events. -Do I only have to write what concerns me? You may write anything on blog that you don’t want to disappear. That means you can use a blog as a permanent archive (as long as the writer preserves the archives and the server remains online).
-Is it really ok to say anything that I’m interested in?Each individual can use weblogs as he or she feels fit, there is no tyranny of news values to decide what is worth writing about or, as the term is: what is worth blogging. Just allow yourself to write half-thought, naked ideas and show them to others rather than saving them for fully fleshed out carefully thought through papers.
-Even if you say, I have ‘total editorial control’ on my blog, it doesn’t necessarily mean that my blog contains only good stuff. What is a good blog?A good blog contains a tension between the two spheres: private and public. Blogs exist right on this border between what’s private and what’s public, and often we see that they disappear deep into the private sphere and reveal far too much information about the writer. If it were only for oneself, a private diary would be more useful. If it were only for readers, and not a tool for oneself, a more polished and finished form of publication would probably be more appropriate.