As is true with standard websites, many additional add-ons are
available to give your blog more character. Most of these take the form of
sections of HTML code which can be pasted into your weblog's code.
Anything from message boards allowing people to comment on your posts to updated
weather tracking for your local area can be found.
Many simple add-ons that work for websites, like traffic counters, will
also work on blogs since they are just micro-websites themselves. Try some of
these links for starters, or do your own search.
Can a Blog get you Fired?
Once you have you blog up and running, there are a
few things you should keep in mind. The whole 'style' of blogging tends to
encourage personal, even confessional writing on behalf of the blogger.
While this is a great thing, it's important to remember that anybody can read
If you have things you need to get off your chest
and/or get other's opinions about relating to your work or personal life, it's
probably a good idea to blog anonymously; the whole "the events within this
story are genuine but names and places have been changed to protect the
innocent" deal. Otherwise, like with an incautious email, you may find it
kicking back at you if you are not careful.
One of the most popular blogging topics is
work, and it's not uncommon for large professional organizations to
have many active bloggers in their midst, documenting the corporate culture from
the inside out. Be careful here, since blogging about work is subject to
the same risks and hazards as writing about your personal life, though most
spouses don't require a non-disclosure agreement when you start going out. Many
corporate businesses have such agreements with their employees, and there are
more than a few cases of Bloggers posting information which seemed innocent, but
lead to their dismissal.
In addition, though you may be posting anonymously,
if you are posting from work your employers may discover your blogging habits
just as easily and legally as they can discover your surfing and email
habits. Their computer, their property, their time.
Again, be careful and, above all, enjoy your
Of course, the idea of
publishing bits and pieces of whatever you deem interesting in your blog is that
hopefully people will read it. Seeing as they are non-commercial sites, most
blogs gain traffic by being linked to from other blogs in a self-perpetuating
web. The trick is to get the ball rolling and attract some initial visitors.
To this end, there are several
blog listing services out there that you can list your weblog with. Some
www.weblogs.com (blogger be used to automatically update this site once you
create a blog)