Thursday, August 21, 2008

Henry Abbott on Starting Your Blog Career

Like Henry, I get a lot of emails from young/new bloggers asking for advice. I will now point them to this wonderfully succinct summary on TrueHoop, which covers the big points, but I'll sum it up:

Find something that you care about and put in a ton of effort covering it in a way that no one else does, serving the community that would care the most.


That's a pretty malleable statement: It could mean you're the only one covering a specific niche (good); it could mean you're the best at covering a more competitive niche (great for you, but very very difficult); it definitely means that effort counts, regardless; it definitely means that more focus is better; it definitely means that you should worry less about getting that "big" page-view hit from Deadspin and more about your core audience; it means that the next "big" things in sports blogging will assuredly involve some form of innovation.

This is one of my favorite topics in the world, and I could go on about it for a while, but I'll spare you and leave it there for now.

-- D.S.

3 comments:

Student of The Game said...

This is sound advice, but at the risk of sounding insulting, this doesn't explain your own "success." What exactly do you cover in a way that noone else does?

Maybe there should be an addendum:


Find something that you care about and put in a ton of effort covering it in a way that no one else does, serving the community that would care the most. Or, get a job writing for the biggest sports website in the world, then use that notability and audience to start a blog.

Kurt said...

"Good blogs try." -Henry Abbott

You going to start trying soon Dan?

Ethanator1088 said...

Sweet read. I am kind of new to sports blogging. I started last September. I love when the big sports bloggers dip into their bag of knowledge and let us take a peek.

Thanks!