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June 5, 2005

Carnival Of The Newbies

I have quite a number of new blogs to introduce - and for this Newbie Carnival, advice on how to build readership for your blog, courtesy of three established Canadian bloggers.

I'm Not Paranoid is a sacred cow free zone.

Shaken, Occasionally Stirred is gaining a reputation for doing first-rate digging into stories that don't get a lot of attention elsewhere.

Either Orr has been posting up a storm from Pennsylvania.

Right Ho! is "a conservative journalist by trade (for real, no fooling), but I have decided to remain anonymous for now".

The Firebrand - "resurrects the ghost" of WL Mackenzie in his approach to political debate.

More To The Story is keeping an "eye on politics", including this morning's story that Pat O'Brien may walk away from the LIberals over SSM.

Craig Cantin was inspired to blog by both Warren Kinsella and me? This could get interesting.

David MacLean's new blog has been mentioned here before - it's promising to be a good resource for the rest of us: Taxpayers Federation

A conservative from Mississauga, Reasonable Right joins the growing list of blogging accountants - as does Canada's John Galt a CPA who writes on politics, taxation, economics, and culture...

Lunchpale was recommended by a friend who suggests "he's probably too dumb to put himself on your newbie express." (He isn't)

We need more voices from the Maritimes - welcome Jean Leblanc from New Brunswick.

China E-Lobby - "An organization dedicated to exposing the abuses of human rights, threats to American security, and attacks on general decency committed by Communist China, and to influencing American policy to ensure these egregious acts do not go unopposed."

Though US based, this is a blog to watch, in light of Chinese government/military investments in Canadian resources.

Saskatchewan is becoming a hotbed for bloggers - introducing Black Sheep Press, a self-described " libertarian with Western Separatist leanings".

John Murney is a former broadcast journalist, strong libertarian and currently a full-time time student at the U of R. (Well, they'll cure that soon enough!)

The Liberty Letter - another Saskabusher!

Exposed Agenda hails from Calgary, Alberta.

Invisible Hand has been "fighting statism since late last night".

I Hate Hippies and Communists. This rather says it all - "We need to get back to a time where we openly hate these two groups."

"In the spirit of Cyrano de Bergerac, I try to take the road less trodden - replacing vulgar, low-brow name-calling with classy, high-brow name-calling.�" (What the hell is "Vogon poetry"?)

Like SDA, habamus rodentum doesn't seem to have much to do with rodents.

Late additions:
Sham The Toryman
The story behind Gomery Inquiry

And now for the advice

Darcey at the popular Dust My Broom offers helpful hints for newbies, including this - "I began to understand that in the blogosphere, links are like money and you may have noticed that I link a lot and have staged many big link fests. I didn't initially mean them to drive traffic or raise standings or anything like that. Basically they are bookmarks of interest to me that I wish to keep and refer to in the future. They do however have an effect." Good observations about "crumbtrails", too.

Poltiical Staples was one of my first favourite reads when I started blogging - " ... don't worry about traffic too much in the beginning, focus on finding your voice. But once you are confident that you've found your groove join blog groups. This is the single best way of getting your blog noticed. Commenting on other peoples blogs helps as well but follow etiquette. Make your comment applicable to the post - don't comment just to get noticed."

Andrew at Bound By Gravity writes;

  • Don't be discouraged if your traffic takes time to build up; there are very few instant superstars in the blogosphere.
  • Post at regular intervals that you are comfortable with. I usually do this by setting goals. I started off targetting 3 posts per week, then 1 post per day, and now I'm comfortable with 2-3 posts per day.
  • Don't link to every Andrew Coyne/Mark Steyn/Colby Cosh article on the planet. Far too many bloggers do that already. You want to fill a unique niche.

    There you go! I'll do another in a couple of months, so if you were missed, just watch for the notice and join the next one.

    The first two Newbie Carnivals are here and here. Go check them out, and see how they're coming along.


    Posted by Kate at June 5, 2005 3:07 PM
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    Comments

    I think I could use some of your advice as well.

    Posted by: Shameer Ravji at June 5, 2005 3:38 PM

    Not that it's a big deal...but is there a reason Habamus Rodentum isn't mentioned?
    *humpf*
    I'm not part of the right,left or in between. Don't know exactly where I fit, but was being a right wing blogger part of the criteria?
    If so, no problemo

    Posted by: habamusrodentum at June 5, 2005 3:58 PM

    Ok...sorry missed the second last sentence

    Posted by: habamusrodentum at June 5, 2005 3:59 PM

    Did you send a link when I asked for them? (I'll add you - it was an oversight, if tha'ts the case.)

    Posted by: Kate at June 5, 2005 4:01 PM

    "Vogon petry" is from the Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's so bad people beg for regular torture or to be put to death instead of hearing it.

    Posted by: Jay at June 5, 2005 4:48 PM

    Thanks for the link Kate, and thanks to you, Darcey, Greg and Andrew for the advice.

    Posted by: Jason M at June 5, 2005 4:52 PM

    Thanks Kate!

    As for me being a full-time student, I hope to continue down that stream for at least a few more years.
    Kate, the sooner I can finish my education in Economics, the sooner we can work together to create a better market based economy in Canada, one where all citizens can enjoy more economic freedom with less government invading our wallets. Personal economic freedom is the gateway to other personal freedoms.


    Posted by: John Murney at June 5, 2005 7:02 PM

    Tip 'o the hat t' ye Kate, you're a class act.

    Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at June 5, 2005 7:40 PM

    Gawd, most of the blogs you linked to are so pisse-pauvre they need to be taken behind the barn and put out of their misery. I mean "I hate hippies and communists"? Who do these illiterate youngsters think made libertarianism respectable again?

    Posted by: Herb at June 5, 2005 9:12 PM

    Geez, you even have trolls on the newbie blog? God bless.
    Thanks, Kate.

    Posted by: bob at June 5, 2005 10:03 PM

    Vogon poetry is definitely high class, sayeth I.

    "O freddled gruntbuggly ...."

    Posted by: Shane O. at June 5, 2005 11:49 PM

    "Who do these illiterate youngsters think made libertarianism respectable again?"

    Why, asshats like you, Herb.

    Posted by: Kevin at June 6, 2005 2:29 PM
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