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A member of the judging panel for ComputerWorld Canada’s annual blogging contest “Blogging Idol” this year is Maggie Fox, CEO and founder of Toronto-based Social Media Group.

Fox, who has been blogging for the past six years, shares some valuable advice for those new to blogging or who are intimidated by it.

1. Keep it short

Given that bloggers often have to keep up with a content production schedule that might mean two to three blog entries per week, it helps to keep blog posts nice and short. “You don’t need to blog more than a couple of hundred words to get your point across,” said Fox.

2. The open-ended question

If a topic is of interest, then summarize it in a blog entry and pose a question about it to readers. “It’s a great way to encourage discussion and engagement with the content,” said Fox.

3. Lists

A blogger may come across five to 10 things of interest, in the course of a week, that can be shared in a blog entry. It’s very acceptable to post a series of links accompanied by a few words about what the blogger thinks. “You don’t have to write a novel every time you write a blog post. And, in fact, it’s best if you don’t,” said Fox.

4. Rich media.

Images and videos are a great way to spice up a blog entry, said Fox, especially because readers find that sort of content very engaging and it increases the stickiness of the site.

excerpts from: http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/bloggin-idol-returns/142898

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About ScribeFire

ScribeFire is an addon/extension for both the Mozilla Firefox Web Browser and Google Chrome Web Browsers which allows easy posting to all of your blogs right from within the browsers.

Basically, it’s a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog. You can drag & drop formatted text from pages you are browsing, take notes, upload images, and post to multiple blogs.

You can Install ScribeFire for Firefox Here »
or Get ScribeFire for Chrome here »

Instructions for Getting Started
With ScribeFire

(If you haven’t already installed the ScribeFire addon, you can read these installation
instructions.
)

Once you’ve installed it, you can start using it to simply, quickly
and easily update your blog(s). To open a ScribeFire window in the
browser, use any of the following methods:

  • Press F8
  • Click on the icon in the status bar:
  • Select ScribeFire from the Tools menu:
  • Right-click on the page and select “Blog this page” from the
    ScribeFire submenu.
  • There is also a ScribeFire toolbar button you can use to open and
    close ScribeFire. Add it to your toolbar by selecting Customize
    from the View > Toolbars menu, and then drag the button to
    your chosen location.

The first time you open ScribeFire, an account wizard will appear to
help you connect ScribeFire to your blog. (Here is a list
of the blogging services that are compatible with ScribeFire.) Simply
fill in the information it asks for, and when you finish, your blog will
be listed in the right-hand pane:

To post to your blog, simply type some text in the main editor panel
of ScribeFire, give it a title…

…and click the Publish button:

That’s all there is to it! ScribeFire will post the entry to your
blog, and it will appear in the list of entries in the right sidebar so
that you can edit or delete it later if you want.

Other Features

Other features of ScribeFire allow you to categorize and tag your
blog posts, upload images, set the timestamp of your posts, save
works-in-progress as notes, post an entry as a draft, share your posts
on social websites, and upload files via FTP, HTTP & HTTPS. For help with these
features, see the complete listing of ScribeFire Help topics.

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