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The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  235 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
The editors of The Huffington Post -- the most linked-to blog on the web -- offer an A-Z guide to all things blog, with information for everyone from the tech-challenged newbie looking to get a handle on this new way of communicating to the experienced blogger looking to break through the clutter of the Internet. With an introduction by Arianna Huffington, the site's cofou ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2008)
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Somewhat helpful. The best part for me were "best of" blogs at the end. Gave me a real feel for what to look for in this new medium. New to me, that is.
Ria F
Jan 28, 2015 Ria F rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was the first of the three I requested from my library to arrive. I really wasn't that thrilled with it. If you have a concept for a blog with a single focus, it would probably be an awesome book, but my blog is more like a blog magazine with different weekly sections than a focused on one thing blog book.

The book is split into three parts. The first part is the "How-to" part of the book. How to start a blog, how to find a server to host your blog on, why the ability to immediately rea
Sep 02, 2010 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Starting Book for a Novice—Nothing More, Nothing Less

Hi there! So you’ve been wanting to learn about blogs, blogging, and the blogosphere all along. Great, why not learn from the professionals?

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging by the editors of the Huffington Post is a well written, easy-to-read, and professional take on a fairly new medium that is changing the landscape of journalism and media with its immediacy and informality. This medium is known as the blog (surprise, su
Stephanie Griffin
The Huffington Post has been online since May 2005, so they should know what makes a good blog. Their 2008 book, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging, is a great resource for beginning bloggers. I’ve read the HuffPost from time to time and have found their guest bloggers to be very knowledgeable. (I also appreciate and put a high value on writers who can spell and use grammar correctly. Some of the writing on the internet just makes me cringe!) The information in this book doesn’t feel ...more
Rachel McCready-Flora
May 10, 2012 Rachel McCready-Flora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-writing
Admittedly, I skimmed this how-to on blogging all in one day, but I took notes to help develop my own blog, so I don't feel so terrible. The book does have good advice for starting a blog, including the pros and cons of several servers you can set up with (I'm on myself), for choosing content, and how to get yourself out there and hopefully, become a success.

The main suggestions that, in retrospect seem really simple, but are actually helpful are as follows:
- Have a central theme f
Kim Olson
Don't let the title of this book fool you like it did me. While HuffPo has become one of the most trafficked sites on the Web, you'll find very few clues as to why in this volume.

The book's primary purpose seems to be making a case for blogging, so you'll have to endure pages and pages of giddy enthusiasm about the joys of blogging. Then, once in a great while, a little nugget of useful information will pop up, like a bright flower on the surface of the moon. If you've blogged at all--or even r
Elissa Washuta
This was a good read, with a great voice and excellent cacophony that works to translate HuffPo to the page. The chapter on the impact of blogs on mainstream media is totally fascinating. But this book wasn't what I hoped it would be, because I was hoping for a more complete guide to blogging. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that HuffPo's guide to blogging focuses pretty much singularly on political/news blogging, but since "complete" is in the title, I was hoping for coverage of other types of ...more
Depending on your needs, this book can range from 3 to4 stars. As it was written in 2008, much of the technical aspects have already changed. So, the technical isn't so great. The information on starting a blog, thinking about your readership, and networking are all excellent if you don't have a background in these areas. If you are not writing a political or general news blog, much of the information in this text is not useful. As a matter of fact, I just skimmed the last section of the book, a ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a random pickup at the library to support my (yet unlaunched) personal branding campaign. While the book focuses on political blogging - and liberal politics at that - there is some great information on blogging in general and in addition to the basics you'd get in any primer, it also speaks to important topics such as writing under your own name (a bit of a no brainer for my personal branding efforts) and fair use and copyright. I particularly enjoyed the chapter entitled "Finding your ...more
This book really pushes the lower limits of a 3-star rating, but as I can ultimately see myself coming back to consult it later, I figured that rating was the most fitting. Honestly, a lot of this book read as an attempt to puff up HuffPo's reputation and ego and less as a guide to best practices. The best practices are in there, and they're OK for the most part, but I felt like there was a huge gap between the levels of advice they were giving. Like on one page, I would read some advice and say ...more
If you are thinking of beginning a blog, or have one that is idling in the abyss of the www, this book is 4 stars. Great advice on content, but don't expect to have your technical questions answered.

This is a good general read for HuffPost fans. It includes the story of how the blog started from the beginning. Ariana has an amazing address book, and she used it to all good use when starting The Huffington Post. The book includes pieces of blogs from Nora Ephron, Larry David, Alec Baldwin, Erica
Apr 06, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Huffington Post is a very well known site, and that immediately gave me hope that the information provided in this book would be helpful.

There were plenty of nuggets I was able to take away from this. There were numerous bloggers quoted in the book, all of which gave some little tidbit that was worth thinking about.

At the same time, there were areas I skipped - the whole section on HuffPost's history, for example. I would have enjoyed the book more had that section been smaller or taken ou
May 13, 2009 Donald rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are actually two books in this volume. One is a guide to how to go about getting started in blogging on the web; the other is a history of the Huffington Post. For the first part, it's an okay guide, if a bit on the obvious side (if you have to read a book about how to blog, you probably shouldn't be blogging . . .). The second book is a self-righteous, self-congratulating liberal diatribe about how great the Huffington Post is. If the "Best of HuffPost" section actually reflects the quali ...more
Dec 30, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book so far, not learning a whole lot new personally, but it's got some great stories and has spurred a few different ideas and thoughts regarding blog writing methods. It's more of a skill strengthening title for me.

I would however highly recommend it to ANYONE either completely new to blogging or just trying to take it to the next level.

It's also a pretty funny book with a lot of GREAT stories from Huffington Post bloggers. One other nice thing is that it's a great case study for anyone l
Ellen Keim
To be honest, I haven't completely finished this book. I lost interest at the end which is just a bunch of posts from The Huffington Post blog. If you're interested in THP, then by all means get this book. But if you're trying to find out how to get started in blogging, there isn't all that much in here. Still, it's a fast read (even though it took me a few days--I kept reading other, more interesting books, at the same time) and does give the would-be blogger some good tips on how to write blog ...more
David Fortier
The instructional segments of this book are great for the basics. The blogroll, blogging glossary, and list of resources are a nice touch. The book is outlined nicely and the arguments are accompanied by plenty of examples, though, mostly Huffpost references.

Unfortunately, from page 191 on is all Huff post blog entries, which I skimmed and then skipped. A truly good reference guide pulls in examples and references from outside it's own sphere of influence. This book would have been stronger if
Jul 27, 2009 Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
The book offers some good advice about creating a sophisticated blog. However, the creators of the Huffington Post blogs are EXTREMELY left wing and there is plenty of political commentary and self congratulations on how terrific they all are for creating the Huffington Post. There are other books out there about creating a sophisticated blog, without all the chatter. If you are interested in reading about blogging by political junkies, take a look at this one. If you want to learn just about bl ...more
Jun 01, 2010 Billye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot from reading the Huffington Post's Complete Guide to Blogging. It is very inspiring because it demonstrates how people of all walks of life can collaborate and create new ways of communicating and reporting news and all types of events. I am also frustrated by it because the actual how-to information is very sparse and because it (predictably) is very political and self-serving.

Overall, it is a very good introduction to blogging that I would recommend to anyone who would not be
Feb 16, 2012 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, 2012
This was an OK book. Previous reviews were pretty much spot-on. A bit of false advertising as only the first section (of 3) really covers the basics of blogging. Section 3 was simply a collection of "best of" posts from the blog. While they were interesting to read, they were mostly space-filler and fluff. I would check this book out from the library (which is what I did) first in order to make sure this is what you want. The sections on blog setup and basics, as well as the part on how to build ...more
Sonya Feher
Part I on "The Nuts and Bolts of Blogging" is worth a read if you are trying to figure out if you should start a blog or if you're already writing one but want to know something as simple as whether you should use your real name or make up some catchy blog title or more advanced like how to get your blog out to readers and keep them coming back.

If you can get past the blatant self-congratulation and the masturbatory attention to The Huffington Post including all of the Huffpost blogger sidebars
Sunny Sodday
Feb 16, 2012 Sunny Sodday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Positives- It gives you an in depth knowledge if you want to make a blog as a news breaker. How to take it on a national blog and to build connections.

Negatives-sadly they take blogging as a journalism which is not the reality in majority.

I personally didn't like the book at all as it is all about the story of Huffington. It is more on the blog primarily on the politics, it lacks the generic approach on blogging.
Anne Marie
Jan 02, 2009 Anne Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back when I was a teenager, I read one of her first books - a biography of Pablo Picasso. I vowed then and there to give it up, reading biography that is, especially about people I admire. I saw the author last year at Voices flogging her book "On Becoming Fearless," which I bought and retired from my night stand shortly thereafter half read. However, this latest book is useful and practical, especially if, like me, you are considering writing a blog.
I'm really not a fan of Arianna Huffington, really no conservative is, but I was still curious to read her take on the blogging world and how it's affecting mainstream media. There's definitely a liberal slant!

The book is also a little outdated, with a copyright of 2008. Because blogging and social media trends change so fast, I'm not sure I would ever read a book about blogging more than a couple years old. Although, there were still valid concepts that are a must and won't ever change.
This is a very incomplete guide to blogging. The only parts worth checking out are chapters 2 to 5. These run from pages 31 to 112 out of 228 total pages in this book. The rest is self-congratulatory liberal fluff.

People new to blogging will benefit from the aforementioned chapters. Those familiar with blogging will find little that is new in this book.
Dec 14, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gift from my sis. Looking forward to improving my blog. check it out:


This was a very handy, quick read with lots of fresh ideas for me, despite the fact that my blog is over two years old. The applied info is interspersed with some fun essays and listicles.
Jan 28, 2009 Eva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in blogging
Shelves: non-fiction
Good book for new bloggers starting out or intermediate bloggers trying to improve their blogging. There are some very good tips in it and links at the back. However, a lot of the advice is only applicable to political/journalistic blogs. It is well written though and full of interesting/humourous anecdotes. I recommend it for all bloggers.
Feb 27, 2009 Carl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. To anyone who wants to blog with a purpose, this is a great guide to get you going. At the end, they sort of toot their own horn, which isn't really why I wanted to read the book, but it lets you know they know what they are doing. Lots of great resources for people being introduced to the blogosphere.
Some of this will be old news (no pun intended) to anyone who has ever been to the Interweb. Some of it is great technical advice for bloggers.
The best bit of advice in it for print journalists reluctantly entering the blogosphere is to respect the form of the blog as a thing unto its self. Learning to be a good blogger is something a good print journalist will probably still need to learn.
Ibtisam helen
Feb 11, 2009 Ibtisam helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had I known how to inconspicuously take notes while reading this in one sitting at the back of my local Borders this afternoon, I would have more specific comments, but generally speaking this intro to blogging is a great resource: informative, witty, and well-organized. I'd recommend it to anyone thinking about starting a blog. Not yet available at your local library as it just came out.
A good book for stories about moving from regular journalism to blogging. However, these folks already had loads of connections as well as a great deal of money. Arianna Huffington wasn't starting from the same place as most bloggers. That's not to be bitter about it, just that it really didn't feel like there was that much to learn unless maybe you wanted to do a political blog.
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