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What’s This Blogging Huff About?

Posted in Blog, education, people, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus), writing with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2009 by dustus

Is blogging the future?  Well, it certainly seems like blogs are all over the Internet these days for numerous business and personal reasons.  In fact, over 120 million blogs exist in the expanding blogosphere. A majority of those blogs never grab the attention of more than a few readers. This unfortunate result supports the reality of a Field of Dreams-Internet notion where if you build it, they still might not come.

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging is a comprehensive overview of an Internet phenomenon promoting authentic online community building, presenting writing strategies for clear posts, revealing blog networking options, and encouraging citizen journalism to keep the professionals on their toes.  Setting an online example, Huffington and many notable Huffington Post bloggers (a collective of journalists, esteemed authors, socially conscious entertainers, and global citizens) contribute writings I found witty, compelling, and thought provoking.  Plus, there are many tips to increase blog traffic.

This book is not about designing stylish webpages (though it does offer limited structural options beyond choosing a platform). Rather, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging explains how our new technological media significantly influences the current political climate in America.  Huffington’s championing of the Internet promotes democracy, community dialogue, and leadership accountability— while maintaining a sense of humor, especially during caustic rants.

Overall, I believe this Huff Post “complete guide” covers many topics from politcs to tweaking posts.  What I found most useful in the guide was the book’s practical side: pointing bloggers in the right direction when it comes to sharing posts (through helpful sites like Yahoo! buzz, Digg, and Delicious).  The guide also considers ways to monetize blogs through Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliates and Yahoo! Publisher Network.

The final sections include a glossary of recommended sites for one’s blogroll, blogging-related terms, and some of the best posts from

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging = Highly Recommended for Bloggers and/or Political Junkies
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program.

Here’s a clip of Arianna speaking about blogging…

Dustus Blog— Top Post (First Year)

Posted in Blog, education, people, writing with tags , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by dustus

Old scaleThe Scales of Dustus: Author reviews the experience of reading his novel in Paperback  vs.  on the Amazon Kindle
—by Adam Dustus

Over the past year I have been fortunate to realize a lifelong goal.  Ever since I discovered the sheer pleasure of connecting with books, I dreamed of becoming a thought-provoking novelist.  Having always wondered what it would be like to read my own novel for the first time in paperback, I finally earned the privilege of enjoying the physical proof of High School Asylum.  I was inspired and moved to work even harder by the pivotal experience.  Stirred by many emotions of satisfaction and gratitude, I wrote about that day I received my proof copies on The Dustus Blog  (Twice the Proofs on January 7th). After tearing open the UPS envelope, I marveled at the cover; then read all 366 pages.  Smiling for days, I kept thinking, “Wow, my first novel in paperback!  Can anything top this?” … Read Entire Article
What I like most about this article, besides having created the visual element, is that this effort was my first official guest blog—posted on in August. Being a proud computer nerd and into social media, I visit that website all the time.  So it was truly an honor to be asked to contribute to such a cool site.  Thank you, Michael Duvall!

Most Viewed Dustus Posts (Rookie Year/Part II)

Posted in Blog, education, people, Poetry, writing with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2009 by dustus

Here are some more “top posts” for the first year of The Dustus Blog. (What a crazy year it has been!)

A Waterfall Crashes

Rainy Day Jersey

The End of Normalcy

Could Mean Your Life

Finding My Place

The Golden Ruler

OMG Did I miss Dr. Seuss’ Birthday? (Illustration)

Failed Honesty

A Written Therapy: Overcoming Depression

The Moment Seized