31 Days to Build a Better Blog: Shakespeare and Company's Top 24 Blog Tips

Shakespeare and Company

My tummy hurts from too much laughing, or maybe it's the Intestinal Housecleaning Project. Seriously, today's post is a little calmer. I needed that for my physical well-being.

So for ProBlogger's Day 6: Must-Read Tips and Tutorials for Bloggers, I'm sharing a little wisdom from Shakespeare & Company (some of you are the company. :) Please note that Shakespeare never used the word blog, so, yeah, the quotes have been... updated.

Shakespeare and Company's Top 24 Blog Tips

1. Words without thoughts never go to blog heaven—Shakespeare, Hamlet

2. Bloggers of few words are the best bloggers—Shakespeare, Henry V

3. Heat not a furnace for your blogging foe so hot that it do singe yourself—Shakespeare, Henry VIII

4. Passion, I see, is catching—Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

5. Mincing bloggery 'tis like the forc'd gait of a shuffling nag—Shakespeare, Henry IV

6. Truly, I would the gods had made the blogger poetical—Shakespeare, As You Like It

7. Rest, rest, perturbed blogger—Shakespeare, Hamlet

8. Come, give us a taste of your blog quality—Shakespeare, Hamlet

9. Blogger, be not too tame neither—Shakespeare, Hamlet

10. No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en; in brief, blogger, blog what you most affect—Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

11. An honest post speeds best being plainly told—Shakespeare, Richard III

12. The good blogger shall be more beloving than beloved—Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

13. The good blogger makes hungry where she most satisfies—Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

14. How many blog posts satisfy
How many are enough and more
You ask me... I reply...
As many as the stars above

—Catallus, "How Many Kisses"

15. Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, blogger, were no crime

—Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"

16. If you want to be a successful blogger, then you have to... (drum roll)...post—Chris Branscome, of PrayerExperiment

17. Fool, says the blogger's Muse, look in thy heart and write—Philip Sidney, "Loving in Truth"

18. Melo's thoughts, on what NOT to do on a blog

19. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good comments. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see Day 31 approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25, NIBV) New International Blogger's Version —Kevin of Cowboy Ministries

20. Blogging is a conversation. If we aren't having one, it's not sustainable — Cassandra Frear of Moonboat Cafe

21. Who shall hear of us bloggers
in the time to come?
Let him say there was
a burst of fragrance
from black branches

—William Carlos Williams, "Love Song"

22. The good blogger speaks always in her own voice
Even to strangers; but those other bloggers
Exercise their borrowed, or false, voices

— Robert Graves, "The Portrait"

23. To teach is to learn twice. Dan King's wisdom, learned from a Snapple cap. Says Dan, "When I apply this to blogging, I believe I learn much more when I go through the process of sharing on a topic with others."

24. And whoever desires to be 'first blogger' among you, let him be your servant. (Matt. 20:27, NIBV) R. Sipes, of Daily Discipleship

OutTakes (or, some people I asked, but they were too shy to give any must-read advice)

I specialize in unsolicited advice—Katdish

Me? I'm full of tips. On all sorts of things. I just can't get anyone to listen to me—Stephanie Wetzel

And, to end our attempt at blog tipping, we say together...

If we bloggers have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While this blog post did appear.

—Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

LL's Day 1: Bambi in the Database, Day 2: The Dalai Lama Effect, Day 3: Darren Rowse, Please Link to Me, Day 4: Oprah, I Wanna Be Like You, Day 5: Email a Blog Reader
ProBlogger's Day 6: Must-Read Tips and Tutorials for Bloggers
Paul's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Project

How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Link the Ways, a companion to ProBlogger's Write a Link Post.

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    Anonymous Phillip Gibb said...

    Wow, Shakespear, a blogger?
    ha ha ha, classic.

    8:48 AM  
    Blogger Claire said...

    can just see the poor blighter mucking about in the straw looking for his gadgets ; )

    9:00 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Where can I get a copy of the New International Blogger's Version of the Bible? Snort.

    9:20 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    HA! love it. Makes me feel so much better knowing we have the Bard to go back to for reference. lol.

    10:36 AM  
    Blogger Megan Willome said...

    This is a classic!

    10:58 AM  
    Blogger R. Sipes said...

    "And whoever desires to be 'first blogger' among you, let him be your servant." (Matt. 20:27 NIBV). Blogging is not just "about me" its about serving our readers.

    11:30 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    From Hamlet, we learn to consider:

    "To blog or not to blog; that is the question."

    But of course, if you do blog, then...

    "To thine own readers be true."

    11:47 AM  
    Anonymous Ann Kroeker said...

    This is too easy and obvious, which is why you must have left it off:

    "To blog, or not to blog: that is the question". - Hamlet (Act III, Scene I)

    "This above all: to thine own self be true". - Hamlet (Act I, Scene III).

    "The course of true blogging never did run smooth". - (Act I, Scene I).

    "Hence! Blog, you idle creatures, get you home." (Julius Caesar)

    11:54 AM  
    Blogger Kevin said...

    Awesome list!!! Everyone needs a smile on Monday.

    3:26 PM  
    Blogger Dan King said...

    Classic! I'm just honored that my (umm.. well, Snapple's) advice made it into the same stuff as Shakespeare's!


    3:28 PM  
    Blogger katdish said...

    Loved, loved, loved the Shakespeare!

    Here's my advice:

    Be honest, be yourself, don't pretend to be an expert on something you're not, always give credit where credit is due, and finally...

    Keep yours posts under 800 words (preferably 700 or less).

    Don't promote yourself. Promote others. Give others a reason to promote you. Promote quality not quantity.

    How's that?

    3:37 PM  
    Blogger Cassandra Frear said...

    A lifelong dream come true: my quote appearing next to Shakespeare. Thank you, thank you.

    BTW, this is really funny. Really funny.

    5:12 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Methinks the blogger doth protest too much.

    Funny post again - not to put any pressure on you but you should stay with this 'silly vein'.

    5:31 PM  
    Blogger Billy Coffey said...

    I finally realized why I have that empty spot next to my computer. It's so I can print this out and put it there.

    6:04 PM  

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