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Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read

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A book by Scott McNulty

Having your own blog isn't just for the nerdy anymore. Today, it seems everyone—from multinational corporations to a neighbor up the street—has a blog. They all have one, in part, because the folks at WordPress make it easy to get one. … see full wiki

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Author: Scott McNulty
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: Peachpit Press
1 review about Building a WordPress Blog People Want to...

Misleading title: this is a tech manual for setting up a WordPress blog

  • Mar 2, 2009
This is an a reasonably adequate technical manual on setting up a WordPress blog. The book is definitely not a guide to building a blog "people want to read" as the title asserts, because there is virtually nothing about blog content to be found in the book. About a page at the very end and nothing more. In a response to an Amazon review criticizing this lack, the author says that a whole chapter on content was left out. My feeling is that if that was the case, the title should have been changed to more accurately reflect the content or the lack thereof.

McNulty provides step-by-step directions for setting up a WordPress blog. Newcomers to blogging and the Web may find this level of instruction helpful. The somewhat more experienced will find that the web provides more than adequate instructional materials. [...]

McNulty's writing style is relatively straightforward and clear, though he makes the mistake that many tech authors make these days and tries to be a comedian. He isn't and his attempts at humor are intrusive.

There are many graphics and examples in the book, which is good for the neophyte.

Overall, this isn't a bad book, but it is not a standout in any way. Just be aware that this book does not deliver on its title - it has nothing to do with generating the content or marketing for a blog "people will want to read". The book's title is all hype and nothing more. Ironically, McNulty says on the last page of the book: "People judge a book by its cover. You can admit it - the awesome cover is at least part of the reason you bought this book."

Sure was, Scott, and the misleading title is why I wouldn't recommend this book over others on WordPress.


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