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So you want to start a Cubs Blog eh?

Congratulations on starting a Cubs Blog, or thinking of starting one. This page is intended to help you on your way to becoming a member of the Cubs Blog Army (the CBA).

The Cubs Blog Army is an ever changing community of blogs which primarily focus on the Cubs. However, to be a member of the CBA, you don't need to stop writing about the other things that you like. In fact, some of our members are known just as well for the other things they cover. We have a movie critic, a couple of Illini basketball fans, Bears fans, political pundits, a guy who loves the show '24,' and a few who have some kind of a goat fetish.

Getting Started:

Most newbies start by going to blogger.com and creating an account. If you are just getting started, thats what I would suggest. Probably though, if you are reading this, you already have a blogger account.

Joining the Cubs Blog Army:

Its pretty simple. Just email me. Send me:

1: The name and URL of your blog
2: Your name or psuedonym as you want the CBA to know you (i.e. Tom or Thomas? or TJ? or a psuedonym such as CornCobDress or Publius)
3: The email address you want all of your CBA email to be sent to (i.e. maybe not your work email.)
4: The name or pseudonym of any and all of your co-authors and how they should be known.
5: The email addresses for any/all coauthors
6: A short mission statement of 2-3 sentences to introduce yourself to the Cubs Blog Army. Try to be original. Suffice it to say that everybody wants to 'provide insightful, analytical, and humorous Cubs commentary' this is your chance to distinguish yourself... also, if you don't have something unique, think about why you are doing the blog... it takes a lot of extra work to rise to the top if you are doing the same thing as everyone else is doing. (This is not intended to disuade you from doing a blog.)

OK, You've linked to me, and written a post about me. What should I expect?

Being completely honest? There are a ton of new bloggers out there. Many of the more established blogs like to see a longer track record before willy-nilly giving links. So, just because you have been added to the list, you'll probably only have five or six blogs pick up your link within a few days.

Getting links from the rest will take a little work. The best way to speed up the process is to remember the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Thats how my Dad taught it to me.

Consider including links to the entire CBA blogroll. The work has already been done for you, and you can get the latest version of the blogroll at any point in time by heading over to http://www.cubsblogarmy.com/htmlcode.html - this code can be cut and pasted into your template with no work. The other bloggers will appreciate it and be more likely to reciprocate. Also, feel free to edit the code as you see fit.

If you link to other blogs, most of the time, they will link to you. These links will trickle in over the first month or so. If it takes longer than a month, you might try emailing the blog owners individually. Most blogs won't turn down a personalized request if you've been at it for a while.

Moreover, blogs do not build themselves in a day. Its going to take some time to build a readership, and most of the people who read don't comment. Don't get down if you write a wonderful, insightful, analytical, and humorous piece that nobody comments on. I've been doing this for a few years, and still haven't figured out why some posts get comments and others don't.


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