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Interview With Daniel Scocco Of Daily Blog Tips

Written by George Manty  · February 8, 2007

Last week, I asked Daniel Scocco of (Daily Blog Tips and Innovation Zen) if he would let me do a quick interview with him.

For those of you who don’t know this, Daniel was nominated for the 2007 weblog award for Best Web Development Weblog.

Daniel agreed to the interview and it is my pleasure to share it with you. I am sure it will be of benefit to those of you just getting started in the blogosphere.

Q. What were the first thoughts that went through your head when you found out?

I discovered the nomination looking through my server statistics. There were 27 visitors coming from the Bloggies website. The interesting thing is that the nominations probably were released one hour or so before my server uploaded the statistics, hence why I had only 27 visitors. The next day, in fact, I received almost 1000 visitors from the Bloggies. It was quite a surprise to me, specially when I discovered the blogs that I was competing with (i.e. Problogger, A List Apart and Copyblogger).

Q. Why do you think your blog was nominated?

Sometime ago I had published a post about the Weblog Awards, with a link where people could go and nominate their favorite weblogs for different categories. I think that some of my readers headed to the website and nominated Daily Blog Tips, and probably I was also lucky for having a couple of more votes than the runner up. Either way I am really thankful for the people that contributed to it.

Q. How did you get started in blogging?

I have always played with websites when I was younger, but I never had the time to create and actually publish them. Early in 2005, however, I came across some articles outlining the benefits of blogs and explaining how easy it was to setup one. The next day I registered for a Blogger account and created a blog to share my ideas about innovation management (most of them were coming from my thesis).

Q. What do you like most about blogging and why?

In my opinion the Internet used to be a monologue until a couple of years ago. You had big portals providing information for the people, but the flow of information was unidirectional. The appearance of blogs, in my opinion, contributed to change that scenario. Nowadays you have this huge conversation going on across the Internet, which creates much more value and opportunity for everyone.

Q. If you could only give one piece of advice to someone just starting to blog what would it be?

I am afraid I will need to use a cliché here, but the single advice I would give to someone starting out is: content is king! You surely can (and sometimes should) pay attention to the design, search engine optimization, promotion and so on, but if you have great and original
content the readers will come and so will the links.

Q. In your opinion, what is the most crucial element of a blog post?

Well it is difficult to nail down THE most crucial element, but if I had to I guess I would say the title. Titles play a very important role on the reader decision about reading the post further or just skipping it altogether. Other important elements are: the post should be scannable, should not contain grammatical errors and should go straight to the point.

Q. Is there any other advice you would like to share with people looking to start a blog?

Start it today. Everyone commits mistakes, but the sooner you start the sooner you will learn your way through.

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5 Responses to “Interview With Daniel Scocco Of Daily Blog Tips”

  1. Daniel on February 8th, 2007 9:04 am

    George, it was my pleasure to answer to your questions. Keep up the good work on your blog,

  2. George Manty on February 8th, 2007 7:22 pm

    You are welcome. You want to know something funny?

    Akismet caught your comment as spam, and the post was an interview of you. I lauged at that. I may have to write a short post about that.

  3. FaithfulWeb on February 12th, 2007 9:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing the interesting backstory on the awards.

    I discovered Daniel’s blog due to a mention by CopyBlogger in a post about the Bloggies. Since then I’ve been a faithful reader.

  4. Rory on February 25th, 2007 4:23 pm

    Great to see Daniel being interviewed. His advice is personal, direct, and extremely helpful. I have learned a lot from Daily Blog Tips.

    Thanks for this.

  5. George Manty on February 25th, 2007 9:28 pm

    You are welcome Rory, glad you enjoyed it.