Media praise for Essential Blogging

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"Essential Blogging is an essential reference to three currently popular blogging tools...Cruciall, many sections of Essential Blogging were written by the people who created the software. You won't get a closer look at what Blogger, Radio and Moveable Type are about."
--Anja Rau, Tekka, September 2004

"The authors' expertise adds a lot to the book. The Trotts wrote Movable Type, Dornfest wrote Blosxom, and Johnson documented Radio Userland. They're all able to point out pitfalls, workarounds, and potential confusions...So this book is more than the usual substitute for a manual...The authors throw in a fascinating appendix of bloggers reflecting on what their blogs have meant to them."
--Jonathan Price, Technical Communication, May 2004

The six authors (Cory Doctorow, Rael Dornfest, J. Scott Johnson, Shelley Powers, Benjamin Trott, and Mena G. Trott), who are all veteran bloggers themselves, show how to get started by dissecting their own demo blogs...The authors' collective hands-on experience shows...I give this book 5 out of 5 for thorough, detailed, useful information."
--Marian Wertalka, Gold Coast Macintosh Users Group, May 2004

"Focused and informative...a well-edited guide to moving past the use of the default templated blogs and standing out from the crowd."
--Davey Winder, PC Plus, February 2004

"If you're already a decent writer or if you already know just what you want your blog to be, then head straight for 'Essential Blogging.' 'Essential Blogging's' no nonsense approach is very refreshing to those who are tired of tangential information slipping into their reference manuals. MacMice Rating: 4 out of 5."
--Chris Seibold, MyMac.com, February 2003

"If you're not a Blogger user, then 'Essential Blogging,' the king of the 'how to' books, would be more appropriate...Packed with tips and code examples it is a treasure trove for the writer who wants to move beyond the standard templates bundled with each system. Even advanced users are likely to find some value in it."
--Nik Rawlinson, Personal Computer World, March 2003

"True to its title, this book will give you the essentials (and then some) of blogging. 'Essential Blogging,' whether you use a PC or a Mac, is a great place for the new blogger (maybe you?) to start. The book is written in an easy to understand manner with a great deal of graphic examples, which keep the book light and fun to read."
--Patrick O'Keefe, http://www.webmasterbase.com, January 2003

"Demystifies the jargon and walks readers through the features of several software products."
--Lisa Guernsey, New York Times, November 2002

"'Essential Blogging' will help the blogger-to-be get in the game."
--Rod Granger, Internet.com, December 2002

"A very clear overview of blogs and blogging...an exceptionally practical text designed to establish a sound foundation in blogging."
--Major Keary, Book News No. 16, 2002

"This book is a fine introduction for anybody who wants more control than the cookie-cutter blog-hosting web sites offer...lets you chose the best software for your purposes and wring the most out of its benefits."
--Netsurfer Digest, September 2002

"How-to guide for building rant sites. Egotists and activists alike benefit from 'Essential Blogging' from O'Reilly & Associates, a Baedeker for those bold souls who want to rant or just want to show the world their own brilliance...With six blog experts listed as authors, 'Essential Blogging' ($29.95, www.oreilly.com) is particularly valuable in showing how to set up sites so visitors can vent their collective spleen."
--Jim Coates, Chicago Tribune, October 2002

"This title is a great introductory tool to the world of weblogs."
--Ryan Shaw, "Australian PC World," July 2003