Here are a few resources to help get you started in blogging.

How-To Guides

The following books, all widely available, focus primarily on personal weblogs, but offer useful information for beginning business bloggers as well:

Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content, by Biz Stone (New Riders Publishing, 2002).

Blog On: Building Online Communities With Web Logs, by Todd Stauffer (McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 2002).

Essential Blogging, edited by Shelley Powers (O'Reilly & Associates, 2002).

Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice for Creating and Maintaining Your Blog, by Rebecca Blood (Perseus Publishing, 2002).

We Blog: Publishing Online With Weblogs, by Paul Bausch, Matthew Haughey, and Meg Hourihan (John Wiley & Sons, 2002).

Selected Websites

ClickZ Weblog Business Strategies Conference & Expo
Selected presentations from what's billed as "the first business event for blogs," held in Boston in June 2003.

Blog Search Engine
Fledgling attempt to categorize blogs, including those for business.

Rebecca's Pocket weblog advice and resources from Rebecca Blood, author of two books about blogging. Particularly useful: "Ten Tips for a Better Weblog" and "Weblog Ethics."

Weblog Compendium
Resource site crammed with glossaries, templates, links to hosting services and software vendors, and more.

Selected Business and Trade Blogs

Bag and Baggage
Blogger Denise M. Howell, an intellectual property lawyer, coined the word "blawg" to describe legal weblogs like the one she maintains here. Her site contains comprehensive coverage of the ClickZ business blog conference.

Networking Computing's Daily Blog includes plenty of user/reader/customer interaction.

Daily Fashion Report
Fashion industry blog.

Romenesko (formerly Medianews)
Jim Romenesko's blog, hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, is a must-read for media news -- and a model for many other business blogs.

Scripting News
Dave Winer, founder of UserLand Software and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, covers a variety of legal and blogger-community issues.

Executives at Web-publishing software company Six Apart Ltd., maintain Weblogs on the company's home page and product page.

Several members of the August Capital partnership write about "issues facing early stage Silicon Valley venture capital investors?industry trends, the process of funding start-ups, interesting new technologies and life in Silicon Valley."

Selected Entrepreneur and Executive Blogs

Dan Bricklin, Chief Technology Officer of Interland Inc., maintains a personal weblog with commentary on the computer industry, websites, and blogging. See his article on small-business blogging.

Norman Butler uses weblogs to promote Chapati, his Indian restaurant, and the Contented Cow, his English-style pub.

Omar Javaid, chairman of Mobilocity Inc., a New York City-based mobile-technology services company, regularly updates his Mobilog with wireless-industry headlines.

Ray Cox, owner of a Minnesota contracting company maintains a corporate homepage blog about the company's activities and a separate political blog about his work as a state representative.

Robert L. Horton, senior director at Robert Marston & Associates, maintains a site with news and observations about the PR industry.

Alan M. Meckler, CEO of Jupitermedia Corp., keeps a personal account of an ambitious effort to launch a new trade show.

Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly & Associates, comments on technology issues.

Ray Ozzie, CEO of Groove Networks Inc., comments on technology and industry issues.

Selected Tools

Blog-City supports small-business weblogs.

Pyra Labs makes Blogger (free) and Blogger Pro (subscription fee) blogging software and runs the BlogSpot blog-hosting site.

Six Apart makes the Moveable Type web-publishing system.

Socialtext makes "enterprise social software," including a weblog publisher.

UserLand makes Radio UserLand, a desktop blog-publishing tool.

Wigley & Associates is among the companies helping organizations develop weblogs.