I'm getting ready to start posting on my blog that I've neglected for a while.
I'm interested in hearing what are the best practices in terms of the mechanics, not the content of the blog. I've decided to go with Wordpress and use their hosted solution, though if there's a good reason, I can certainly deploy my own version.
Here are some questions, but feel free to expand.
We use Wordpress for our blog. Wordpress already comes built in with a lot of widgets, like categories, archives, etc. Here are some of the additional plugins we use:
For auto-posting to networks: We use Twitter Tools for Twitter, and the NetworkedBlog App on Facebook. For LinkedIn, I use the Wordpress App.
Jason has a post on his blog where he talks about the Wordpress plugins he uses. It’s worth reading. And also check out 8 Free Plugins to Protect Your WordPress Blog from Being Hacked.
I have found that Flickr is a good source for photos. You have to do an advance search for content that is available for commercial use though if you have any intention of monetising your site.