I’ll admit, I purposefully made this week’s post easy on myself because frankly, it’s hard coming up with thoughtful, serious content on a time schedule, especially when everything else is in a state of temporary chaos. So here’s a condensed list of blogging tips that I hope will be helpful, and a little assignment for you to complete before next week’s post on getting comfortable with Twitter.
– Use a simple design that’s easy to read.
– Post at least once per week, two or three times if possible.
– Establish regular posting days, so people know when to visit your site.
– Post content for the audience you want to attract.
– Make it about your readers just as much as it’s about you.
– Reply to comments left on your blog as much as reasonably possible
Blog Networking Tips
– Find new blogs to follow through the comments left on your blog and others
– Use feed readers or email subscriptions to keep up with the blogs you’re interested in.
– Make sure your site has rss feeds enabled, and links to both the feed and an email subscription.
– Keep a blogroll on your sidebar to promote blogs you find particularly interesting or useful
– Make some time daily to genuinely comment on posts at other blogs that speak to you
– Leave your blog address with all comments made, unobtrusively.
– Try to connect with one to two bloggers you haven’t interacted with per week.
– Connect with bloggers on other social sites.
– Use other social networks to advertise your blog.
To that end, an optional assignment for anyone interested in next week’s introduction to Twitter. If you don’t have a twitter account, go sign up for one this week. Then click the link under my photo up there to “follow” me, and post a message to me that looks something like this “@JamieDeBree Okay, I’m on twitter. Introduce me!” If you’re already on twitter, I’d like you to choose three people you follow to recommend to others in the comments here next week. And if I’m not following you already, send me a message so I know who you are.
Has this series on blogging been helpful to you? Do you have any other tips to add for others who might just be getting started?
Next week: Tackling Twitter