In my post of two days ago, “You Gotta Give to Get“, I mentioned that one of my resolutions in the new year for my blog was to attract more followers and get more comments. Basically, I want to finally reach a larger audience.
Imagine my surprise, then, when that post, along with my act of reaching out and hitting the old “follow” button on a bunch of blogs I came across in my reader (and actually found interesting in nature) was the catalyst for my best day ever for follows!
Even more amazing (and really touching) were the comments from many “baby bloggers” who told me that they were inspired by what I wrote and hoped to learn some blogging tips from little old me!
Well, I’m certainly no expert but here are some things I have learned from seven years of blogging.
- Remember the Golden Rule! You know this one. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That means follow to be followed, leave comments and others will comment… Even more than that, though, remember that as you sought help, others can also learn from you. Share your experience as a blogger whenever you can and lend a hand. Even if you’ve only been at it a day someone can learn from you.
- Keep it classy. This doesn’t always mean “clean” in the traditional sense. Occasionally a bit of salt might be necessary but never go trashy in your blog. Use only the words necessary to advance your story, remembering that it is YOUR story to tell. Always ask: “How would I feel if my kids or my boss saw this post?” You might be OK with dropping a four-letter word but at least consider it first.
- A picture paints a thousands words. My blog didn’t really start taking off until a friend of mine suggested I do two things. The first was to include pictures. I try my best to use pictures I’ve actually taken. This way there are no copyright issues to deal with. I was a TV producer so I know a little about those. The WordPress app and a smartphone make the process wonderfully simple. But if you’re short on personal stock photography head over to Wikimedia Commons where you can find a plethora of free pics.
- The other thing this friend told me was to keep it brief. Wordpress has a longford tag (wplongform) and I’ve used it. But for the most part, you’ll want to at least keep your paragraphs short. For some reason, most people simply can’t envision themselves reading lots of words on a screen.
- I’ve always told myself that if I can find the perfect title then my post will write itself. The title is the thing to catch attention. Be creative.
- Find your niche. I write about life as a dad, a practicing Catholic, a teacher. I do it with a humorous bent. Maybe cooking is your thing. Maybe you write about circus clowns getting mauled by tigers. I hate clowns. I’d read that blog.
- Don’t forget to tag your posts and go crazy with it. I tag everything with “postaday”, “dailypost”, and then a whole bunch of things. Remember, if someone searches for one of those terms, he’ll find you. But he can’t find what isn’t there.
- Check your spelling and grammar. Having said that I’m sure there are tons of typos in this post alone. No one’s perfect.
Well I think that’s it and I hope that I’ve been able to provide some guidance. Don’t forget to share the love. Keep liking my posts and I’ll try to do the same for yours. One thing I’ve found is that while we may not all agree on content, we bloggers can all agree that we love writing or else we wouldn’t be here. Let’s help each other out in our mutual admiration of our craft.