Fabulous Bloggers You Should Get to Know (Volume 1)
If you want to build your readership, respond to comments by replying via email or visiting their blog. They’ll appreciate it and more than likely come back again.
The value in your traffic and readers depends on you the blogger. You need to write engaging and meaningful articles and you need to honestly seek out and support other bloggers. I have found that you get what you give … blogging is no exception!
Autoposting — On Word Press you can autopost your posts and set them to publish at any time that you want. It’s great because you can go on vacation or whatever and the blog is still getting new content everyday. I set many of my posts to publish at 2:22 in the morning when I’m sound asleep! Love it!
Be yourself! Don’t try to pretend to be someone or something that you aren’t. People will eventually see right through it.
Reach out to blogs in your area, having “real-life” meetups is so much fun!
Forget about competing to be the most popular, the most visited, the blog with the most comments … Focus on reading, thinking about what you read and writing with authority and authenticity.
When you’re trying to think of a new great post, or deep in thought on how to make it better, just remember — trying is crap. Trying to think is worthless. Thinking is the greatest single hindrance to a writer. Relax, don’t try to think. Let go of your thought and ego. Only then is real thought able to naturally flow on it’s own, without being consciously driven. Just a little something not to think about.
In your writing, offer a kind word, display a generous spirit, convey your attempts to grasp meaning in the mundane, and conceptualize and give context to your life and the lives of those you love.
Critique Your Design: Take a good look at your design with fresh eyes by asking the 11 questions she provides — questions you can answer that, when combined, should give you a general idea of the effectiveness of your design, as well as identifying areas that could be improved.
Don’t be an impulsive blogger; be a planner. In fact, he concludes his article by assigning homework: Plan next week’s blogging!
Start with a blogging software platform that will serve you for the long-run. If you’re not sure which one to use, take the time to set up a couple of test blogs and give the software for each a solid test run. Wait to go live until you are sure that you want to stick with that platform because the transition from one software package to another after a long period of blogging is time-consuming, labor-intensive and will cost you some links and readers. After more than two years on Blogger, I made the move to Word Press and could not be happier that I did. But I am still working out all of the details, including, just for starters, telling everyone that all of my links all changed!
Want to play? Tag some friends, post your article and let me know you are participating so that I can link to your post!