Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blogging Advice

Here is some blogging advice I've picked up though the years--perhaps you will find it helpful? And no, this is not another blogging post about how to grow your traffic or gain followers. Because, lets be honest, those are a dime a dozen and mostly useless...
  • Follow your own blog by e-mail. Why? Well, there are many reasons. My reason? Because sometimes I accidentally delete a post when I'm editing after publication. Also, because I use Google to blog, they can shut down my site without a by-your-leave (not that I think they will, but I don't want to lose my posts)
  • Notice what you do on other blogs. Probably people visiting your blog will want to do the same. For example, I find that after reading a blog post, the next thing I do is click on their about me page. So, I made an about me page for Kitty Adventures around that time. If I am  interested in finding out more about the people whose blogs I read, then those who read my blog probably want want know more about me. Oh, and I always read their "suggested blog posts, like Michmash; and the posts she linked there totally caused me to subscribe. 
  •  Make a specific time to reply to comments. Sometimes I get a really nice comment that I totally forget about because I wait a day or two to reply and the comment gets lost in my e-mail. I now have a day where I go through and make sure I haven't forgotten any. I hate it when I write my life story on your blog because it touched me and I never get as much as a by-your-leave...and I'm sure you dislike this also.
I can't really think of any other points that don't sound totally cliche. You know, like "have a pretty header" or "make your blog readable," and other lame things that no one really wants to hear... Does anyone have any blogging advice for me? Or site advice? I'd love a critique on my layout! 


Ellie @ welliescrochetandcows. said...

Keep your blog just the way it is because it reflects you! xxx

Carolynn said...

great advice :P and people who follow blogs are following a particular person--or group. Great way to think about it.

Rachel G said...

One thing I've found, which I know isn't a priority for everyone, but it's a priority for me, is to think carefully about what posts I publish and how they might affect others. This is important for me because my blog is read by just about everyone who knows me personally, from my 10 year old cousin up to my great-aunt. Certain posts I'll let my parents read first before publishing to ask them how they would feel if I wrote about that, and when I talk about marriage or Angel in particular, I always ask him first. Some people might see this as less-than-authentic....but to me, relationships are a priority and I believe that the people in my life have a right to not be written about unless they are aware that I'm writing about them.