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! 
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