What I’ve learned about blogging so far
I have been blogging for a little over a year now, and I’ve learned a lot in that year. While I still have a lot more to learn, I thought I would share some things that I have had the biggest impact on the way I blog.
Use Short Paragraphs
This was actually something that I figured out on my own. I just thought about the fact that when faced with a very long paragraph of text, I usually didn’t read it. I just move on to the next blog. And I don’t want people to do that with my blog. I have since found other bloggers offering this same advice, so I know it’s good.
Link to Your Own Posts Within Your Post
I read Penelope Trunk religiously, and she is an absolute master at this! The first time I visited her blog, I was there for over an hour, just following links from one post to another. It taught me a great lesson about how to keep someone on your blog, just point them to where they need to go next.
Schedule Your Posts
It was Michelle Rafter’s Blog that first introduced me to the idea of scheduling my posts, and it has really changed the way I blog. I always felt like I had to write and publish my posts right then, right in the moment. Scheduling my posts took a lot of that pressure off, and because of that I actually write more often.
Use Twitter to Promote Your Posts
I am horrible at promoting my blog, I just am, and I know it is something that I have to work on. So, one of the things that I am doing, is tweeting about my posts. I usually tweet twice a day, and since I have been doing this, I have seen my unique visitor count go up a lot.
Make Sure People Can Subscribe to Your Blog
Besides my Twitter account, I also use FeedBurner which offers my visitors lots of options to subscribe to my blog. And thanks to Dayle, who pointed out that I didn’t have an e-mail option, I now offer that as well.
Things I still need to work on:
Adding images to my posts.
Commenting more on other blogs.
Writing posts that make people want to comment here.
Finding my niche.
So, what have you learned about blogging that could be helpful to me or others? Let me know in the comments!