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Blogging Tips

Kim over at Bold. Blue. Adventure. did a post about blogging tips and tagged 10 people to put in their $.02 on the subject. You don’t have to be tagged to play, so I’m playing. So there. pbttth.

The original post of Kim’s blogging tips is HERE.

Here’s my thoughts, for what it’s worth:

  1. Subscribe to your own feed. Kim mentioned this in her post, but it’s really important that you know how your blog looks on peoples’ feed readers. There was one blogger who had a theme that had three very narrow columns and it made her pictures look HORRIBLE in my reader. She changed her theme recently so I haven’t had to say anything. 🙂
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  3. Make your title interesting. You need a hook. One person who subscribes to a TON of blogs told me that she will scan through the titles of the new posts to see if anything catches her attention. If not, she “marks all as read” and moves on with her day. You want her to read your post, don’t you??
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  5. Post as often as possible, but space it out. I recommend one or two posts per day at the most. But don’t go for days without posting if you can help it. I’m constantly writing ideas down so that when I’ve got writer’s block I can pick one of the subjects I’ve already come up with.
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  7. Most importantly, ask a question. Do you want people to just read your blog, or do you actually want comments? If you write a post and have no question at the end, I’m like, Oh, that was a nice post. And I move on. But if there’s a question at the end, I’m like, They want participation! I can participate!
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  9. View your site. Roll your mouse over your widgets. Make sure your links work properly. Yesterday I noticed that for some reason the link that I had on my Novella Challenge picture was ‘bleeding’ into a bunch of other widgets. I’ve gathered a miniscule amount of knowledge about HTML, but that allowed me to fix my problem. Now my site’s even better! There’s a couple of sites I visit once in a while that have black lines that run horizontally through the site…those kinds of things should be fixed, because people won’t want to come read your blog if it takes a lot of effort. It makes me not even want to stick around to leave a comment.
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  11. Lisa from Books on the Brain recommends: Skelliewag.org is a cool blog that has TONS of tips for blogging.  I have learned a lot. http://www.skelliewag.org/
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  13. Laura from The Golden Road recommends: Something else that a lot of people leave unconsidered is design: if it’s too dark, I won’t read it (because I like to read things at blogs as well as through readers), too many images cluttering, not enough visible structure (i.e. a white page with columns seemingly scattered about where ever), etc.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. Do you have anything else you’d like to add? I’d be happy to add it to my list. 😀

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8 Responses to “Blogging Tips”

  1. lisamm

    Me, me! I have something to add!

    Skelliewag.org is a cool blog that has TONS of tips for blogging. I have learned a lot.

    http://www.skelliewag.org/

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  2. Kim L

    Thanks for sharing! I think your tips are great. Titles are very important to hook people into your post. And I need to learn more html to fix those little everyday problems. Glad you shared your tips!

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  3. Laura

    Something else that a lot of people leave unconsidered is design: if it’s too dark, I won’t read it (because I like to read things at blogs as well as through readers), too many images cluttering, not enough visible structure (i.e. a white page with columns seemingly scattered about where ever), etc. Your design is nice – there’s structure to it and it’s not hard on the eyes in terms of color choice and being too image heavy. Thumbs up from me on that. 😉

    Anyhow, that’s one of my biggest blog gripes is that many times people will go for what looks nice to them which may actually end up looking cluttered and nearly unreadable to others.

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  4. Mrs S | 50 Book Challenge

    Some great tips here – definitely agree with checking your own site to see what it looks like – worth trying it out on different browsers and screen sizes too.

    Skellie is a great blog!

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  5. Mrs S | 50 Book Challenge

    @Laura – that is such a good piece of advice – black text on a white background is the easiest to read – I can never work out why people go for pink text on a black background (you’d think google would give them a helping hand by not putting such themes in blogger!) Of course Google then proceeds to help us out by making all blogs work in google reader! *lol*

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  6. jeane

    I agree with Laura- I really dislike visiting blogs/sites that have light text on a dark ground. It’s so hard to read, I rarely ever go back.

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  7. Rebecca

    Interesting comment about design: I only visit sites when I comment so design is very small consideration to me. Anyway, I answered the blogging tips meme with my weekly geeks answer: read it here.

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  8. Kristen

    I also love ProBlogger and Men with Pens. In fact, Men w/ Pens did a “drive-by” review of my blog this weekend that was VERY helpful — and it was FREE! Here the link:

    http://menwithpens.ca/drive-by-shooting-sunday-book-club-classics

    All you have to do is ask!

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