“…..be YOU! Let your creative juices flow. Tuck your sense of humor into your posts. Share your sage wisdom. Share your struggles. Empower others with truth. Just do what you do best, and be who you are….”
When a reader asked me to share some blogging tips, it made me stop and think about what helped me on this path to blogging. Though I’m a newbie, I’ve learned quite a bit – in practice and from the ‘experts’. Take some time to answer questions from To Blog or Not to Blog, and if you’ve decided that blogging is for you, read on for tips to simplify your quest to create a better blog.
These basics will help you blog more efficiently and effectively. As you discover your purpose for blogging, you’ll know which are important for you!
1) Keep a blog file to:
– Create posts (add information, edit, re-write)
– Jot down posts ideas or topics – (do this as soon as you think of them – if you’re like me they’re gone in a flash!)
– Journal your day-to-day discoveries and musings – (my best time for thinking and hearing from God is before my eyes are open in the morning, or before I’ve spoken to anyone – really! – no distractions!)
– Just plain brainstorm!
2) Resources that help:
– Create computer files to collect quotes, verses, copyright-free photos or paintings, and information bits for future use in your blog. I have files I’ve recorded in for years – now I get the payoff!
– Thesaurus and Dictionary – Use these online resources to keep your words from getting redundant or old.
– Writing Course – Consider taking a refresher course in writing – Institute for Excellence in Writing works wonders! (Just teaching this course to my children has helped me be more creative in my writing.)
– Research – Another important aspect of blogging is research. Learn more about what you’re writing about, and discover new blogging/website tips from the pros. This is where great sites like Blogging with Amy come in! A great article I read recently was Problogger Tom Treanor’s – Charles Darwin’s 12 Rules of Blogging Survival (sorry about the Darwin thing :o) – but it’s a great article!).
– Google – When you’re not ‘getting’ something – Google to the rescue! There are so many sites that offer answers. But this is where your time can get eaten up. So be careful! (Uh, hmmm, it’s midnight and I’m still blogging! Get the idea? I think I’ll finish this tomorrow…..zzzzzz.
3) Learn these simple tips for blogging:
– short paragraphs – (keeps people reading – it’s a new world!)
– not too lengthy sentences – (no Dickens here!)
– funny quips and interesting facts – (who doesn’t like a good laugh or a related bit of info?)
– create interesting and catchy titles to increase reader interest
– blog about things you’re passionate about – (ie. what do you really love?)
– be ready to learn more about what you write about – (Sorry, but you’re never too old to learn more!)
– Blog routinely about the simple things in life. – The rule used to be to blog daily, but fortunately with better SEOs (Search Engine Optimization) twice a week works just fine.
– Have more detailed or intense posts on the back burner. Allow plenty of time to research and create these. Have them ready to go to ‘print’ when the timing is right, or when you run out of fresh ideas.
– Find a niche that you’re knowledgeable in and tell others the how’s and why’s. This makes blogging much easier. There’s nothing harder than writing about something you don’t know about.
– Pace yourself and allow your blogging to grow along with your knowledge about it. Don’t get ahead of yourself by trying to be too big, too fast. Take time to discover yourself and what you have to share with others. And if in the end you find you don’t have much to share, that’s okay! You will at least have a great, online journal of your life and thoughts!
All these ideas can add up to a great blogging experience! With millions of blogs out there, the only way to be ‘found’ is to be YOU! , Let your creative juices flow. Tuck your sense of humor into your posts. Share your sage wisdom. Share your struggles. Empower others with truth. Just do what you do best, and be who you are, not trying to fake it and be like someone else…..
….and before you know it, you’re a blogger!