Everybody has blogging tips, but ours are unique and go along nicely with our blogging course. Tips on how to write, what to write, when to write as well as how to hone and develop your creativity. This powerful list of blogging tips should help you along the way of your blogging journey. These are directly tied to our courses and previous videos, discussions and forum questions.
Read Blogposts Everyday
Use Google Reader to subscribe to a variety of blogs and visit your Google Reader page to catch up on your daily reading. Reading new blogposts keeps you up to date in your niche and keeps you in your favorite bloggers. Reading daily also helps you stay sharp and very often helps you inspire and polish your upcoming blogposts.
Even if your blogging schedule and editorial calendar don’t call for daily writing, you should write every day. When you write, you practice. Writing practices the creative part of writing as well as other important skills.
(notice the previous two items both say: EVERYDAY, not whenever you’re up for it)
Observe Things With a New Lens
As you go about your day, when you become a blogger you will notice new things. You’ll notice something about your granddaughter that you never noticed before; maybe you’ll pay more attention to the different restaurants in your city because you want to blog about food. Take time to notice these subtle differences about your daily life, your hobbies, your family, your friends, your work. As you blog more, you’ll observe more, develop an insightful eye. Everything is bloggable (yes, I think I just made that word up).
Talk to People About Your Ideas or Discoveries
When you write a blogpost, or you have an idea or discovery, share it with friends or family. Try to find friends and family that you trust with this information AND that will be supportive of you and your efforts to develop your blogging voice. Tell them how you’re coming up to your current train of thought and see if you make any new discoveries. Sometimes it isn’t the feedback that they’ll give you that will be important here, instead the clarification of your own thoughts as you try to put them into words give be refreshing.
Find Other People That Like Your Topic
Once you have a few blogposts published under your belt, you need to find other bloggers that write about similar topics and that may be interested in what you have to say. Go out and search for them, sometimes you’ll need to go beyond the traditional search engines. Look in forums, social networks and even amongst your friends, family or even co-workers. I’ve discovered that people I’ve known for months or even years have a blog and they just don’t talk about it much, but once I bring up the topic, they open up. Instant blogging friend!
Comment, Share & Like
When you read blogposts, take a few seconds to leave a comment and maybe even share that blogpost in Twitter or Facebook or Google+. Leaving comments shows interest for the topic and helps you develop a relationship with that blogger. Sharing the article on your favorite social networks exposes that blog and the article to your audience. Both of these things, sharing and commenting, help you understand the topic better, and develop newer ideas and continue the global discussion of your niche. Not to mention that leaving comments with your URL will attract new readers to your own blog.
Remember Your Purpose
You’ll run into obstacles when blogging, everyone does. Writer’s block, burn-out, technical difficulties, discouraging feedback and other negative elements will creep up from time to time. You must remember why you’re blogging. Revisit your purpose and remind yourself what you set out to do with your blog. If this issue you’re having right now isn’t directly related to you living up to your purpose then it doesn’t matter. Put it aside and get back to blogging. Have you held off on publishing your blogpost because the font of your titles isn’t perfect? Are you worried that you aren’t using grammar perfectly? These are just minor issues that you can address later or one little bit at a time. Your main focus is to write valuable content.
Register With All Major Commenting Systems
Gravatar, WordPress.com, Blogger, Typepad, Disqus, Livefyre, and a few other systems out there allow you identify yourself easily when leaving comments. The mechanics of joining one of these networks at the time you’re making a comment might detract you from leaving an insightful comment so get accounts setup and ready to go as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you want to leave a comment somewhere, it is much easier if these accounts are ready to go. Some blogs only accept comments from users within their own network. If you have ready access to all these accounts (you can use something like Lastpass to manage them), then leaving comments will be a breeze.