Blog Birthday, Blog tips, Blogging, Ryan Gosling

Blog Birthday- 10 things I’ve learned on the Blog road…

by semmerssuaq

Hello,

Today is my first blog birthday and I’m celebrating because I didn’t know if I’d stick with it but I did and I’m glad. The knowledge and camaraderie that I’ve gained has been so worth it and I thought I’d share what I’ve found along this blogging byway with you.

When I started I didn’t have a clue, except kind of how to set up the Blogger template and I stumbled through that for a couple of weeks. Many templates, designs, and gadgets later I believe I have the blogging formats down pat.

There are several things that I’ve learned from other bloggers this past year, but I’ll stick to ten. I’ve also learned a few things on my way to my Blog Birthday. But first the 10 things that make a great blog-IMHO.

Great blogs & bloggers:

  1. …love to share tips, photo’s, badges, great information, goodies and above all share resources to make your writing/blogging life easier. 
  2. …are mannerly, helpful, witty, snarky (in a good way), encouraging and share nicely. 
  3. …follow a schedule, even if it’s only once a week, they stick to it. When they’re going to be gone they let us know. We miss them when they’re away.
  4. …have creative, beautiful, colorful templates that don’t blink, flash, or are ‘overpimped.’ They don’t shout “buy my book,” everywhere on their site and pay ads don’t jump out at you. They use 12 font against an easy to read background. 
  5. …speak their truth without condemning others, are vulnerable, and authentic. They ‘mix’ it up.
  6. …make their categories/labels searchable and organized.
  7. …are usually 500-800 words long. If they’re longer they are broken up with bullets, numbers, italics, or photos/video’s.
  8. …use spell check.
  9. …are empathetic to ‘newbies’ and encourage us to focus on content, quality, and progress.
  10. … they make commenting and linking easy to do. They make their ‘follow’ button easy to find. 
And a few blog lessons I learned this past year:
  • Google and Wikipedia are my friends.
  • Keep writing, even when you don’t feel like it.
  • Keep learning about blogging.
  • Social media isn’t scary: Tweeted my first tweet last month.
  • It’s okay to have a fluid blog. I change backgrounds with the holidays and seasons.
  • Embrace slow and steady, not fast and furious.
  • You never know which posts will become popular, so keep posting.
  • Source your photos and when you can’t find the owner, say so.
  • Take a risk.
  • Blogging is ‘real’ writing.
How about you? Have you celebrated your blog birthday? Do you plan to? 
Now I must get to this card that just came in…
from troll.me

Wow, best card ever. 

Now, keep writing, keep sharing, be well.
Blog tips, Blogging, blogs

Blog Basics or 10 blog tips I learned in 10 weeks

Yes, it has been close to two and a half months since I first started blogging. Since that hesitant beginning I have learned a thing or four from gracious bloggers who love to share their tips.  One of these is Jessie Nuez from Latina Bloggers Connect. (At the bottom of my page you can find their badge and click on it to view several articles). Other tips were learned the hard way, by blogging and by reading other blogs.

Here are some basic’s for those of you who wish to bounce into the blogasphere:

1. Be willing to commit the time and be consistent. Whether you post two or five times a week, provide your readers with consistency.
2. Find your theme, niche, passion and let it drive your blog. Let your readers know the themes you will blog about in the sidebar or “about you” section.
3. Create an interesting title and format for your blog. Use text large enough to read and clear enough to distinguish from your background colors. Have a good text layout and utilize interesting photos and video’s.
4. Submit quality content. Check your spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Spend a few minutes editing your writing before clicking “post.”
5. Keep it short (most bloggers suggest 500 words or less) and sweet. If your post is a couple of hundred words more than 500 break up the text with photos, indents, or a quote, to keep it easy on the eyes. (This is a good time to remind you to use the copyright symbol after your main title or somewhere near the top of your blog).
6. Use guest posts and links to articles of interests. These can be articles that are relevant to your blog’s theme or current post.
7. Create catchy headlines. Readers want to know what to expect from your post.
8. Establish relationships with other bloggers. Reply to comments or questions left on your bog. Visit and comment on other blogs you read. If you enjoy a post, say so. If you found some valuable advice, let the blogger know.
9. Keep the site uncluttered, organized, and easy to navigate.
10. Have fun with it. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore or you’ll avoid it.

If you have some more tips to share I’d love to hear them. Until then, remember, “We Can Blog It.”