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:
- …love to share tips, photo’s, badges, great information, goodies and above all share resources to make your writing/blogging life easier.
- …are mannerly, helpful, witty, snarky (in a good way), encouraging and share nicely.
- …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.
- …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.
- …speak their truth without condemning others, are vulnerable, and authentic. They ‘mix’ it up.
- …make their categories/labels searchable and organized.
- …are usually 500-800 words long. If they’re longer they are broken up with bullets, numbers, italics, or photos/video’s.
- …use spell check.
- …are empathetic to ‘newbies’ and encourage us to focus on content, quality, and progress.
- … 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…
Now, keep writing, keep sharing, be well.