As writers we are always looking for new ways to get our work out there. The internet offers us the opportunity to share our message with the world through ebooks, and blogs. Bloggers write for different reasons but regardless of why you have come to blog there are few things you will want to keep in mind. The community of bloggers is huge and growing every day and if you want people to read what you have to say, you’ll have to find ways to stand out in the crowd.
- Find a site like Word Press, Tumbler or any number of sites for bloggers. Make sure that you take the time to learn how the site works and use as many of the features available to you.
- Choose a look that fits your personality and style of blog you intend to write. Doesn’t matter how great it looks if the design is at odds with the topic matter.
- Decide on a regular schedule to post your blogs and stick with it. You want your readers to always trust that they can find your blog or have it delivered to their inbox like clockwork.
- At the beginning of each month determine the theme or topics you want to write about that month and create drafts of each blog. This way you can just go back and finish each on a few days before they are scheduled to post.
- Learn how to optimize the use of tags and links so that your blog will come up in internet searches.
- If people comment or like your blog don’t be afraid to interact with them. Check out their blog if they have one and always respond to valid comments. One of the reasons to blog in the first place is to build an audience. The only way to keep your audience is to interact with them.
- integrate your blog into other social media tools you are currently using like Facebook or Twitter.
- Use video and photos whenever appropriate. I must admit that I’m still working on this part.
- Make sure that you follow all the rules of writing including citing sources; plagiarism is never cool.
- Always, Always preview your post before you post it. In most cases you can still edit after you post. However, the few people who see your glaring mistakes before you do will not be impressed.
Hope this helps anyone who has been thinking of getting started but didn’t know how. Blogging is just one of many ways to get your name and material out there. You may even make a buck or two but don’t hold your breath on that one.
Until Next Time,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin