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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Blogging 101

Okay, just as I promised yesterday, here are some helpful hints to get you on your way to blogdom as taught by Bryan. **p.s. I paid for this class and you get this info for FREE, that's how much I love you**


5 REASONS TO BLOG:
1.) the more you write, the better you write. Blogging can help you find your voice, your unique way of expressing yourself through words.
2.)instant feedback, (and what sanguine out there doesn't LOVE this one??) Can I get an "amen" Jeane'!!
3.)connect with potential readers, building "readership" if you ever hope to publish a book
4.) it's glorified journaling!!
5.) YOU have something to say that no one else has to say! Only YOU can share your unique view on life!


THE 5 GOLDEN RULES OF BLOGGING:

1.) CONTENT is KING. You don't have to have the most "blingingest blog", (my quote there), because what it SAYS matters most. And how can you be sure that you have good content? IF you're writing about what you're passionate about, then it's good to go.

2.) Keep it FRESH & CONSISTENT. If there isn't a post for a week to 10 days and someone happens upon your blog, they probably won't be back.

3.) Be scannable. People are lazy readers online so give them PoP fOr ThEiR eYe!! Make it interesting.

4.) Be opinionated! Tell people what you think so they can get to "know" you! If you want some comments then write something that people disagree with!

5.) edit. edit. edit. Try writing one day and posting the next.



5 WAYS TO GET NEW READERS:

1.) Comment on other people's blogs.

2.) social networking~facebook, twitter, etc.

3.) Guest posting, posting on another blog. Do you have a favorite blogger? Just ask them if they would be willing to have you post something that YOU have written.

4.) write good CONTENT. Make people want to visit again and again and again.

5.) Links. They are like the currency of the blog world.


Lastly, Bryan made an interesting point that I think about quite often;
"I DON'T HAVE TIME TO BLOG,
I MAKE TIME TO BLOG."



So, on that note: it's HAPPY MINUTE, 11:11 pm which means I better be on my way to my happy place ~ under my down comforter in our freezing cold room, (we like to sleep in a cold room) on my fabulicious pillow next to my Man!! I've already made enough time to blog for today!!

LET YOU VOICE BE HEARD AND
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME HAVING BLOG ENVY
just get STARTED....everyone has to start somewhere!!!
Here's my first post!


"Wheresoever you go,
go with all your heart."
~Confucius~

8 comments:

Jena said...

GREAT tips!

Bryan Allain said...

scary to read the stuff that i shared....i was wincing as i read it, wondering if i said anything stupid. too funny.

btw, i'm throwing around the idea of a Blogging 101 and even a Blogging 201 class for people who want to start blogging and for people who want to take their blogging to the next level.

i'll be sure to get you info on that if/when so you can pass it along!

Esther@fleurcottage said...

that was a good evening! to find a clear understanding for more blog help is found at this blog makeminebeautiful (sorry, can't do a link)...it came in on 2/16/2010.

Consume me... said...

Thanks for sharing your tips! I read Bryan's comments above...I would be interested in that blogging 201 class, I think! I hope it's ok, I stole your LinkWithin widget! I wondered how to link to older posts...thank you!

Consume me... said...

Thanks for sharing your tips! I read Bryan's comments above...I would be interested in that blogging 201 class, I think! I hope it's ok, I stole your LinkWithin widget! I wondered how to link to older posts...thank you!

The lady of the house... said...

steal away! there are many great "blinging" ideas out there, each making our blog more beautiful and efficient.
It would be a shame to let those "old posts" go to waste now wouldn't it???
Love,
Janelle

Fan said...

Janelle, I'm still WAY back at "Blogging 101!" I'm trying to to insert a link, like you often do, that allows others to click and go directly to someone else's blog. Yeah, we talked about it at class, but I learn better if you show me how!

AmyK said...

fresh and consistent - my downfall. I'll have to work harder at it. :) thanks for sharing the tips!!