Last week, I did a B.O.B Series post about Business Cards. Though usually this particular series happens every other Thursday, I’ve moved up the date to today because of the serious pressure of finals. I’m unsure if anything I post will be worth reading until after school ends. Which, I might add, is incredibly close.
There are thousands of blogs on the World Wide Web and everyone is trying to set him or herself apart from everybody else. How do we differ? How do we keep our readers interested? We keep to the 8 commandments of Blogging.
- Blog Often: the more you blog the more people check back to see if you have blogged. Set an amount of times per week you’d like to post and plan to follow through. Set alarm clocks on your phone or write it in your planner. If your blogging once a week, your readers will become glancers and your blog becomes forgettable.
- Write Like You Speak: I personally like to read many types of blogs and each has its own voice that makes me feel as though the blogger and I are close.
- Focus on Specific Details: if you’re reblogging some news, you don’t have to give an opinion on every detail of your post. Shed some light on what grabbed you the most. This way, you’re reporting and staying true to what your readers love about your blog.
- Be Apart of the Conversation: it’s great to comment on other people’s blogs to get more readership or out of courtesy for a comment on yours. What about commenting on your own blog after someone has posted. This makes you relatable to your reader and they can see what you think about them commenting.
- Pictures Are Worth 1000 Words: this saying is incredibly true in todays’ society. As much as I write, I always try to include a couple of pictures to interrupt my words. Let’s admit that our attention span has dwindled down to barely anything. This keeps your reader involved, focused, and in tune to what you’re writing.
- Spell check: whether you’re writing to have a portfolio or writing for fun, spell check should be your best friend. I have problems with grammar but when I realize I have messed something up I try to fix it as fast as I can. A mistake once in a while is forgivable; a repeat offender is not worth reading.
- Link Back: linking is a great way to gather readers, followers, and have your links put on a blogroll. Put credit where credit is due; if you have used a photo or mentioned someone, link back to him or her. They will be grateful for the traffic you send to their site and will come and check out yours too.
- Surprise, Surprise: providing the element of surprise is something that keeps a reader coming back. Create giveaways, interview someone who has been following from the beginning, offer discounts to places, and single out people in your comment box. Your reader will never know if it is them that you will choose to be featured.
Keeping to the commandments makes each blog different. Here are some very different blogs who obviously have no problem following:
Accessory of Crime: no matter what my comment, they always go and check out a recent post I’ve done and comment back. Amanda and Emily always seem to be busy with their travels and life but always have time to monitor their comments and return the favor.
Dapper Kid: a new member of my daily inspiration list over to your right, Syeds’ blog is full of photos and content. His photos makes the reader want to read his blurbs and stay reading them.
BelleChantelle: the average of this blogs post per month is 10. Having a set goal of times to post a month lets the reader A) know you aren’t slacking and B) get excited for the next post. Chantelle has done this beautifully.
Stick to these commandments and there is no way you can lose in the blogosphere!