I’m hoping that KateTakes5 will turn her idea this week into a Super Post, or even a book. The tips I’ve seen from both her and other bloggers so far have been fantastic. Check out the other pearls of wisdom by clicking here. I’ve already scribbled down my favourites.
I doubt I can add any wisdom to the party, but I’ll contribute anyway.
1. SUBSCRIBE TO BLOGS YOU LOVE
I’ve lost count of the amount of great writing I’ve missed out on simply because I’ve forgotten to visit a blog, and life suddenly feels very short when you go on a trawl to find something that really connects. Now I subscribe to my favourites and never miss a post. I prefer mine into my email InBox, but I also get them through RSS feeds. If you haven’t set up these Plug-ins on your site, then get to it, pronto.
2. CREATE A ‘MUST-JOIN-IN’ LINKY THAT REALLY ENGAGES PEOPLE
Such as Kate’s Listography, for example. The benefits are several-fold: your blog reaches a wider audience, they connect you to like-minded people, they are full of surprises, they’re fun and they are a great generator of traffic to your own site. Best of all, they give your blogging week a focus and spark posting inspiration when the creative well has run dry. I run my own Linky every Thursday, called The Recipe Shed – where people share their recipes on a given foodie theme each week. Come and link up, why don’t you?
There are so many ways to market your blog, but Twitter is my social networking tool of choice. But it’s not just there to promote your own musings: promote others’, too. If you read something you like, share it with your followers. The recipient of your love will return the favour – even if what you’ve written is a pile of shite (I speak from experience). *Disclaimer: Other social networking tools are also available*
4. SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE
You may have found your niche – be it parenting, food, photography, or the weird and wonderful – but shake it up. Publish a variety of material – short posts, long posts, visual posts, posts that have nothing remotely to do with your blog’s theme. What’s interesting to you will be interesting to others. Or other. Even if that ‘other’ is just one person.
5. ENTERTAIN, INFORM, CONNECT
None of us know each other. OK, a few people know each other. But we’re all strangers in cyberspace, really. Does anybody really care about what I get up to, day-to-day, or what my kids get up to? I doubt it. But what we all have in common is an interest in the human condition – what makes us tick, what motivates ourselves and others, what makes us laugh and cry. Our blogs are mini-magazines: aside from our own need to write, to share, emote and connect, we also want to give joy to the world.
Our blogs are aids to relaxation. A coffee break. ‘Me Time.’ Ask yourself: why would anyone who doesn’t know me want to read what I’m writing? That’s the genius of Kate’s Listography: its variety, pace, routine, tone of voice and – most of all – its function as a conduit for others to get involved is why it is such a Must-Visit. She has pulled off the trick of creating a portal into her life, as well as facilitating a little slice of Mass Entertainment every week. It’s X Factor for the Cyber Generation.