Listography: Top 5 Tips for Bloggers

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.

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.

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*

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.

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.






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6 Responses to Listography: Top 5 Tips for Bloggers

  1. I’ve read a few of the posts on Kate Takes 5 this week and I had to comment on yours….I totally agree with the idea of collating all these great ideas. And no. 5 got me thinking too. I do write a lot about my life and my kids and perhaps that is why I don’t have so many readers….on the other hand, some of my favourite bloggers do write just about their families and it’s like a personal soap opera where you really get to care about the characters and can’t wait for the weekly update.

  2. Some great tips. As a relative newbie to all this any insights into how to enjoy blogging more are very welcome. Cheers!

  3. Ali

    Glad it’s not just me that loves blog coming in as emails. Quickly thinks must subscribe to yours :-)

    Love the blog tips and always RT things I love or enjoy reading, goes back to RT yours. Mmm I do talk about stuff going on in our lifes but hopefully in a way to reflect others too! Must look into this though!!!

    Now must go to Kate’s.

  4. All good but I like numbers 4 and 5 best of all. Like your analysis of blogging and also how you say people still matter even if only making a difference to one person. I am all for shaking things up a bit too and not just cocktails.

  5. Brilliant tips – especially about subscribing.

    I have completely oversubscribed to about 100+ emails a day. Whoops!

    Just had to add the RSS feed as well, it’s still a bit baffling to me.

    I like your suggestion of mixing it up on your blog, good tip

  6. Thank you for these tips. I’ve just started a blog in recent days so I am still trying to work it all out, tips much appreciated!