If you just started blogging, or have been for awhile, someone has offered you some tips. You might be reading suggestions from great sites, picking them up at conferences, or hearing them in podcasts. Hopefully you’ve been implementing them.
But sometimes it’s the most basic blogging tips that can trip us up.
Basic Blogging Tips We Often Forget
1. Mistakes. There, they’re, their–nothing more embarrassing than forgetting to pay attention to those red-underlined words or neglecting to proof your posts for grammatical errors. Recently a friend had to let me know I misspelled a word in the image–after it was posted…and pinned, of course.
2. Broken Links. I refuse to name names, but I about fell out of my swivel chair when a self-proclaimed “mega-blogger” had broken links in a post. Be sure to check your links!
3. Contact Info. I can not tell you how many different Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and other social media platforms I have used that have changed over the years. Be sure to check your social media icon links as well as update your “about me” page. If you’ve started writing about yoga, add it! If you started working with a big name brand, include it. Freshen up your “about me” page and have a way for folks to contact you.
4. Font. I’m sorry, but I’m getting older and you are not writing for hobbits. Find a font that your readers do not need a magnifying glass to read. Here is a nice post to change your font settings in WordPress. Break up sentences, BOLD key statements. Do not let valuable information get lost in a sea of gray.
5. Engage. Last year I was all about posting freebies and reviews. I hardly had time to connect with my readers and then had the nerve to complain about my walking dead community. Remember to reply to comments and tweets. One of my favorite bloggers, Amy of Raising Arrows, has always been community-minded. She honestly loves her readers and they love her.
6. Jumping too quickly on the Headline Bandwagon. We are writers and want to share our feelings about “hot topics,” but if we neglect to get all the information, forward spoof articles (incredibly popular on Facebook right now), or just rant and rave for the sake of making noise–we’re not really providing anything useful for our readers. Think about how you feel, what points you want to make, how you will back them up, and then post.
7. Be You. Again, last year I started writing for the big dollars. Okay, they were actually tiny coins, but my voice changed. I even stopped cracking jokes on my own blog. In older posts you could hear my southern accent and wit, but somehow I became too serious and nothing flowed. My personal friend MamaHall hasn’t stopped being MamaHall all these years, no matter what she’s writing about. (You just can’t get that girl to use a capital letter either!) You were created like no one else, and people want to read you. So be you!
What is your favorite basic blogging tip to share with our community?