There are literally millions of blogs out there. With Twitter awash with people who all have their own blogs, sites dedicated to bloggers and now forums becoming part of the trend and setting up their own bloggers networks, it makes our blogs just little fish swimming along in a huge sea.
I love blogs. Not only do I write my own, as an avid reader, I love nothing better than visiting others and having a good old read.
So how do you make people want to visit your blog?
-First off, make your blog title or lead in interesting so you get people wanting to know more about what you’re on about.
For example, when I did a post called ‘What goes up must come down’, I got literally hundreds of page views and visitors overnight. It was a post on explaining gravity to a 7 year old, so if the title had been something like ‘talking about gravity’ it would have generated a lot less interest as some people would have just skimmed over it and not wanted to read on to see what it was about.
So how do you keep the readers once you’ve got them?
-Write for YOU. Don’t write what you think others want to hear, be yourself and the words flow much easier. When you start to worry about what you SHOULD be writing about rather than what you WANT to write about, it becomes a lot harder to write. So much easier to write fluently when it’s coming from the heart or you’re fired up about something. I personally find I write a lot better when it’s something I believe in or if I’m having a good old rant!
– Proofread your posts. As I said, I love reading blogs, and read loads and the one thing that will get me clicking straight off again and shutting down the window is if a blog is littered with spelling mistakes, grammatical errors. or text type speak. I’m no expert, far from it, but as an avid blog reader I have seen some terrible ones out there – you’d be surprised how many are literally peppered with mistakes.
Even if you have loads of fascinating snippets of information or the best story in the world, if it looks like you can’t write properly people are going to yawn and wander off.
-The best blogs in my opinion are the ones that are written from the person’s heart, with a little bit of passion and oomph chucked in there.
Now I’m off to proofread my own post before submitting as you’re probably all dying to pull me up on my mistakes now! :-)