This week’s Listography is asking us to share our top 5 tips for bloggers, so here’s mine.
Write for yourself, and not for anyone else
Don’t start thinking about what you ‘should’ be writing, what people are going to think, or write controversial topics just to create more visits to your blog.
If you’re writing about something you feel passionate about, or a subject you feel familiar and comfortable with, the words will flow easier.
I know I always write best when it’s coming from the heart.
Twitter is GREAT for bloggers. I did have Twitter before I started blogging, but was one of those who had never tweeted and didn’t even know what I was supposed to be doing on there.
Then I started a blog, so for want of something to follow as opposed to the odd random celebrity, I decided to follow a few people with blogs themselves so I had something to read and do on there.
This opened up a whole new world on Twitter and introduced me to the massive blogosphere out there that until then, I had absolutely no idea existed.
People with interesting blogs, as well as a whole new audience for your writing, to name but a few perks.
You can also follow writing peeps who tweet how to improve your writing, and exercises etc.
Now you can hardly drag me off Twitter!
Visit other blogs and comment
Let people know that you are out ‘there.’ Don’t just randomly comment if you have nothing to say, but if you see a post you can identify with, or can add a witty comment or something to, do it.
People like to see comments, it shows that people are reading your blog and enjoying what they have read.
Who knows, they might even visit yours in return…. :-)
Try and reply to people leaving comments on your blog
OK, I know it’s not possible to reply to EVERYONE, especially if there are a lot of comments.
However, it creates more of a sense of conversation and friendliness if you reply to people who have taken time out to comment.
Far better than just ignoring all the comments. That’ll just create a sense of tumbleweed blowing across the screen to the commenter, and they’ll feel like they’re talking to themselves in cyberspace – try and make them feel welcome.
Spell check, people!
Yes, I’m sorry. I’m one of those people with a stick up their bum when it comes to spelling. There is nothing that is going to turn me off your blog more than a badly written post littered with spelling mistakes.
I’m likely to read about 2 lines and click off your site and go find someone with a blog that is nicely written.
I know not everyone finds spelling easy, but in the age of spell check, it’s been made a lot easier. A well written blog is far more likely to be seen in a positive light and attract more people than one with grammatical errors and shoddy spelling.
So, that’s my Top 5 tips for bloggers. To see more tips, visit http://katetakes5.blogspot.com/ to see what other bloggers think.