Monday, October 13, 2014

Five Blogging Tips from a Newbie for Newbies

Can you believe that I've been blogging for more than one year now? Me neither! In fact, I'm disappointed to report that I accidentally missed my very first Blogiversary.

Have you ever thought about blogging? I learn something new about blogging each and every day. If you're interested in taking the plunge and starting a blog, below are five quick tips:

1) Build Strong Relationships with Readers & Other Bloggers:  It's important to interact and engage with your readers. If a reader comments on your blog post, be sure to reply to the reader so that they know you received their message. Your reply will help readers understand that you value their readership and feedback. 

It is also vital to develop strong relationships with other bloggers. I've joined several Facebook Groups and local blogging organizations. It's great to be able to ask questions to more experienced bloggers, bounce ideas off of one another, obtain support, and share lessons learned along the way.

2) Write About Topics that Interest You: Write about topics that interest you, otherwise it will be difficult to put your fingers on the keyboard to produce genuine content.

3) Make Reader Interaction Simple & : When I first started blogging, I used Completely Automated Public Turning test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA) because I didn't know any better. CAPTCHA is a test to determine whether or not the reader is human. It often requires readers to type in blurry or distorted letters and/or numbers before being able to leave a comment. Although CAPTCHA may have reduced the amount of spam I received, it also reduced interaction and comments from readers who didn't want to take the time or effort to properly type in the letters and numbers presented.

4) Measure Your Statistics: Tracking your page views, most popular posts, traffic sources, and other statistics can help you better understand your readers. It can also help you write future content that will be of interest to your audience.

 5) Don't Give Up: As a busy stay-at-home mom with a daughter who never naps, I have found it difficult to find time to blog. Although I often think about throwing in the towel, I have found blogging to be therapeutic. It's a great way to make virtual friends and help others through their preemie journey and beyond.

At this point, I'm taking blogging one day and a time. Some weeks I only write one blog post. Other weeks, I write three or more posts. I hope to become more consistent over time -- and am determined not to give up!

Are you a blogger?  What is your number one tip for a newbie blogger?