Listography – top 5 tips for bloggers
I’m a relatively new blogger (this blog was started last summer) but I have already started to form an opinion about what works for me. So here are my tips:
1. Enjoy yourself and join the conversation
Write posts that you would enjoy reading. Join in with the conversation with other bloggers. Read what other bloggers have to say and comment on blogposts and share links on facebook and twitter. Join in with the occasional linky or meme or carnival if you will enjoy doing that.
For example, I do a Magpie Monday post nearly every week because I love showing off my second hand finds and visiting all the posts in the linky to see what other people have found. The fact that it leads to extra visitors to my blog every Monday is an added bonus but it is not the main reason why I do it.
2. Appearance isn’t everything but it does matter
I really like the ‘luggage tag’ header designed by my sister Alice (it’s always good to have a graphic design expert in the family!). It adds to the pleasure of blogging to have a blog that looks nice. And I like the blogs I read to look good too.
3. Make your blogposts easy to find
I’m pleased to see how many people to find my blogposts via search engines. The trick is to try to imagine that you are someone else about to use google to try to find something – and think about what sort of words get typed in the search box. Then use those words in the title of your blogpost, in the blogpost itself and in the tags.
Also, use twitter and facebook to tell people about new blogposts and remind them about older ones. For example, I went to Buxton on Sunday so I tweeted a link to my blogpost about Buxton and got some new visitors to an old blogpost.
4. Keep an eye on blog-life balance
I have a full-time job and a toddler son and a husband. Plus I like stitching, singing, walking, reading, tv, spending time with friends. So I don’t have a lot of spare time to spend on blogging and tweeting. I find that setting myself some ground rules is helpful, even if those rules are broken occasionally.
- I try not to look at a computer or mobile phone screen between 22:30 and 06:00 because it interferes with sleep.
- During the evenings, if my husband is happily watching tv, I get on with some blogging or tweeting. But if my husband is in a mood to be sociable, I switch off the computer.
- I tend to keep blogposts short, and take photos in small batches at the weekends, in order to maximise my time.
- Blogposts can only be written on a computer; but tweeting and replying to comments can be done on my phone in the odd spare moment.
- Planning helps too – my Filofax is where I jot down ideas for blogposts.
5. Don’t feel obliged to say ‘yes’ to everything.
At first, it is easy to be flattered into spending ages doing something just because someone else has asked you to do it. But now I think, ‘Is it worth me spending valuable time on this? What’s in it for me? Will I enjoy it?’. And sometimes I turn things down, ever so politely, so that I can focus on doing something I want to do instead.