SURVIVOR: The bloggers edition (Do’s and Don’ts of surviving the BlogWorld)

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There are certain things we learn at an early age that “adults” tell us are for our own protection. For instance, don’t touch a hot stove or don’t step on sharp objects. This road map of intelligence is critical in our development because it guarantees (at least for most us) that we can avoid the harsh and unnecessary physical pains of life and can go on to the more lasting and detrimental pains like heartbreak. (Brutal…yes, I know)

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if that road map of intelligence were available in all things? Maybe formatted in different styles with different languages? Well, fear not. Though the world is still a shot in the dark in most things, BLOGGING doesn’t have to be one of them. In the last few blogs we’ve discussed how to start a blog, how to find inspiration, and a few helpful hints on amping the appeal. Now that we “have our blog set up,” let’s discuss some DO’s and DON’T to keeping the dream alive.

I looked into a few websites, but by far my favorites were Darren Rowse with ProBlogger and a sarcastic, but true article by Ramsay. The culture of blogging is one that requires a few things from the writer if the goal is to be readable and successful. Like most social media forums, blogging is a conversation had with readers, and should never be one sided. To help in this endeavor, and AS ALWAYS, I have consolidated my very favorite helpful hints to get you on your way to greatness. To be snazzy, we will name it:

5 HELPFUL HINTS TO KEEPING YOUR BLOG ALIVE:

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POST FREQUENCY – Post frequency is a DO and a DON’T. Think back to the days of yesteryear where FACEBOOK was the most prevalent thing via Social Media. Now recall that friend that posted and shared things every 10 seconds to the point where you BLOCKED their feedback because every other post on your newsfeed was something with them on it. DON’T BE THAT FRIEND! Posting to a blog should be potentially once a week depending on the specific type. You can share other’s content (and GIVE CREDIT), you can recall an old event or experience, but you MUST try and be consistent. An empty blog is a dead blog. People want to see new content.

CREDIBILITY – Speaking of giving credit, there is nothing more shameful in blogging that stealing other’s content. At the same time, there is nothing more AWESOME and flattering that sharing similar content and showing love to the Bloggers who are just as interested in a topic as you. NETWORK! Absolutely. Share information and give people well-thought out content, but make sure you give credit where credit is due. Not doing so ruins your credibility and the credibility of your blog.

FEEDBACK – Remember that blogging is a conversation. You are talking to an audience. If someone’s comments, comment back. Be courteous. Say Thank you. Trust me, it can be the difference in keeping or losing a potential subscriber.

ORIGINALITY – Does this not go without saying? BE YOU, DO WHAT YOU DO. (Dr. Pepper)

PERSONALITY – My last tip, is EXPRESS YASELF. This is also a Do and a DON’T. When writing, we have to be who we are and express our personalities. That’s a huge part of what makes you original. But remember in expressing your personality to keep it positive. If it’s a bad day, maybe don’t write. If the place sucks, maybe find a LESS SAVAGE way to describe the experience. People love honesty, people don’t necessarily always like jerks. People like reading your content because of you! Keep your personality at the forefront of your writing. You can edit it down later. J

Until next time.

 

Ramsay.  2016. Don’t do that! Your must-know guide to blogging culture. Blog Tyrant. Retrieved April 10, 2017, from http://www.blogtyrant.com/blogging-culture/#comments

Rowse, D. 2014. Beginner Week: My 43 DOs and 25 DON’Ts of Blogging. Pro Blogger. Retrieved April 10, 2017, from https://problogger.com/beginner-week-my-43-dos-and-25-donts-of-blogging/

 

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