When it comes to blogging, there all kinds of things you should and should not do. If you’ve been blogging for a while, these Do’s of Blogging will mostly be old news. If you’re new to the world of blogging, these do’s, along with a few tips and tricks ,will definitely be helpful!
The Do’s of Blogging…
#1. Be Yourself! This is probably the simplest, but easily the most important thing I can tell you about blogging. Copying someone else’s look/style/voice/content won’t ever bring you the kind of readers you want. Finding your own writing style and sense of blogging-self can take a little bit of time, but in the end its worth it! Your followers will fall in love with who YOU are!
#2. Cover All Your Social Media Bases. Basically this boils down to consistency… If you don’t have your blog/brand name reserved on each social media outlet, whether you use it or not, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to share a blog post on twitter or facebook, went to tag the author/blogger and discovered they don’t have a twitter account or facebook page. While I can still share the content that I’ve found, I can’t let you know that I liked it or engage you in conversation about it! The other reason you need to cover all your social media bases is to reserve the name you want. Even if you can’t put the time and effort into ALL the different social media options, when the time comes that you can, you want to make sure you have the name all ready to go!
#3. Use Images. There needs to be at least one image in every post. 2+ is ideal. Each of these images should be pinterest friendly – ProBlogger has a great post about creating great images for Pinterest. As a general rule, you want to be using the highest quality image possible. Invest in a quality camera, make sure there is lots of natural light in your photo and that the subject is clearly visible. I could go on and on… in fact I will be soon! I’m working on a Do’s and Don’ts for Blog Photography post that I’ll be sharing in a few weeks, but in the mean time, I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to photography tips and tutorials.
#4. Keep Your Blog Design Clean. Gone are the days of crazy backgrounds, the entire rainbow being used in headers and sidbars, and dozens of fonts parading around the average blog. I surveyed my blog readers last January and one of the things that was mentioned again and again was how much they appreciated the clean and simple look of my blog. All the colors, different fonts and detailed backgrounds, can end up confusing your readers and ultimately drive them away sooner… definitely NOT what you want! Another thing that will drive readers away is talking ads, anything that auto plays or music on your site. I’ve mentioned these blogging pet peeves once before, but its something that I STILL run across on occasion!
#5. Use Proper Grammar and Spelling. Thank goodness for spell-check! Nothing pushes my buttons like poor grammar and misspelled words… it never ceases to amaze me how many writers and bloggers forget the basics when it comes to the english language. When in doubt, use Grammerly! I do! 😉
I’ll be back next week with more Do’s of Blogging! Stay tuned!