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Monday, 2 May 2016

Question of the Month: Blogging Advice

Each month, a bunch of us get together to answer a question set by the talented Michael from A Life Examined. This month, Michael wants to know "What are three pieces of advice you'd give to people starting their own blog?"



Blogging's a hard thing do give advice on. There's so many different reasons blogs are started, so many different things that are written about and a really large array of possibilities for content. But if I were to give three pieces of advice that I found to be really helpful but are still as universal as possible, they'd be this.


  1. Spend every moment you can visiting and commenting on other blogs. At least at the beginning, those people will be your blog's biggest source of traffic. They can also provide ongoing content. I once had a joint blog post with Cherdo at Cherdo on the Flipside where I answered questions about Australia that were posed by her school students. But it's VERY important that this interaction is genuine. It's no fun to go to a new blog and say "Nice post!" before leaving a link back to your blog. If you do that, I hope your blog withers into obscurity.
    If you get that part right, it's a great way to make new friends. When I went to Canberra last year, I met up with someone who until then I'd only known online and she took me to Questacon. We had a great day.
  2. Links. Links everywhere. Search engines like web pages that are linked back to more than others. If you place links in your comments when you comment on someone else's blog post, that's an extra point. If it's a blogger you've never met before, there's a chance they'll follow the link and you'll get a new regular reader. just make sure that that's not the sole purpose of your commenting on others' blogs. That would be disingenuous. You're aiming to make a new friend, not gain a new hit.
    Within your own blog, post links to old posts as often as you can (as demonstrated in point one) to help get more use out of content that would otherwise fade into obscurity as you pump out more.
  3. Pictures will increase the interest level of of your post a thousand times, but if you can make your own pictures, that will also give your blog its own distinctive style that that will set it apart from all the others. Cherdo is great at that, as well as Bryan & Brandon from A Beer from the Shower.
We come up with a new question each month, so if you'd like to join in next month, join the list below. We'll email you during the month with the next question. It's a lot of fun.



37 comments:

  1. Have to hop around indeed or the blog will dry up. Pics sure help a ton as well, if one can draw. The beers guys can, the cat can't.

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    1. Yeah neither can I. And I don't have the necessary computer skills to achieve the same goal.

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  2. Hello Michael and happy Monday. Visiting and commenting is indeed very important, and you can also make great friends this way!

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  3. I guess it is all about connecting...

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    1. I get the feeling that the most common answers will be something to do with connecting.

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  4. I like your advice. I enjoy answering your Q of the Month!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. I can tell, and I certainly enjoy your answers :)

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  5. Excellent advice. To me, the biggest point of blogging is the social interaction. If nobody is ready my posts it seems kind of pointless to be bothering with them. Without my interaction with others my comment activity slows down and would eventually die I would presume--I've never tried it long enough to find out and I'm not sure I'd want to try that experiment.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I struggle to find time to visit other blogs these days and my hits and comments have indeed taken a big hit. I feel like I'm neglecting friends.

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  6. Good advice on the links. I need to do more of that.

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    1. I constantly forget to put links in my comments.

      A Life Examined

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  7. These are really great points!! The one I need to do more often is link back to old posts, especially those that didn't get a lot of traffic in the beginning. Some of those, I loved! And no one saw them.

    The other thing I'd add is if you love a blogger, someone else will, too. Share that on your blog! I was thrilled to find your stuff online; just the kind of blog i like to read. It was easy to point others in your direction because I genuinely enjoyed it. You've been so nice to me on your blog, as well. Win-win!

    Love and hugs to you!

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    1. My online friendship with you has been great. Robyn was also wonderful and I can never thank her enough for giving me that big readership boost at the beginning.

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  8. These are really great points!! The one I need to do more often is link back to old posts, especially those that didn't get a lot of traffic in the beginning. Some of those, I loved! And no one saw them.

    The other thing I'd add is if you love a blogger, someone else will, too. Share that on your blog! I was thrilled to find your stuff online; just the kind of blog i like to read. It was easy to point others in your direction because I genuinely enjoyed it. You've been so nice to me on your blog, as well. Win-win!

    Love and hugs to you!

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  9. I forgot to add pictures to what I wrote about. Those are very important!

    I love interaction to. I try and comment back when people have commented on my blog. It doesn't always happen, but in general it does.

    Have a great Monday!

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    1. I bookmark comments that I've left on other blogs so I know if they've replied.

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  10. That Michael guy is pretty talented. And modest too.

    This is good. I am going to go through the other posts to get more tips!

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  11. Visiting other blogs is essential. There have been new blogs I've found because they commented on a post I did and their comment interested me so I went to investigate.

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  12. Great advice. I always intend to use more pictures on my blog than I do. You had perfect timing with your question this month.

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    1. Thank you, it seems to have gone down quite well.

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  13. Yeah, what Lee said. Being social is important, and especially being genuine about it. You can spend hours commenting on a ton of blogs, but it's going to get you nowhere if all you write is, "Nice post! Come visit me and check out my blog!"

    Also, we don't view or comment on the blogs of anyone we don't like. If I have to struggle to get through it or just don't like the person for one reason or another I skip it. Blogging is supposed to be fun, after all, not a chore.

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    1. Yeah I should have taken greater pains to emphasise that. I'm glade I pass the interest test, I couldn't picture Blogger without you :)

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  14. Using links and linking back is a great idea. As a matter of fact, I did just that in today's post for my Blogging 101. ;)

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    1. I saw. I bet that page has a LOT of hits.

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  15. I like your first point. Well, I like all your points, but I like the first one the most. I hope that doesn't hurt the feelings of the other two. I think of my followers (usually) as friends. I do my best to visit as many people as I can and to leave a sincere comment. I wish I had time to visit everyone, but I have to sleep.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I wish I had time to visit anyone period. I say that, but I I really wanted to make the effort, I'm sure I'd be able to find the time.

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  16. I read many blogs most days but not so much Friday, Saturday and Sunday those days I may only read a few blogs and for me a few is maybe a dozen or so.

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    1. Wow, a dozen still seems astronomical to me. I envy you.

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  17. Genuine interaction is the best and most worthwhile. I try to be thoughtful with my comments, although I sometimes get out of that habit during the A to Z rush. I love including pictures and I try to use my own photography as often as I can. And links back, I've used those every once in a while and I need to do that more often. Great advice and excellent question for this month!

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    1. Thank you! I'll be getting around to yours soon, I've been working!

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  18. Party's over and I'm just showing up. Oh well.
    I must say that point 1 is my fave. I used to be really good at it but have fallen back at bit. It's one of the things I'm working to improve upon. For me, it's all about time management. I need to make time to visit all the blogs that mean so much to me.

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    1. I'm definitely the same. At the height of this blog I'd be getting 30-50 comments on each post. Then I stopped visiting people, so they stopped visiting me. I only have myself to blame.

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