I love blogging and take great joy in seeing my blog grow as I grow at blogging. As much as I love blogging, blogging is not something that came naturally for me.
I was not good at English grammar or writing in school when I was growing up. I never really learned anything about English grammar or how to write until I became an adult and started home schooling my children.
I was so paranoid about being able to teach English grammar and how to write to my children, I made English grammar and writing top priorities in our schooling. English grammar actually became the best subject for most of my children and I learned it right along with them (5 times).
Not having learned English grammar or writing skills very well until I was an adult made starting a blog quite scary for me. I have always been able to stand in front of thousands of people and talk but to put something in writing was a very difficult task. This is why blogging did not come naturally for me. I am sure there are many more reasons blogging does not come naturally for many more people.
Today I am going to share a list of 10 things that make a great blog. If you are one of those people like me who have struggled or currently struggle with blogging, maybe you will find something in my list that will help you make your blog better.
Make Your Blog Great
1. Blog With Confidence!
The great thing about blogging is no one can see anything but text on the white page (or whatever color your page is). They do not see you sitting in your chair, quaking in your boots because you are so nervous about what you have written.
So, figure out what you are going to write about. Do some research so you know something about the topic and write like you are an expert. People will see you as an expert.
2. Write Like You Talk And From Your Heart.
People reading your blog are not only interested in the content you are blogging about, they also want to get to know you. Write your post like you are writing a note, letter, or instructions to a friend. Include yourself in your post.
The more people get to know you, the more they want to read what you write about.
The blogs I see getting the most comments are the ones where the blogger is very personal in all of their posts. I think people go to read these posts because of the relationship they have with the blogger as much as for the content the blogger provides.
3. Be Consistent
Consistency is really the key to being successful in anything you choose to do. Blogging is no different.
Be consistent about posting to your blog. Pick a day and time to post to your blog each week (or however often you are going to post) and do it without fail. (I know I have failed at this several times over the past year and it has hurt my blog.)
One suggestion I have heard is to look at your blog in Google Analytics and find out when most of your traffic is coming to your blog. Then schedule your post to publish during that time of the day on the same day every week.
4. Engage Your Readers In A Conversation
Use your post to engage your readers in a conversation. This can be done by putting a call to action at the end of your post. Ask your readers to contribute to the topic you just wrote about. Specifically ask your readers to leave a comment.
The call to action is very important. We, as human beings, do not tend to take action on anything unless we are specifically asked to do so. This is why the “call to action” is so important in the sales end of business.
When you give the call to action and your readers leave a comment you can now talk to them personally and start a conversation.
5. Make Your Posts To The Point
Most places you read that blog posts should be between 400 and 600 words. I know many of my posts, including this one, are longer than that. The thing to remember though is that a post is a very short article and should cover one thought or topic. In the case of this post it is a list of 10 (hopefully short) items about one topic.
If you have several ideas you want to cover about one topic like I did when I wrote my posts on Twitter Tools, then make a series out of it. I did a two week series Twitter Tools, Part 1 and Twitter Tools, Part 2.
6. Break Up Your Post
Use formatting, images, bullet points, headings and lists to make your post more appealing to the eye. These types of posts are also easier to read. People will be more apt to read a post that is appealing to the eye and easy to read.
Paragraphs that are short, only one or two sentences each, help make a post easier to read.
7. Choose A Niche And Topics You Are Interested In
When you start blogging, choose a niche you at least like. This may not be whatever you are most passionate about if that topic is something not a lot of other people are also passionate about or would be interested in reading about.
Within your niche write about something you are interested in and passionate about. It is always much easier to write about something you love than something you do not like but have to write about anyway.
8. Proof Read Your Post
I think this is so important. I know I do not always catch all of my mistakes but I do proof read my posts. I hate going to a post that have a lot of typos and other mistakes in it.
Reading posts that contain lots of errors is not as enjoyable as reading posts without any or only a minimal number errors. So, proof read your posts.
If you are not good at proof reading then find a friend that is and exchange services with each other. They can proof your posts and you can do something for them that you are good at.
9. Comment On Fellow Bloggers Posts
Go and read other bloggers posts and leave comments. If you want comments on your post you need to reciprocate.
Everyone enjoys receiving comments and leaving a comment is another way to engage a fellow blogger in a conversation. This will allow other bloggers to get to know you as a person and they will be more interested in reading what you are writing.
10. Be Involved In The Blogging Community
Make yourself a part of the blogging community within your niche or the niches you comment and write in.
Like in the off line world it is really about being involved in a community and blogging communities are filled with some really fabulous people.
These people are some of the most caring and giving people I have ever met.
Remember we cannot do this alone so it is important to support other bloggers and they will support you.
This is a list of 10 things I think are important. I am not necessarily as good at all of these as I need to be. I am also still trying to perfect my blogging skills and am learning more everyday.
What About You?
Do you have suggestions that can make us all better bloggers and in doing so make our blogs great blogs? If so I would love to hear your suggestions in a comment.
I love comments so please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
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