Happy New Year!!! Are you celebrating yet or all done?
A few days ago a new blogger asked me for information about blogging. I remember life as a neophyte blogger. Blogging experts wrote in a foreign language, as did photographers. My blogging friends still help me learn new techniques.
1. Decide the Purpose of Your Blog – Is it for you or for you AND readers? Remember you can change it later.
- Are you a vanity blogger or commercial blogger? Vanity bloggers DO NOT selling products.
- If you want ANY traffic, you want to increase statistics. To build statistics quickly experts teach that specific blogs draw more readers. True! Readers click in and out rarely leaving a comment. If the information is good, blog statistics climb rapidly.
- Random blogs get less traffic, but attract like-minded readers who chat and build friendships instead of statistics.
- Most blog readers prefer positive blogs to negative ones. Complaining housed in humor works, but most venters need a private blog. Cause-venting attracts readers, but doesn’t necessarily build long-term relationships. If something bad has happened to you, but your overall blog is positive, sharing makes you more human, but folks DO NOT want a constant diet of it unless it is VERY humorous.
- If feedback is important to you, short articles (500 words or less) work better than long ones. Edit, edit, edit! Break long posts into chunks and publish them later.
- If your blog teaches a skill, share what you learned AND what you thought about your learning, including your mistakes. People will get to know you, learn from you, and keep coming back.
- Blogs NEED pictures even if you borrow images from Google. Daytime bloggers enjoy music, but songs and videos load slowly, and impatient blog surfers may give up. Sleepless bloggers with families won’t listen to your music at night unless they have a blog cave, or their families are deaf.
2. Label Posts with Blogging Categories
- Organized people may start with categories, and then write posts.
- Random bloggers like me start rambling, then determine what categories fit.
- WordPress will suggest tags. Tags differ from categories, and help WWW readers find information quickly.
- Categories help readers who come to read you find what you write about. They also help you find articles you already wrote about specific topics.
3. Label Pictures with Blogging Categories – rainy or snowy day projects!
- Most of my picture titles started with the letters IMG. Poor labels filled my blog with repeated pictures, and used up my storage capacity. Edit using the scale changer. (Later, no hurry on that!)
- Click on a picture to edit it and change the title using category names.
- Use the text feature as you process your photos to write your name on the image. If you don’t, some malicious person might Photoshop your image and re-purpose it. I did not sign them at first as you can see with my killdeer, but who cares if she ends up protecting a lion in Africa and not her eggs in my driveway?
That’s enough for today because you need to go post your first post of the new year.