Since I’ve been doing this blogging thing for over ten years now, I must have learned some things about it right? Not really. Just kidding. I’d say I have, though I wish I knew more. Blogging is an ever evolving practice and therefore can be a really confusing undertaking.
There are some simple things I’ve learned that make blogging more meaningful to me. They don’t necessarily improve traffic or income. I’ll leave those tips for the pros to give.
Here’s a short list of 20 things I came up with that are helpful to me, use ’em or toss ’em:
25 Blogging Tips
Define what you want out of blogging.
Measure progress toward goals.
Create a cool “About” page.
Create attractive titles using related search terms.
Pick a simple theme (I recommend one created by WordPress.org ie; Twenty Fifteen) and test, test, test.
Use paragraph breaks about every 10 sentences or so. Do not write a whole page with no breaks.
Embrace the mentality that posts have a 12-24 hour shelf life. Don’t expect it to be read after that.
Write posts expecting them to be read years from now.
Read other blogs.
Subscribe to blogs that subscribe to yours.
Comment on other blogs.
Pay attention to what your “niche” is and become the resident expert.
Use pictures when possible. Get yourself a good camera or get good at iPhoneography.
Value real readers over “click through” traffic by replying to comments and commenting back.
Every year or so, get a good quality profile picture on your blog.
Be relaxed when you blog (it shows).
Use Google Analytics or other service to find out which topics get the most reads.
Enjoy yourself, try to not make blogging a chore.
(bonus) Try blogging from Starbucks.
If you have any tips, please share with me in the comments!
I was told to watch the front for an hour when I was 17 working at the Alpha Beta Service Deli bakery. I had people telling me I was far too young to be in charge. Everything seemed to go wrong, but I survived. When in charge of people thenceforward, I decided to never do that. Fostering people’s growth while protecting them is a far better way to go about training them than sink or swim.
When you dig deep you find out what really matters. Dating as much as possible doesn’t matter. Going through the Bible in a year doesn’t matter. Doing pushups kind of matters, running kind of matters, being open to others’ points of view REALLY matters. Loving others including your wife and showing actions that represent that love REALLY matters. Reading a certain list of hip titles kind of matters. Getting a college degree really matters. Scheduling a time in each day to practice relaxation or meditation really matters.
Letting go of false morals foisted on you by tradition mattered more to me than almost anything. Being conscious of your heartbeat, blood pressure, and breathing really matters. Doing a job of value really matters. Creating blog posts that are of value to my readers really matters. I kept all those resolutions and now you have my report as to which ones matter.
So we were in a garage playing music and smoking pot roundabout 1988. I had a buddy who played with me sometimes who was laughing at me that I had “homework.” He told me as he was huffing his pipe and taking speaking breaths in between that he was sure Bill Clinton was going to make college free so that’s why he was “waiting.”
Life without fear is stepping right up to solutions at the doctor’s office and the dentist. It’s accepting a request to play a song you’ve only heard on Spotify but never practiced -and getting applause-. Life without fear is curiosity about what is around the bend, you don’t hold back.
Watching a horror movie without fear is becoming a Fangoria and fan and saying to yourself, “How’d they DO that?” Of course, without pain, we start to rot from our injuries we ignore because of lack of pain. Sometimes, pain is our friend and at all times it’s okay to be scared in a horror movie. Pain gets a bad rap.
Pain is a megaphone reminding us to take care. Sometimes even a small amount of fear works that way. Zombies have no pain or fear for example. And, let’s face it, there are things we should be afraid of like physically hurting ourselves or losing our jobs -so we work hard to keep them-. A life without fear has its advantages but how much ibuprofen can you take before your limbs start falling off? There’s a place for fear. The good person ponders it and decides what is real and what needs to be ignored.
On Christmas eve my wife and I went shopping at the grocery store. We got important ingredients, snacks and sundry items for our Christmas morning with her parents and our trip to my parents the same afternoon. Fun but a little exhausting I must say.
The best part of Christmas was seeing Star Wars at 10pm. What a great film! They got this one right. I’ve completely revamped my blog theme and rethought a lot of elements. 2 really cool things that I like a lot are the posts in sidebar: latest status on Twitter and latest move review snippet. You check them out by clicking “Home” on the toolbar below the header.
I put in a cool header image as well. When I’m happy with my blog appearance, it’s always a good day 🙂 Tomorrow should be very busy. There is talk of seeing Krampus!
I have accumulated what I feel is the perfect set of hardware blogging tools. When I blog and use these tools, I feel totally “in the now.” I also feel like I can do this hobby long into my twilight years, even until my dying day. It’s not like most demanding jobs, you just get your thoughts into the box and press publish. Here’s a list of what you see in the photo above. Maybe someday I’ll write a post of how I use each tool. I love this non-job 🙂 Happy Sunday and happy blogging!
My Blogging Paraphernalia
This are my blogging tools @12 o’clock and going clockwise center to right and so on: Bose bluetooth speaker for musical inspiration as needed, mophie portable backup power supply for the iPhone, iPhone 6 plus, Foldable bluetooth keyboard for iPhone composing, Niko Coolpix S7000 w/WiFi interactive capability with the iPhone, Nook w/backlight, Buffalo power wood box and figure, bearclaw back scratcher when I’ve been at it too long, bifocal glasses case, ball point pen, felt tip pen for handwritten journaling, Moleskine journal, stamp pad, and a date stamp for stamping my handwritten journal entries. Not pictured: laptop.
My post this afternoon is in response to these prompts:
Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it.