Friday September 16th: Blogging
Welcome to the final day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Today we are discussing Blogging. The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 things you are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.
This post is a bit harder for me. Although my blog is over a year and a half now, I still am very new to the game. I don’t know what works for every blogger, but I can tell you things that work for me. I also don’t really follow trends or use tools, so I’m going to skip that part of the discussion. With that here are some of my “essential practices.”
1) Use a word-processing and/or blogger editing program to compose your posts.
I can’t tell you how many times I lost part or all of a post when I first started. I would compose my reviews and posts directly in the blogger window. Something would happen and BAM! the post was gone. So now I write all of my posts in Pages (the Mac version of Word) before I post. Generally, the formatting carries over and I’m go to go!
2) Use the scheduling tool.
|Image by Kristina B (flickr)
I try to write my posts ahead of time, and then I schedule the post for the next day, next week, etc. Most bloggers already do this, but when I first started, I didn’t know I could do that – or how to do it. And if you are like me – be sure to set the post date and time first thing so that you don’t accidentally publish the post.
3) Keep your information and links up to date and active.
First of all… I am guilty of not following through on this tip myself. HOWEVER, it is important. You all know how frustrating it can be when you click a link and it’s a dead end, or goes someplace outdated.
And my final tip for today is…
4) Ask questions.
If you see something you like on someone else’s website… Ask them how they did that. If you enjoy a feature you see, ask that blogger where they found it. Most bloggers are willing to share their “secrets” and give you a hand.
What are practices and/or tips for blogging that work for you?
I hope you have enjoyed Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011. It has been a fun experience for me.