I’ve read a number of posts on blogging and social media this week, and here are the top ten I’d like to share with you:
Every blogger wants to write supremely useful and insightful content. The question is — how do I pull that off consistently without my blog eating up every waking hour of my day? And if you write for other sites in addition to writing for yourself, there’s even more pressure to keep the quality up. Whether you’re getting paid in cash or traffic, you can bet your host blogs are counting on you for great posts — every time.
…since you’re writing about something that you are personally interested in, you’ll find people are more drawn to it because it’ll be written in a more engaged and personal tone. People tend to have pretty good intuition in this way—if you’re not really engaged, the chances are that your audience won’t be either.
One question I get asked often is how do I do it? Namely have a full time job while also running this blog, my photography blog, commenting, taking the manual approach to Twitter, writing tons of guest posts all over the place, and working on extra-curricular projects. So I’d like to take this time to share with you how I do things.
“Best Of” blog posts are quite easy as it could be as simple as a blog post that covers the top posts in a category or a particular time limit. These posts could also showcase the “best of” a particular list of other blogs or topics that you might be interested in. Don’t limit it to just the content in your blog!
As I work with my seasons and not against them, I’m required to ebb and flow, staying fluid with my expectations. So I’ll tell you what my work routine is like today. In one month, it will probably be different.
Use lists. Be topical… write posts that need to be read right now. Learn enough to become the expert in your field.
It eventually happens. It’s inevitable. Every blogger ultimately faces the same problem — the blog traffic jam. If you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ve faced this nemesis, too, and you’ve found yourself asking: How do I get out of this? How do I get more traffic flowing through my site?
Whenever you are about to embark upon a vacation, the question of email inevitability comes up. Will you remain online, go offline, or try a hybrid of the two?
Every blogger loves comments. We communicators relish the responses our messages cause, and blogging allows this to happen instantaneously. But not all messages are always worth equal response. So how do you know?
I learned that if I wanted to get responses to my blog posts that I was going to have to shift my focus. I was going to have to write first for other people. I was going to have to add value. And you will, too, if you want to maximize your potential for blog responses.
From Twitter to Facebook to blogging and everything in between, Ashley Pichea is learning all she can about the social media world. Co-founder of the 3in30 Challenge and blogging at L.I.F.E. by Ashley Pichea, she invites you to join her as she finds her place in the social media world.