Blogging Tips – Day 11 #30DBC

Everybody has blogging tips, but mine are unique and go along nicely with my blogging course. Enjoy!

Read Blogposts Everyday

Use Google Reader to subscribe to a variety of blogs and visit your Google Reader page to catch up on your daily reading. Reading new blogposts keeps you up to date in your niche and keeps you in your favorite bloggers. Reading daily also helps you stay sharp and very often helps you inspire and polish your upcoming blogposts.

Write Everyday

Even if your blogging schedule and editorial calendar don't call for daily writing, you should write every day. When you write, you practice. Writing develops the creative part of writing as well as other important skills, like using your blog, typing faster, searching better in Google and more.

(notice the previous two items both say: EVERYDAY, not whenever you're up for it)

Observe Things With a New Lens

As you go about your day, when you become a blogger you will notice new things. You'll notice something about your granddaughter that you never noticed before; maybe you'll pay more attention to the different restaurants in your city because you want to blog about food. Take time to notice these subtle differences about your daily life, your hobbies, your family, your friends, your work. As you blog more, you'll observe more, develop an insightful eye. Everything is bloggable (yes, I think I just made that word up).

Talk to People About Your Ideas or Discoveries

When you write a blogpost, or you have an idea or discovery, share it with friends or family. Try to find friends and family that you trust with this information AND that will be supportive of you and your efforts to develop your blogging voice. Tell them how you're coming up to your current train of thought and see if you make any new discoveries. Sometimes it isn't the feedback that they'll give you that will be important here, instead the clarification of your own thoughts as you try to put them into words will be refreshing.

Find Other People That Like Your Topic

Once you have a few blogposts published under your belt, you need to find other bloggers that write about similar topics and that may be interested in what you have to say. Go out and search for them, sometimes you'll need to go beyond the traditional search engines. Look in forums, social networks and even amongst your friends, family or even co-workers. I've discovered that people I've known for months or even years have a blog and they just don't talk about it much, but once I bring up the topic, they open up. Instant blogging friend!

 
(all images by shutterstock)

Go on, you know you wanna read part two: Blogging Tips Part II

23 Comments

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  2. Your tip on sharing my blog ideas with friends or family that I trust is so helpful. Often they ask questions or share ideas that help make my blog stronger more interesting.

  3. I find that reading is as much of a discipline as writing so that is why I use Flipboard to help me with originizing my reading be ther from Google Reader or my social feeds.

  4. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I look forward to implementing the ideas.

  5. I am bringing in the rear of the class in the passing lane.

  6. Thank you for sharing nice tips. Everyday read and write. It’s kind of hard but I will try!

  7. Much as I hate to admit it… Everyday is the key. 30 days to new habit, eh?

    • Doing it “every day” is important. It develops the habit and eliminates the roadblocks and difficulties on actually doing it because you practice so much.

  8. Its true that as when doing writing daily the everyday things that happen do take on a new perspective.

  9. Those tips make sense! But my challenge would be to read and write everyday. I’m keeping up with two posts per week so far is manageable..

    • Yuka, the challenge wouldn’t be a challenge if it were easy right? Setup your google reader, add the app to your phone and boom! Done, you can have new blogposts at your fingertips anytime. If you’re waiting in line for something or waiting while picking up the kids from school, etc, you can read a quick blogpost that way.

  10. observing things is a fun part of blogging… Hard part now is finding time to get the observing down into the blog

    • Definitely this is tricky. Ask yourself the “why” questions like a kid and you will find more and more ways of integrating your observations into your writing.

  11. Being an introvert, it is very encouraging to know we’ll be creating ‘instant blogging friends’ simply by happily hiding behind my computer. Thanks for the encouragement in journeying into the world of blogging!

  12. do you have to retype shutterstock credit each time? Or is there an auto populator?

    • Wendy, I use a little program that “expands” several shortcuts I use regularly, I only have to type 4 letters for the shutterstock thing and then it replaces those 4 letters with the writing, the link and done!

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