In a never-ending search for ways to be more active online I’m devoting March to my blog. Each Monday I’ll look at suggestions and ways improving our blogs to help strengthen my writing platform. After all, that’s supposed to be the idea, have a good solid platform and people will find the books. Uh-huh. We’ll see. Last month I worked on my Twitter account. This month it’s blogging.
The goals are to blog consistently, and increase my readership. I’ll let you know at the end of the month how well it worked.
Today, I have 3 suggestions for a good blog.
- Find an area and stick with it. Yeeeah, this is a case of do as I suggest and not as I do. I can’t seem to stay in one area with my blog.
- I’m a writer, so I blog about writing, but I don’t feel experienced enough to only blog about writing.
- I’m a quilter, remember. my book is a collection of quilt stories. Again, not an expert quilter, and don’t want to just blog about quilting.
- Then there’s my faith, inspirational, uplifting comments and ideas I want to share.
However, experts on blogging suggest we bloggers find and stick with one market. While I haven’t been able to follow that advice, I do follow bloggers in each of those categories that do stick to one subject.
Writing bloggers like Duolit , who have a blog for independent published authors, but I find it helpful. When I want to learn about book marketing, I check out their blog.
Quilting bloggers like, Kim at Kim’s Crafty Apple, I know when I go to her blog there will be information on quilting in some form. Sure I learn a little about her life, but mostly I learn about quilting.
Inspirational bloggers like, Karen Jordan at Telling the Stories that Matter the Most. I know if I’m hurting, or want to be uplifted Karen is sure to have a story that will help.
This is why ‘experts’ encourage us to find an area and stick with it when we blog. Although, that is good advice, I’ve never been known to do what was best. Maybe it’s the latent rebel in me.
I’m not alone, there are other bloggers who cover a variety of subject. Bloggers like Amy Shojai’s Blog, Bling, Bitches, & Blood. Or Hilary at The Smitten Image, then there’s Carol at Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy.
2. Have a schedule. Even if your blog, like mine, zigzags all over the place, have a posting schedule. This will allow your readers to have an idea of when you will post what.I try to do that:
- Monday is for writers, currently it’s marketing, but that could change.
- Wednesday is God’s word, that’s still a work in progress. I started one way which didn’t work, so am looking for what will work for me.
- Friday is Five Minute Friday, where I write for five minutes, no editing, no second guessing, and link up with others at The Gypsy Mama.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are supposed to be for quilting, again, a work in progress.
- Sundays are silent, I post pictures.
3. Be consistent. Right. Another case of do as I suggest and not as I do. Once we have a schedule, we need to stick with it. Again, it makes it easier for our readers. Also, having a consistent time to post helps them. Some like to post in the late evening, others prefer posting in the early morning, or maybe the afternoon, depending on their real life schedule. So far, my posting time has been horribly erratic.
Now you know what I’m not doing, that I should be doing. How about you? Do you follow any of these rules, or do you break them? Why? Do you have other “rules” you follow that helps keep your blog active? Please share with us.