Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for Interesting Content

Before I get to the post I have to talk about a very important cause first. One of my favorite authors, NYT bestseller David Farland, is going through a difficult time as his 16 year old son suffered a horrible Long-Boarding accident. He has severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.

The cost for all of his son's medical issues is going to be more than $1,000,000. In order to help him earn money to pay ease the suffering today authors and book bloggers are joining together to start a book bomb and here's how you can help.

By a copy of Nightingale anytime today, preferably from David Farland's site.

This was one of the best books I read last year so by buying today, it's really a double win. For more information about Ben and the book bomb visit the facebook page here

Moving on -

It's the A-Z challenge and I'm talking about blogging tips. Today I want to focus on what kind of content should be on your blog. I talked about this a little bit yesterday, but today I want to expand on those thoughts.

They don't call it the blogging community for nothing. Blogging is a neighborhood of people who gather on the web becasue they have the same interests. The best way to make sure your blog has interesting content is make sure you're talking about what you're passionate about.

I can't talk about this without relating it to real life. When you meet someone in person do you want them to start selling stuff to you right off the bat? What about asking you if you want to enter a contest? What if a random stranger came right up to you and said "I'd love it if you came over to my house sometime!"

Sound appealing? Not to me either. Blogging isn't about how it benefits you, that's just a natural side effect. Blogging is about finding readers through putting a part of yourself out there.

When you have interesting content, followers will come later. Talk about what interest you, and you'll find other people are interested as well. Be yourself and the everything else will follow. Trying to hard will only lead to overexertion and nothing to show for it.

Be consistent in how often you blog.

Set aside time to visit other bloggers.

Make sure you're engaging the people who visit you by responding to their comments and visiting their blogs.

That's it. With time you'll find blogging to be one of the most beneficial things you've ever done, and the friendships make it all worth it in the end! 

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