Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for Reaching Your Blogging Potential

It's the A-Z challenge and we're two thirds of the way through! This month I've been talking about blogging tips. I've really been struggling to write this post becasue it's so huge and I could go so many different directions with it. But I'm going to focus on what makes my favorite blogs my favorites.

Since I'm still at a writer's conference we're going to do this top 5 style, again.

Five things that make my favorite blogs my favorites:

5. Their posts are diversified. Yes, the blog may be about writing, but they don't just focus on the craft. The posts are always fresh and interesting.

4. They respond to comments. Most of my favorite blogs have their email on and we chat in our inboxes. Bloggers that don't do that respond to comments in the comment section. They don't necessarily respond to every comment, which is just fine. The important thing is that their responses come from a real place.

3. I never feel pressured to visit their blogs or join their hops/contests. Sometimes when I visit blogs they're running a giveaway, but you have to blog, tweet, facebook, follow their blog and give your first born child to enter.

Or, someone is running a blog hop and every single day there's a new post begging people to enter. One post about our hop, a tab on your blog and maybe a reminder at the end of other posts (without pressure) is enough. If I feel guilty for not entering it makes me not want to come back. The best bloggers are casual about those sort of things.

2. It's easy to stay in touch with them. The best bloggers I know have Facebook pages and twitters where they post interesting content and engage their followers. If I have a question for that blogger, or if I want to invite them to something, they're easy to find.

1. They're consistent. They blog on a regular schedule. They never apologize for missing a post (even if they do). They are visible becasue they are regular and becasue they are visiting other blogs. They have things to say and they say them when they think of them. I'm friends with them becasue they're around when I want to chat. The best bloggers are the ones I can count on.

Is there anything else that you think makes for a great blogger?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry, only Twitter for me - no Facebook.
I like variety of topics and consistency in posting as well. And someone who interacts on his blog and with the community. Attitude matters as well.
Hope you're having a good time at the conference.

John Wiswell said...

I wish I'd responded to more comments this month. The lung infection wiped me out so much that I only go to them every two or three days, which was less frequent than I'd wanted. Not so much for the "Fascinating post" types, but for people who were trying to engage.

John at The Bathroom Monologues

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Great tips and thoughts J.A. Reaching your blogging potential is important and achieving it a great feeling of success.

Tara Tyler said...

well, you are one of the best in my book!
all these tips & advice are hitting home, esp q day
ive been there but didnt quit, came very close tho!

as for comments, ive been lame this month. trying to visit every blog from the list i can at least once & as many who visit me on sunday. whew! im exhausted!

prerna pickett said...

those are great tips. I really need to get back on track with my blogging.

ilima said...

I've fallen way behind at responding to comments during this A to Z challenge. I hope to repent come May. :)

Erin Shakespear said...

Interesting post, Jennie! I hope you're having loads of fun at your conference. :)

Krista McLaughlin said...

I agree with Alex - attitude is a big one for me! If they have a highly negative attitude in their blog posts, I probably won't stick around for long.

Those are some great tips! I need to work on consistency. I don't have a schedule, but I should at least post regularly.

Unknown said...

Great tips. And I too agree with the attitude of a blog, if it's negative it doesn't make me want to come back.

Have fun with a-z. :)

Anonymous said...

Great tips! I am always looking for someone I can learn from.

Denise at Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers, participant of A to Z Blogging Challenge
Denise Reashore on Facebook

Carrie-Anne said...

I like someone with a fun, sincere attitude, and a clear passion for whatever the blog or website's focus is (writing, a certain band, photography, etc.). It's also important to turn off captchas to reach your full potential!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I wish everyone had their email attached to their comment reply, or whatever you call that. It's really easy to just hit reply to respond. Responding as another comment seems weird because most people don't come back to your blog unless they've asked a specific question.

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Annalisa Crawford said...

Like you mention, my favourite bloggers are visible - commenting on a wide variety of blogs, having Facebook and Twitter, and having a genuine interested in what you are saying rather than just trying to get you to their blog.

Unknown said...

This is about the same criteria I use for my favorite blogs as well. :)

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

I actually just created a FB page but then "hid it" before reading this post. I am just not sure I want it so accessible to my high school frenemies, etc. Any advice?

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