5 Blogging Changes You Can Make Today
It’s not easy to figure out what you do and don’t want to do when you first start blogging. There are many things you can do to help your blog grow and be successful, but trying to do everything at once can be overwhelming (and let’s face it, not very realistic). Changes can be made over time in manageable chunks, and here are 5 thing you can start doing today to change the way you blog:
- Credit your sources and inspirations – If you hear about something on another news source or blog first, there is no reason why you can’t share it with your readers as well. Make sure your blog post is created with your own words, and not just regurgitating what someone else has already written. Then make sure you credit the person or news source accordingly. My own personal opinion about this is that the link text should be the same size as the text in the blog post. It looks unfavorable to hide it away in an odd spot and with tiny print. Also, keep in mind that crediting someone does not automatically mean you can use their photo or blog post. Get permission first! No need to start off on the wrong foot with fellow bloggers. I like to point people to blogs that inspire makeup looks or nail art as well. Everyone is inspired by others from time to time, and I really appreciate seeing where that inspiration comes from. Not to mention it is just good blogging karma.
- Make commenting easy – Spam is a real problem, I know. I deal with it too. This one will come down to personal preference, and choosing the lesser of evils. There is debate as to whether or not CAPTCHAs deter commenting. I personally don’t mind them, but I know there are commenters who move on if they are required to use them. If you are unsure if you want to ditch them, why not poll your readers? You may find they really don’t mind, or if they do mind you may find an increase in comments if you remove it. Allow people to anonymously post. You can moderate your comments, so that SPAM or abusive comments don’t make it through. This issue is a cross platform one, as I have seen it on WordPress, Blogger, etc. People should be able to comment regardless of the platform you are using. Check your blog settings, do you have commenting requirements that would require people to create an account with a service in order to comment on your blog? You may be turning people off who wish to make a comment without having to sign up for yet another account somewhere.
- Go out on a limb – Plenty of readers (myself included!) enjoy sharing in the ups and downs of learning new techniques, playing with color, etc. Don’t think everything you do needs to come out perfect in order for it to be ‘blog worthy.’ Being able to show you are human and can laugh at your mistakes not only makes for a relatable blogger, but really isn’t that great to do in life in general?
- Socialize – Yep. You don’t have to do every social media outlet out there, but you do need to get into the game. Pick one you think you can manage, and start from there. I mainly use Twitter, as it seems to move more than Facebook (which I do use too). It is up to you. If you are unsure of where you would like to go, again this is something you might like to poll your readers on. If they are mostly on one platform, why not join them?
- Go viral – This is a challenge, but I find challenges fun. I personally feel that Pinterest and Tumblr are the easier formats to go viral with. They can be so easily repinned or reblogged with the click of a mouse. Look at Pins or Reblogs that come through your feed that have taken off, what do they have in common? What elements do you think you could recreate with your own content? Viral posts can really be a boost to traffic, and help you get your blog noticed. Don’t be discouraged if it takes time to figure out a formula that works for you.
Do you already do one or all of these things? Any tips you would like to share to expand on these ideas?