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Sharing is Caring: 5 Quick Blogging Tips

02.19.2010

I don’t consider myself a blogging guru or expert by any means. What I know about blogging and blogging effectively has come from a combination of education, trial and error, and observation of successful blogs. And getting into a rhythm. And making it a part of my routine. Trust me, it’s not as easy peasy as it may seem.

At The Simple Plan, Michelle Loretta asked me to share my experience with blogging and any advice I could offer.

So I’m hoping this is helpful. If this is helpful to at least one person, I’d be over the moon.

  1. If you are going to start a blog, I recommend hosting your own blog and building a blog using WordPress.org. Note the “org” versus “com”. The “org” version is hosted on your own server and URL. Like “yourname-yourcompany.com” etc. versus “yourname.wordpress.com” which is owned by WordPress. Also, WordPress will give you the most bang for your buck, in my opinion, since it’s free, has a ton of free plug-ins, and you have control.
  2. Set a schedule for yourself from the beginning and commit. If you decide you will blog 3 times a week, commit to blogging 3 times a week. If you decide to blog once a week, do it, and do it well. Because if you start blogging four times a week, then drop to two, then drop to once a week, then to twice a month…your readers will notice the inconsistency. Be consistent, whatever you decide your interval to be. Work it into your schedule.
  3. Be authentic. Write in your regular voice, as if you are having a conversation. Because that’s the essence of a blog. A conversation. You don’t have to write as you think you “should” be writing or sound. If you will be interacting with clients, your blog should reflect you, so that when you meet in person, the transition is seamless.
  4. Build content before publishing. If you are worried about not having enough content to blog, or that you don’t have enough time to blog, build a bank of content. One of the nice things about WordPress (and Blogger can do this too) is the ability to schedule posts to publish at a later date. You could potentially write all your posts for the week or the month over a few days and then schedule out your content. This is also helpful if you are launching a new blog. Write for a few weeks before you launch, and you’ll have some great content to share over time!
  5. Be personal. I’m a big advocate about being personal on your blog. It allows readers to connect with you. For me, I blog fairly often about my obsession with red velvet cake and cupcakes in general. After posting about it, I had an engagement session where my clients brought me cupcakes. So fun! And now, it’s pretty funny how friends, readers, and other vendors associate me with red velvet cake. I like it and it’s a true reflection of me. Obviously, there are privacy boundaries, but be as personal as you feel comfortable.

And just for fun, said cupcakes from awesome clients:

Happy Friday!

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PERSONAL

Found Internet, must blog.

11.20.2009

I totally take Internet access for granted.

It’s become such a regular part of my life and routine that I forget about life pre-Internet.

My dad is always on the cutting edge of technology. Back in like 1993 before the Internet was the “Internet”, my dad had Mosaic running in our house. With a 14.4k modem. Do you even remember those? I had access to email on Eudora. And I remember loading simple HTML pages with pictures that would take AGES to load. In 1995 or so, when the cable modem was hardly fathomable by the ordinary person, we had cable modem access. And watched the “Dancing Baby” from Ally McBeal fame.

Basically, I’ve known/had access to the World Wide Web before I knew it was the Internet.

And now, I’m without. Cent and I are without Internet access at our house. And we’re feeling the effects of Internet withdrawal.

Yes, the Internet is kind of like a drug. I get my fix from surfing the web, reading blogs, and paying dreaded bills online. Without it, I start to twitch a little. And even with access from my iPhone, there are still things I can’t access or do. Like blog. Or play Scrabble on Facebook.

So how am I blogging today? This blog post is brought to you today thanks to Barnes & Noble free wifi. And a grande Caramel Brulee Latte. Mmmm. Gotta love the holiday favorites.

Here are my tips to getting Internet access, even when you don’t have it at home:

  • Starbucks – for the price of the cheapest drink ~ $1.50, you can hop online
  • Barnes & Noble – same deal as above, and you don’t have to log into anything
  • AT&T Internet or iPhone customer – if you have either, just use your user ID at an AT&T hotspot, free!
  • Public Library – A lot of libraries offer free wifi these days, check your local branch
  • Airport – If you happen to be traveling during the Holidays, Google is hooking some airports up!
  • Friend’s house – My friend Karyn invited me to her home Wednesday to use her Internet. Hit up a friend who works at home, they might enjoy your company!
  • Neighbor’s wifi – Okay, so this isn’t so kosher, but you can use your neighbor’s wifi if it isn’t locked. Or, if you’re friends with your neighbors you can ask if they let you use it. That’s probably the better option.

Photo by Mr Gilder on Flickr

Keep your fingers crossed. We should be hooked up with access once again on Monday.

Happy Friday!

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