One question many of us ask ourselves is, "How can I become a better blogger"?
Follow these simple tips, simple as that. No matter what platform or service you use for your blog, (i.e. Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr....etc) these tips will help you succeed.
Set a Post Schedule - Let your readers know how often you plan to post new content on your blog. Whether it be a page dedicated to your post schedule or something visible on your home page, your readers will appreciate it. I recently started a post schedule page and market it throughout the month on Twitter. It has the second most views of all my pages. My post schedule actually has what I'll be posting and when. This is a personal preference, you don't necessarily have to pre-plan your posts out for the month. You could say something along the lines of you update or add new content every Monday or Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Then stick to that schedule. If for some reason, you are not able to keep your schedule, tell your readers why...."I'm headed to Bourbon Street for the weekend, be back in a couple days".....(I wish)!
K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple & short) - Okay, really that means keep it simple stupid but we're changing the meaning for the moment so just go with it. By shortening your post and making it scannable, your readers will much appreciate it. The world is a busy place and most people do not have time to read the novel you published this morning. Make your points, share your opinions and let's move on. If for some reason you find the need to write a long post, make paragraphs with a space or two in between. Ten paragraphs ran together into one huge one isn't appealing at all.
Engage your Readers - The best way to engage your readers is by asking open ended questions. An open ended question begins with how, why, what, where.....this encourages your readers to respond to your post. I like to place my open ended questions at the bottom of the article. This way it will be the last thing my readers see.
Don't be a Snooty Blogger - After your readers leave a comment, please, please...for the love of all things that are holy....reply to their comment. Even if it's a simple, "Thanks for visiting".....please just reply with some sort of response. Can you tell this annoys me?
Be Personal and Personable - Show your beautiful self off. On your Customized About Me Page try to connect with your readers on a personal level. Post a photo of yourself, a nice headshot works wonders. Share with your readers what you love about life and what you do in your freetime, your hobbies, your goals, your pets...whatever! People enjoy having a human connection and by showing your readers your witty and bubbly personality, you are being personable.
Be Persistent - Success normally doesn't happen overnight. Stick to these tips and your blog will grow just from your readers spreading the word about how awesome you are. The Blogosphere is a community. Which means we all share the same values, we're all here to share, teach or vent.
What steps do you take to become a better blogger? Which of the above tips do you have a problem doing?