One of my favorite things about blogging is the sense that you can blog about anything and everything and the best part is that its 100% you. I love it when I read a blog and you can literally hear the person talking (my new fav is adorned in armor! great writing!) It’s as if you’re in the moment with them. Each site has its own style, but at the end of the day a blog has to have personality! I’ve only been blogging for a year but I’ve already learned a few great tips! So here ya go!
1. WTF: Some blogs have sooooooo many ads. It feels like you’re looking at city lights with all the different advertisements popping out at you. I get that promotion is how you make the money but when both your side bars are cluttered your blog just seems like a website or a magazine.
Tip: Keep it to a minimum of 3 and then rotate them out on a monthly basis for different companies.
2. Yo Stacey: One of the first things I look at is too see if the blogger responds to those who actually comment. Nowadays with social media it’s so much easier to just double click a photo than it is to write a comment (I even find myself double clicking photos on Facebook; and then realize all it does is make the photo bigger whoopsss).
Tip: If someone takes the time to write a thoughtful comment then show them you care! The best thing about blogging is the interaction!
3. I wanna know: If I wanted to just look at pictures I would go on instagram. Obviously not every post warrants a full dialogue but it’s nice to know what inspired the post! If anything, it gives the reader a reason to stay on your blog and it gives them a chance to get to know you more!
Tip: I also love a blog that isn’t grammatically perfect. It’s nice to see a reader write ” blah” in the middle of a sentence or maybe a little ramble without commas and periods. Makes it more fun!
There are still the basics like photos of yourself, or an about me section but it’s always good to make sure that your content is also personal. Every blogger has their own flare but these are just a few things that I do to try to stand out. What suggestions do you have!?
Disclaimer: These are solely my opinions and what works for me.