Thursday, February 5, 2015

Advice for Prospective Bloggers - Part Four


This is the final installment of a list of advice for starting your own blog. To catch up, read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

11.       Conscious Diversity
                Having a variety of types of entries is kindness to your readers. There are so many types of posts possible that it’s impractical to list them here. Google “types of blog posts” or something. You’ll find hundreds of ideas. Pick a handful (but not too many) and rotate through them. My consistent readers will notice I have how-to’s, event announcements, personal journal type updates, quotations from books, photo essays, Glossary entries, shout-outs to other blogs, etc. Keep it fresh and your readers will stick with you.

12.       Be Involved
                Because blogs are a communal form of writing, getting involved in other social media will only help. Be friendly with others connected in your blogging niche through Facebook, Twitter, forums, other blogs, etc. Comment on their blogs. “Friend” them on Facebook. Bloggers blog because we want to network with others who share our interests. None of us can afford to be in all forms of social media but never interacting with your readers or others bloggers is incongruous to the form.

13.       Work Efficiently
                Lastly, develop a writing and photo editing work flow that eliminates extra motions. Make it easy on yourself by refining this process. I write in Word, and copy and paste into Blogger. Every post has a folder of pictures on my computer. Uploaded to Lightroom, they are exported back to that folder. They are all easy to find. Though maybe backwards to others with more experience, I find this process seamless and quick. Find a way to streamline the monotonous mechanics of posting so that you will want to do it more.


Blogging is not for everyone but if you are interested, give it a go. Get connected. You’ll grow as a writer, photographer, and artisan. It’s time well invested. Feel free to add any other tips you have in the comments below. The conversation at the other posts has been good so far. What do you think? What is important to you when you write or read blog posts?

4 comments:

  1. #11 is another one I need to work on a little. I used to have a nice mix of book reviews and tool reviews in my blog. In full disclosure, I was writing those for a part of the newsletter for the local woodworking guild and it made for good additional blog posts. After five years, I passed the newsletter editor job over to another guild member and haven't done but one or two book/tool reviews since. I need to get back to that.

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  2. #12, please, please, PLEASE, proofread your work before posting. I am always amazed how many typos and small errors I find. Even when I am in a hurry, I make myself read my post at least once before posting. I think it's only polite, since I am essentially asking a consumer to read it.

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  3. Thanks for this Josh; it's actually why I frequent your blog. I like your writing style and dig the advice you give. I'm not into the same type of woodworking but that's the beauty of it. I like writing and I'm trying to make my blog better. This series is quite universal. I'll be doing my part to help up the amount of posts (useful ones that is) on my end.

    -shawn

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  4. This series has inspired me to share more about my woodworking on my coffee blog. As much as I know about coffee, I am still learning and just getting into hand tool woodworking. What I have learned, however, is the writing really enables me to gather and curate my own thoughts. Sometimes I start writing without an opinion and the writing helps me organize my thoughts. The tips you have shared in this series are really great.

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