Enjoy these blogging tips from 20 members of the “T.L.C. Club”, jot down the ones that resonate with you, and get out into the blogosphere and rock your blog!
Sweepy Jean: I try to limit the post length to about 500 words. We all have good intentions, but with so many blogs competing for attention, the shorter ones are going to be read fully, the others maybe will be skimmed over. I don’t go crazy over it, and occasionally the subject matter requires more space. But when I hit the 500 word mark, I know it’s time to wrap it up or if possible, edit it down.
Maureen Hunter: Although a relatively new blogger I would have to say from my own experiences, blog about what fires your Mojo. Write about what you know of, inspires you, or feel would be of most benefit to others. Don’t be afraid to show something of yourself that others can relate to.
Hajra Khatoon: One thing that I keep in mind is that I keep my posts within a word limit. When I hunt blogs, I find that I lose interest when the post is way too long. So I decided to keep mine at a length that is able to capture and hold the readers interest and attention.
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom: Although I have a running list of ideas, in the middle of the night something may come to mind that is worth writing down. So, get your fresh idea on paper or print before it slips away, even if you sacrifice your sleep – you can always take a power nap the next day!
Dani Nir-McGrath: I always get inspired at off times when I can’t actually write a blog…kids are in the tub, driving, or putting the kids to sleep. So, when my brain is creative, I want to capture the thought so I don’t lose it. I just jot down the theme and maybe a sentence or two (or maybe a heading) that I’m thinking. If I can’t write, I call and dictate the thoughts on my home voicemail from my cell while I’m driving or send a text on my phone with the thoughts from tub-side. Then when I’m sitting down to blog, I have a concept, a few sentences, and even a heading to build from!
Melissa Austin: Write about whatever “lights your fire”. Find a niche and go with it. By writing on a certain niche, be it business, a mommy blog, or fitness – makes it so your blog is easier to find. Readers will be more attracted a blog that has a niche and stays on topic. Also, don’t forget spell check. It seems so simple, but it is often forgotten. You want people to come back to your blog, not avoid it.
Leanne Chesser: My best blogging tip is to have a theme or topic or niche for your blog and write within that area. Write what you’re passionate about. Also, respond to all comments. This creates a culture or an atmosphere on your blog of “interaction” and “relationship”. And design your blog so that it’s easy to read and navigate.
Janette Fuller: My best blogging tip is to “know your audience”. Who are you trying to reach? Who are you trying to appeal to? What are their interests? What do they do for fun? To be able to able to effectively communicate, you have to have some idea of “who” is reading your material so you can package it in the best possible ways.
Leona Martin: This is from the 31 Days to A Better Blog: Day 1: Develop an Elevator Pitch for your Blog. Why? “YOU as a blogger need to have thought through and crystallized in your mind what your blog is about.” I like this idea because I have an elevator pitch for my business when I attend networking events so why not my blog, too?! Put your Elevator Pitch on your business card, email signature, and on all your social media profiles!
Amberly Mauszycki: Just simply “be yourself” when writing. If you are writing and your true personality comes out in your blog posts, people will relate more with you on a personal level and want to read your articles more than a post that sounds too stiff and un-natural. Blogging should really be about branding yourself, and if your true personality isn’t coming through in your posts, people aren’t getting to know YOU. I also suggest doing vlogs (video blogs) to develop more of a connection with your readers.
Jennifer Puckett: I have been such a slacker at this great tool that I should be utilizing for my business! This time around I am writing my posts in advance which is helping me to stay more organized and on top of things, hoping I can keep that up. I also think writing down the topics or ideas for the posts on a calendar in advance seems to help.
Cindy Murphy: One of my best tips, I learned from participating in blogging challenges. Try and write posts in advance and make sure you know how to set up the settings to have them go out on the scheduled time. I didn’t know this at first and thanks to Michelle Shaeffer, I was able to get it to work. Also, be yourself and talk with your target market. Personalize your posts to your audience and use stories to connect.
Janine Ripper: I’ve found that as I blog more and more, the posts that get the most traffic and comments are those that come from my heart and soul. At times it can be a big risk – because you are putting part of yourself on line, but it is so worth it. I’d also suggest following other blogging experts on Twitter such as ProBlogger, etc., as the tips and posts they tweet can be invaluable.
Gwen Tanner: Answer the comments people leave on your blog. If a visitor asks a question, then provide an answer as quickly as possible (many will keep checking back!). Even simply thank them for visiting your site. Also, make sure there is a way for visitors to contact you on your site that is NOT through comments, Twitter, or Facebook. Sometimes people want to ask you a question directly or get clarification or just tell you how much they love your blog, so leave your email or create a contact form that is easy to find on your blog.
Martha Giffen: My best tip would be to JUST DO IT! It’s easy to sit and “think” about blogging but to have a great blog,you need to consistently add great content.
Roberta Budvietas: I find that if I blog in haste I really need to re-read to ensure my message does not get garbled. I have a helpful editor who listens to me read my blog before I post and tells me if I have gotten off track.
Kenneth Manesse: Blog just one day a week. I schedule all my blogs on Fridays for the whole week, it takes me 1 or 2 hours to do it, that way I don’t have any anxiety about each day. Cheers!
Bonnie Copeland: Join a group like the “T.L.C. Club” for advice and motivation! Seriously! I just finished a 31 Day Blog Challenge that taught me so much. And check your links! Dead links suck and ruin your credibility quickly.
Roy A. Ackerman: I have five or six blogs in the hopper (as drafts). I do bump and shift, given the exigencies of the day, but this process means I am never FORCED to write.
Melanie Kissell (Yours truly): It’s best to craft blog posts when you’re in the right mindset. If you’re not truly in the “mood” for writing, your posts will reflect your disinterest and your writing will appear to be “forced”. So sit down and write like the Dickens when the spirit moves you! Seize the moment and grab the blogging gusto when you can!