Posts Tagged ‘blogging advice’
Egads! Nowhere is safe it seems. . . .
Even the literary-pretentious New Yorker has seen fit to publish one of those droning lists article: â€œ10 Best Cars, of 2010,â€ â€œFive Best Places to take a First Date in New York,â€œÂ â€œFive Best Church Chapels for a Wedding,â€ etc. (John Updike and other renowned New Yorker contributors may be spinning as I type.)
All these easy-to-toss-off â€“ and equally easy-to-pass-over â€“ â€œTen Bestâ€ list articles can leave a blog looking like the inside of a spam sandwich. Or, worse, like one of the breakfast entrÃ©es from Monty Pythonâ€™s famous â€œSpam, spam, spam, spam!â€ skit.
Adam Gopnick, writing for the New Yorker â€˜s NewsDesk blog is cognizant of the effect produced by the overuse of the â€œTen Bestâ€ format.Â He starts his article, â€œFive Fine Moments,â€ with the following disclaimer:
I am personally wary, not to say disapproving, of â€œTen Bestâ€ lists and the like, partly because I find them tendentious, but mostly because I find them deeply depressing, a reminder of time passing, matched by an effort to pretend that the time came in a neat package of quantaâ€”these movies or booksâ€”rather than in its actual messy, decade-bending, sequence of shadings. But many nice things happened this year, mostly in sports, so here, in praise, are a few . . . .
Yet, self-mockingly, he tosses out his four favorite sports moments from 2010 and, as a sop to New Yorker readers, a reference to Nabakovâ€™s â€œPale Fire.â€ Read More
I’ve watched my blog traffic grow from zero readers to thousands of daily readers. But I don’t need these numbers to tell me that I’m a good blogger.
I get daily offers from public relations firms and potential advertisers, but this “love” doesnâ€™t tell me that I’m a good blogger.
And your comments. While they do make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, they are not a metric I use to gauge my blogging success.
How do I know I’m a good blogger?
Because every word I write sounds like I am saying it.
Seriously. If I read this post (or any that I write) aloud, it would sound natural rolling off my tongue. To me, this is blogging success – posts that capture my voice. I am a true believer that a blog is a conversation, and if I’m representing myself, I want the words I type to sound like, well, ME!
Aside from making sure that your blog post has captured your â€œvoice,â€ a tone that is unique to you, there are several other benefits to stretching out those vocal cords to read blogs that you write. Before I ask you to read your last three blog posts aloud, allow me to present several other benefits to reading out loud. Read More
You are part of your brand. Your blog is part of your brand. Put them together, and guess what, you have your brand.
I realize that most bloggers don’t want to hear that. If you’re the typical writer personality type you’d much rather blast some tunes and craft a 1,000-word post than worry about “selling” a brand. But every time you hit publish, like it or not, you are representing your brand. One key to establishing your brand as an authority on a subject, which is something that all niche bloggers should be looking to do, is to be consistent. I’m talking about a constant tone, a constant name, a constant logo, and so on.
Here are a few ways to keep your brand on track. Read More
I’m proud of myself. I went the entire three-day weekend without blogging. But I did spend some time doing what I normally avoid, and that’s reading other people’s blogs. Without pointing fingers, there were several consistencies that I came across that really got under my skin. Here are my top five. You are invited to share you “Blogging Don’ts” in the comments section below. Read More
Bloggers are faced with an obstacle of “time sucks” at every turn. These are evil black holes that take away your valuable time, and leave you with nothing viable to show for your efforts. Surfing the Web, researching topics, fantasy baseball leagues, and constant interruptions are just the tip of the iceberg. Another time oft overlooked time leech can be responding to blog comments.
I know that many blog advice sites recommend that bloggers respond to all comments. After all, we already know that the vast majority of people will never leave a comment. And I agree (to a point) that most comments, short of spam, deserve to be acknowledged. But before clanking away at the keyboard, ask yourself the following… Read More
I want my blog to be like pizza. Not like the fake crap you get form those international chains, but like a large, filling, somewhat greasy slice of authentic New York pizza.
Pizza is quick and convenient.
Whether you choose to fold your slice down the middle or opt for a fork and a knife, eating pizza is easy. There’s less chewing than a steak and pizzerias are found on the corner of Everytown, USA. Just like that slice of pizza, I want my blog to be easily accessible and easy to digest. I accomplish this by keeping my posts a reasonable length (usually between 200 – 500 words), writing in a simple fashion, and making sure that my posts are appearing correctly on all of the major Web browsers and operating systems. I want it to be quick and convenient to read my blog.
Pizza is nutritious.
A basic slice of pizza can deliver goods from many of the major food groups. So not only does your tummy get full, your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Pizza is one of the few foods, that depending on the dough and toppings, can actually pull items from ALL of the major food groups. I want my blog to fill people up with knowledge without weighing them down. I understand that they’ll be visiting other blogs, but I want to provide them with everything they need in case I’m their only stop for the day. Pizza compliments a meal nicely, but it also can BE the meal. Read More