I’ve been reading several blogs lately about blogging, which is somewhat funny when you think about it, but I’ve found them interesting. So, I thought I’d join in with my own post.
How Often Blogger’s Post
Personally, I post 2-3 times a week. I prefer blogs that don’t post everyday simply because I just can’t keep up. I don’t keep track of other blogger’s schedules even though I like it when they tell me about them.
I have a basic set of topics, currently they are writing, illustrating, photography, and cooking. This helps me to focus, as well as lets my awesome followers know what they are in for upon return visits. Most blogs have a theme. Whether it’s writing, technology, or personal experiences it doesn’t matter as long as I can relate to it on some level I’m happy. I don’t like posts that simple say, “Don’t know what to blog about today. Just thought I’d let you know.” And leave it there. For me that’s a time sucker.
Super important. Why? Most bloggers follow many blogs and look through their dashboards or blogs rolls for new posts to read. A unique, fun, or otherwise engaging title encourages people to click it and read more.
Poor Title: Fridays
Better: Friday’s Suck
Even Better: Friday, the day birds poop on me
Short and sweet makes me happy. If it is longer, break up the text into shorter paragraphs with white space in-between. Remember the Internet = short attention span. My eyes glaze over if I have to concentrate real hard. And yes, I realize this is a long post, but see all the white space?
We love ‘em or we wouldn’t allow them. For the ease of my users I don’t have word verification on. I do have comment moderation on for posts older than four days. This helps me monitor possible spam. It also lets me know when someone had something to say that I might miss it otherwise. I figure I can handle monitoring my recent posts.
I heard that it is considered blog etiquette to follow everyone who follows you. I try to do this because I haven’t found a blog yet I haven’t liked. I wonder if you still follow a blog when you find it creepy? I don’t expect blogs I follow to follow me back. I follow because the blog had something that interested me. Admittedly, I’m not a follower stat checker. So, if you follow me it make take me a while to find you. I wonder what will happen should I ever get a huge follower base. Could I possibly follow everyone and the blogs I find on my own?
Visiting other blogs and commenting
The biggest ritual of all. I try to visit blogs 2-5 times a week. This all depends on what else is happening outside the blogoshere. I try to comment when I can, but there are times I just don’t know what to write and to simply write, “Hi, read it” seems lame.
100 Follower Contest/Giveaway
Contests are fun. Giveaways are fun. They’re big in the blog world. The 100 Follower Contest is a popular one. They’re a great way to drive traffic to your blog, but I always wonder if you gain real return visitors that way. When I reach 100 followers, I will give everyone a big virtual hug.
Blog Fests or Carnivals
A blog fest or carnival begins with a blogger who decides to play host for a blog-posting event. The host chooses a topic, a date for the big post-a-thon, then tells everyone about it, and asks others to participate. The host has a list of participants linking to their post or blog.
One person posts on their site and leaves a link to another blogger’s post on a similar topic. It continues like this until the last person links back to the first person.
Tell me your rituals. What ceremonies have you participated in? Have I missed any good ones?
UPDATE: Always proof your blog post. This one was riddle with errors. I apologize to everyone who read this before 4:30. I’m not saying it is perfect now, but at least it makes sense.
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