Blogging Insights — Big Tipper

Blogging insightsFor this week installment of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya noted that she has discovered some useful tip or technique from other bloggers and said to herself, “If only I had known this when starting out!”

So, to that end, Dr. Tanya wants us to share…

3 Tips For New Bloggers

This is a bit of a challenge, since each blogger had his or her own reasons for starting a blog and has their own goals and objectives, so I’m not sure I can come up with three universal tips. That said….

1. Write about what interests you, because if you’re not interested in what you write, others probably won’t be either.

2. Proofread carefully before publishing. We all make mistakes or have typos in our posts because behind every blog is a human being and none of us is perfect. But make an effort to try and catch errors, whether in spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage, or syntax. No matter what you’re writing about, if there are a lot of those kinds of errors, people are not going to be bothered reading your posts. And by people, I mean me.

3. Be patient. If you’re a new blogger, it may take some time for people to discover your blog. So if you don’t get a whole lot of views, likes, comments, or followers in the early days of your blog, don’t get disheartened. One of the best ways for your blog to start getting noticed is to interact with other bloggers. Read their posts and comment on them. Not perfunctory comments like “nice post” or “good job,” but substantive comments that show that you really did read the post. What did you like about it? Why did you enjoy it? If you comment on someone else’s post, they are more likely to visit your blog.

22 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Big Tipper

  1. Mason Bushell August 17, 2020 / 10:58 am

    Great insight post, Fandango. My apologies for all the errors in my stories. I read them all twice, grammarly them as well and I know they’re still littered with errors. But I just cant find them!

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    • Fandango August 17, 2020 / 1:47 pm

      It’s hard proofreading your own work. Your eyes see what your brain expects them to see, which is not always what’s on the screen. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a professional proofreader review our drafts before we hit “publish”?

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      • Mason Bushell August 17, 2020 / 1:50 pm

        Worse than that even when you think you have it right the next person will still find lots of things they want to change — I hate editing!

        A proofreader would be nice for sure. I cant afford one for books let alone WP though.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong August 17, 2020 / 2:38 pm

    I’m a terrible proofreader and nothing I have ever done has helped improve it. It’s an ability i seem to lack.

    Please note that a comment that includes your website address is NOT a comment, it’s an advertisement. I delete those comments and sometimes block them. A comment has to mean you actually READ the piece, not just gazed at it then spewed out a sentence or two.

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    • Fandango August 17, 2020 / 3:17 pm

      I agree about comments with links to the commenter, blog. That said, if I respond to a prompt and the pingback doesn’t work (it’s often iffy on WordPress), I will write something like “here’s my take on your prompt” and will include a link to my post.

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  3. Carl Setzer August 17, 2020 / 4:30 pm

    There’s the inverse to the “commenting on other blogs” strategy: spamming. Nothing annoys me more than random comments about bitcoin, or herbal viagra supplements. I’m very glad I installed Jetpack and Akismet on my sites.

    “10 things to not do” might be a good post.

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  4. africanaussie August 19, 2020 / 1:55 pm

    Such true words!, I had a blogspot blog for years, and just blogged about creating my garden. I was passionate about it and created quite a following. Once the garden was established, I felt I was re-hashing the same old stories in a different way. Then I heard people saying wordpress was a better platform, so am starting out again, this time with a more varied base of crafting, gardening, kitchen etc. I have to build up a following from scratch, AND learn a whole new system! I AM passionate about it all though, and like the others here I do need to focus on that proofreading.

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    • Fandango August 19, 2020 / 10:47 pm

      Good luck to you with your new venue here at WordPress.

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  5. victoriarose002 August 19, 2020 / 3:38 pm

    Thanks for these tips. I think that proof reading is so important for me personally because whenever I read a post through, I spot so many mistakes 😂

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  6. leigha66 August 20, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    I am terrible at proofreading my stuff. I hope it doesn’t send you running away from my posts. At least with spell check I am covered with proper spelling usually.

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    • Fandango August 20, 2020 / 10:34 pm

      I really don’t find typos on your posts, maybe because you poetry and prose are so engrossing.

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