3 Tips that just might Improve your Blog
Steven Bradley, aka Van Gogh, sent a blog meme my way last week. My mission is to come up with 3 tips to improve your blog. The meme is a fork from the what are your favorite magazines meme. I’m glad I don’t have to answer that question because I don’t read many magazines anymore. Most of the information I process is delivered via the online medium. With the onslaught of new media, I wonder if mags could be going the route of phone books–can’t remember the last time I used one. Okay, here goes…
Blog Tip #1: Write Like It’s Your Last Words
In the flurry of trying to crank out regular posts, many bloggers seem to lose sight of what they are doing: writing. There is a big difference in the enjoyment I receive from reading a craftily written post vs. a hastily written one. In fact, good writing will often make me read further into a post even when the information is not so beneficial. It’s important not just to proofread, but go the extra mile for your readers in writing in a clear, interesting and provocative style that will make them want to read more of your posts. Think of it as akin to link bait. By the way, don’t get the idea that because I wrote this, I am a good writer. I’m still learning this principle myself.
Blog Tip #2: Use Every Tool Built in Blog Tool Available
What’s the difference in a blog and web site? One difference is that blogs are social. They have built in tools that allow intercommunication with other bloggers. Allow comments to be posted and approved on your blog. Take advantage of the trackback, pingback and ping functionalities. Utilize a blogroll. If you want, you can go a step further and deploy all sorts of plugins and widgets to sosh up your blog.
Blog Tip #3: Use Eye-catching Pictures
Whether landing on your blog deliberately or randomly from Stumbleupon, one of the symptoms of the hurried age we blog in is that readers scan the page quickly for something to latch onto. If nothing grabs their eye, they may be gone in a split second, perhaps never to return. Of course, it won’t always be expedient to find an appropriate pic to match your post (as in this post), but inserting a humorous or catchy image can be worth a thousand blogged words.
Now it’s time to be a good blogmemer and tag another blogger to carry on the legacy of the 3 Tips to Improve your Blog meme. One problem: I don’t know who to tag. Please jump in and pick this one up if you feel inspired.
Now… What are your three best blog tips?