A friend of mine is thinking about starting a new lifestyle/creative blog in hopes of attracting readers outside her circle of friends and family and asked me for some tips. Pretty funny because my blog is clearly nothing fancy and I wouldn't call myself any kind of 'great' blogger, but I was thinking: I read lots of blogs, why do I read the ones I read? As Tina recently asked on her blog, 'what keeps me coming back?'. So I thought I would answer/post in this format in hopes that it might provide my friend with a few more points to ponder -and maybe even help me get my own act together a bit more!
By the way, DIY blog pimping isn't that hard thanks to the tutorials over on Pugly Pixel and Blogger Buster -and those are just two examples. Don't want to DIY? Ask Carolyn to do it for you!
series of napkins at Chez Beeper Bebe.
I think the slowest public blog I read is A Field Journal. She posts on average, what, like once or twice a month? But her posts are gorgeous and stunning! Her photos are fantastic and her projects are honestly better than Martha Stewart's, so she can get away with posting so rarely.
Part of quality = clear text and good photos. Fine, I edit for a living so I really notice this, but I think we all appreciate when others run the spell check and don't write eternally long run-on sentences that make you feel like you're never going to reach the end, and by the way they'll throw in forty random facts about their last car repair before getting to the end of their sentence that was originally about spray painting their board and batten project. Do you know what I mean?
What? You can't take photos like Ansel Adams or even Ree Drummond? Me either. Let's try though, ok? Baby steps! Here are some great beginner photo tips, flash tips, and backdrop tips (I need to revisit all of these...). My personal favorites are 'try turning off the flash' and 'read your camera's manual'. I started blogging with my cell phone camera and had 30+ followers in a few months, so anything's possible.
sharing a video that inspired you, for example, tells me something about who you are.
A nice 'About' page can also be helpful in this aspect. Who are you? How can I contact you if I have a question that's not suitable to toss into the comments? Obviously not everybody is ok with putting a picture of themselves online or sharing their private email address, but there are ways to get around that. Add a nice description, get a blogname @ gmail dot com address and have it forwarded to your regular email address, etc. The About pages are supposed to be the second most viewed page on a blog after the homepage, so throw your readers a bone. No connection, no dice.
What keeps you coming back to this blog -or any for that matter? What turns you off? Personally, I'm seeing a lot of room for improvement on my blog after reading my own list, ha! I'll have to work on it...
Stay tuned to hear what makes me want to comment on your blog. (gosh, that sounds arrogant, ha! Just remember why I'm doing these two posts!)
PS- The pictures are from a recent drive through the countryside. Have I mentioned that spring in Germany is wonderful?