So you know I have a Homemaker’s Challenge coming up, right? I had one participant, Ruth, tell me she is going to finally start blogging and she asked if I had any suggestions. Of course I do! And I am ecstatic to welcome a new blogger too!
Blogging is the fastest growing form of media that is being used to minister to others. Churches and small home groups are now hosting a variety of events in the blogosphere and you know what, they are largely successful. Blogs allow the writer to record testimony and revelation at the moment it happens but yet, it remains online and queued in search engines for as long as the writer allows it. Because of that, it can be shared over and over again, touching life after life.
One of the first things I learned about Blogging is that there are a few things that make it much simpler to read for the reader and there are certain things that you can do to keep them coming back. I will outline them for you here and we will discuss the design aspect in greater detail next month.
How to start a blog.
- Find a blogging provider that appeals to you. Here are some to try: Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Livejournal.com, CafeMom.com, just to name a few. Almost all of these are user friendly and don’t require much technical knowledge for Blog maintenance. They are also free. WordPress.org is s my provider and personal favorite.
- Decide on a name for your blog. This is critical because you want people to remember the name. Make sure the blog title and URL are the same. This makes it easy for others to find you. For example, if you entitle your blog The Honest Woman, then your blogger address should be http://www.thehonestwoman.blogspot.com/. That makes it easier for them to find you again.
- Fill out your profile information. People like to know who they are reading about. If you are concerned about safety issues then you don’t have to use real names… just real personality.
- Choose a design template for you blog. Customize the colors and font to your liking. Add pictures and personalize it. You could also hire someone to design it for you. There are many talented designers out there to choose from.
- Write a few posts. If you are having trouble finding something to write about try this:
Quite a while back while I was scrapbooking, I began to ponder over what type of things would I want to pass on to my daughter (I do intend to have a daughter one day even if I have to adopt). Or even to my future daughters in law for that matter. This way I could give them a book of advice without ever butting in! So I began to write down topics:
- Kitchen Efficiency
- Revelation from bible study
- Homeschooling stuff
- Overcoming trials
- Family history (grandma, grandpas, etc)
- My planner, etc
My list was 3 pages long and I have only done a few of them. The rest of my blog is full of whatever I think of that day! So anyways, when I discovered blogging this was the first thing I thought of. It is a virtual scrapbook that I can pass on with all my tips tricks and anything else I can think of. Plus, I get input from all of you ladies in comments which makes it even more special. I also put special memories with pictures in there just to have that as well…. vacations, trips, etc.
- Starting building a circle of blogging friends. Visit their sites, leave comments and a link back to your blog. Then watch your blog grow! You can also add your site to different blogrolls. I have many listed in my sidebar. They will help bring traffic to your blog. Always be sure to add your blog link in your email signature as well.
- Post on a regular basis. For example, I try to post something three to four times a week. Most weekends I get behind but Monday through Friday I blog. Most of my posts take less than 20 minutes to type, upload pictures, and post. You can do it as much or as little as you like. There are also daily memes and blog hops that you can participate in. These are fun and also help to bring traffic. Set a timer on your desk if you are concerned that you will become addicted to blogging. That is the method that keeps me under control!
- Let your mind go free with ideas for blog posts and always carry a camera. You never know when a blog post will be inspired by the events of your day!
How to keep them coming back.
- Make your posts scannable. Use bullet points, numbered lists, or bold font to emphasize points. This is greatly appreciated by people who have but a few moments to spare reading posts. Making it scannable is not only pleasing to the eye but it brings the important information to the forefront and actually encourages the reader to stay a while.
- Use imagery. If you can’t or choose not to use personal photos, you should still use some type of imagery on your posts. There are plenty of free graphics sites on the web for you to choose from.
- Use creative titles. You want to ensure that they click on that link in their feed reader. A catchy title will do that. Be sure to use keywords too.
- Tackle the tough issues. Don’t be afraid to tackle the issues that make others cringe. Iron sharpens iron and asking questions that spark a friendly dialogue should be welcomed by your readers as long as they are done in love.
Do you have anything to add? Share your advice with us!
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