Blogging Done Right

Want to be a better blogger?

Just enter the search term ‘better blogger’ and lots of information will pop up. Most of the stuff you already know. Here’s a list of some ideas to help you stay focused and on top of your game!

Keep paper handy for ideas. When you’re driving and hear a topic on the radio or overhear a conversation that intrigues you, write it down so you can research it later. If you don’t have a piece of paper nearby, call your home phone and leave yourself a message.

Read what others have to say. Not only will this help build community, you will no doubt learn new things from people all over the world. Expand, grow and leave a comment to express your interest. Do unto others …

When you write professional blogs, add a piece of yourself. Include a personal antidote that lets the reader want to know more about you. Give a piece of yourself as a way to make your blog more interesting. It’s nice to know the top ten reasons you can improve your self-image – but I also want to know if you applied any of them.

Use spell check before you publish. No matter how clever, humorous or intriguing your posts are … when your words are misspelled and you use incorrect grammar, well… that’s all the eye will see. Trust me on that one!

Include media. Photos, videos, podcasts, images, colors and links all make your post come alive. You’re already working with an interactive format – get bold and let your readers enjoy the ride!

Give credit where it is due.  Be sure to let your readers know where you found your ideas. Link to other blogs, give credit to authors, explain the origin of photos and express your thanks. The internet will know if you steal words, images, photos, etc.  And if that happens, others will certainly point their finger at you and say in a loud voice “YOU, YOU, YOU!”

What works for you? Now is the time to hit the comment button and share with me!

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Internet Goodie #2 – Write it, Be it!

Goodie #2

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What inspires you to write?

No time like now … to begin a blog.

I know you LOVE to read my writing on a daily basis but secretly you’ve wanted to write your own words of wisdom – correct?

Yes!

There are really 2 steps to beginning a blog.

1.      Decide what blogging software you want to use (find a free one!)

2.      Decide what you want to write about.

That’s all.

A blog is the combination of two words – web + log = blog.

You are writing a log (on the web) about something that matters to you.  Whether it’s your family, job, loss of job, hobby, travel experiences, business ideas, science inventions, grief and longing, hope and happiness … you decide what matters most and put your fingers on the keyboard and begin.

TIP #1 – Type your words into a document format first. Write, muse, wander, chew … then write some more. Save the document as you go along. Once you finish writing – USE SPELL CHECK on your blog post before you publish it.

TIP #2 – Copy your article (post, musing, etc) and paste it into your blog. (Check this link for Keyboard Shortcuts)

TIP #3 – Find a photo, video or quote to enhance your words. If you can’t don’t worry, there are websites that have images you can use.

TIP #4 – Always give credit to sites where you find information, photos and inspiration. Include a link to their site as a way to say Thank You!

There are tons of free blogging platforms you can use to create your blog. Most of them can have you up and running within 10 minutes.

Below are some well-known blog platforms or hosts.

Blogger – blogger.com – Quick easy set up and large community of blogging buddies

WordPresswordpress.com – Vast amount of design themes. No ads are allowed on the free blogging site (upgrade to get that feature).

Tumblr – Tumblr.com – A blog platform with a focus on allowing media-rich posts.

Edublogs – Edublogs.com – Often used in classrooms and as a writing tool in education.

Xanga – xanga.com – A social blogging site.

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Please – if this inspires you to start a blog, send me a note so I can link to you and follow your progress!

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