Hey everyone! Last month I didn’t get the chance to talk much about blogging, since I was giving way for holiday-themed posts. Which is why for the rest of January’s Saturdays (and probably February’s too) I will have a series of posts focusing on the topic, giving some tips that can be helpful to kickstart your blog this 2017.
We all started blogging with different purposes. Maybe you were bored or you wanted to improve your writing or you sought for a place to vent (this is how I started) or something entirely different.
But the fact is: we were looking for something and the blogosphere called to answer.
It’s such an amazing place, the blogosphere. It’s huge and you would think since it’s already overpopulated it won’t have any space left for anyone new. But it never gets tired to welcome people in. Never. It’s kinda like the Hermes cabin in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. They welcome everyone!
Now as a blogger, there would come a time when you want to improve yourself and grow your blog. This can be done in so many ways and I’ll give you a few (ooh rhymes!) on each aspect of blogging.
1 | Your Blog Design
Out of everything here, improving this aspect of your blog is the most noticeable to readers and visitors. Your blog’s design is important in determining whether a reader would stick around long enough to read what you’ve written or could hit that back button faster than me saying “cheetah.”
According to this site, it only takes a mere 0.05 seconds for someone to form a first impression on a website and determine if they would stay or leave. Even more so, 94% of a person’s first impression on a blog is apparently design-related. It’s like a book’s cover. With just a glance on your blog’s look, a person will determine whether it’s their thing or not.
Here are few ways you can improve your blog design:
+ Create a clean custom header
+ Fix yo’ sidebar (and footer if you can)
+ Create your own color palette
+ Make a favicon
+ Have custom graphics everywhere you can put ‘em
2 | Your Blog Content
I find that the most important improvements for your blog’s content ultimately depend on you:
What are the topics you want to write frequently?
How often do you want to write them?
Think long and hard what your answers for these two questions are. They’re what will help you create the foundation of your blog’s content. But the problem is, they’re pretty subjective. Only you know if you want a niche blog or a nicheless one. Only you know how much you need to post a week or a month to create awesome content.
We all have different limits and capabilities. And so only you can know for sure if something is working well or not. No blogging tip or advice could give that to you.
Now if you already have the answers to these important questions, yay! Good for you! *hands you a rainbow cookie* Here are some more ways to improve your content:
+ Try Out an Editorial Calendar
+ Make Use of Categories and Tags
+ Format Your Blog Posts Neatly
3 | The Important Pages
What are the important pages, Kate? You may ask.
Well, these are the pages that any blog needs to have, no matter the niche or even if you don’t have a niche: the about page or the “start here” page and the contact page.
And if you want to go a little bit further, there are also:
+ Disclaimer (especially if you make use of Amazon Associates)
4 | Blogging Etiquette
I say blogging etiquette as if I mean The Ten Commandments of Blogging or something, but I don’t.
The blogosphere doesn’t really ask for much. Mainly? Just respect. Respect for the other people in the Interwebs, not just the blogosphere. Respect for other people’s works. Respect.
For example: the “follow me” comments. Those hurt me. I mean, imagine yourself sharing something to someone and that person will just interrupt you and be like, “Yes yes, that’s nice. But listen to this one…”
That’s kinda rude, isn’t it?
Unless of course that person found you in a Link-Up party or a blog party. These things allow you to promote a handful of your posts so I think it’s no question to return the courtesy and visit others’ too. But outside these situations, it’s not really kind to do so. Like you’re using other people’s space to promote yourself or something. It’s spammy.
So how do you show respect to others in the Interwebs? Let me count two ways:
+ Give credit where credit is due
+ Be completely genuine and give thoughtful comments
This is where the growing isn’t only limited to your blog but also comprises yourself as a responsible netizen and, ultimately, as a person.
I’m telling you right now, I’m no blogging expert. Heck, even I am still instilling some of the things here or constantly improving them. *cough*blog design*cough*
See, I like to think we’re all a work in progress. And we can always do small things everyday to improve. And as I’ve said before, there is always a room for improvement. 🙂
I will be discussing some of the points here more extensively in the next few Saturdays so if you are interested in one or more, you can click on that follow or subscribe button so you won’t miss ’em.
Or, you know, just drop a visit every Saturday! My blog is always open 😉
What do you want to improve in any aspect of yourself this year? Do you have some changes planned? I’d love to hear about them!
Happy growing, awesome peeps!