Sunday, February 7, 2010

Blog Basics for Basic Blogs

Blogging. Seems like everyone is doing it. You can find blogs on every subject matter, from kids to pets, from diseases to treatments, from cooking to cleaning and more. But the question is, what makes a good blog? That is kind of like art. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I have found there are simple rules that seem to work to make a blog worth reading.

The basics of blogs are simple.

  1. PICK A TOPIC- stick to something you are passionate about and the words shall come to you.
  2. CHOOSE A SITE - There are several sites to post a blog, the two most popular are Wordpress and Blogger. Blogger is the easier of the two.
  3. SELECT AN APPROPERATE LAYOUT - Let the layout be a reflection of you and more importantly, the overall subject of the blog. Don’t use a background for kids if you are writing about business.
  4. K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid - Try not to ramble. Get to the point.
  5. WRITE ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY- Many people think you need to write Daily. If your are using your blog as a daily journal - yes. But if not, don’t feel like you HAVE to post everyday.
  6. READ IT - Yes people, read and re-read you post. Is it good? Did you cover the topic well? Did you spell everything correctly? Would YOU read it if it wasn't yours?
  7. JUST DO IT - Just Do It! ( What part of THAT don’t you understand?)
  1. ADVERTISE- Many brag about the items they sold or post a grocery list of items they just have listed. Sorry folks, but unless you are a dealer of collectables, art, antiques, etc and are giving some solid information about the item, this to me is pointless. Really, does anyone care if you just listed 100 sets of Fruit of the Loom Spiderman boxers? There are places and widgets to use to promote your items, use them effectively.
  2. SLAM - Sure everyone ‘rants’ from time to time….I have done so here. But do NOT personally “Call out” someone.
  3. FORGET TO GIVE CREDIT - Give credit when credit is due. Linking to others works wonders.
Personally, either amuse me or inform me or I am out of there. For examples of some of the blogs I find to be worthwhile, Look at my Blog Log on the sidebar here. They are some of the best out there.

What do you look for in a blog? What turns you off from one?



Gypsy Trading Company said...

.....and another great post. I have done the same, and try to be insightful, diplomatice and informative. I love blogger! Wordpress confuses me, and now I have to look at my back ground!

Yeshuazgirl said...

Yet another GREAT Blog post! Love your style Susan! - Just a common sense, no nonsense approach. Thanks for the great blogging tips!
I am new at it and appreciate any help I can get.
I will look forward to your next "rant/rave" :)


Joe Leach said...

Great blog. My problem is I am not creative.