I started my blogging experience by reading blogs. I had no intention of ever blogging myself. I was just intrigued by some of what I was reading.
After some time, I realized there were things I liked about some of the blogs and blog sites I was looking at, and there were things I did not like very much.
I found myself coming back, over and over, to some blogs while others slipped away from a lack of interest on my part. I began to think about why.
I realized that blogging is an art and a craft, and there are some things that those who blog should keep in mind.
Keep the Length Reasonable
Anywhere between 350-700 words will usually handle most subjects. You want to cover an idea, but you do not want the reader to move on before you are finished having your say.
Very short blogs irritated me because it was often unclear what the point was.
Blogs that were long were frequently repetitious as if I was not smart enough to figure out what the blogger was trying to tell me.
Blog at Least 2-3 Times a Week
If I check in, and you have not posted anything in a week, why should I come back?
You have to keep me interested if you want to keep me coming back. You might even have at least one day a week that you always blog at around the same time.
For instance, you might post an entry every Thursday evening. Then I know I can always visit on Friday and find something new.
Keep Up the News
If you are blogging about specific current events, keep up with what is happening.
For instance, for several Tuesdays in June, there are elections. If you are blogging about national politics, it is a really good idea to blog on Tuesday after the results and, perhaps, on Wednesday, as well, with your interpretation on what happened.
The point is, whatever the subject, don not fall behind.
Respond to Comments Made About What You Have Written
If you do not respond to mine, I will work harder to make them impressive. If you respond to others, I will try to learn why you did, so I can emulate their style.
If you do not respond to anyone, I will see it as a one way conversation, and I might not feel like coming back. I like to feel appreciated and wanted.
I have been reading blogs for about six months and have finally started to blog on my own. I had no idea there were so many blogging communities.
Right now, I am concentrating on guest blogs to sort of test the waters. There are only so many hours in the day, so I have to make a decision about what to do and where to do it.
I am really looking forward to getting comments and becoming part of a community. I like the interaction of blogging, and I promise to take my own advice.
About the Author
Francine Lauder works for College City as an administrative assistance. She and her husband are raising two children. For her, blogging is a way of getting away from it all.