In “Letters to Laurali” on Laurali Star Diaries, author Larauli responded to her first “letter to the editor” on her site. The request was from a fellow blogger asking for help blogging. Blogging has changed her, she admits. Laurali has soared, stretching her wings with glory and radiating in the new connections she is building online. The tips she shares in response to the email are for all of us.
In summary they are:
- Follow and be followed.
- Publishing consistently on a schedule.
- Make mistakes. Blogging is an art form.
- Comment well for the conversation.
- Blog about at least three topics and spice things up once in a while.
- Pictures are like magnets.
- Enjoy the journey.
These are excellent tips. I’d like to add one more before I hand out today’s blog exercise.
The Secret Sauce
When I traveled around the world as a keynote speaker and workshop leader for the new world of WordPress, blogging, and social media, I asked my audiences to answer the question “What makes you not trust a website?” The consensus was “You know it when you see it.” It’s a gut reaction. An instinct. While there were characteristics most spammy sites had in common, if the same elements were presented differently, more professionally, the visitor still knew in their heart that this was a site that couldn’t be trusted.