Blogging Bits offers “A Beginner’s Teeny Weeny Guide to Blogging”, a simple step-by-step resource list of articles from around the blogosphere covering a variety of blog tips and techniques. The list includes:
- Miscellaneous good practices
The comments include other recommendations that are worth tracking, too.
While the list is small on purpose, here are a few of my recommendations that I would add to the list for Blog Planning and Purpose. Without a strong blog purpose, and a plan to fulfill that purpose, a blog soon dies and the blogger is bored or floundering without a path.
- Set the Blog Subject Matter: Without clarity about what you are going to blog about, you will lose interest and enthusiasm, not to mention readers, if you don’t stay on track and cover consistent content consistently.
- Blog Editorial Calendar: Set deadlines six months to a year down the road for your blog so you are always pushing towards your goals, and content will continue to flow.
- Whose Blogging: If you are the only blogger, it’s important to know who you are, your blog persona, which establishes your writing style and voice. If there are multiple bloggers on the blog, each one must be clear about their responsibilities as well as the tone they will take on the blog.
- Blog Demographics: If you don’t know who you are writing to, then how can you write? I’ve always had to have a clear picture in my mind of who I am writing for, and then write for them and their needs. A blog is no different. Have a clear picture of who your blog audience members are and serve them and their needs.
- Blog Goals: Do you have goals with your blog? What do you want to do with your blog? Do you want it to make money? How much? Enough to pay for hosting or more? Do you want it to establish your reputation? Give you a voice to have your say? Or be a resume to help you find a job? There are many reasons to blog, just be sure you know what you are working to achive with your blog.
- Clarify Blog Purpose: Be very clear about your blog purpose and focus. If it is covering car races, then don’t start blogging about your favorite flavor ice cream unless it has something to do with car racing. Become the expert in your niche, the one people come to for the help and community they need by clearly identifying who you are and what your blog is about.
Once you have your plan and purpose defined, then the choices you make for promotion, monetization, and good practices will automatically follow suit. The clearer your purpose, the better choices you will make.
- What You Don’t Know About Blogging Can Hurt You
- What Are You Not Doing With Your Blog
- Drilling Down Your Blogging Niche?
- What Gives You The Right To Tell Me?
- Business School for Bloggers: How to Make Money With Your Blog
- If You Don’t Write With Keywords, Will It Hurt Your Blog?
- How To Get Back on the Bloggy Path
- Blogging is Not About You
- Why Do You Blog? Do You Have a Purpose?
- Genealogy Blog: Starting With a Purpose and a Plan
- Blog Struggles: The Blog Focus
- Blog Struggles: Why Should Your Blog Have a Focus
- Blog Struggles: Finding Your Blog Focus
- Blog Struggles: Changing Your Blog’s Focus