Greetings, Manic Fans. Once upon a time, I was a member of ThatGuyWithTheGlasses called â€œNOTYETUSEDNAME.â€ During my tenure in that blogging community, I garnered a reputation as a good blogger and it resulted in favorable comments and collaborations. I picked up some helpful techniques and decided to write a blog entitled â€œNYUNâ€™s 10 Commandments of Blogging.â€(NYUN is an acronym of NOTYETUSEDNAME….people shortened it for ease of communicating, and it stuck LOL!). In it, I listed some of the ways of blogging that Iâ€™d learned led to better success reaching your intended audience.
Since then, Iâ€™ve had 2 identity changes, and approximately 300+ additional blogs under my belt, so I thought it might be good to update the blog. Â Additionally, after The Second Opinion postedÂ such a great blog on the ABC’s of choosing your avatar,
I thought it might be a good idea to offer my experience too. Â And so, hereâ€™s my 12 Commandments of Blogging. Why 12? Because I like to go one step beyond one step beyond. Also, these are not listed in order. Theyâ€™re all important.
Write from your gut about whatever youâ€™re passionate about
Anyone who knows me has heard me say this time and time again. I firmly believe that if you do this, you will produce blogging gold every time, and Iâ€™ve never seen it not work. Your passion is your greatest asset. It makes you unique(Even if you have a passion in common with others). Let it fuel your topic and then be completely honest about how you feel about it.
Read and comment on other membersâ€™ blogs
Youâ€™d be surprised at how effective this simple courtesy can be. Showing an interest in what others have to say can give them a reason to show an interest in what you have to say in kind. Additionally, you can always learn something from seeing how others do their blogs and use their wisdom to improve yours.
Only post your best material
This is crucial. Never post a blog before itâ€™s polished. If your blog isnâ€™t as good as you think it can be, take the time to make it perfect before you hit â€œpost.â€ The hard work you put into a blog will reflect professionalism and care to build a reputation as a great blogger. Schedules arenâ€™t nearly as important as quality. Remember, great art is worth waiting for, so post your blogs when theyâ€™re ready.
Take the time to proofread/learn how to proofread your articles
Nothing takes away your credibility faster than poor grammar and spelling. If you cannot do this, then find someone who can help you.
When someone comments on your blogs, reply to them
This is important, my friends. If someone commented on your blog, thatâ€™s a compliment of the highest order. They have acknowledged that what you had to say was interesting enough to merit their opinion on it. At the very least, thank them for taking the time to read your article and for commenting on it. Read what they have to say and respond to it. Some of the best friendships have been started in comment threads.
Invite your audience to leave comments on your blogs
I like to do this as a question at the end. â€œDid I miss any of your favorites? Iâ€™d love to hear what you loved, my friends. Peace.â€ It opens the door for a reader to consider if there was something else to say on the topic, or give their own opinions if they differed from mine. And it usually works.
Spruce up your blogs with links/illustrations
Words and concepts are great, but adding references of photos or links to music/film clips can add weight to what youâ€™re saying too. People like to have more of their senses engaged while reading, so give their eyes/ears something fun to do to.
Do your homework if youâ€™re dealing with facts
This is pretty important if youâ€™re writing about something historical, political or franchise based. If you make a statement that is incorrect, factually, some reader will call you on it. For instance, if you say Pearl Harbor was attacked by the aerial forces of Japan on December 9th, 1942, instead of December 7th, 1941, youâ€™re going to piss off a veteran or a history buff. Make sure you take the time to confirm your facts before you state them as such.
If youâ€™re making a statement justify it with reasons
Simply saying the film â€œHudson Hawkâ€ sucks, isnâ€™t enough. You need to explain why you think it does. Elaborate on which aspects of it you felt didnâ€™t work, and maybe even suggest what they shouldâ€™ve done to make it work better. Give the reader reasons to agree with you.
If youâ€™re writing about something you love, explain why you love it
Simply saying, “I love Doctor Who” isnâ€™t enough. While it may be true, we need more to go on than itâ€™s simply your opinion. List the reasons you watch it and find it entertaining. Good blogs go into the small details to support the greater assertions.
If youâ€™re writing about something you hate, explain why you hate it
Sure, itâ€™s easy to say â€œI hated Halle Berryâ€™s â€œCatwoman,â€ but it doesnâ€™t hold any weight unless you say why this is so. Have fun with it! Go into the details with relish and get back some satisfaction of showing the world what made you hate it so much. Trust me, youâ€™ll feel better, and the blog will make people take notice too.
Whatever youâ€™re writing about, make it personal
Remember, youâ€™re not just writing a blog, youâ€™re talking to your best friend. Add the personal touches you would if you were having a conversation with a buddy, and itâ€™ll come through in the article. People like to read articles that make them feel like theyâ€™re cared for and valued.
And so, thatâ€™s my 12 Commandments of Blogging. I hope they help you with your own blogs. Did I miss anything youâ€™ve found to be effective when you post your own blogs? Iâ€™d love to hear what works for you too, my friends. Peace.