Greetings, Manic Fans. Once upon a time, I was a member of ThatGuyWithTheGlasses called “NOTYETUSEDNAME.” 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 “NYUN’s 10 Commandments of Blogging.”(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 I’d learned led to better success reaching your intended audience.

 

Since then, I’ve had 2 identity changes, and approximately 300+ additional blogs under my belt, so I thought it might be good to update the blog.  Additionally, after The Second Opinion posted such a great blog on the ABC’s of choosing your avatar,

https://www.manic-expression.com/the-abcs-of-a-good-avatar-a-second-opinion-guide/

I thought it might be a good idea to offer my experience too.  And so, here’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. They’re all important.

 

Write from your gut about whatever you’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 I’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 members’ blogs

 

You’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 it’s polished. If your blog isn’t as good as you think it can be, take the time to make it perfect before you hit “post.” The hard work you put into a blog will reflect professionalism and care to build a reputation as a great blogger. Schedules aren’t nearly as important as quality. Remember, great art is worth waiting for, so post your blogs when they’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, that’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. “Did I miss any of your favorites? I’d love to hear what you loved, my friends. Peace.” 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

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Words and concepts are great, but adding references of photos or links to music/film clips can add weight to what you’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 you’re dealing with facts

 

This is pretty important if you’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, you’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 you’re making a statement justify it with reasons

 

Simply saying the film “Hudson Hawk” sucks, isn’t enough. You need to explain why you think it does. Elaborate on which aspects of it you felt didn’t work, and maybe even suggest what they should’ve done to make it work better. Give the reader reasons to agree with you.

 

If you’re writing about something you love, explain why you love it

 

Simply saying, “I love Doctor Who” isn’t enough. While it may be true, we need more to go on than it’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 you’re writing about something you hate, explain why you hate it

 

Sure, it’s easy to say “I hated Halle Berry’s “Catwoman,” but it doesn’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, you’ll feel better, and the blog will make people take notice too.

 

Whatever you’re writing about, make it personal

 

Remember, you’re not just writing a blog, you’re talking to your best friend. Add the personal touches you would if you were having a conversation with a buddy, and it’ll come through in the article. People like to read articles that make them feel like they’re cared for and valued.

 

And so, that’s my 12 Commandments of Blogging. I hope they help you with your own blogs. Did I miss anything you’ve found to be effective when you post your own blogs? I’d love to hear what works for you too, my friends. Peace.

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