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Becoming a Better Blogger in 7 easy steps

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  • Becoming a Blogger<br />1. Here are 7 steps that learned for becoming a better blogger. <br />2. Setting up a schedule can be helpful for yourself and your followers.<br />Try to be as consistent as possible with your posting- such as posting on MWF and let your readers know what that schedule is. To figure out what the best posting schedule is for you, take a look at when your readers are online reading your blog. Is it during the day when they are at work, or on the less hectic weekends? Staying consistent with your posing will help you to create your own writing schedule, such as writing Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, or early in the morning when you first wake up. Keeping a writing schedule is one of the hardest things a blogger has to overcome. You should reserve time for blogging like you reserve time for work or eating.<br />3. Your writing schedule can happen at any point and time during the week because you can schedule your blogs to post on your consistent days. <br />4. Throughout your weekly activities, you will come across ideas for posts. You should consider logging these ideas for future posts so that you can always come to this list when you are stuck on a topic. <br />5. If you have a bit of time to write, but not time to finish an entire blog, consider building some drafts to finish at a later point.<br />6. The look and intuitiveness of your blog will also retain or refuse followers. Pay close attention to your theme. If you can’t find one you like, consider creating your own using a low-cost product like Artisteer.<br />7. When selecting a theme, you’ll also want to make sure your color scheme reflects your personal brand. For some inspiration, check out colourlovers.com where you can find and create color palettes and patterns for free. <br />8. You’ll want to jazz up your theme with a photo or two, but make sure you use these images that will represent you legally. Buying images and illustrations on istock.com is easy and guarentees you the rights to use.<br />9. You’ll also want to make sure your posts are attractive through the use of images. Sites like Flickr and office.microsoft.com have a wide variety of images with different use terms. <br />10. There are some tricks to posting a long post with the hopes that readers will read the entire entry. First, try bulleting or numbering items. Also, you can divide large bodies of text with subheadings that help break up the text. Remember that text can take up more or less space depending on your theme and the device that user is accessing it on.<br />11. Not only will you be blogging, but you can choose advertise your posts and attract followers using your other social networking outlets. There are some tips to streamline your workflow. First, connect the dots. Let people know where else you are on the Web, make it easy for them to find and engage you.<br />12. Little applications, called plug-ins, can do a lot of work for you through your blog. There are thousands of plug-ins, but some of my favorites include social media streams, hiding pages from your navigation, and providing you statistics on your blog access. <br />13. Blogging and other forms of social media can be extremely overwhelming if you don’t nail down your topic. Choose what area you are going to blog and engage through other social media platforms. Try not to stray from the general topic. For example if I choose education, I shouldn’t post about my dog, unless I can somehow relate it to education. Try coming up with terms and being sure that all posts fall within those term categories.<br />14. After a while, you’ll notice that the blogging community is both large and small at the same time. Although there are many bloggers out there, you’ll begin to find that everyone is connected somehow. To get ideas and new followers, follow others in your topic and others you admire. Even if they don’t blog about your topic, they may teach you things about the blogging craft. One of my friends, Brittany from eatingbirdfood.com, is an ideal poster- consistent and creative. Although she doesn’t blog about education, she’s definitely taught me a lot about blogging and honing my craft. <br />15. Part of becoming a blogger is also brushing up on your writing. Read books and blogs by post-like writers such as Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink. These are people who write concise, simple, and well. Another book that I absolutely love is How to Write A Lot by Paul J. Silvia. It taught me some really effective writing habits. <br />16. You’ll have to decide whether you want to allow comments or not allow comments on your posts while you build your readership. I’ve read a lot of conflicting ideas about this, but in the end, I decided to keep the comments on even if people weren’t using them. <br />17. One of the reasons why comments might not be effective is that everyone might not be accessing your blog through the blog. I really care about readership and so I choose to offer multiple delivery options. For example, people can receive my blog through their preferred RSS reader. I also subscribe to my RSS, so that I can see how readers are viewing my posts. Is the plain text boring, or do the pictures make it a more exciting reading experience?<br />18. I’m one of those people that prefers a mail signup. I love receiving updates in my inbox, but I know people that oppose it. I have a sign up through feedburner that allows people to sign up if they’d like. I’ve also heard of friends that use Mailchimp. Either is free. I mean Are you Kidding me? Just use these amazing free tools and give people the option.<br />19. You may also wish to try jazzing up your blog through a podcasting and vodcasting series, which gives people another ways to subscribe. However, one thing that I would recommend is including the script below the multimedia for ADA compliance or just to give people a choice. Again, completely free. <br />20. There are also plug-ins to help you connect your blog to Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, among other social media tools. Once your post is up, you can schedule some tweets through CoTweet to advertise your post during some of your followers’ hot hours. Free.<br />21. Lastly, you can get some help spreading the word through your readers. The Add This plug-in allows your readers to share your posts with their own network. Again, completely free. <br />22. In order for any blog to be successful, you have to build up your followers. By following others, you can begin to form a Personal Learning Network, on which you can draw ideas from and pitch new ideas to. Remember that it’s not just about following others, contributing to the community you are part of will help put you at the helm. Become a loyal promoter for your top followers and help feed followers their way. Organize your network into your posting topics so that you can stay on top of topic trends. And you can continue to build your followers off line by being sure your business/calling card points people to the ways they can connect with you. <br />23. Guest blogging is a great way to build followers and support blogging buddings at the same time. <br />24. When your followers post comments, show some love through a reply. Engage your followers in their own blogging spaces and platforms. Keep them loyal by engaging them on different social media platforms. Remember that some comments won’t be ones you agree with, and that’s OK. Be open to different opinions.<br />25. The one thing that makes social media so awesome is that influencers are so accessible. Support and promote the people you follow and even ask to interview them on your own blog. Then, watch their followers start to take an interest in you.<br />26. Don’t just narrow your post categories based on what you want, give your followers more of what they want. Create products for them to use. Check your Google Analytics to see what your top posts are based on your page views. <br />27. Blogging platforms are dynamic and easy to use and they’re not just for blogging anymore. One use for your blogs is doubling your blog as a portfolio. Include pages for your resume, testimonials, or products you’ve created.<br />28. You can also use your blog to advertise and sell some of your goods such as e-books, books, templates, lesson plans, consulting services and more. <br />29. Your followers are going to be looking at you as a source of information, so why not put yourself at the helm. Provide a virtual newsletter on your topic, review products, and make money advertising. <br />30. Lastly, I want to share with you some resources. Problogger is the number one site for bloggers. Take a look at their blog and their many low-cost products available to help bloggers at all levels. <br />31. Copyblogger is another resource for bloggers with great content and information. They also offer low-cost products, such as their Search Engine Optimization package. <br />32. One extraordinary individual that I began following not too long ago is 28 year old Dan Schawbel, who has made a living at helping other with their personal and corporate branding. Subscribe to his blog and take a look at his many products.<br />33. If you are interested in this PowerPoint template and giving presentations yourself, take a look at Tom’s Rapid E-learning Blog. It’s filled will great tips, tutorials, and giveaways. <br />34. Lastly, I welcome you to connect with me and subscribe to my blog on educational issues, topics, and tutorials. Happy blogging. <br />