“hello claudia, i have your blog as a reference and, though i have not much time (i was a mom a few months ago), i wanted to make something out of mine! but i feel i don’t know how, so i’d like to know how can i learn more about blogs?” – isa
well, first of all welcome ladies to a whole new feature (boy, oh boy aren’t we full with new features since we went live this month!), but as i had promised somewhere in july, i would start a new feature with questions and answers. you could ask your question by dropping me an email and i would answer it here on the blog! so here we are with our first question from isa!
isa is a recent mom and though she has already a blog, she wants to do more out of it, but she feels she lacks training for these kind of things! and i agree on the point in which having a blog is not that easy, as people may think. having a blog is not just having a link, a nice header and writing posts. readers won’t appear that easily. so what do i think makes a good blog?
2. killer image (design & photography)
3. personal voice
these three are my favourite things about a blog. and i asked a few friends over on facebook, and most of them chose content as what they think makes a good blog. many were the ones that stated that a blog needs a soul, someone behind it that has a real voice. and of course, content for me could be one thing, and for you another thing totally different. but i think we all agree in having content that connects with us is the most important thing, hence the importance of having a real voice behind the blog. i follow about 122 blogs and they are really different among them, but i really must like their photography, if i don’t get to see their design, when i’m on the reader, for example. and the content must be personal or have some kind of voice. but even when we choose to share something personal, i believe that we need to clear what is personal enough for us, or just too personal, because we know that some will enjoy reading about some kind of daily crisis, others won’t even bother and will leave your blog.
and three other details about a blog, but which i consider really important as a reader are:
1. a photo of you (i love to see who is behind it)
2. an about page (about you and your blog + email)
3. sharing tools (you need to make it easier for me, to share your content)
then there are fabulous plugins, at least for wordpress, that simply make our life a breeze! but i’ll save those for later (there’s a whole new post there!). a nice tip is to go through your favourite blogs and look for features you are fond of as a reader. not features, as in content they write about, but the details, how do they manage their blog roll? how do they organize categories? how do sharing buttons appear? is it easy for you as a reader to look for a certain topic on a search field? look for what you like the most and look at your blog to see what can you improve! for more info, you can always read (again) these interviews from 2010, when i invited several well-known bloggers to talk about blogging. these were great for a bit of insight and i have considered of repeating these sometime!
oh and of course, let’s not forget about a schedule! having a schedule that works for you, and keeping with it will be amazing for your readers. not that they control it or something, but i believe that as readers, and if we particularly like a blog, we’ll be expecting for a new post with some anxiety! but if we simply don’t hear from our favourite blogger for weeks or months, without a single excuse on facebook or a small post, i don’t think we’ll enjoy it that much. if you can’t keep up with a post every day, make it every week for example, but something that you can keep up with! better good and a few, than a lot and poor!
and this is it for today! i hope you have enjoyed this first question! now i want to receive your question! come on, don’t be shy! have a great saturday!