So, I have to do a feedback report on the A-Z Blogging Challenge experience, but first I need to do the R-U posts this week. And before I do that, I need to answer May’s Question of the Month:
“If a friend came to you looking for advice on starting a blog, what three pieces of advice would you give them?”
1. Choose a name that is catchy and memorable. For those who don’t bookmark their favourite sites, it’ll make it easier to relocate your blog when they want to read it again.
2. Give people an idea of what they can expect upfront. Indicate the type of content in your profile or in a schedule on your sidebar. My schedule tells people that on Mondays I write about intentionality, Tuesdays are for the bookworms in the crowd, Wednesdays are for mid-week miscellany, Thursdays the subject is friendship, Friday’s all about being thankful. Occasionally I also write on the weekend. In those instances, Saturdays have to do with diet and/or weight loss and Sundays are for what I call ‘sermon notes,’ even though they may not riff off of an actual Sunday morning sermon.
3. Don’t be discouraged if your blog doesn’t attract a lot of readers right from the get-go. Yes, it’s nice to get tons of comments (and don’t forget to reply to them!), but look at the early days as a chance to make mistakes and learn from them, and to build your skill as a blogger/writer.
And now I’m off to visit the rest of those participating in the monthly question. I’m sure to learn something I can apply!
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