I love blogging. Ive learned a ton, Ive had a helluva lot of fun, Ive made great connections with people all over the world– Its been a very positive experience for me.
So I thought Id share a few tips/tricks Ive learned over the past couple of years for readers who are thinking about taking up blogging:
1. Write for yourself.
Write for you. Make blagging a journal, something fun, not ‘work’. The second posts become an ‘obligation’, youll stop doing it. So write about something funny your dog did that you want to remember forever. Write about a paper you have to read for class anyway (blogging=STUDYING=justified procrastination! WHOO!!!). Write about something you learned in class that blew your mind. Write about how woomeisters have taken advantage of your field. Take something you know thats super complex, and explain it in a way your mom could understand it. Post a funny LOLCat, or a song from YouTube you just fell in love with. Vent about a stupid work situation (but for the love of gawd, dont name names!).
Post 20 times a day, 20 times a month, or 20 times a year– whenever you want to. Blagging is not a goddamn job. And when its starts to feel like one, take a week off.
Write for yourself.
This also means you should write in your own style. I am not a ‘professional’ writer. Occasionally I write something in a more ‘academic’ voice, but it is very difficult for me. I like to write exactly how I talk. I like to write exactly how I think. Even if you want to write ‘sciency’ stuff, dont feel obligated to write as if a post is a friggen term paper. If youd rather write like youre talking to one of your classmates or an old friend, its okay Forcing yourself to write in a voice thats not your own is a fast way to make blogging ‘work’, and just plain ol uncomfortable.
2. Its nice to write for you, but its nice to get comments too…
The really fun part about blogging is the comments. Whether its a geek fight on an innocent post about an actress, or the first author of the paper you just trashed showing up, its always exciting to get a ‘NEW COMMENT’ email.
So how to drive up readership? Leave comments on blogs you like! hehehe For months I was so ashamed of Blogger ERV being so ‘new’, I wouldnt put its url on my comments. Dont do that! If people think your comment is funny or helpful or educational, they will click on over to your blag to read more!
3. But dont get obsessed over site hits.
Sign up for Sitemeter or Technorati if you want… BUT DONT CHECK IT! LOL! It will be too depressing, and youll stop writing (even though you are supposed to be writing for you, see #1), and just get cranky about the whole experience.
Look, the first, say, 6 months of blogger ERV, I would get 15, 20, 30 hits a month. Seriously. But I kept chugging at it. I tried to fill some blogworld voids, picked on some people ‘bigger’ than me (classic blagging trick), and now my visits are a couple of orders of magnitude higher than I was getting when I first started
Those are just the first three ideas that popped into my head. As always, suggestions from readers are welcome in the comments.