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10 Ways to Be A Better Blogger

how to be a better bloggerSince we have been talking about blogging all month, I thought that I would share 10 ways that I think that you can be a better blogger.  Here we go:

1.  Post frequently and consistently – I like to know that when I am going to your blog that you are going to have something new for me to read.  I also like to know when you are going to post.  Having a posting schedule helps you stay organized, but also helps your readers know what to expect.  For me, I post every other day at Baked Bree.  That is a lot for some people, but my readers know that every other day the will find something new.

2.  Keep it simple and clean – When I visit blogs, I am attracted to ones that are simple and clean.  I like the images to be front and center.  I will skip over blogs that are too busy or not organized well.  If I have to look around too long for what I am looking for, I move on to the next blog.

3.  No music please - I really do not enjoy when websites have music (unless they are websites about music).  Typically, I am reading blogs as a quiet escape from my everyday life.  I almost always have my own music playing quietly in the background, I do not like having conflicting noise.

4.  Make sure that your fonts and colors are readable – This sort of goes with #2, but something that really bothers me is when I go to a website and the fonts are either too small or the font color is so light that it is hard to distinguish between the text and the background.  Same goes for dark text on a dark background.

5.  Make it easy for me to interact – We want to build community right?  We want our readers to engage with us don’t we?  Make it easy for them to comment.  Please turn off your CAPTCHA box or word moderation.  If I have to work too hard to tell you something, then I am going to lurk instead.  Try using a plugin like Askimet to filter spam instead.

6.  Interlink to older material – When I stumble onto a new blog, and really like what I see, I want to look through the whole thing.  You have lots of great posts, so make it easy for me to find them.  Link to older material in your posts.  Or use a plugin like Linkwithin to help readers engage with older material.

7.  Make it easy to find older posts – I get so annoyed at myself when I am looking for something on a blog, I know that I have seen it on your blog before and now I cannot find it.  Make sure that you have a search bar or a way for readers to easily go back and access older material.  Archives are a wonderful way to engage new readers with older material.

8.  Have an About Page – I want to know the person behind the blog.  Tell your readers a little bit about yourself and your blog.  Readers will connect with the person behind the blog and become a loyal follower.

9.  Have a way to contact you – When I was organizing The Creative Blogger Series, I had to skip over a lot of blogs that I loved for the simple reason that there was no way to contact the blog owner.  At the very least, an email address.  If you are not comfortable sharing your personal email address, make a generic email account for the blog.

10.  Visit your blog through the eyes of a reader – I rarely see what my readers see when they go to my blog.  I see it as a writer, not a reader.  Use fresh eyes and take a good look.  Does it load slowly?  How is the site organized?  Does the design need to be tweaked at all?  Is this site functional?  Getting into the practice of doing this every month or so will only help you hone the look and style of your blog.  A word of caution however, do not change the overall design of your blog every month. When I visit a blog and the design is different every visit, it makes me wonder why the owner does that and where their blog is headed.

What do you think makes you a better blogger?  What advice would you give to a new blogger?

 

About Bree


Bree is the founder and writer of BakedBree.com, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. BakedBree.com launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • http://www.lifeasyouliveit.wordpress.com stacey

    thank you for your advice! as always…wonderful! have already added linkwithin to my blog…www.lifeasyouliveit.com/blog…have a happy mama’s day!

  • http://www.maliacano.com malia

    love these tips, thank you! just finalized a new blog design, and i think i may have left out a contact form (eek!).

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  • http://walkandalie.com Alie

    This is great! Thanks, Bree!

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  • http://delightinginthedays.com Stacy @ Delighting in the Days

    These are great tips. I especially liked the last one. We get used to ho our blog looks and where everything is, forgetting that people reading for the first time may not be able to find things so easily.

    And the search bar! That is a big one for me. It’s frustrating to go looking for something on a blog and have no way to find it. I love a good search bar in a prominent place.

  • http://flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com Flower Patch Farmgirl

    Three cheers for this! I couldn’t agree more. :)

  • http://mahsliceoflife.blogspot.com mary ann

    These are great tips. I am working hard at being a better blogger – I will take your advice to my blog – luckily there is no music, and a pretty clear font – so i’m doing good, right!

  • Steph

    So, so true. Making sure content is readable and clear is the most important thing! As you said, blogging is a way to create a community, and that hinges on communication, so we’ve got to make sure posts are easy (and interesting!) to read!

  • http://scrapbookmamaof4kidz.blogspot.com Ellie A.

    Thank you so much !I just added that Linkwithin to my blog :) I would love more visitors to my blog I have been trying to blog on the reg. and comment on other people’s blog as well. Thank you so much for your wonderful tips!

  • http://daphnehope.blogspot.com Daphne

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurendonofriophotography lauren

    love all of these. wonderful tips. i agree with every single one of them, especially the music thing! too much to concentrate on trying to read and listen to somebody else’s music at the same time. i am still trying to be more consistent about my posting. just starting a photography business with a separate blog makes for the personal blog to get kinda slow it seems. just working on organizing my time. thanks for sharing your ideas and tips!

  • http://beckyintherootcellar.com/ Becky

    Great tips. Thank you! It is refreshing to read this and its total lack of judgment. I find getting off the ground is so hard for so many reasons, this list is jsut so nice, clear and achievable. Thanks again.

  • http://www.glocalgirl.com Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl

    You are such a talented blogger, photographer and chef Bree! Thanks for your helpful tips. xo

    For me, a clean white background is always a must. I don’t enjoy blogs with black background and white font… it’s too difficult!!

  • http://www.overcomingbusy.com Marci@OvercomingBusy

    Great tips! I’m off to check out my blog and see where I can improve.

  • http://www.crazyforcrust.com Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Thank you for your advice! I just installed LinkWithin. :)

  • http://atreasuredphoto.wordpress.com Elise

    Thanks for the info. I am a beginner blogger, so this is great stuff!

  • http://www.jenniferkrafchik.typepad.com Jen

    Thank you for the great tips, Bree! I completely agree with all of your suggestions – I find that I look for the same things when visiting blogs. I’ve just recently started my own blog, so your post comes at a great time. If you have the time to stop by my blog, I’m open to any feedback you may have. I’ve really enjoyed your blogging posts, as well as your ebook. Thank you!

  • http://tinytwig.typepad.com tiny twig/hayley

    this this post bree! you are becoming quite the blog mentor. ;)

  • http://thelinarstudio.typepad.com/embracelife Lee

    What a great collection of thoughtful tips. I’m doing my best to meet all ten! Though, I think I’ll be visiting your last point today :) Thanks for all you do!

  • http://www.erikarayphotography.com erika

    #3! Please everyone listen to! It scares me every time because I don’t anticipate it. So I’m fumbling for my volume instead of getting lost in a beautiful blog.

  • http://bekkabess.blogspot.com Bekka

    Great tips! I could not agree more with number 3. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been startled by music (and had to search through a ton of tabs to find the culprit). Not fun when you’re in public trying to “quietly” read blogs. Also not great when we have different musical tastes. :)