So you’ve taken the plunge and finally started that self hosted blog. Wonderful! You’re already ahead of most of your competition. They are still trying to decide if they should start a blog. There are some things you need to know in order for your blog to be the success you want it to be. Learn these tips now as it will save you headaches later on. The rest of this article will give you tips on how you can be successful at blogging.
Okay so they say you know you’ve arrived when other bloggers start saying nice things about you. Well during January my good friend Mitch Mitchell started a series he calls Black Web Friday where he highlights Blacks that are active on the web. Well guess who got featured last week? Yup, yours truly! You can read about it here-Black Web Friday 03/02/2012. Do you want your blog to be included in a Black Web Friday post? Well here’s the intro to the series – http://www.imjustsharing.com/black-web-friday-12012/. You’d have to ask Mitch about what the requirements are to be listed. I’m not really sure if he has any hard and fast rules. Of course I’m sure interacting with him could help…Anywho I just wanted to brag a little bit! Back to your regularly scheduled programming with the next post.
Okay a blogging rant is approaching. Now I don’t profess to know that much about getting comments. It’s not exactly like I have the most comments in the world on this blog and I’m cool with that. However, I know some bloggers moan and groan about not getting comments, but then you go to their blog and they haven’t posted anything new in like a month. Well duh. If you don’t have any new content, what is there for me to comment on? I’m not saying that you have to post everyday, but if you post more, you will give me more stuff to comment on.
A lot of blogging software is specifically designed to be
simple to use, but even the least intimidating blogging
program can feel very overwhelming to somebody who
has not spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of
different kinds of software. Particularly for newer
bloggers, learning how to use the interface of blogging
software is the most difficult part of blogging. If you are
somebody who feels comfortable expressing themselves
in another medium, it may prove to be well worth your
time and effort to learn blogging software, but that
doesn’t mean that the task will be easy.
Quick announcement for you!
I wanted to let you know about an important online event I’m taking part in on October 15th, called Blog Action Day.
Each year bloggers from more than 100 countries come together and blog about a single important issue, and this year’s topic is clean water.
The event includes thousands of blogs – including the White House blog and The Official Google Blog – and they’re looking for as many blogs to participate as possible, regardless of their size and focus.
I hope you’ll think about joining me for this event.
Today’s small business training post involves commenting on blogs. Did you know that commenting on blogs is a great way to get targeted traffic to your own blog? Here’s why. First, you’ll get the owner of the blog to visit your site. Most bloggers are concerned with what they link to and they want to make sure the sites that they are linking to are on the up and up. You’ll also get some of the blog owner’s regular readers to visit your site (if your comment was compelling enough). Knowing this, I am willing to bet that you are anxious to get out there and start commenting on some blogs. Not so fast. You need some kind of system or you’ll spend all day just commenting on blogs. Make sure you set aside a certain number of minutes per day for commenting. Focus on blogs that have topics similar to yours. The reason for this is because if they are writing about topics related to what your blog is about, you’ll be more likely to get targeted visitors to your blog.
Yes I know this is outside of my normal schedule. However, I felt like this was an important enough topic to deviate from my normal schedule just a tad. I firmly believe in supporting charities whenever I can. Read on for more information about how you can support charity through social media.
Here are the events for this week:
Journchat-This chat happens via twitter every week. This chat is for journalists, bloggers, and public relations professionals. The main purpose of this chat is to provide a platform for the people that report on the news to have an open dialog with each other. This week’s chat takes place on Monday from 8 PM to 9:55 PM (EST) via twitter. This is a fast moving chat so I suggest you use tweetchat to help you follow the conversation. Also if you are a journalism student, you should add this to your routine. You’ll learn a lot of “real world” stuff in this chat that you may not learn in your college classes. More information can be found here: http://journchat.info/
I decided to expand this to include events happening next week as well as this week.
Without further ado, here’s what’s happening…
Journchat-This chat happens via twitter every week. This chat is for journalists, bloggers, and public relations professionals. The main purpose of this chat is to provide a platform for the people that report on the news to have an open dialog with each other. The chat takes place every Monday from 7 PM to 10 PM (CST) via twitter. This is a fast moving chat so I suggest you use tweetchat to help you follow the conversation. Also if you are a journalism student, you should add this to your routine. You’ll learn a lot of “real world” stuff in this chat that you may not learn in your college classes. More information can be found here: http://www.journchat.info
Yep, it’s Monday again. Time for my weekly update about what events are happening online and offline. Don’t see your event here? That’s because I don’t know about it. If you’re having a business related event this week, leave it in the comment section. Be sure to mention if this is an event that repeats so I can add it to my weekly list of events.