Listography – Top 5 Tip for Bloggers

Now I missed this a while back but still wanted to join in.

1. Add moderation but remove word verification

Kate had the latter advice on hers and I’d reiterate that I’m really not keen on word verification because half the time it doesn’t work (especially on mobile devices) and half the time I can’t actually read the blimmin’ word so I end up giving up on commenting. I know it is one way to reduce spam but here on WordPress if you use the spam filter Askimet it picks most of it up for you (It’s sometimes quite funny to read though). You can also add moderation so you have to approve all posts before they are visible – which leads me onto…

2. Try to reply to comments

I find that if I have to ‘approve’ a comment then I am more likely to then respond to it otherwise I’d probably miss it (like I’m doing with Tumblr because their comments system isn’t as straightforward). This my regular commenters is why I haven’t added the option to remove need for moderation once you’ve been approved. Nothing to do with trust and being worried what you might post ;o)

I think it’s only polite to write back when someone has taken the time to comment. Now there are lots of sites giving advice to then go and respond on the commenter’s blog – now of course this is nice  when you find something you are interested in but I personally don’t feel that this should be a rule, especially when there are so many blogs and so little time but also sometimes we don’t always have the same interests. Yes, that means that if I comment on your blog you can ignore mine. Also don’t feel like you then have to comment forever more on every post. Sometimes (who am I kidding a lot of the time) I write rubbish so ignore that.

3. Write whatever you want to write

Now my blog is eclectic, as I am, so I use it to write about whatever takes my fancy. That doesn’t mean that I dislike blogs that are subject driven, actually they are often really useful, but I think sometimes people worry too much about going ‘off topic’ – don’t make apologies for it just do it. Also I like seeing a bit about the person behind the blog. But then again this may be just me and this comes from someone who isn’t too bothered about readership and alienating people – others may have different opinions.

4. Don’t worry about taking blog breaks

I am so not saying I never worry about this but I think that’s because when I actually blog I enjoy it but I think sometimes life gets in the way or we need a break or we have nothing to say. Sometimes I get a little frustrated by random I’m still here but I’m not here posts (I’m sure I’ve done them too though). And this leads me on to my final point which others have also said…

5. Link to social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter or other places you hang out)

Probably people that follow your blog will connect with you elsewhere so if you do take one of those blog breaks mentioned above then if you have your blog linked to your other social media sites people that are interested will be able to pick it up (and to be honest those that really are interested will subscribe in some way, by RSS, Readers, e-mail etc so make sure you have those options available for them).

One little word of caution/nitpickiness (ooh I’m being all irritable at the moment aren’t I?) – try not to bombard your followers on social media with these links – try and work out if you are double posting why and maybe remove one if they are definitely just both going to the same place and on twitter please don’t post it on the hour every hour, I’m sure judiciously timed posts perhaps 3 times a day max might be sufficient. Again I’ve probably done this at some point and occasionally do try to repost a link if I think it is ever so important (or I forgot a hashtag) but please tell me if I’ve gone overboard.

Above all enjoy it – if it is painful to blog it isn’t worth it.

 

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Posted on February 2, 2012, in Listography, Social Media. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Lots of great advice. I use WordPress plug-ins to automatically update Twitter and Facebook when I post a blog, I find it incredibly useful because I only blog once a day at most so Twitter and FB don’t get overwhelmed.

    I don’t think I could keep up with comment moderation always being on, though–I moderate new users, but regularly visitors get instant approval and I try and get round to replying when I can.

    • Thanks. I have debated the moderation of new users only but honestly my memory is so terrible I would forget if I didn’t work it that way. I do admit though it’s great to see your posts go up instantaneously so maybe that’s something to work on. The other reason I still moderate I guess is because of my professional responsibilities as a health professional – I guess it just makes me a bit more wary.

      One thing I need to do is blog a little more frequently, for my own sanity as much as anything.

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