Because I know this is a popular topic among bloggers (and bloggers only, as far as I know), I'm back with round two of blogging lessons learned (here's the first round!).
1. Update your about page. It's easy to forget about that welcome page, but it's an important one to keep updated--after all, it's the page new readers visit and decide if you're worth reading--is that too harsh to say out loud? That, and we all know that we won't be a twenty-something forever, so make sure to update it every now and then. Life changes, and so should your about page.
2. You've gotta put work into it. You don't just get readers out of nowhere. You've got to build up your blog (both design and content-speaking!), find your blogging identity, and build a community. Extra emphasis on the building part!
3. Reply, reply, reply. As a blog reader, one of the most disappointing things I've found when commenting is having bloggers not respond to your comments. I don't care if you do it on your blog or via email (or if you use a commenting platform like Disqus), but please reply! Note: If you do choose to reply to comments on your blog, I highly recommend making a note of it somewhere so people know that--I love how Kellie does just that in her sidebar. And if you'd like to receive my replies via email and you haven't yet, check to see if you're a no-reply commenter.
4. It's all about passion. It's so easy to want to jump on a bandwagon and post things that you think will be popular in the eyes of your readers. In my experience, however, I've found that the posts about my passions, my heart, and my life are the ones that are the "most popular" and receive the most (and best!) feedback.
5. Sometimes less is more. It's good to have balance when it comes to blogging. Balancing photo content to actual word content, balancing real hearty posts with light-hearted posts and balancing short and long posts. Trust me, I know it's easy to post long wordy posts. But sometimes, it's nice to read short posts. So yes, sometimes less is more (unless we're talking about clothing and modesty--that's a completely different story).
6. Don't be afraid to leave a comment. I promise, we don't bite! I mean, I have yet to meet a scary blogger who hates receiving comments and while I may be speaking for myself, even if it's just a little "Hi!" or "Love this!" knowing that you're reading my blog makes my day. I know that it's easy to click, scroll, and move on, but I encourage you to leave a comment--it's worth it! Plus, you never know what will happen if you do; you just might meet your BBFF (blogging BFF)!
I'm by no means a blogging expert (in fact, I don't think any blogger claims to be!)--so I want to know your blogging lessons learned or blogging tips. Do you agree with what I've said? Do you have any funny blogging experiences? Let's get this conversation started, okay?
Ready, set, go!