December 2012 archive
|super cute photo found here|
I’m not a fashion blogger, but I regularly read the Independent Fashion Bloggers website because it always features such great tips for bloggers of any niche.
31 Days to a Better Blog
- Carve out a new niche for yourself. Create the blog you wish existed!
- Create an editorial calendar and stick with it!
- Update your Twitter header.
- Write a mission statement for your blog.
- Revamp your About page (and include that new mission statement).
- Redesign your header.
- Take a photo that you will use on all your social networking sites and add the photo to your blog as an “About Me” graphic that links to your About page.
- If you’ve been thinking about changing your URL, title or platform, do it!
- Sign up for a blogging class or conference.
- Recommit to being more engaging on Facebook and Twitter.
- Dust off your LinkedIn profile. Believe it or not, I’ve had more people contact me about writing and social media gigs through LinkedIn than Facebook or Twitter.
- Update your Google profile.
- Learn how you can use Pinterest to boost your blog.
- Update your blogroll.
- Now recommit to leaving thoughtful comments on most of those sites in your blogroll.
- Cut ties with some of your tweeps to streamline you Twitter experience.
- Make commenting on your blog easier.
- Organize an event for bloggers in your area.
- Get connected with an online blogging community such as BlogHer, Skirt or IFB.
- Make a pitch to be featured on or to contribute to one of your favorite blogs.
- Make a pitch to be featured in local (or even national) media.
- Start a video post feature on a topic related to your niche.
- Post an interview with someone you admire. These posts generally bring lots of pageviews.
- Introduce yourself to important people in your niche.
- Blog about a controversial topic. These posts are shared over and over in cyberspace and are sure to bring you more traffic.
- Start an e-newsletter.
- Have a blog date. Go to your favorite coffee shop and blog for hours.
- Highlight your best blog posts.
- Cover a local event. These types of posts tend to be popular, too.
- Compile a post of all the lesssons you’ve learned about blogging thus far. Your readers who are also bloggers will appreciate it, and this will be a great post for you to refer back to when you feel you’ve lost your way.
- Create a list of great blog post ideas for 2013.
- Staci Brown Brooks, Community News Director for the Birmingham Hub of Alabama Media Group
- Emily Lowrey, founder of Magic City Post, a web publication that offers a daily posts on the Birmingham metro area and shows off the best the region has to offer.
- Andre Natta, founder of The Terminal, a critically acclaimed web publication about Birmingham.
- Erin Shaw Street, travel editor for Southern Living magazine and editorial content manager for the magazine’s social media including its blog, The Daily South
The panel discussion will be moderated by Edward T. Bowser, community engagement specialist for the Birmingham Hub of Alabama Media Group.
Photo by Lynsey Weatherspoon
of Lynsey Weatherspoon Photography
Barton, however, is a good person to turn to for blogging tips, too. Her blog has only been around for 15 months and already has had the honor of being a finalist for best blog in Birmingham Magazine’s annual Best of Birmingham contest. Barton was also once recognized as a top blogger for Skirt magazine.
Do you have any advice for other bloggers out there hoping to make a name for themselves?
Yes: don’t focus on “making a name.” If you focus on putting in the work necessary to make your product or your blog the best it can be, people will notice.
Cross-posted at The Writeous Babe Project.
|A few of the ladies of See Jane Write before our morning walk|
|Here we are before sitting down for our healthy potluck brunch|