Thursday, May 6, 2010

Steps to building an interesting blog.

Your blog can be the most engaging and well-written blog out there, but if you don't put the word out that it's there, you may not have many readers. Here are the steps to follow in setting up a blog and finding others to follow it.

1. It's a given that you must write an interesting blog. Make the information you provide entertaining, valuable to your readers and intriguing to read. You want you readers to leave wanting to visit the next day to see what you've written.

2. Add an illustration or two to draw attention to it and to enhance the content. This isn't mandatory, but it does help catch the eye of those passing through.

3. Join Facebook and use the Networked Blogs application to highlight your blog. Every time you post to your blog, go over to your Facebook account and tell your followers that you've put up a new blog post.

4. Twitter is another important social media site to link to your blog. Be sure to list the URL of your blog on the Profile page. Your followers on Twitter will want to visit your blog to see what you're all about. As with Facebook, let your followers know each time you post to your blog. Don't be shy about asking your followers to retweet your announcement too.

In building interest in your blog, be sure to pay attention to those with whom you are communicating. Don't make your blog and your tweets and your announcements on Facebook only about yourself. And, don't make it about selling something too. That's okay about 10% of the time, but you'll find others will respond to you better if you show an interest in them.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. Please feel free to leave tips of your own in the comments section.


Patricia said...

Hi Lou, I like your tip about posting images to draw attention to the content. I'll try that in my next post to my blog at http://www.forensicsciencefornurses. Pat Bemis

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