Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tips for a new blogger

Day 15: 3 tips for a new blogger


I may have been blogging for years, but I do not feel qualified to offer up tips to someone starting out. I am sure I break pretty much every blogging "rule" there is! I'll give it a shot, though.

1. Write about what you want. Blogging is personal, and in the end do it to make yourself happy, not a hypothetical "reader" figure in your head. Write what you need to write.

2. Use spellcheck. Please.

3. If you can't be nice, at least be civil. Nothing is a bigger turn-off than a ranty attack against someone.

That's all I've got. There are many blogging "rules" others put out there, like have an overall subject or theme to your blog - I don't. Others say to keep posts short, and some even limit at a certain word count. I never count words - I just write until I get it all out. Short, long, whatever. It's my blog, my outlet, my perogative. Some say to write for a target reader (not a specific person, but a general idea of characteristics you're targeting). I don't. I write what I need to write. Before I click on "publish," though, I do think 3 thoughts: Am I comfortable with my mother reading this? My husband? My daughter? If I'm not comfortable with the answers to that, I revise. Usually.


  1. I think these are simple but excellent tips. People should write what inspires them, but there's no reason to tick people off or have so many spelling errors they don't want to come back. ;-)