Blogging 101

I received quite a bit of response to my recent post on backing up your blog and I thought it might be handy for readers if I ran a series of blogging tips and related bits and pieces. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t claim to be a blogging guru by any stretch of the imagination. But I am fortunate to have my good friend Thatch and my daughter Seona who are my techie life support system. And I’ve been reading up on blogs like Yaro Starak’s and Darren Rouwse‘ who blog for a living and run blogs on the subject.

I figure most of my readers blog for different reasons; some like me do it because they enjoy the thought that people want to read their stuff, some want to provide newsletter happenings to family and friends, some use it to express their thoughts and feelings in a free and relatively unconstrained environment, some are building a place in the scrapbooking community and hope to be recognised on design teams or eventually sell their designs. Whatever the reasons, most of us have put a bit of time and effort into our blogs and, I am assuming, would have an interest in their development and in building up traffic. I have certainly found that since I started paying attention to some of these things, the hits on my blog have increased significantly.

So if you think this would be useful to you (working on the principle that no matter how much we know, there’s always something we don’t know) or if you have some blogging tips of your own that you’d like to contribute to the body of knowledge let me know or leave a comment here and we’ll see how this goes.

OK so the frst tip (well second if you count the backing-up one) is to have a look at your categories/labels or whatever you call them in your side bar.

This is the Index and Table of Contents to your blog. It is worth paying a bit of attention to.

They are one of the pieces of data that search engines look for so it is probably a good idea to ensure they clearly and concisely describe what content you have allocated to them. Besides which it gives any new readers to your blog an indication of some of the other things you blog about as well as the post that drew them to your blog in the first place.

Also it makes it easy for you to find your own way around your blog content, especially as the numbers of your posts increase. And don’t forget, you can allocate more than one category to your post. The content of the post may well apply to a number of categories, for example The Ballet – Don Quixote is allocated to four categories (ballet, scrapbook layouts, life and music) as the content of the post has relevance to them all.

So as you can see, I’m not proposing to make this an exercise in rocket science. Usually the best tips are the simplest things but often are things we hadn’t thought of. So let me know what you think of the idea and if you have any tips of your own write up a post and send it to me. I’ll post it on my blog and link it back to yours. Or even send me the tip and I’ll try to write it up myself, giving you the credit for the idea.

Other related posts:
Have you Backed-up Your Blog?
One month later…

blog profits blueprint

15 Responses to Blogging 101

  1. Hannah April 30, 2007 at 10:42 am #

    Great idea, I’m sure your advice will come in handy for people!

  2. Kirsty April 30, 2007 at 10:46 am #

    I’m new to blogging so are finding your trips very interesting, would love to see more.

  3. Janine April 30, 2007 at 10:47 am #

    Great idea and to be honest I have only just started doing the categories recently. I have a few tips they are not so much about techie blogging things but more about blogging ettiqute that I have discovered in my nearly one year of blogging.

  4. Krash April 30, 2007 at 11:01 am #

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog:) Nice to meet you and no need for calling in the troops just yet, thank goodness!!

    Like your tips! As I’m getting more into blogging will try and do something with those categories.

  5. quirkybitsnpieces April 30, 2007 at 11:26 am #

    whoooo!! I’m new to the blogging world…the world that is…I’ve blogged…not known what I was doing and now I’m getting a steady set of readers..so I’m sure I could use just about any tips you dish out!! Gonna do some category clean up as soon as I grab a free min!

  6. Bonnie April 30, 2007 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi Karen!
    I haven’t visited in a while! I thought your post on backing up your blog to be very good and informative.
    Thanks! I often save my blog’s template to my pc as I have lost my blog a few times! I love the new look of yours! Take Care-Bonnie

  7. Trish April 30, 2007 at 10:22 pm #

    Karen, glad to have found you! You were linking back via my blogsite but not via my e-mails which is where I usually read posts. But thanks so much for coming by and posting! It makes my day!

  8. leslie May 3, 2007 at 3:29 am #

    yes, I would love blogging tips!! I mess around with my categories all the time to try to get as accurate as possible without having a million different categories. Thanks, Karen!

  9. americanmom May 3, 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi Karen – I loved your instructions for backing up your blog, which I have been wanting to do but was dragging feet in figuring out how. Also appreciated Tip #2 – keep them coming! I’m new to blogging but I have discovered something (by accident) that increases traffic: Blog about a controversial issue and put the relevant words in the title. For example, if you have a scrapbooking blog and you do a post entitled “Martha Stewart Introduces Scrapbook Products”, you will get LOTS of hits because so many scrappers are curious about this. They type “Martha Stewart Scrapbook” in Google and they find your blog!

  10. Tania June 16, 2007 at 7:25 pm #

    Karen, while I was looking for your post on backing up your blog… (i have read it before and have forgotten hoew to do it again… arghh) I have found that a couple of your links to that post are not working.

  11. Karooch June 17, 2007 at 5:40 pm #

    Well Tania I struck a problem in moving my blog to its own domain and I’ve just spent the last half a day in trawling through all my posts and (hopefully) repairing all the links.Thanks for letting me know. I hope it’s fixed now.

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