4 Tips to Make Your Blog Interesting

photo by icancheezburger.comI read an interesting post on ProBlogger last week about how to be an interesting blogger.

Darren highlighted that when he’s strapped for time and wants the check his RSS feeds (eg Google Reader or Bloglines), he knows he can’t read all 650+ (phew!) and he will automatically aim for the four or so that he considers the most interesting.

Now unless you’re blogging for specifically personal reasons like keeping a journal of your thoughts and feelings or to send a regular update to your Mum who lives interstate, you probably would like to think that your blog is considered interesting enough for your readers to want to make it a daily (or at least regular) routine to catch up on your latest posts.

Scraps of Mind gets between 650 – 900 daily readers (not to be confused with hits which of course is a much higher number). Which I think is pretty respectable considering I don’t generally give many freebies away on my blog. And the thing that most buzzes me out is the thought that people consider what I write interesting enough to return regularly to read more. So after reading Darren’s article I started thinking, what does make a blog interesting?

Interest in the topic.

I’ve been writing about Scrapbooking now for over two and a half years. You might consider me to be interested in the topic.

It can often be challenging to come up with fresh new scrapbook ideas for articles. And of course, wherever possible I like to illustrate my articles with appropriate scrapbook layouts.

I hope I come across as being interested in my topic. Because I certainly am. I think that’s a key factor in keeping readers interested.

Tip 1: Choose a topic for your blog that you are truly interested in and your fundamental interest in your topic will show in your writing.

Write for you readers

On Scraps of Mind I try to find things to write about that my readership would be interested in. So whenever I have an article about something that’s not strictly scrapbooking I like to either give it a scrapbooking perspective or feel that I’m appealing to the art and craft leanings of scrapbookers.

Occasionally I might do a bit of a self-indulgent post but they tend to be few and far between.

Tip 2: We all like to feel that we are the targets of someone’s attention. So if you want readers to keep coming back, try to focus on what they want rather than on what you want. And ask for their feedback. Let them know that you care about what they think

Guest Posters

Having Guest Posters on your blog can be a little bit scary.

Suddenly there’s another style of writing and another voice broadcasting from your ‘baby’.

I think that if you want to include Guest Posters on your blog and still keep the interest of your readers then enthusiasm is the key.

Not everyone has brilliant writing skills but if your enthusiasm for your subject is obvious in your writing, then readers will only notice that. And will be right on board with you.

Tip 3: Pick your Guest Bloggers for their enthusiasm for their subject rather than just for their writing skills.

Feedback

Ultimately your readers are the only ones who will determine if your blog is interesting or not.

What you think really doesn’t matter much. It’s all about them (or in my case, it’s all about you).

So ask them for their opinions and respond to their comments on your blog. Enjoy the conversation with them. I can tell you from personal experience that you will build many great new relationships that way.

Tip 4: Ask your readers for their feedback and listen to what they say. Interact with them to build great new relationships.

And in the spirit of Tip 4, I invite you to share your views on Scraps of Mind with me. Either by leaving a comment below, or by sending me an email (karen(at)scrapsofmind(dot)com).

I’d love to hear your views on whether you find Scraps of Mind interesting and any suggestions you might have that would help me to make it even more interesting.

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10 Responses to 4 Tips to Make Your Blog Interesting

  1. Tink June 21, 2008 at 5:06 am #

    It also helps if you actually blog, LOL. I seem to have been pretty lax in that field lately.

  2. Antoinette June 22, 2008 at 1:34 am #

    I’m with Tink on this one *grin*
    As for Scraps of Mind, I like reading the tips etc., but it’s also your style of writing. We never met, but I still feel I’ve known you for a long time :) I think it helps that I’ve heard your voice (at the videos) and the fact that you add things about your personal life as well. All in all a happy visitor!

    Antoinettes last blog post..London!

  3. DreamScrapper June 22, 2008 at 2:10 am #

    I always enjoy your posts, Karen, and this one is no different! Maintaining a blog is work, even if you are enthusiastic about your subject. The writing itself I find easy but it’s finding the topics that can prove troublesome! I find myself not being able to blog everyday because I sometimes struggle with topics for the blog. I do ask for feedback from my readers but don’t always receive much back from them so it is hard to tell if they like what they are reading or not! I assume, since I still have a readership of over 100 that I must be doing something right! Perhaps my next step is to try some guest bloggers. Let me know if you’d be interested!

  4. karooch June 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    You blog pretty regularly TInk. I am fascinated at how many titles you are able to come up with that have the word Tribulations’ in them.

    Thanks a lot for the encouragement Antoinette and Dreamscrapper. The most challenging part is thinking of fresh topics. But just when I think that I can’t come up with any more, I see something that sparks an idea and away it goes.

  5. Constance Jones Collier November 22, 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    I am a newbie and although your blogs are about scrap booking. you still are informed about how to blog. What about Hub Pages?

    Constance Jones Collier

  6. Baskar August 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    I am also newbie to blogging… Thanks for this useful tips

  7. sandrar September 10, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  8. Malick August 1, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    Hahahah!! I love that picture you added at the top! Lolcats make my day :D As for this useful blog entry, I would imagine it would be quite difficult to find guest writers for your site. I’m sure there are loads of people interested in scrapbooking, and your site is a testament to that fact, but I would imagine there aren’t many people that write about it. I have a similar problem, in that I can’t really seem to find any guest bloggers for my tech blog, mostly because it’s a very over-saturated topic and everyone is either not known at all or too known to respond to any messages they may receive concerning guest writing. All in all, this was a very interesting post and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for the tips, and happy blogging!

  9. Cherie Bell February 20, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    This was really helpful for me!! Thanks!!

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