8 (Eye Opening) Tips For Bloggers From One Who Knows

I always like it when a more experienced person steps up to share their thoughts – good or bad – on a topics you guys are interested in. Lots of authors want a platform to connect with fans, or because they think they are supposed to blog, or whatever. Here, a veteran sheds some light on the facts of their experience. I think you’ll enjoy it. I did.

Diane Holcomb blogged about it after reading the original post by Nina Badzin. Be sure to check ot BOTH blogs by these smart ladies. – Dan

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-from the terrific blogs Squirrels In The Doohickey by Diane Holcomb and also Nina Badzin’s self titled blog.

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I’m a sucker for reading blogging tips, because:

1. They distract me from blogging.

2. They distract me from blogging while educating me on how to make the process easier or more efficient or somehow better for me and the reader and quite possibly the aliens who excavate this blog in the year 5000.

So when I peeled back the writing curtain of a fellow scribe and discovered Nina Badzin’s post from 2011 titled Blogging Tips: What I Know Now, I eagerly read it.

Here, paraphrased, is what this now-seasoned blogger thought she knew about blogging when she started out, versus what she discovered a year later.

#1. She thought she needed a cute or catchy blog name, and now knows: “You don’t.”

Uh-oh. I’ve got the cute or catchy blog name. But I must admit, I love forcing people to say “squirrels in the doohickey” aloud, especially the folks in technical services when something goes amuck on my server. However, I don’t like having to spell “doohickey,” so she might have a point.

#2. She thought family and friends would read her blog, and now knows: “They mostly don’t.”

Boy, is that the truth! Other than my aunt, it appears my family and friends have better things to do than read about the nutty stuff I do when confronted with the stuff that drives me nutty. Which, come to think of it, makes it fair game to blog about them regularly.

#3. She thought the blog would suck up every minute of writing time, but now knows: “It doesn’t.”

What!? How is this possible? Well, according to Nina, she posts once a week so she can spend the rest of the week on fiction. I noticed she’s also an advice columnist and contributing writer and essayist and WAIT A MINUTE…how does she find time for all that writing!? I post once a week too, but by the time I’ve drafted a piece in my head, typed it up, revised it fifty times, and realized the revisions are worse than the original draft, I’ve blown a good five hours. I need a time management plan. But who’s got the time?

#4. She thought her readers would return to her blog to see her response to their comments, but now knows: “Most do not.”

Since my aunt is the only person leaving a comment, I don’t have this problem. Okay, I’m lying. More people than my aunt leave comments. Three. Okay, I’m downplaying the truth here. There’s five. And two of them are friends, so I lied about that, too, and while I’m coming clean, my pops reads my blog, and comments via telephone. But I digress.

While I’m digressing…

I usually get somewhere between 1 and 70 hits on my blog per day. And then, on Friday, August 21, 2015, I had 928. That’s nine hundred and twenty-eight hits! Was this spam? Was this some underpaid computer genius in the Ukraine wasting company time? Or was this one of those five commenters checking back to see if I’d responded to their comments? No, these visitors came from Facebook. I’m not even on Facebook. But someone who is on Facebook and has a ton of followers (or a ton of aunts) ,“liked” my post (the one about introverts wanting to avoid becoming party poopers), and 450 more introverted Facebookers “liked” it, and the whole thing snowballed. And continues to snowball! Now, before you tell me this is a Facebook glitch: don’t. Let me bask in the delusion that 928 people other than my aunt actually read my work on Friday, August 21, 2015. And if you, dear reader, are the fairy godperson who initially started this snowball effect, please announce yourself so I can send you a lifetime supply of gratitude.

But did any of those 928 people leave comments?

Uh…no.

#5. She thought she would be the kind of blogger who offered giveaways, displayed badges, sought ads, etc., but now knows: “I’m not.”

READ THE REST AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

http://squirrelsinthedoohickey.com/8-tips-for-bloggers-from-one-who-knows/

– “8 Tips For Bloggers From One Who Knows” from the terrific blog Squirrels In The Doohickey by Diane Holcomb

and Nina Badzin’s original post on her blog

http://ninabadzin.com/2011/05/16/blogging-tips-what-i-know-now/

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And folks, this is what’s great about technology today. We can have an amazing person like Nina Badzin check in and help us out. She is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, and a contributing writer for Kveller.com and Great New Books; her essays have appeared regularly at Brain, Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Jewish Daily Forward, and have been syndicated in Jewish newspapers across the country. She is also a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio.

And she still found time to pop in to say “Hi” to us here (see below)! Thanks, Nina!

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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Check out his other works HERE.

27 thoughts on “8 (Eye Opening) Tips For Bloggers From One Who Knows

    • Good point, Nina. Let me adjust that so everyone is properly recognized for their work. Sorry about that, it was sloppy on my part!

      And if you have more wisdom to share with us, I know we’d all love to hear it! Thanks!

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  1. So glad to see Nina’s post (and my goofy responses) recirculated. Her advice is still relevant, four years later. And I had great fun adding my two cents worth, as one who can feel overwhelmed with blogging.

    I, too, fell for the “You’ve gotta have a platform” advice that publishers and agents promote. I found that I was spending so much time on the “platform” that I had to ask myself, “platform for what?!” Balance is important, so Nina’s advice came in handy.

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    • Diane, I agree. For authors who are just starting out, they may have been told to do a blog and they really may not need one! That advice works for some styles and not others. Thank yo for dropping by to say “Hi” and for your comments!

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  2. Some posts are timeless, such as this one. It seems to be the ongoing dilemma for many bloggers like myself who are also authors; how to make time for everything. I’m one of those people who likes to reply to every commenter. I believe if someone takes the time to comment, they deserve to be acknowledged. Writing a blog doesn’t take nearly as much time as replying to comments and reading so many blogs I like to follow and comment on as well. I read some posts early in the morning and for about 2 hours each night, and still my inbox is flooded. I recently read a good post on blog time management on my friend Hugh’s page, Hughesnewsandviews.wordpress.com (I think that’s the URL), which made good sense. He categorizes his readers into active, sometimes visitors, etc. and this determines where he prioritizes the blogs he reads first, and if he’s too busy writing, he may not get to other categories that week or the next etc.
    I’m still trying to find the right formula. 🙂

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      • Gee, thanks Dan! I’m from the old school, ‘Do unto others . . .’ I mean, if we took the time to read a post and enjoyed it, why not share with others? What does it cost? I actually wrote a post about the importance of sharing, months ago. I have to say, after I published that post, many of my readers started sharing my posts whenever they read and liked them. You’d be surprised to find how many people that blog aren’t fully aware of what all the plugins are for. 🙂

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  3. Thanks Dan, that way everyone benefits. Here is the link http://dgkayewriter.com/shout-outs-sharing/ . And while were on the ‘sharing’ subject. I have to ask you, how did you get your ‘reblog’ button on your share buttons? This was another post I wrote about awhile back. After I began hosting my own site and left wordpress.com, I lost the ability to have a ‘reblog’ button. I had been using one called ‘repost’ but the owner of that plugin discontinued it. I’m often asked where my ‘reblog’ button is and I can’t manage to get one. I have to use the ‘press this’ tool I downloaded from the dashboard tools to copy a blog post, or any article off the web for that matter. Do you have any advice? 🙂

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  4. If you are on WordPress, you can go into your settings and there’s a whole selection there. Just choose to have “reblog” available.

    I you are not on WordPress, maybe say why so we can assess the pros ad cons, but you’ll have a different method. The EASIEST way is to Google “how to set up reblog on my Blogger blog account” for example, and see what others have said to do. That’s actually faster than trying to find it on your own site’s help info, but I am a tech dinosaur and I’m sure somebody else knows a better way.

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  5. I really appreciate this series you’ve been running on blogs. I feel like I’ve learned so much! I’ve made a whole cheat sheet out of this stuff 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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