You notice that if you take away the b in blogging you get logging. Thanks right, without the b you are just putting in time it is quanity and not quality. So how do we go beyond just logging facts and figures to blogging about things of interest and substance?
I have observed some things form sites I have been engaged and enthusiatic about. So, knowing that I do not have all the answers, (If I did I would have over 100,000 visitors monthly.) But I know what I like and trying to start practicing it more on my sites.
So lets, start with:
!. Believe what you write in your blog posts.
So you visit the blog of a guru and decide to link to it in your site. Just because they are well recognized do you really believe the points they are making? Or do you adopt their points of view because they are who they are?
When you believe the posts you write the passion will ooze out of the blog post like too much garlic.
So, think before you write your next blog post if you believe what you have written or just writing to make folks happy.
BLOG THE TRUTH
Now most of us always believe we are always sharing the facts. Yet, there may be times that we are merely sharing what moved us emotionally without checking out the facts. When we blog reactions it is true that we will get a lot of comments that may counter our “reactive statements” . And it is true that the search engines may just love it. However, at what cost should we share information just for search engine juice?
Take a few minutes to read this post, written today on the Baby Boomer Knowledge Center on Spreading Misinformation on the Internet.
I firmly believe that when we take out time to assess our information sources and realize the power of our posts that it will make us better baby boomer bloggers. What do you think?
And please note that there are many times we may, as the article points out, spread information with the intention of helping. But as bloggers, we have the ability to post a quick retraction when we find out the truth. Not only that, we should edit the older post with the retraction as well.
What do you think?
What Are Your Interests?
Blog Your Interests
Do you have an interest in anything you want to share with others? Are you learning something new that you want to document? Are you excited about this new interest and want to keep the thrill alive?
This year I got interested in coin collecting? How? Well I had promised someone for two years I would learn more about coin collecting so I could help her sell her coins. I knew that she could just take them to a dealer but I also knew that it helps if you know a little before you go. Why? Because not all dealers are the same. I did not want her to take a rare coin to a shop and have someone devalue it.
Well, to make a long story short, I started reading books on coin collecting. Then I found a dealer who actually started to teach me about coin collecting. ( I have spoken to several dealers but he has been the best and most patient.) This baby boomer is hooked. I am more hooked on error coins.For me the idea of finding one is better than the lottery.
Now, what did I do? You guessed it. I started a blog on coin collecting. Now, I did not position myself as an expert but someone who is learning about coin collecting and wanted to share with others as I learn.You can view a post I just made tonight on error coins on this site called Baby Boomer Pocket Change.
So what does this mean for you? You can start now to reflect on an interest that you have. What are you reading? What are you learning?What are your learning goals?
Tip#1 If you are reading books on your topics you can share information about those books as an affiliate link in your blog!
Tip#2 If you want to create an ebook or special report you can after several posts by clearing defining your categories and create a pdf document from your posts.
Tip #3 If you are in any social network you can join groups related to your blog interest and send traffic to your site.
So after you read this please reflect on your interests. Remember the more you are learning about that area of interest the more blogging you will do that will reinforce what you learn. Who knows, you just might become an expert.
Be An Encourager
Remember how it felt when someone made a comment to your blog? Of course they may not have agreed with you but they still took the time to comment and it wasn’t spam.
Well you can be a blogger that encourages another blogger by taking the time to make a comment. How can you do that?
- Read the blog post and give a relevant comment
- Try not to sound like a spammer by saying thinks like “nice blog” or “go to http…to increase traffic to your blog…”
- Be honest and affirming
- If you disagree don’t cuss, fuss or make a mess of your own character
- Ask a question or provide additional information that can stimulate a continuing discussion with other bloggers.
Do you have other suggestions?
Blog Your Book!
You can not only create a book with your blogging but use your blog to promote your existing book. Now, that should get your juices flowing.
One of the reasons I am a big fan of creating and fine tuning your categories. Those blog categories can become the chapters for your book! So take a few minutes to review a short video I posted on rosiesblogclass.
I will probably write more about this but here is an excellent blog post by blogger and author, Edwin Crozier. He shares 6 Reasons to blog your book. Be sure to read the comments that were made to his post. They have some meaty insights.
Also, check out this blog post by Cathy Perkins on Alex Mandossian’s blog about blogging your book.
The ever popular and profoundly essential blogging book By Darian Rowse, Problogger, is the result of blog posts.
So, hopefully, this will be enough to get you thinking. Of course if anyone would like to add more insights it would be most welcomed. Meanwhile, DO A BLOG POST NOW!
You can put the ” B” back into your blogging by turning your blog posts into articles. Ok, what do I mean. Well, suppose you posted a rant about health care. The rant may only be three paragraphs. But since your entire blog may be on health care advocacy you can create an article focused on ways to advocate for the prevention of a disease, etc.
The article could outline steps for doing an advocacy campaign in your community. It could also have a link in the resource box sending folks back to your blog. In addition, if you have an ebook or any opt-in on your site the more traffic that comes the more you may get folks to make some kind of action.
Of course there are loads of article directories you can submit the article for publishing. A few of my favorites are Ezinearticles, Search Warp and Articles for Boomers. Put your article in all of them.
So, in this final segment of this series, I encourage you to find ways to keep the “B” in your blogging.