Checking in with you
Ever since I published a series of blogging tips, I’ve started receiving questions from other bloggers and requests for more posts.
This particular post is not part of that series, but, rather, it’s related to that series.
I hope it is clear that I am no subject matter expert, but, rather, just a casual blogger like many of you. Also, I am not a professional blogger, which means I do not make a living off of selling products or giving blogging advice. However, I have accrued some blogging experience; and that gives me the confidence to share my personal insights with you.
To be honest, like many of you, I am learning the ropes as I go along. Often, when I’m working on a ‘blogging tip’ post, I learn something new, which is helpful to me. There have also been times when I’ve learned something new from your responses to my posts, which I greatly appreciate!
So, first of all, I would like to open this discussion up to you – is something in particular that you’re wondering about when it comes to blogging on WordPress? Most of us create our blogs with little to no guidance from anyone else… but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Potential topics for blogging tips
I would also like to share my current thoughts on potential topics for ‘blogging tips’ posts, which I’ve yet to start drafting but have been mulling over for some time.
1. Time management for bloggers
My friend Cindy recently wrote a post, in which she expressed her frustration with finding enough time to keep up with all of her fellow bloggers.
I’m really trying to keep to a schedule which is challenging with a full plate. As much as I LOVE blogging, I may have to limit my time here. Does anyone have a good reading schedule? It is my goal to see and read all of you who I care so deeply for everyday but I just don’t know if I can sustain that. I would love to hear if anyone has successfully figured that out where it doesn’t exceed 2 hours a day.–Cindy Georgakas
The concern about time management vis-à-vis keeping up with other people’s blogs is closely related to the issue of how often we publish blog posts, which I’ve touched on, and it’s also related to our efforts to maintain consistent blogging schedules. In fact, I recently received the following comment:
In her comment, Julie brings up another facet of this challenge: scheduling of [quality] future content. In other words, active bloggers must not only determine how much time to spend reading one another’s blogs. They must also apply time management strategies to content creation.
How much time should we devote to figuring out what we should write about and then writing it? A lot goes on behind the scenes, so to speak, that goes into our blog posts. Sure, it takes time to type up our posts; but it also takes time to envision them and think them through. Sometimes we may even need to do some online research.
And, as Julie highlights, blogging is not just about creating content right now. It’s also about creating content the next day and the day after that. How can bloggers best manage their time, while ensuring that they are producing appealing and meaningful content?
2. Comments, likes, notifications, spam, etc.
I have also been thinking a lot about the notifications bloggers receive whenever somebody likes or comments on one of our posts.
First of all, there are different kinds of notifications – do you want to receive them by email, for example? If so, which notifications do you want to see in your inbox? And – which notifications would you like to receive on your blog? Which are most important, and which can you ignore?
Also, unfortunately, there are a lot of people on WordPress who are merely trying to promote themselves and market their products. Such individuals are not interested in interacting with us. They are only interested in leaving links to their websites somewhere on our blogs, be it as a ‘like’, or, better yet, in our comment sections. So how do we deal with this? What’s important to know?
3. What would be helpful to you?
I’d be curious to hear from you – what additional topics should be included as blogging tips that would be most helpful to you?